ERIC ARTHUR Blair, better known under his pseudonym George Orwell, was born in Motihari, India 100 years ago this month, his father being a lower-ranking colonial administrator in the days of the British Raj.

In the late 1960s, the name of Frantz Fanon became associated with the idea of a armed revolution in the ’Third World’. In the words of his biographer, David, Macey, in his new book, ’Frantz Fanon: A life’,  "Fanon came to be seen as the apostle of violence, the prophet of a violent...

Michael Moore said "barring success", Stupid White Men, (reviewed in the socialist, issue 254), would be his last book. But last year when George W Bush was supposedly so popular, it was the leading non-fiction book bought and read by Americans. So he’s written Dude, Where’s My Country?

In 1903, sociologist, scholar, and historian W.E.B. Dubois (1868-1963) wrote his book The Souls of Black Folk, which would make a vital contribution to the struggle of African Americans in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction era.

NOAM CHOMSKY’S Power and Terror is an attack on the hypocrisy and double standards of US foreign policy. It explains why US imperialism is loathed by so many people; because it interferes in international politics not to assist human rights but simply to help itself.

The majority of the members of the delegations to the G8 summit in Evian had accommodation in Lausanne, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. In Lausanne, as well as in Geneva and on the French side of the border, there were a number of protest demonstrations against the summit.

BLAIR CLAIMS that his "dossier" on Iraq justifies the US and Britain going to war and forcing a ’regime change’. "Rogue State", William Blum, is a "dossier" - with detailed references, many from official sources - on US imperialism.

A large portrait of Leon Trotsky dominates one wall of the ’Soviet Graphics - States of illusion’ exhibition currently showing at the Tate Modern Museum on London’s South Bank (on display at the History/Memory/Society section). On close inspection, the visitor sees that the portrait has jagged edges....

A major retrospective of the work of the 20th Century painter Max Beckmann (1884-1950) is currently running at the Tate Modern in London. Given the exhibition’s major concern with war and violent conflict, the timing could hardly be more apt as we approach a likely bloody imperialist war in the Middle East.

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