Socialist Worker

News


Follow Them True


Follow them true

Anti-apartheid campaigner Hugh Masekela’s legacy


Rehad Desai looks at the life of the most influential artist of the anti-apartheid movement and argues that it can inspire people fighting for a better world

Twilight—a poignant reworking of a play that exposes injustice


Martin Luther King said that riots are the language of the unheard—this play expresses that.

Go and see The Post, but it isn’t quite first class viewing


The Pentagon Papers exposed the US lies about Vietnam by successive governments. The battle to publish them could be gripping, says?Sam Lorde

Kiri veers into cliche but is still a worthwhile watch


But it does show what social workers face whenever something goes wrong—with an underlying political row

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, paints a dark picture of US society


This film is a dry, dark satire which pulls questions about the nature of humanity, good and evil, redemption and salvation out of its cowboy hat.

The Cotton Famine


This new pamphlet tells the story of how textile workers in Lancashire came to support the abolition of slavery in the US.

Edgar Degas’s contradictions and shock value


An exhibition of drawings by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is an excellent introduction to the work of one of the most influential artists of the 19th century.

McMafia brings the bosses’ infighting to our TV screens


McMafia grapples with the differences between “good” and “bad” capitalism—and makes thrilling drama at the same time.

Theatre highlights for 2018


The Manifesto for an Independent Revolutionary Art, signed by French writer André Breton and Mexican painter Diego Rivera was published in 1938.

Human Flow brings out the human stories behind the refugee crisis


Behind the numbers which dominate the refugee crisis lie millions of untold stories. Artist Ai Weiwei’s film Human Flow brings them out, writes Sally Kincaid

Bjork’s album Utopia is based on struggle, not escapist fantasy


In her 30 years in the music industry, Bjork has always pushed boundaries.

Nae Pasaran—Scots who defied Pinochet


In 1974 workers at the Rolls-Royce engine factory in East Kilbride refused to work on engines used by the Chilean air force.

Dancehall—The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture


On the back of the huge commercial success of reggae in the 1970s, a new breed of producers and MCs sought to update the music for the 80s.

Why save capitalism? It should be put out of its misery


Former US president Bill Clinton’s secretary for labor Robert Reich thinks inequality is too high and that the rich should pay more tax. He endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.

How music helped beat back the fascists in 1950s London


Racist violence blew up on the streets of west London on 30 August 1958.

Fight for homes finds artistic expression in Teesside


The Idea Home Show at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Battle of the Sexes serves up a set of anti-sexism from 1973


New film Battle of the Sexes shows the sexism of the 1970s and one of the battles against it, but misses the broader context

The Life And Rhymes Of Benjamin Zephaniah


The “people’s laureate” Benjamin Zephaniah is taking his autobiography on tour this spring.

Tune in to Network for two hours of rage


Network is about an ageing news anchor getting mad.

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.