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Come to Marxism 2005

Full timetable out now! Thursday 7 July to Monday 11 July, central London

Issue No. 1956

Neo-liberalism as vampire in Brazil (Pic:  Jess Hurd/

Neo-liberalism as vampire in Brazil (Pic: Jess Hurd/

The Marxism 2005 event is a unique opportunity for you to discuss and debate the key political questions facing the new left wing movements across the world.

Over five days in central London you’ll get to hear a huge range of activists, authors and artists covering every aspect of radical politics in the 21st century.

Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner or just interested in discussing left wing ideas, Marxism 2005 offers you an unrivalled forum to find out about the future of our movement.


Thursday 7 July

  • Alan Miles’s film Who Shot the Sheriff? about the Rock Against Racism movement gets its London premiere.
  • Marxism 2005’s opening rally, brings together George Galloway MP and Lindsey German from Respect with Francisco Louca of the Portuguese Left Bloc, Colin Fox of the Scottish Socialist Party and Trevor Ngwane of South Africa’s Anti-Privatisation Forum.

Friday 8 July

  • Tony Benn speaks on The Struggle for Justice, while Socialist Worker’s Alex Callinicos discusses Popes, Christianity and Revolution.
  • Trade Unions under Hard Labour take centre stage as Bob Crow of the RMT and Mark Serwotka of the PCS debate the next steps for the labour movement. They are joined by Lello Raffo from Italy’s FIOM metal workers’ union.
  • Campaigning journalist Victoria Brittain exposes The Politics of Torture and writer Mark Curtis examines Britain’s Foreign Policy Since the Invasion of Iraq.
  • After the protests at Gleneagles, Walden Bello from Focus on the Global South will join a panel of speakers to ask Where Next After the G8?
  • Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop, presents a literary feast entitled Our New Word Order, featuring playwright Harold Pinter and poets Adrian Mitchell, Jean Binta Breeze, Michael Rosen and Mahmood Jamal.

Saturday 9 July

  • Civil rights lawyers Louise Christian and Gareth Peirce join the wife of British political prisoner Babar Ahmad, to challenge the attack on civil liberties.
  • The crisis of parliamentary democracy is examined by George Galloway and John Rees.
  • Salma Yaqoob, Anas Altikriti and Lindsey German dicuss Muslims and the Left
  • Author China Miéville gets to grips with Marxism and Monsters.
  • Is a Different Europe Possible? will bring together Alain Gresh, deputy editor of Le Monde Diplomatique, Renato Soeiro from Portugal, Christine Buchholz from Germany and Chris Bambery, editor of Socialist Worker.
  • The Battle against Racism in the 1970s is celebrated by Tariq Mehmood, Paul Holborow and Paul Mackney.

Sunday 10 July

  • Steven Rose, leading scientist and author, discusses his new book, The 21st Century Brain.
  • Richard Gott and Mike Gonzalez capture the rebellion in South America in their meeting on Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan Revolution.
  • Stathis Kouvelakis joins Rebecca Pitt to discuss the legacy of the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.
  • On Sunday night Winston Silcott speaks out for the first time on Justice, Racism and Resistance.

Monday 11 July

  • Mani Tanoh describes How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, and Jonathan Neale celebrates the last great defeat for US imperialism — Vietnam: The fall of Saigon.
  • Mike Gonzalez will be giving a guided tour of the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Tate Modern after the final Marxism rally.

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SW Appeal
Sat 18 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1956
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