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Issue 167 April 2013

Socialism Today 167 - April 2013

Italy’s clowns: no joke for establishment parties

Comedian Beppe Grillo and the Five Star Movement have taken centre stage following Italy’s general election in February. It is the latest, dramatic manifestation of the widespread rejection of establishment politics. CHRISTINE THOMAS reports on this new political phenomenon.

Behind the stock market surge

In the first week of March share prices surged on the New York Stock Exchange followed by other major exchanges. Does this signify a revival of the global capitalist economy? The Financial Times was quick to note that "little of investors’ exuberance is reflected in core economic data". LYNN WALSH reports.

Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chávez

After a long battle with cancer, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez died on 5 March 2013. His radical, populist policies and anti-imperialism helped transform the political situation both domestically and on the international stage. TONY SAUNOIS assesses the role of Chávez and the situation following his death.

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Britain's housing crisis

Germany's Pirates
What course are they on?

Mass protest against troika cuts

The Provisional IRA
A detailed history of the Provisional IRA reviewed by Ciaran Mulholland

Energy policy
The Lib Dems' green sell-out

The Mexican Suitcase
Photos from the Spanish civil war

Treasure Islands
Offshore tax havens

Cinematic torture
Zero Dark Thirty