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Arming the occupation

Arming the occupation

Protestors against the arms fair at London’s Excel Centre, September 2017. Photo by Steve Eason Unsurprisingly, all major arms-producing nations sell arms to active war zones. The UK’s role in arming and sustaining Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen is one of the most...

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Join our Admin Collective!

  Red Pepper is recruiting new members to join our Admin Collective (AC), which oversees all our non-editorial operations. AC membership is primarily a volunteer/ pro-bono position, requiring approx. 1-4 hours/month of time – most often at the light end, to keeping...

A very real culture war

A very real culture war

The Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theatre in Mariupol in 2013. The theatre would be hit by a Russian airstrike on 16th March 2022, killing up to six hundred people according to The Associated Press (Credit: Mykola Swarnyk via Wikimedia Commons) As Russian tanks...

How Elbit was shut down

How Elbit was shut down

Credit: Calum Ford Since the print publication of this article in June 2022, Palestine Action has successfully shut down Elbit’s headquarters in London. In February 2022, Amnesty International published a seminal report on Israel that should have been a trigger for...

Zvenigora: Looking back at a Ukrainian cinema marvel

Zvenigora: Looking back at a Ukrainian cinema marvel

A still from Zvenigora (1928) In 1928, pioneering filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein took a call from a representative of the All-Ukrainian Photo Cinema Administration (VUFKU), which controlled the entire film industry of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine, begging him...

‘Levelling up’ is part of the culture war

‘Levelling up’ is part of the culture war

CGI rendering of the plans for Etruscan Square in Stoke-on-Trent The holding of the penultimate Tory leadership debate in Stoke-on-Trent, a so-called ‘Red Wall’ constituency in the West Midlands, compelled both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to at least pay lip service to...

Key Words: CANZUK

Key Words: CANZUK

Map of CANZUK countries and dominions, RaviC, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons Many of those who argued most fiercely that Britain should leave the European Union think we should have an alternative. One such alternative, entertained – or perhaps humoured – by many...

Rebuilding collective intelligence

Rebuilding collective intelligence

Photo credit: Nchssg’15 Economists, think tanks and journalists have spent billions of words trying to convince everyone that economic growth comes primarily from technological ‘disruption’ and investment by individuals in their own education and training, rather than...

Post-Internet Far Right – review

Post-Internet Far Right – review

Anti-EDL demonstration in Leicester, UK, 2012. Matt Neale, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Marx wasn’t referring to anti-fascism when he wrote that ‘the tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living’, but it neatly summarises...

Trauma, power and hope – an interview with Rizwaan Sabir

Trauma, power and hope – an interview with Rizwaan Sabir

In 2008, Rizwaan Sabir was arrested at the University of Nottingham for suspected terrorism and, eventually, released without charge. His book The Suspect: Counterterrorism, Islam, and the Security State, details the traumatising legacy of surveillance, coercion and...

Misogyny, monopoly and marginalised communities

Misogyny, monopoly and marginalised communities

A protest organised by the Save Brick Lane campaign. Photo by Sarah Ainslie Since Lutfur Rahman’s party, Aspire, swept Tower Hamlets (TH) Council in May, TH Labour Party has repeatedly, and quite unimaginatively, accused Aspire of sexism because of the low number of...

Fighting for Paris’ last community cinema

Fighting for Paris’ last community cinema

Credit: Claire-Emmanuelle Blot Lisez cette histoire en français ici. In the heart of Paris sits La Clef (‘the key’), a cinema screening under-distributed films at accessible prices since the 1970s. When its existence was threatened in 2019, a collective formed to...