Book Review: The Day the Music Died – a Memoir December 2016

Sheila Rowbotham reviews the memoirs of BBC director and producer, Tony Garnett.

Book Review: Sex, Needs and Queer Culture: from liberation to the post-gay December 2016

Aiming to re-evaluate the radicalism and efficacy of queer counterculture and rebellion - April Park takes us through Alderson's new work.

Book Review: Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics December 2016

'In spite of the odds Corbyn is still standing' - Alex Doherty reviews Seymour's analysis of the rise of Corbyn

Book Review: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation December 2016

'A small manifesto for black liberation through socialist revolution' - Graham Campbell reviews Keeanga-Yamahtta's 'From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation'

The Fashion Revolution: Turn to the left November 2016

Bryony Moore profiles Stitched Up, a non-profit group reimagining the future of fashion

The abolition of Art History A-Level will exacerbate social inequality November 2016

This is a massive blow to the rights of ordinary kids to have the same opportunities as their more privileged peers. Danielle Child reports.

Mustang film review: three fingers to Erdogan November 2016

Laura Nicholson reviews Mustang, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s unashamedly feminist film critique of Turkey’s creeping conservatism

The Confession – a survivor’s story November 2016

Robert Rae reviews a new film about former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg

The new politics of art November 2016

Nina Power calls for an assertion of true human wealth through shared resources, knowledge, and art – while Jessie Hoskin and Sasha Josette explain how The World Transformed festival will respond to this call

Book Review: Swimming with Sharks: My journey into the world of the bankers November 2016

Jenny Nelson reviews Luyendiks analysis of the City – the ‘time bomb at the heart of our society’.

Cartooning capitalism – a look back at American radicalism November 2016

Michael Mark Cohen revives political art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, that remains equally relevant today

Increasing anti-semitism or disappearing Palestine? October 2016

The left’s Jewish problem, Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and anti-semitism by Dave Rich, reviewed by Paul Kelemen

Book review: Place is the Passion by Bill Williamson September 2016

Folk singer Leon Rosselson reviews a book to help ordinary people understand the Israel / Palestine conflict.

Art, politics and potentias September 2016

A potentia is similar to a utopia but rooted in the here and now. Danielle Child speaks to artist Jane Lawson about her forthcoming project Second Degree Potentias.

It’s time to celebrate multiculturalism again August 2016

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg tells his story in The Confession - a feature length documentary showing in cinemas now. Luke Wilson spoke to director Ashish Ghadiali about the British Asian experience of the War on Terror

The Divide: ‘must-watch’ documentary July 2016

Rosanna Hutchings from campaign group Renters' Rights London explains why they hosted a public screenings of this documentary

Hope Without Optimism April 2016

Hope Without Optimism, by Terry Eagleton, reviewed by Michael Calderbank

‘How can you decant people from estates then make deals with developers to build luxury apartments?’ April 2016

Andrew Dolan spoke with Amina Gichinga of Take Back the City about doing politics differently and righting Labour's wrongs in London

Lean Out April 2016

Lean Out, by Dawn Foster, reviewed by Izzy Koksal

Raised voices: the campaigning choirs movement February 2016

Lotte Reimer and Kelvin Mason report on the blossoming movement of radical street choirs

The Egyptians by Jack Shenker February 2016

Laleh Khalili reviews Jack Shenker's new book and finds it strikes an unexpectedly optimistic note about the after-echoes of the Egyptian uprisings

The disappearing exhibition February 2016

Danielle Child reviews An Imagined Museum, which invites visitors to commit artworks to memory before they are removed – and re-created

Classic book: Pedagogy of the Oppressed February 2016

Nadim Mirshak looks back at Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968), by Paulo Freire

Weatherland February 2016

Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies, by Alexandra Harris, reviewed by David Renton

Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg February 2016

Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg, by Ben Stewart, reviewed by Jenny Nelson

The New Prophets of Capital February 2016

The New Prophets of Capital, by Nicole Aschoff, reviewed by Finn Smith

Politics in a Time of Crisis February 2016

Politics in a Time of Crisis, by Pablo Iglesias, reviewed by Tom Walker

All the World’s Futures: looking back at the Venice Biennial January 2016

Amy Charlesworth reviews the 2015 Venice Biennial

Chats: The people’s palace January 2016

As Chats Palace in Hackney celebrates its 40th anniversary, Red Pepper takes a look through the arts centre's photographic archives

Classic book: Reclaim the State December 2015

Heather Blakey looks back at Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy, by Hilary Wainwright

Bahrain’s Uprising December 2015

Bahrain’s Uprising: Resistance and repression in the Gulf, eds Ala’a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, reviewed by Kitty Webster

The Mythology of Work December 2015

The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself, by Peter Fleming, reviewed by Kit Caless

Political Ecology: Beyond Environmentalism December 2015

Political Ecology: Beyond Environmentalism, by Dimitrios Roussopoulos, reviewed by Mat Little

Encyclical on Capitalism and Inequality December 2015

Encyclical on Capitalism and Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home, by Pope Francis, reviewed by Charlotte Sykes

Inventing the Future December 2015

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a world without work, by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, reviewed by Daniel Whittall

The day Guernica appeared in a Manchester car showroom October 2015

Tim Dunbar introduces his new exhibition exploring the mystery surrounding an exhibition of Guernica in Manchester in 1939

Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason October 2015

Hilary Wainwright reviews Paul Mason's latest book and questions how far information technology is leading us towards a post-capitalist economy

Classic book: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa October 2015

Firoze Manji looks back at How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (1972), by Walter Rodney

Octavia’s Brood October 2015

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, eds Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown, reviewed by Luke Wilson

The Racket October 2015

The Racket: A Rogue Reporter Versus The Masters of the Universe, by Matt Kennard, reviewed by Ian Sinclair

Zionism and its Discontents October 2015

Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine, by Ran Greenstein, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Unmasking Austerity October 2015

Unmasking Austerity: Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America, by Dexter Whitfield, reviewed by Edward Dingwall

A rich man’s world October 2015

Danielle Child visits a fascinating exhibition telling the damning history of finance

How the next generation is challenging big oil September 2015

Lindsay Alderton explains why a group of children staged a protest intervention against BP

Reclaiming the legacy of the Paris Commune September 2015

Jane Shallice reviews Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune, by Kristin Ross

How Labour lost the 1992 election: an alternative to the ‘official wisdom’ August 2015

Michael Calderbank revisits Defeat from the Jaws of Victory, by Mike Marqusee and Richard Heffernan, first published 1992

Strikers, Hobblers, Conchies and Reds August 2015

Strikers, Hobblers, Conchies and Reds: A radical history of Bristol 1880-1939, by Dave Backwith, Roger Ball, Stephen E Hunt, Mike Richardson, reviewed by Gemma Edwards

The Left Hemisphere August 2015

The Left Hemisphere: Mapping critical theory today, by Razmig Keucheyan, reviewed by Finn Smith

Alternatives to Capitalism August 2015

Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a democratic economy, by Robin Hahnel and Erik Olin Wright, reviewed by Heather Blakey

Retelling Alice’s story: how an anti-war feminist was framed for murder August 2015

Kitty Webster talks to author Sheila Rowbotham about a new edition of her play on the anti-war feminist Alice Wheeldon

Gun Baby Gun August 2015

Gun Baby Gun: A bloody journey into the world of the gun, by Iain Overton, reviewed by Jen Wilton

Blacklisted August 2015

Blacklisted: The secret war between big business and union activists, by Dave Smith and Phil Chamberlain, reviewed by Claire Fauset

Rebel Footprints August 2015

Rebel Footprints: A Guide To Uncovering London’s Radical History, by David Rosenberg, reviewed by Ian Sinclair

Sisters of the Revolution August 2015

Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, eds Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, reviewed by Kate Bradley

We Want People Who Can Draw July 2015

Danielle Child writes on an exhibition of art school dissent

Why I wrote a play charting Israel’s violent birth July 2015

Playwright Brian Rotman reflects on the background to his new play tracing the origins of the state of Israel

Glitch in the system June 2015

Nim Ralph reviews the UK’s first queer, trans and intersex people of colour film festival

Seeking shelter: the ‘houseless poor’ of 19th century London June 2015

Victorian Britain’s ‘houseless poor’ are given voice in a new exhibition, Lisa Vine writes

A Dionysus for all seasons June 2015

Greek tragedy is enjoying something of a revival with some imaginative stagings of the ancient plays, writes Steve Platt

Cultural Capital June 2015

Cultural Capital: The Rise and Fall of Creative Britain, by Robert Hewison, reviewed by Danielle Child

Women Against Fundamentalism June 2015

Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity, by Sukhwant Dhaliwal and Nira Yuval-Davis (eds), reviewed by Charlotte Sykes

Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom? June 2015

Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom? by Akeel Bilgrami and Jonathan R Cole (eds), reviewed by Houman Barekat

We Are Many: One day’s lasting legacy June 2015

Jerry Whyte reviews We Are Many, a new documentary about the huge anti-war marches of 2003 – and their enduring effects more than a decade on

Artwash June 2015

BP has been on the receiving end of a sustained campaign to end oil sponsorship of the arts. Mel Evans explains why this is an important issue to target

Udita: the women garment workers standing up for themselves May 2015

Tansy Hoskins takes a look at Udita, the new film from acclaimed documentary makers Rainbow Collective about female garment workers in Bangladesh

Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change May 2015

Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change, by Caroline Lucas, reviewed by Ian Sinclair

Art failure: the battle at the National Gallery April 2015

Nim Ralph reports on how workers at the National Gallery are fighting back against privatisation

Authentic revolutionary: two books on Malcolm X April 2015

Daniel Whittall reviews two books looking at when Malcolm X spoke to the Oxford Union

A Precariat Charter March 2015

A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens, by Guy Standing, reviewed by John Palmer

Classic book: Open Veins of Latin America February 2015

Grace Livingstone looks back at Open Veins of Latin America: Five centuries of the pillage of a continent, by Eduardo Galeano

Ujamaa February 2015

Ujamaa: The hidden story of Tanzania’s socialist villages, by Ralph Ibbott, reviewed by Ruth London

Drug War Capitalism February 2015

Drug War Capitalism, by Dawn Paley, reviewed by Jen Wilton

A happy ending for the romcom? February 2015

The romantic comedy as we know it is dying – and it fills my feminist heart with joy, writes Jessie Thompson

Method and Madness February 2015

Method and Madness: the hidden story of Israel’s assaults on Gaza, by Norman G Finkelstein, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Captive Revolution February 2015

Captive Revolution: Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle within the Israeli prison system, by Nahla Abdo, reviewed by Kitty Webster

Smelling salts for the left: Russell Brand’s Revolution February 2015

What if you actually read Russell Brand's book, instead of dismissing it as the mainstream media has? Alex Nunns writes

The People: the rise and fall of the working class December 2014

The People: the rise and fall of the working class, by Selina Todd, reviewed by Rhian Jones

World in Chains December 2014

World in Chains: the impact of nuclear weapons and militarisation, by Angie Zelter (ed), reviewed by David Mackenzie

After Occupy December 2014

After Occupy: Economic democracy for the 21st century, by Tom Malleson, reviewed by Michelle Zellers

Stop, Thief! December 2014

Stop Thief! The Commons, Enclosures and Resistance, by Peter Linebaugh, reviewed by Derek Wall

Pride in the fight December 2014

Siobhan McGuirk celebrates the solidarity – and humour – of a film about when lesbians and gay people backed the miners

Building resistance: the rebel architects December 2014

From floating cinemas to 14th-century disaster relief, Daniel Fitzpatrick explores how rebel architects are challenging the capital-intensive architecture of glass and steel

From the archives: A victim of America—Muhammad Ali and the war against terrorism November 2014

When Hollywood bosses were asked by the Bush administration to do their bit in the 'war on terrorism', they signed up eagerly – and they came up with the notion of getting much-loved former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali to promote US policy. Mike Marqusee tells the story (first published March 2002)

Musings of an urban market gardener November 2014

A new book from OrganicLea, the food growing cooperative in East London, ponders the personal and political of growing food

Found in translation: poems from Palestine via Scotland November 2014

Poet Liz Lochhead describes how an unlikely, made-in-Scotland anthology of contemporary Palestinian poetry, translated into English, Scots, Scots-English, Gaelic and Shetlandic, makes for a fertile cultural exchange

From the archives: What’s the story? Ken Loach and Noel Gallagher in conversation November 2014

Film director Ken Loach talks to Noel Gallagher, songwriting powerhouse of Oasis (Published in issue 21, February 1996)

Culture and Revolution: The Pan-African Festival of Algiers October 2014

Hamza Hamouchene introduces the revolutionary documentary, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers 1969

From the archives: Power to the people – John Lennon and Yoko Ono interview October 2014

Lenin or Lennon? Red Pepper reprints John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s interview with Robin Blackburn and Tariq Ali (published in issue 21, February 1996)

A poet imprisoned October 2014

Peter Stäuber reports on the shocking case of Talha Ahsan – the young British man unjustly extradited and jailed in a US ‘supermax’ prison

Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis October 2014

Trevor Evans reviews Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis, by Christos Laskos and Euclid Tsakalotos

SOS Alternatives to Capitalism October 2014

Jeremy Seabrook reviews SOS Alternatives to Capitalism (New Internationalist Publications, 2014) by Richard Swift

Intermittent support: how cuts are hitting artists in France October 2014

French arts workers are battling cuts to a unique benefits scheme. Freddie Mason reports

My spy October 2014

Mark Thomas and Merrick Badger met at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to discuss their experiences of being spied on

Classic book: Assata, An Autobiography October 2014

Selina Nwulu looks back at Assata Shakur's autobiography

The Battle for Justice in Palestine October 2014

The Battle for Justice in Palestine, by Ali Abunimah, reviewed by Hilary Aked

The Squatters’ Movement in Europe October 2014

The Squatters' Movement in Europe: Commons and autonomy as alternatives to capitalism, by Squatting Europe Kollective, reviewed by Izzy Koksal

Reclaiming Local Democracy October 2014

Reclaiming Local Democracy: A progressive future for local government, by Ines Newman, reviewed by Dexter Whitfield

From India to Palestine October 2014

From India to Palestine: Essays in Solidarity, by Githa Hariharan (ed), reviewed by Puneet Dhaliwal

Change or be changed September 2014

Kim Bryan reviews Naomi Klein's latest book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate

Discovery of the World: A political awakening in the shadow of Mussolini August 2014

Jane Shallice reviews Discovery of the World: A political awakening in the shadow of Mussolini, by Luciana Castellina

Languages of the Unheard August 2014

Languages of the Unheard: why militant protest is good for democracy, by Stephen D'arcy, reviewed by Andrew Dolan

Review: The Price of Experience August 2014

The Price of Experience: writings on living with cancer, by Mike Marqusee, reviewed by Mika Minio-Paluello

Objects of change July 2014

The new V&A exhibition Disobedient Objects is devoted to objects created by grassroots social movements as tools of social change. Danielle Child spoke to co-curator Gavin Grindon

Classic book: The Enemy Within July 2014

Huw Beynon looks back at Seamus Milne's classic The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against The Miners

Alien elements July 2014

Ewa Jasiewicz discusses the work of Joanna Rajkowska, whose public art highlights tensions in the public consciousness

Sex, Race and Class June 2014

Sex, Race and Class – the Perspective of Winning: a selection of writings 1952–2011, by Selma James, reviewed by Ruth London

Silence Would Be Treason June 2014

Silence Would Be Treason: Last writings of Ken Saro-Wiwa, by Ide Corley, Helen Fallon and Laurence Cox (eds), reviewed by Sarah Shoraka

The Queer African Reader June 2014

The Queer African Reader, by Sokari Ekine and Hakima Abbas (eds), reviewed by Mel Evans

Creditocracy June 2014

Creditocracy and the Case for Debt Refusal, by Andrew Ross, reviewed by Jonathan Stevenson

Stitched Up June 2014

Stitched Up: The anti-capitalist book of fashion, by Tansy Hoskins, reviewed by Paul Collins

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil June 2014

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil by David Zirin, reviewed by Peter Chapman

The Failed Experiment June 2014

The Failed Experiment, by Andrew Fisher, reviewed by Michael Calderbank

Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide June 2014

Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide, by Ben White, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Out of Time June 2014

Out of Time: The perils and the pleasures of ageing, by Lynne Segal, reviewed by Catherine Hoskyns

The Fair Trade Scandal June 2014

The Fair Trade Scandal: Marketing poverty to benefit the rich, by Ndongo Samba Sylla, reviewed by Christine Haigh

The solitude of Latin America June 2014

The famous literary style of Gabriel García Márquez was rooted in his politics. Delivering his Nobel Lecture in Stockholm in 1982, he addressed the legacy of colonialism – and his hopes for a better world

Book review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty April 2014

John Palmer argues that Piketty's bestseller presents a challenge to even the most blinkered of defenders of the present neo-liberal order

Book review: Greece resistance and the Future of Europe April 2014

Paddy McDaid reviews Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe (Polity, 2013) by Costas Douzinas

Words’ worth: Keywords at Tate Liverpool April 2014

Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition on Raymond Williams’ Keywords brings together a wide range of work but fails to capture the political impulse of the original text, writes Danielle Child

Shelagh Delaney and the drama of everyday life April 2014

Michael Calderbank reconsiders the context of Salford playwright Shelagh Delaney’s breakthrough as the National Theatre stages a revival of her debut A Taste of Honey

Past visions, future dreams March 2014

While art is always the product of a particular social and historical context, it cannot be reduced to that context, writes Mike Marqusee – not if it is of any lasting value

Maxine Peake: Doc Martens roots March 2014

Jane Shallice interviews Maxine Peake, a committed socialist whose acting credits range from Veronica in Shameless to Martha Costello QC in Silk

Struggling for the right of existence; the memoirs of Daniel Bensaïd March 2014

Jane Shallice reviews An Impatient Life: A Memoir (Verso, 2013) by Daniel Bensaïd and considers what the Left can learn from these beautiful memoirs

Honouring the Democrats March 2014

Great Democrats, edited by A. Barratt Brown (Spokesman books), reviewed by Anthony Arblaster

Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements February 2014

by Anandi Ramamurthy, reviewed by Gus John

The Impossible Community: realising communitarian anarchism February 2014

by John P Clark, reviewed by Chris Tomlinson

The Body Economic: why austerity kills February 2014

by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu, reviewed by Maureen Mackintosh

The Shed is proving that theatre can tackle the issues of the day February 2014

A temporary space at the National Theatre has been tackling a host of contemporary issues. Edd Mustill has been enjoying the show

Classic book: Winter in July February 2014

Sarah Shoraka looks back at Winter in July by Doris Lessing

Bad News for Refugees February 2014

Bad News for Refugees, by Greg Philo, Emma Briant and Pauline Donald, reviewed by Andrew Dolan

Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism February 2014

Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, by Peter Hudis, reviewed by Michael Calderbank

The Democracy Project February 2014

The Democracy Project: a history, a crisis, a movement, by David Graeber, reviewed by Michelle Zellers

Biohackers February 2014

Biohackers: the politics of open science, Alessandro Delfanti, reviewed by Leigh Phillips

Classic book: Policing the Crisis February 2014

Tracey Jensen looks back at Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the state and law and order, by Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke and Brian Roberts

Classic book: If They Come in the Morning January 2014

Lola Okolosie looks back at Angela Davis' 1971 collection of essays

Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent January 2014

Managing Democracy, Managing Dissent: capitalism, democracy and the organisation of consent, edited by Rebecca Fisher, reviewed by Bert Schouwenburg

NHS SOS January 2014

NHS SOS: how the NHS was betrayed – and how we can save it, edited by Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis, reviewed by Jonathon Tomlinson

The holy fools of Pussy Riot January 2014

Frank Carney salutes Pussy Riot and says their case demonstrates the importance of gestures on life's great occasions

Meanwhile in Bristol: temporary arts spaces January 2014

A scheme that allocated council-owned buildings for creative use has suffered under the cuts, reports Karen Dickenson

Classic book: Green Bans, Red Union January 2014

Camille Barbagallo looks at Green Bans, Red Union: environmental activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation, by Meredith and Verity Burgmann

Spying on the movement – Undercover January 2014

Undercover: the true story of Britain’s secret police, by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis, reviewed by Hannah Fair

The scapegoat bites back – Revolting Subjects January 2014

Revolting Subjects: social abjection and resistance in neoliberal Britain, by Imogen Tyler, reviewed by Hilary Aked

The case for the state January 2014

The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs private sector myths, by Mariana Mazzucato, reviewed by George Woods

Tate’s left turn January 2014

Tate Liverpool has opened its doors to an exhibition devoted to the left. Danielle Child spoke to the gallery’s artistic director Francesco Manacorda

Not forgetting who you are January 2014

The Happy Lands revisits 1926 in Fife, Scotland, spotlighting one mining community’s stand against austerity. Director Robert Rae talks with two of the actors about mining history, Fife today and Scotland’s future

Grace Petrie: Singing for change January 2014

Grace Petrie talks to Elly Badcock about apathy, love and why she’s not a ‘protest singer’

The rewilded frontier – Feral January 2014

Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding, by George Monbiot, reviewed by James O'Nions

The Village Against the World January 2014

The Village Against the World, by Dan Hancox, reviewed by Izzy Koksal

Review – What Should We Tell Our Daughters? December 2013

Kate Pickett and her 19 year old daughter Bronwen Pickett review What Should We Tell Our Daughters? by Melissa Benn.

Nourishing the hunger December 2013

Jane Trowell talks to poet Sai Murray about his collection Ad-Liberation

How the corporate elite win the class war November 2013

John Palmer reviews Susan George's latest book How to Win the Class War: The Lugano Report II

Classic book: Bolo’Bolo October 2013

Gareth Brown looks at Bolo’Bolo, a proposal for collective living

Theatre review: The World of Extreme Happiness October 2013

Edd Mustill reviews The World of Extreme Happiness at London's National Theatre Shed.

Not playing by the book: radical children’s reads October 2013

Children’s literature can be an important playground for kids to think critically and conceive of a better world. Kitty Webster explores what’s out there for little rebels to read

‘We are as Gods.’ The legacy of the Whole Earth Catalog October 2013

Steve Jobs said it was like ‘Google in paperback’. Hilary Wainwright reports from an exhibition and conference centred on the Whole Earth Catalog, first published in 1968

Reclaiming the past – All Knees and Elbows of Susceptibility and Refusal October 2013

All Knees and Elbows of Susceptibility and Refusal: reading history from below, by Anthony Iles and Tom Roberts, reviewed by Dave Featherstone

Anabaptists and pirates – Altai October 2013

Altai, by Wu Ming, reviewed by Ben Lear

The dark heart of Europe – Corporate Europe October 2013

Corporate Europe: how big business sets policies on food, climate and war, by David Cronin, reviewed by John Hilary

A drama in three acts – Fortunes of Feminism October 2013

Fortunes of Feminism: from state-managed capitalism to neoliberal crisis, by Nancy Fraser, reviewed by Nina Power

Into the Fire: a different picture of Greece September 2013

Guy Taylor watches an important and urgent film about refugees in Greece caught between the repression of Fortress Europe and the street violence of Golden Dawn

Revolutionary rehearsals September 2013

Lorna Stephenson looks at theatre groups giving a voice to the voiceless – and making social change happen in the process

Classic book: Things Fall Apart August 2013

Desiree Reynolds looks at Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Personal critique – Why are We the Good Guys? August 2013

Why are We the Good Guys? Reclaiming your mind from the delusions of propaganda, by David Cromwell, reviewed by Richard Goulding

State of mind – The Invention of the Land of Israel August 2013

The Invention of the Land of Israel: from holy land to homeland, by Shlomo Sand, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Fighting a plague August 2013

Mark Pendleton reviews two film histories of the inspiring story of AIDS activism in the US

Dictating the agenda – Murdoch’s Politics August 2013

Murdoch’s Politics: how one man’s thirst for wealth and power shapes our world, by David McKnight, reviewed by Benedetta Brevini

The people’s painter August 2013

Tate Britain’s L S Lowry exhibition seeks to rescue his work from the enormous condescension of the art world. Michael Calderbank spoke to co-curator Anne Wagner

Marching on to war – The March That Shook Blair August 2013

The March That Shook Blair: An oral history of 15 February 2003, by Ian Sinclair, reviewed by Paul Anderson

Two brains to rub together – Genes, Cells and Brains August 2013

Genes, Cells and Brains: the Promethean promises of the new biology, by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose, reviewed by Alice Bell

Giving homeless young people a voice through theatre August 2013

Edd Mustill reviews Home, a play at the National Theatre Shed

Fighting and winning: the struggle for the Hackney Empire August 2013

Taking on the Empire: How We Saved the Hackney Empire for Popular Theatre by Roland Muldoon, reviewed by Jane Shallice

Radical wormholes: our favourite science fiction August 2013

Debra Benita Shaw picks her top ten sci-fi novels that punch holes in capitalist reality

Other worlds are possible: science fiction authors roundtable August 2013

Leigh Phillips joins authors Gwyneth Jones, Marge Piercy, Ken MacLeod and Kim Stanley Robinson to discuss the role of science fiction in extending the radical horizons of our imaginations

Uhuru Lumumba! A Season in the Congo review July 2013

Catherine Hoskyns reviews A Season in the Congo at London's Young Vic

The Knife shake it to the left July 2013

The haunting and abrasive new album from The Knife challenges common assumptions about political music, says James Taylor

Oil City: campaigning theatre June 2013

Siobhan McGuirk experiences Oil City, an immersive, site-specific play produced by campaign group Platform

Soldier Box: an antidote to the government line June 2013

Soldier Box by Joe Glenton, reviewed by Josh Watts

Review – You Can’t Evict an Idea June 2013

Liam Sheehan reviews You Can't Evict an Idea, by Tim Gee

Classic book: The Bell Jar June 2013

Mel Evans takes a look back at The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 50 years on

Paper walls – Borderline Justice June 2013

Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights, by Frances Webber, reviewed by Matt Carr

Revenge of the east – From the Ruins of Empire June 2013

From the Ruins of Empire: the revolt against the west and the remaking of Asia, by Pankaj Mishra, reviewed by Jonathan Steele

K – Tales of the disappeared June 2013

Jan Rocha writes on Bernado Kucinski’s novel K, with its insight into the experience of military dictatorship in Brazil

GDP: A not so magic number June 2013

Gross Domestic Problem: the politics behind the world’s most powerful number, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, reviewed by Marco Berlinguer

Women’s arrows – New South Asian Feminisms June 2013

New South Asian Feminisms: paradoxes and possibilities by Srila Roy (ed), reviewed by Adele Webb

Modern as tomorrow: Gangsters June 2013

Capitalism is a racket, its power underwritten by violence. BBC TV’s Gangsters from the 1970s has a depth of insight that most contemporary dramas lack, argues Frank Carney

Upholding a coup: Haiti’s New Dictatorship May 2013

Haiti’s New Dictatorship by Justin Podur, reviewed by James O’Nions

The Condition of the Working Class: what’s changed? May 2013

Filmmakers Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill discuss their new Engels-inspired documentary, The Condition of the Working Class, with Clive James Nwonka

‘Never again!’ says Germany’s anti-national movement May 2013

Raphael Schlembach reviews Against the Nation: Anti-National Politics in Germany, by Robert Ogman

Days of hope: The Spirit of ’45 review April 2013

Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 is not just an exercise in nostalgia but a compelling intervention into the politics of the present, writes Alex Nunns

Film review: The Gatekeepers April 2013

Brian Precious reviews a documentary that shows the calculated brutality of Israel’s security services – using their own words

Review: Riots Reframed April 2013

Michael Pooler reviews a film that gives an alternative view of the 2011 riots

Singing our stories March 2013

Socialist singer-songwriter Dave Boardman reviews Union Made, the new album by radical folk supergroup Union of Folk

Classic book: Further fragments March 2013

As Beyond the Fragments by Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright is set to be republished, Jane Wills looks at its significance

Cruel Britannia: Brute detail March 2013

Cruel Britannia: a secret history of torture, by Ian Cobain, reviewed by Frances Webber

Catastrophism: The truth won’t set you free March 2013

Catastrophism, by Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Eddie Yuen and James Davis, reviewed by Nic Beuret

Beyond Walls and Cages: the politics of exclusion March 2013

Beyond Walls and Cages: prisons, borders and global crisis, eds Jenna M Loyd, Matt Mitchelson and Andrew Burridge, reviewed by Lioba Hirsch

The Question of Strategy: an urgent discussion March 2013

John McDonnell MP reviews The Question of Strategy - Socialist Register 2013

The Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan: an alternative vision of hip hop March 2013

Kaspar Loftin says a caravan across Africa is a revitalisation of the genre’s original political power

Scouse: a class accent February 2013

Michael Calderbank speaks to Tony Crowley, author of Scouse: A Social and Cultural History

Degenerates remembered January 2013

Ian Hunter looks at an exhibition and project remembering persecuted artist Kurt Schwitters

A class act January 2013

Nicholas Beuret looks at E P Thompson's classic The Making of the English Working Class

A flame of butterflies January 2013

Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver, reviewed by Kitty Webster

Athenian nights January 2013

Discordia: Six nights in crisis Athens, by Laurie Penny and Molly Crabapple, reviewed by Mel Evans

Economic odysseys January 2013

Scattered Sand: the story of China’s rural migrants, by Hsiao-Hung Pai, reviewed by Greg Fay

Lively London January 2013

London’s Overthrow by China Miéville, reviewed by Frank Carney

We won’t be told – Argentina’s horizontalism December 2012

Everyday Revolutions: horizontalism and autonomy in Argentina, by Marina A Sitrin, reviewed by Isabelle Koksal

Books in red wrapping paper December 2012

Philosophy Football's Mark Perryman introduces his best left-wing books of 2012 for a hopeful materialist's seasonal gift list

No better model December 2012

The Making of Global Capitalism: the political economy of American empire, by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, reviewed by Patrick Bond

Call this art? December 2012

The Artist Placement Group brought artistic practice to British workplaces in the 1960s and 1970s. Janna Graham reviews a new exhibition of their work

The M word December 2012

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel, reviewed by Mel Evans

Back to the shop floor December 2012

Edward Webster looks at Working for Ford, by Huw Beynon (1974)

Untouchables: a different way to make sense of Leveson December 2012

Untouchables: dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard, by Michael Gillard and Laurie Flynn, reviewed by Kevin Blowe

Palestine: Learning from the rabbi December 2012

Wrestling in the Daylight: a rabbi’s path to Palestinian solidarity, by Brant Rosen, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Riot from Wrong: An example of what journalism could look like November 2012

Koos Couvée reviews a film about the riots that gives a different point of view

2012’s literary Christmas tree formation November 2012

Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman reveals the football books any fan would welcome as an addition to their bookshelf this Christmas

Wages without work November 2012

Revolution at Point Zero by Silvia Federici and The Problem with Work by Kathi Weeks, reviewed by Nicholas Beuret

The people of the pipeline October 2012

The Oil Road, by James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello, reviewed by Andy Rowell

Chumbawamba: One last time October 2012

Chumbawamba, the anarchist band that topped the charts and tipped an ice bucket over John Prescott, have decided to call it a day. Founder member Boff Whalley explains why

Live art: In here or out there? October 2012

From oil tanks to magic forests, Andy Field considers some of the unlikely homes offered to live art

Film: Who Polices the Police? October 2012

Ken Fero, director of 'Who Policies The Police?' writes about the making of the film which examines the complicity of the IPCC in deaths in custody and the struggle of one family for justice

Manifesta 9: Genk October 2012

Jane Shallice reports from Manifesta in Genk, a biennial Europe-wide contemporary art exhibition which this year had a coal mining theme

Bring on your wrecking ball: the politics of Bruce Springsteen September 2012

Huw Beynon and Steve Davies consider the significance of an artist whose new album targets the bankers’ crisis

Classic book: Frankenstein September 2012

Mads Ryle looks at the continuing relevance of Mary Shelley's classic to debates about science, technology and nature today

Shedcasting in Surbiton September 2012

Michael Calderbank visits the suburban garden of radio broadcaster and DJ Mark Coles, an unlikely location for an internet-based radio show

Knowing Too Much: A new view of Jerusalem September 2012

Knowing Too Much: why the American Jewish romance with Israel is coming to an end, by Norman Finkelstein, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Leila Khaled: The woman behind the symbol September 2012

Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation, by Sarah Irving, reviewed by Hilary Aked

Practical action: Beautiful Trouble September 2012

Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, eds Andrew Boyd and Dave Oswald Mitchell, reviewed by Justin Jacoby Smith

Northern soul: Socialism with a Northern Accent September 2012

Socialism with a Northern Accent, by Paul Salveson. reviewed by Michael Calderbank

Alternative Olympianism September 2012

Why The Olympics Aren’t Good For Us, And How They Can Be, by Mark Perryman, reviewed by Kevin Blowe

Arab streetwise: the counter-culture of the revolutions August 2012

The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have been sustained by an active countercultural scene, discovers Lorenzo Fe

Classic book: Let Me Speak! August 2012

Nick Caistor takes another look at Domitila Barrios de Chungara's story of life in Bolivia's mining villages

Multiple perspectives August 2012

Marine Ices, by Tony Garnett, reviewed by Sheila Rowbotham

A different solution August 2012

To Cook a Continent: destructive extraction and the climate crisis in Africa, by Nnimmo Bassey, reviewed by Tim Gee

Alan Morrison: A polemical poet August 2012

Jan Goodey meets poet Alan Morrison and explores his latest work on mental illness

In a sniper’s sights August 2012

The Only House Left Standing: the Middle East journals of Tom Hurndall, reviewed by Ewa Jasiewicz

Cities of struggle August 2012

Rebel Cities: from the right to the city to the urban revolution, by David Harvey, reviewed by Andre Pusey

Ill Manors, reductionist politics? June 2012

Plan B's debut film portrays extreme anti-social behaviour in working-class and ethnic minority communities. The film could prove to be Conservative propaganda for Broken Britain, argues Clive Nwonka

Review: The Missing Billions June 2012

As UK Uncut win their case at the high court to challenge the Goldman Sachs tax deal, Kitty Webster reviews the new documentary 'The Missing Billions'

Review: The Palestine Nakba June 2012

Bernard Regan reviews Nur Masalha’s account of Palestinian history and the significance of the Nakba in the Israel-Palestine conflict

Fence Records: ‘We’re not trendy, we’re not competing, we just do our thing’ June 2012

Johnny Lynch (aka The Pictish Trail) tells Emma Hughes that artist-run record label Fence is staying true to its roots

The Courageous State: Rethinking economics, society and the role of government June 2012

By Richard Murphy, reviewed by Heather Blakey

Palestinians in Israel: Ethnocracy, not democracy May 2012

Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, by Ben White, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Riding the pink tide May 2012

Social Movements and Leftist Governments in Latin America: Confrontation or Co-option? by Gary Prevost et al (eds), reviewed by Federico Fuentes

Ghosts of Afghanistan: A realistic prospect for peace May 2012

Ghosts of Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground, by Jonathan Steele, reviewed by Gabriel Carlyle

Debt: The First 5,000 Years – Money, myth and morality May 2012

Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber, reviewed by Nick Dearden

Classic book: Woman on the Edge of Time – A utopia of resistance May 2012

Mel Evans looks at Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy, first published 1979

Rare Earth: Revolutionary sci fi April 2012

Rare Earth, by Paul Mason, reviewed by Amanda Sebestyen

Review: La Grande Illusion April 2012

As a digitally restored version is released, Michael Pooler revisits Jean Renoir's anti-war masterpiece

Classic book: The Wretched of the Earth April 2012

Richard Pithouse on The Wretched of the Earth, by Frantz Fanon

Counterpower: A reservoir of hope April 2012

Counterpower: Making Change Happen, by Tim Gee, reviewed by Ed Lewis

Don’t Take No for an Answer: How not to run a referendum campaign April 2012

Don’t Take No for an Answer: The 2011 Referendum and the Future of Electoral Reform, by Lewis Baston and Ken Ritchie, reviewed by Callum Michaels

Review: Revolutionary Communist at Work April 2012

Revolutionary Communist at Work: A Political Biography of Bert Ramelson, by Roger Seifert and Tom Sibley, reviewed by Mary Davis

The Shadow World: Backstabbing, ego and disregard April 2012

The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, by Andrew Feinstein, reviewed by Chris Browne

The Cost of Inequality: A chronicle of capitalist catastrophe April 2012

The Cost of Inequality: Three Decades of the Super-Rich and the Economy, by Stewart Lansley, reviewed by Christopher Hird

The Assault on Universities: An education in democracy April 2012

The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance, by Michael Bailey and Des Freedman (eds), reviewed by Hilary Aked

Venezuela’s hip-hop revolutionaries March 2012

Jody McIntyre and Pablo Navarrete report on Venezuela’s Hip Hop Revolución movement

A cagey business March 2012

Richard Kuper reads two books which consider the grotesque realities of industrial meat production and the wilful 'forgetting' needed to accept them.

Epitaph to a generation: John Akomfrah interview March 2012

Siobhan McGuirk speaks to John Akomfrah about his new film – and the 2011 riots

Contradictory Dickens February 2012

On the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, Terry Eagleton looks at the contradictions of the man and his work

Tweetin’ ’bout a revolution: Paul Mason interview February 2012

Newsnight’s Paul Mason, author of a new book on the revolts sweeping the world, speaks to Red Pepper

Blockbusters only please, we’re British! January 2012

Filmmaker Clive Nwonka responds to the recently published UK Film Policy Review paper, and David Cameron’s questionable stance on film funding.

Catch 22: war satire still bites in the age of Fallujah and Helmand January 2012

Catch 22, by Joseph Heller, reviewed by Matt Owen

Review: No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way January 2012

No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way, reviewed by Martin Legassick

The White Van Papers: fiction that tells the truth January 2012

The White Van Papers by Roland Muldoon, reviewed by Jane Shallice

More Bad News from Israel: how the media tell it like it isn’t January 2012

More Bad News from Israel, by Greg Philo and Mike Berry, reviewed by Miri Weingarten

Britain’s Empire: ripping up the comfortable myths January 2012

Britain’s Empire: Resistance, Repression and Revolt by Richard Gott, reviewed by Jonathan Steele

From Dictatorship to Democracy: a manual for revolution? December 2011

From Dictatorship to Democracy: a conceptual framework for liberation, by Gene Sharp, reviewed by Alex Nunns

A night at the multiplex: an interview with Mark Kermode December 2011

Sean Gittins talks to Mark Kermode about modern cinema and the role of the film critic

The Olympics site: ‘a ticking-clock assault on the residue of industrial history’ December 2011

In this extract from his latest book, Ghost Milk, Iain Sinclair looks at the toxicity of the soil under the Olympics

Off with their heads! An interview with Martin Rowson December 2011

Red Pepper speaks to Martin Rowson about his 30-plus years as a scourge of the political establishment

Review: Black Power Mixtape December 2011

Selina Nwulu reviews new civil rights movement documentary Black Power Mixtape

Beyond bling-bling: rap in Cuba December 2011

Cuba’s isolation has seen hip hop develop in a different direction, discovers Sujatha Fernandes

Castro: Beautiful brushwork, imperfect picture December 2011

Leigh Philips reviews Castro by Reinhard Kleist

Not just a knee-jerk November 2011

Richard Seymour reviews The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin by Corey Robin

Sex-positive feminism November 2011

Jennie O’Hara reviews Meat Market: Female Flesh under Capitalism, by Laurie Penny

Fox among the paintings November 2011

Daisy Jones takes aim at BBC4’s quixotic attempt to wrap modernist art in a union jack

Review: The Fear Factory November 2011

Polemic documentary challenges sensationalist media portrayal of youth crime, but suffers from staid approach and lack of young voices, says Georgia Rooney

All the news that fits, they print October 2011

Emma Hughes looks at Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S Herman and Noam Chomsky (1988)

Unwatchable October 2011

Amy Hall reviews the film 'Unwatchable' but finds real life even more disturbing

It’s possible, it’s necessary October 2011

Antonio David Cattani reviews Ours to Master and to Own by Immanuel Ness and Dario Azzellini (eds)

The pursuit of the good September 2011

Peter McMylor considers Alasdair MacIntyre's classic After Virtue: a study in moral theory, first published in 1981

In the revolutionary warm-stream September 2011

Michael Calderbank reviews Magical Marxism: subversive politics and the Imagination, by Andy Merrifield

Flower power September 2011

Jan Goodey reviews Seedbombs: going wild with flowers, by Josie Jeffery

Crude politics August 2011

Sami Ramadani reviews Fuel on the Fire: oil and politics in occupied Iraq, by Greg Muttitt

Unruly protest August 2011

Ashok Kumar reviews Fight Back! A reader on the winter of protest, ed. Dan Hancox

Gil Scott-Heron: Speakin’ for a whole generation August 2011

Steve Pretty looks at the musical and political life of the poet

Pure class August 2011

Kevin Blowe reviews Chavs: the demonisation of the working class, by Owen Jones

Crowd allowed August 2011

Siobhan McGuirk on the way inspiring new documentary Just Do It was made

Soundtrack of dissent July 2011

Alex Nunns reviews 33 Revolutions Per Minute: a history of protest songs by Dorian Lynskey

Reconstructing Marx July 2011

Michael Calderbank reviews Why Marx was Right by Terry Eagleton

The greatest injustice July 2011

Leigh Phillips reviews Treasure Islands by Nicholas Shaxson

School without walls July 2011

Isabel Parrott revisits Colin Ward's classic The Child in the City

Film review: Unwrapping the drugs debate July 2011

Siobhan McGuirk reviews ‘Cocaine Unwrapped’, a documentary that asks good questions but avoids too many answers

High hopes July 2011

High-rise homes are derided, but some show that a progressive architecture is possible argues Owen Hatherley

Talking the talk June 2011

Chris Browne goes to Mutiny’s latest ‘On Trial’ event

From kitchen sink to fish tank June 2011

Siobhan McGuirk traces the history of social realism in British cinema as the genre starts to make a comeback

Empty tank June 2011

Social realism was a strong tradition in British cinema. Clive James Nwonka argues that we need it as much as ever

Soaked in blood June 2011

Lorna Stephenson reviews The Devil’s Milk: a social history of rubber by John Tully

The ladder of escape June 2011

Michael Calderbank considers utopian dreaming and political engagement in the Joan Miró exhibition at Tate Modern

Maria and her mangoes June 2011

Christine Haigh reviews The Fair Trade Revolution by John Bowes (ed)

Poster people May 2011

James O'Nions reviews Celebrate People’s History: the poster book of resistance and revolution

Web freedom May 2011

Tim Hunt reviews An Open Web

Branding the revolution May 2011

Ross Eventon reviews A Poetics of Resistance: the revolutionary public relations of the Zapatista insurgency

Mass movements and Morales May 2011

David Broder reviews From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia

Salvaging the socialist cause May 2011

Richard Seymour reviews Eric Hobsbawm's latest book, and a new biography of this influential historian

Capital ideas May 2011

Ingo Scmidt discusses the relevance of Rosa Luxemburg's Accumulation of Capital

Reading Rosa April 2011

Peter Hudis, editor of the newly published Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, speaks to Red Pepper

Palestine’s wandering poet April 2011

Mike Marqusee on Mahmoud Darwish, the poet of the Palestinian people

Theatre Uncut: Art attack April 2011

Red Pepper investigates a theatre project dramatising the cuts

Moving to the Latin beat March 2011

Dancing with Dynamite: Social movements and states in Latin America, by Benjamin Dangl (AK Press), reviewed by Mike Geddes

Joining the dots March 2011

Whose Crisis, Whose Future? Towards A Greener, Fairer, Richer World, by Susan George (Polity Press), reviewed by Sylvie Wynn

Birthday verse March 2011

The Verso Book of Dissent: From Spartacus to the Shoe Thrower of Baghdad, edited by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim, reviewed by Jennie Bailey

A timely jolt March 2011

Jilted Generation, by Ed Howker and Shiv Malik (Icon Books), reviewed by Adam Ramsay

Unabashed history March 2011

Beating the Fascists: The untold story of Anti-Fascist Action, by Sean Birchall (Freedom Press), reviewed by Ben Aylott

Countering capitalism March 2011

The Great Transformation, by Karl Polanyi, reviewed by Tom Malleson

AgiTate February 2011

The performances of art activists Liberate Tate are celebrated in a new postcard collection.

Machete: The action hero gets political February 2011

Severed limbs and a splatter of anti-capitalism. Raph Schlembach watches Machete

Illegal Art: Recreating records February 2011

Red Pepper talks to Illegal Art founder Philo T Farnsworth

The ninth art meets the fourth estate January 2011

Leigh Phillips traces the emergence of comic-book journalism

Review: The war you don’t see December 2010

J. Sadie Clifford on John Pilger's latest documentary.

The media war you don’t see December 2010

Red Pepper's Latin America editor Pablo Navarrete interviews John Pilger ahead of the release of his new film, 'The War You Don't See.'

Have your steak and eat it November 2010

Meat: a benign extravagance, by Simon Fairlie (Permanent Publications), reviewed by Christine Haigh

The case of the state November 2010

Isabel Parrot assesses the continuing relevance of In and Against the State

Turbulent tome November 2010

What Would it Mean to Win? by Turbulence Collective (PM Press), reviewed by James O’Nions

A need to go further November 2010

The Rise of the Green Left, by Derek Wall (Pluto Press), reviewed by Peter McColl

Braver together November 2010

The Language of Silence, by Merilyn Moos (Cressida Press/Writersworld), reviewed by Amanda Sebestyen

Absent voices November 2010

Pornland: How porn has hijacked our sexuality, by Gail Dines (Beacon Press), reviewed by Jennie O’Hara

Banners high November 2010

Peter Lazenby reviews an exhibition of the work of Britain’s most important trade union banner maker

Media empowerment September 2010

Siobhan McGuirk talks to the Adbusters Media Foundation

The art of protest September 2010

Gavin Grindon looks at convergences of the political and the aesthetic

An idealist and a sceptic September 2010

In his best work, director John Ford depicted a complex world through the lens of an understated but powerful critique says Mike Marqusee

From Barking to Venice September 2010

Siobhan McGuirk meets collaborative art and architecture practice muf

The construction of (un)reality September 2010

James O'Nions reviews a compelling piece of invented history at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Trotsky faction September 2010

Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna (Faber and Faber), reviewed by James O'Nions

Dark urban fantasies September 2010

Stephen Graham's Cities Under Siege: the new military urbanism (Verso), reviewed by Matthew Carr

Time to be communists again September 2010

Alain Badiou's The Communist Hypothesis (Verso), reviewed by Bertie Russell

No easy answers September 2010

Kolya Abramsky's Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution (AK Press), reviewed by Kevin Blowe

Optimism of the will September 2010

Noam Chomsky's Hopes and Prospects (Hamish Hamilton), reviewed by Nick Dearden

Demanding the impossible September 2010

Alastair Hemmens celebrates a book that had a major influence on 'les événements' of 1968

South of the Border July 2010

Oliver Stone's new documentary chronicles the emergence of progressive governments in Latin America. Roberto Navarrete talks to him and Tariq Ali, one of the film's scriptwriters.

Fierce urgency July 2010

Beyond the Tipping Point? Director: Stefan Skrimshire ‘That it goes on like this is the catastrophe,’ the German critic Walter Benjamin once wrote, a comment all the more prescient given that our present lifestyles threaten to change the climate beyond the point of reversability. This film is not about the climate science behind the suggestion […]

Left tide July 2010

Samuel Grove reviews South of the Border, directed by Oliver Stone

Craft work July 2010

Music producer Matthew Herbert's inventive methods are informed by a critical perspective on the wider politics of production and consumption under contemporary capitalism, finds Brendan Montague

Determined to do it July 2010

Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the 20th Century by Sheila Rowbotham (Verso), reviewed by Andrea D'Cruz

A living gallery of resistance July 2010

Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine by William Parry (Pluto), reviewed by Mike Marqusee

Making noise for Africa July 2010

Speaking Truth to Power by Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem (Fahamu Books & Pambazuka Press), reviewed by Fatima Mujtaba

Italia ’76 July 2010

More Work! Less Pay! Rebellion and Repression in Italy 1972-77 by Phil Edwards (Manchester University Press), reviewed by Paul Anderson

Illusory ethics July 2010

Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis (Serpent's Tail), reviewed by Jonathan Steele

Second coming July 2010

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal work The Second Sex laid the foundations for the second wave of feminism and is essential reading for the feminist resurgence today, writes Rosie Germain

Journal de combat June 2010

Emilie Bickerton celebrates Cahiers du cinéma, the French film journal that insisted on seeing film as an art form

Rhyme and reason June 2010

Pablo Navarrete meets the British-Iraqi rapper Lowkey, a rising star whose growing popularity is tapping into a mood of rebellion

On the side of the slaves June 2010

The Black Jacobins by CLR James (Penguin, new edition 2001), reviewed by Selma James

Fill in the adjectives June 2010

Gaza: Beneath the Bombs by Sharyn Lock with Sarah Irving (Pluto Press), reviewed by Andrea D'Cruz

Confused protest June 2010

The Protestor's Handbook by Bibi van der Zee (Guardian Books), reviewed by Tom Walker

Opening a crack in history June 2010

Zapatistas: rebellion from the grassroots to the global by Alex Khasnabish (Zed Books), reviewed by Duncan Smith

Fearless satire June 2010

Disgusting Bliss: the brass eye of Chris Morris by Lucian Randall (Simon and Schuster), reviewed by Kevin Blowe

Going against the flow June 2010

The Enigma of Capital and the crises of Capitalism by David Harvey (Profile Books), reviewed by Alexander Gallas

A brick of a book May 2010

Commonwealth by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri Scathingly described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘a witches’ brew of contemporary radicalism’, Hardt and Negri’s most recent book Commonwealth is a timely contribution to our understanding of contemporary capitalist relations and the potential revolutionary conditions they create. Michael Hardt is a professor of literature at Duke […]

One night in the north April 2010

John Robb celebrates the 20th anniversary of an event that captured the cultural and political moment, and a band whose anthemic, euphoric music for a brief time perfectly matched the sense of possibility and change

Zizek waits April 2010

Violence by Slavoj Zizek (London, Profile Books 2009), reviewed by Clare Woodford

An alien gaze February 2010

Lyn Marven considers Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller's compelling fictional exploration of state oppression

Objective fiction February 2010

Nathaniel Mehr reviews Newspeak in the 21st Century by David Edwards and David Cromwell (Pluto Press, 2009)

Book reviews February 2010

Public cost and private benefit Global Auction of Public Assets Dexter Whitfield Spokesman, £18 Dexter Whitfield has been one of the most well-informed and effective critics of the whole programme of privatisation of Britain’s public services, begun by Margaret Thatcher and continued by New Labour. He is the director of the European Services Strategy Unit, […]

Anything but background music January 2010

It's often said that flamenco is not political because it dwells exclusively on the individual. That seems to imply a narrow definition of both the political and the personal, writes Mike Marqusee

A friend in court December 2009

Liz Davies reviews Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer by Michael Mansfield QC (Bloomsbury, 2009)

The critical struggle of our time December 2009

Maddy Power reviews (People First Economics) by David Ransom and Vanessa Baird (eds) New Internationalist, 2009

Everyone does everything December 2009

James O'Nions meets two members of the Italian novel-writing collective Wu Ming as they publish Manituana, their 'story from the wrong side of history'

Epic drama December 2009

With a new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children at the National Theatre, Steve Platt assesses the legacy of one of the 20th century's greatest dramatists

An ecological manifesto November 2009

The Ecological Revolution by John Bellamy Foster (Monthly Review Press, 2009), reviewed by Derek Wall

Feeding the world November 2009

Instead of GM crops and a new 'green revolution for Africa', the answer to the food crisis and climate change lies in smaller-scale, local 'agroecology'. Reviews by James O'Nions

The other India October 2009

Mike Marqusee reviews Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy by Arundhati Roy

Enlightened fundamentalism October 2009

Liberal and conservative Europe alike are guilty of a new 'xeno-racism' against Muslims, according to veteran anti-racism campaigner Liz Fekete. Review by Matt Carr

Just say yes October 2009

As the anti-corporate pranksters the Yes Men launched their new film, {Red Pepper} dispatched Brendan Montague to meet them and get the lowdown on their unusual form of activism

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela August 2009

Derek Wall reviews Pablo Navarrete's new documentary

Singing to a different tune August 2009

Pop stars are swapping guitars for banners to take the power back from the record companies, writes Paul Campbell

Inspirational history, practical handbook August 2009

Ireland's Hidden Diaspora by Ann Rossiter (Irish Abortion Solidarity Campaign), reviewed by Laurie Penny

Grievable and ungrievable lives June 2009

Nathaniel Mehr reviews Judith Butler's Frames of War: When is Life Grievable?

Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution June 2009

Helen Yaffe explores impact of Che Guevara as an economist and politician

Playing the Great Game June 2009

The Tricycle Theatre's production of The Great Game - 12 plays on the history and contemporary realities of the struggle for control over Afghanistan - brings to the fore what will be one of the central political issues in the coming years. Co-director Indhu Rubasingham reflects on the project

It was 40 years ago today, John and Yoko taught the world to play May 2009

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Bed-In' at the Amsterdam Hilton in 1969 was only a part of their broad-ranging commitment to peace campaigning. Colin Robinson looks back at one of the most famous - and media-savvy - protests of all time

A tale of three Michaels May 2009

He was a pimp, pusher and political activist, with a penchant for the outlandish and an ability to attract support from the rich and famous. Until his murder conviction and hanging in Trinidad in 1975, Michael X was one of the best-known figures of 1960s radicalism. Michael Horovitz reviews a new account of the life of this self-styled black Muslim revolutionary

The message is not the medium May 2009

Radical poetry just sloganises, argues BRIGG57. Good poetry is about much more than its politics

Comrade or brother? April 2009

Comrade or Brother? A History of the British Labour Movement by Mary Davis (Pluto Press, second edition 2009, reviewed by Nathaniel Mehr

Free as in freedom April 2009

Are people freely swapping music, films and other files over the internet undermining corporate control of entertainment and creating a revolutionary culture of sharing and universal access to knowledge? Nick Buxton explores the political edge of the digital piracy and 'free culture' movements

Viva Siva April 2009

Now in his eighties, A Sivanandan remains an important figure in the politics of race and class, maintaining his long-held insistence that only in the symbiosis of the two struggles can a genuinely radical politics be found. By Arun Kundnani

This artist blows March 2009

The young British Muslim artist Sarah Maple has been at the centre of controversy since first bursting onto the art scene at the end of 2007. Interview by Anikka Weerasinghe

Art, truth and politics March 2009

Hilary Wainwright and Ian Rickson pay tribute to the politics, plays and life of Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008

Feminism and war: confronting US imperialism March 2009

Nathaniel Mehr reviews (Feminism and War) and writes that it is essential reading for anyone who is remotely convinced by the feminist pretensions of the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq

No redemption March 2009

Mike Marqusee talks to 'Red Riding' quartet author David Peace about 'GB84', his dark novel on the 1984 miners' strike

Waltz with Bashir is nothing but charade February 2009

The Israeli film considered favorite to win an Oscar for best foreign language film lost out, but Gideon Levy, for one, was not disappointed by this decision

Pitmen painters February 2009

Six days a week they toiled down the mine, making art in their spare time after attending a Workers Education Association art appreciation class. The Ashington Group of miner-artists is the subject of a witty and wise play by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, currently showing at the National Theatre, that has much to tell us about art, culture and the working class, writes Steve Platt

Something special February 2009

Laurie Penny speaks to Mary Wilson, the longest-standing member of Motown's most successful group, the Supremes

Radical Motown February 2009

The pioneering black music label, Tamla Motown, marks its 50th anniversary in 2009. Fiona Osler assesses its impact

Impartial or Cowardly? February 2009

Keith Somerville gives a journalist's view of the BBC's rejection of the DEC Gaza aid plea

Pitmen painters January 2009

Six days a week they toiled down the mine, making art in their spare time after attending a Workers Education Association art appreciation class. The Ashington Group of miner-artists is the subject of a witty and wise play by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, currently showing at the National Theatre, that has much to tell us about art, culture and the working class, writes Steve Platt

Led Zeppelin needs to come back in black January 2009

Mark LeVine says at their core Led Zeppelin were a black band and need to look outside the 'white rock 'n' roll box' if they change their mind about not reforming

Thank you, Harold December 2008

Hilary Wainwright wrote the following note about Harold Pinter's involvement with Red Pepper for a collection published by Faber to celebrate his 70th birthday

In words and silences December 2008

Hilary Wainwright reflects on Harold Pinter and Red Pepper

On Adrian Mitchell’s Answerphone December 2008

On Adrian Mitchell’s answerphone – bells ring, birds sing, saxophones swing! On Adrian Mitchell’s answerphone – Blake works a miracle, Big Ben sounds hysterical, the world waxes lyrical! On Adrian Mitchell’s answerphone – the passwords sigh, the terrorists cry, the children fly! On Adrian Mitchell’s answerphone – leave plenty of love – after the tone! […]

The patron saint of sandal-wearers December 2008

Matthew Beaumont welcomes Sheila Rowbotham's biography of Edward Carpenter

Well versed December 2008

From publishing translations of the only known female poet whose work has survived from Roman times to editing a successful poetry column in the Morning Star, the anarchist-communist John Rety is well respected in the poetry world. Here he describes his long involvement with poetry and chooses four poems from his new book Well Versed, an anthology of his Morning Star column, to share with Red Pepper readers

At the crossroads December 2008

I built the best of England With my brain and with my hands. Liberty Equality Fraternity – That’s where I took my stand, And the people called me Old Labour The brave heart of this land I walked out of the smoky streets To enjoy some country air, But when I came to the crossroads, […]

Inside December 2008

Day breaks, at a pace that makes the face ache and just for his faith’s sake, he tries to stay calm he looks down at his young man’s hands and at his arms and remembers a time when they seemed so much smaller outside it’s grey and as the rain beats a rhythm on the […]

The lamplighter (extract) December 2008

Scene 1: Interior fort The noise of the sea slapping against the walls of Cape Coast Castle. The sound of many different African languages, talking fast, scared. ANNIWAA: I am a girl. I am in the dark. I don’t know how long I’ve been kept in the dark. High above me, there is a tiny […]

Something worth fighting for November 2008

A poem by Carol Ann Duffy has been removed by a school exam board. Michael Rosen thinks poets may have a battle on their hands

A cultural revolution November 2008

Poet and writer Andy Croft talks to Neil Astley, the founder and editor of Britain's most important poetry publisher, Bloodaxe Books, about putting the politics into poetry

The generation gap November 2008

Extracts of What's Going On by Mark Steel (Simon and Schuster)

Drawing back the curtain October 2008

Wherever he has found himself - with the freedom fighters in the mountains of northern Iraq, as a prisoner in an Iranian jail, and now filling a whole room at the Imperial War Museum - Osman Ahmed has always gone on drawing. He spoke to Amanda Sebestyen about his passionate journey to make his art bear witness for the hidden people of Kurdistan

Carrying on from the Chartists October 2008

Can poetry provide a means for change? Dave Toomer, Christina McAlpine and John G Hall, the editors of Citizen 32 magazine, believe it can. Here they explain the importance of combining poetry and activism The contemporary black American poet Amiri Baraka declared that ‘art should be used as a weapon of revolution’, and indeed poetry […]

Grist to the radical Mill September 2008

John Stuart Mill: Victorian firebrand by Richard Reeves (Atlantic Books), reviewed by Anthony Arblaster

Big art and Perspex panels August 2008

From graffiti and street art to massive corporate-funded structures such as the Ebbsfleet Landmark (the size of the Statue of Liberty, twice as tall as Antony Gormley's Angel of the North), public art has never been more in vogue. Steve Platt, a reformed 'graffitist', surveys the artistic landscape

Manu Chao, the neighbourhood singer August 2008

Manu Chao could be the most famous singer that many English speakers have never heard of. Yet he is to the alter-globalisation movement what Bob Dylan was to peace and civil rights in the 1960s. Oscar Reyes caught up with him by a campfire at Glastonbury, where he created a little 'neighbourhood of hope'

Three poems on peace and war July 2008

Poems by Adrian Mitchell

Commie Girl in the OC July 2008

Laurie Penny interviews Rebecca Schoenkopf about politics, life, feminism and getting 'finger-fucked' by Hillary Clinton

Making music matter June 2008

The organisers claimed it as a huge success. But the BNP continued its advance in local elections and won a seat on the London Assembly a few days later anyway. So what did the Love Music Hate Racism carnival in east London in April achieve, and what is the importance of such events for the left in the future? Lena De Casparis and Alex Nunns report

Selfish capitalism is making us ill June 2008

Mat Little interviews psychologist and writer Oliver James about his book, The Selfish Capitalist

The power to prevail June 2008

The annual Human Rights Watch film festival promises to highlight the power of the human spirit - and it doesn't disappoint, writes Angela Saini

This is what you do June 2008

Hollow Land by Eyal Weizman, reviewed by Michael Kustow

Racism today May 2008

Hostility towards migrants is on the increase. David Renton reviews a new book by Arun Kundani which puts contemporary racism in perspective

Waiting for the barbarians April 2008

The so-called War on Terror has created a global bonanza for the world of commercial military suppliers, writes Solomon Hughes in this exclusive extract from his new book War on Terror, Inc

Anti-semitism and the Israel lobby April 2008

In this extract from his book, If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, Mike Marqusee says that no one should be deterred from criticising the Israel lobby by charges of anti-semitism

When the enemy is at the door March 2008

Will Atkinson talked to Ken Loach

Letting people speak March 2008

Siobhan McGuirk talks to Kim Longinotto about the growing interest in documentaries, their potential power to move and stir people and explores what kind of documentaries give people a sense of agency

The films we miss and why March 2008

There are some really interesting Italian films coming out – probably Hungarian, French and Polish ones too – but you’d never know it. We are still suffering the results of post-war agreements that gave the US film industry the power to dominate our culture as if films were like motor cars. The Italian champion of […]

Planetary mythology February 2008

Soundbite science and self-help manuals would have you believe that men and women can't communicate. Deborah Cameron's new book shows that the real issues are to do with power, writes Romy Clark

Poetic charge sheet January 2008

Tony Benn reviews Michael Horovitz's powerful new anti-war polemic

American interest December 2007

The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy by John Mearsheimer and Stephen M Walt (Allen Lane 2007), reviewed by Richard Kuper

Keep throwing stones December 2007

From the CAST theatre company to New Variety and the Hackney Empire, Roland and Claire Muldoon have been at the heart of cultural dissent for the past four decades. By Jane Shallice

Babes without spice December 2007

Laurie Penny explains what it means to have hopes dashed twice, first by the Spice Girls and second by Blair's Babes

You’re booked December 2007

Sports books fill the bestseller lists every Christmas. Anne Coddington and Mark Perryman examine the rise and rise of the new sports writing

Booktopia December 2007

Comedian Mark Thomas on his top books

War on Words August 2000

The triumph of the free market after the end of the Cold War doesn't mean a free market in ideas. Tariq Ali discusses the way literature can still be a crime against the state

Who takes the rap? January 1998

Hip-hop star Chuck D says black artists must fight for control of their own music and the money it earns. Donald Harding talked to him

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