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Issue No. 1959

Marxism 2005 | Respect | Palestine solidarity | Make Poverty History | Socialist Film Club | Summer Festivals | Al Asria folk dance

Marxism 2005 — London — Ideas to change the world

Thursday 7 July to Monday 11 July, central London


Thursday 7 July

  • London premiere of the film Who Shot the Sheriff? Rock Against Racism. Featuring interviews and unseen footage of 1970s struggles against the Nazis.
  • Kerri Parke asks if Martin Luther King and Malcolm X had their eyes on the same prize.
  • Opening rally with Respect MP George Galloway, Stop the War Coalition convenor Lindsey German, Portuguese Left Bloc MP Ana Drago, SSP convenor Colin Fox, Sheikh Majid al-Gaoud from Iraq and South Africa’s Trevor Ngwane.
Friday 8 July
  • Tony Benn speaks out on The Struggle for Justice.
  • Chris Harman and Jeremy Corbyn MP on Uprising in Bolivia
  • Journalist Victoria Brittain exposes The Politics of Torture
  • Writer Mark Curtis highlights Britain’s Foreign Policy Since the Invasion of Iraq.
  • A panel with Walden Bello and Chris Nineham will ask Where Next After the G8?
  • Our New Word Order features playwright Harold Pinter and poets Adrian Mitchell, Jean Binta Breeze, Mike Rosen and Mahmood Jamal.
  • RMT leader Bob Crow and Mark Serwotka of the PCS debate the next step for the trade unions. Joining them is Italian FIOM national organiser Lello Raffo.
Saturday 9 July
  • Tariq Ali will denounce War Crimes in Iraq — Memories of Vietnam.
  • Chris Harman speaks on Revolution in the 21st Century
  • David Harvey and Alex Callinicos debate contemporary imperialism.
  • Is a Different Europe Possible? will bring together Alain Gresh of Le Monde Diplomatique, Renato Soeiro from Portugal, Christine Buchholz from Germany and Socialist Worker editor Chris Bambery.
  • Louise Christian, Gareth Peirce and Mrs Ahmad, wife of Babar Ahmad, challenge the attack on our civil liberties.
  • Ian Birchall speaks in defence of Lenin.
  • Author China Miéville deals with Marxism and Monsters.
  • Salma Yaqoob, Anas Altikriti and Lindsey German discuss Muslims and the Left.
  • African resistance is assessed by Trevor Ngwane and Mani Tanoh.
  • The fight against racism in the 1970s is celebrated with Tariq Mehmood, Paul Holborow and Natfhe general secretary Paul Mackney.
  • Lula’s Brazil is discussed by Sue Branford and Alfredo Saad Filho.
Sunday 10 July
  • Winston Silcott speaks out for the first time on Justice, Racism and Resistance. Alongside him will be Janet Alder, campaigner for justice for her brother Christopher, and Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism.
  • Leading scientist Steven Rose on the subject of his new book The 21st Century Brain.
  • Richard Gott and Mike Gonzalez assess Hugo Chavez and the Venezuelan Revolution.
  • Samir Amin, Peyman Jafari and socialists from Lebanon and Egypt will deal with The Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East.
  • Mark Steel on pathbreaking scientist Albert Einstein.
  • In When ‘Old Blue Eyes’ was a Red, Martin Smith reassesses Frank Sinatra.
Monday 11 July
  • Mani Tanoh describes How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, and Jonathan Neale celebrates the last great defeat for US imperialism — the fall of Saigon.

Your ticket gives you access to the cultural events in the evenings, including bands, DJs, films and theatre.

For more details and to book phone 020 7538 2707 or go to


Contact Respect with any queries. Phone 020 8980 3507, go to, or e-mail [email protected]

Acton & EalingAn evening of food and politics
For more information call Matt on 07916 269 178
Wed 27 July, 7.30pmL’Oriental Lebanese Restaurant, Churchfield Road
WembleyHey Tony, leave our kids alone!
With Cllr Oliur Rahman, Matt Foot (solicitor and Asbo Concern, personal capacity), Ken Muller (Islington Against Academies, pc), Angelo Frederick, Hinda Mohamed
Wed 13 July, 7.30pmPark Lane Primary School

Palestine solidarity

LondonEnd Israel’s WMD
Jointly organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Lobby parliament, 2-7pm.
Public meeting, 4-6pm, committee room 9

Wed 13 JulyHouses of Parliament.

Make Poverty History

LiverpoolWhere now after the G8 protests?Thu 14 July, 7pmFriends House, Paradise Street, L3

Socialist Film Club

London Metropolis (1927)Fri 16 September, 7pmChadwick Lecture Theatre,
Main building, University College London,
Gower Street
(tube: Warren Street/ Euston Square)
Fritz Lang's Metropolis powerfully evokes a class ridden society of the future. The workers' live and labour underground while their rulers cavort in the palaces that tower above them. When the workers' anger finally erupts into action, their oppressors seek a strategy to divert it.
£5/£3. Advance tickets from Bookmarks,
1 Bloomsbury Street WC1 (020 7637 1848)
Organised by the SWP

Summer Festivals

London Rise — make a stand against racism Sat 16 July, 12noon–8.30pm Burgess Park, London SE5
With acts including Lemar, Mitchell Brothers, Kano, Horace Andy, Eska, Raghav, and many, many more
A free music festival celebrating London's diversity and opposing racism (formerly the Respect festival)
Tolpuddle Tolpuddle Festival 2005 Fri 15 July–Sun 17 July Tolpuddle, Dorset
Annual music, drama and politics festival.
Friday: Graham Moore and some of the best roots musicians around.
Saturday: workshops on Organising Migrant Workers and Unions in the Firing Line. Worker's Playtime Cabaret with The Muddy Funksters.
Sunday: procession, guest speakers, music including Hank Wangford and The Lost Cowboys and Billy Bragg
For more information contact South West TUC. Phone 0117 947 0521 or e-mail [email protected]

Al Asria folk dance

Al Asria folk dance troupe, from the Jabalia refugee camp, on their first tour outside Gaza. Postponed twice — November 2004 and February 2005 — after borders were closed and Palestinians were prevented from travelling. Tour organised by Yorkshire Palestine Cultural Exchange

BakewellFri 8 July, 7.30pmMedway Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Tickets £6/£3
Phone Jude on 01629 815 469
BirminghamSat 9 July, 7pm,Ladywood ARC, Darnley Road, Ladywood
Tickets £7/£4 from Midlands Palestinian Community Association, PO Box 11986, Birmingham B31 2ZL
Cheques payable to MPCA.

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