The Balkan war has pitted one group of brutal ethnic cleansers against another, at enormous cost to the Muslim, Croat and Serbian peoples of the area. Lindsey German argues that with the massively increased military aid now being given to the Bosnian-Croat alliance by the United States and NATO a watershed has been reached in the conflict. This turn of events has left many of those socialists who previously supported the Bosnians and the Croats facing the unpalatable truth that these governments are as willing as the Serbs to employ the methods of ethnic cleansing once they gain the advantage over their enemies.
Class is still the factor which dominates life in modern Britain. In a complementary series of articles Nicolai Gentchev looks at the Tories' latest excuse for attacking the welfare state and explodes the myth of welfare dependency.
Andy Durgan was an historical adviser on Ken Loach's acclaimed film about the Spanish Revolution, Land and Freedom. In this quarter's Bookwatch he supplies a comprehensive readers' guide to one of the turning points of the 20th century.