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30 Years of Red Pepper

Red Pepper #244 Summer 2024

Celebrating 30 years of Red Pepper, we reflect on three decades in UK politics, feminism, media, technology, Islamophobia, and the anti-globalisation movement – with Lynne Segal, Lola Olufemi, Asim Qureshi, Gary Younge, Jeremy Gilbert, Helena Kennedy and James O’Nions.

Our essay addresses the present, ongoing plight of the Rohingya people. Looking to the future, we explore industrial conversion and a just transition to a green economy.

Ready for summer, our culture section celebrates play, with regular features, books, previews and more!

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30 years of…

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  • Red Pepper: how it all began

    The founders of Red Pepper – Tony Cook, Dee Searle, Clifford Singer and Hilary Wainwright – reflect on the birth of the magazine in 1994

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  • Faces of feminism – from the 90s to tomorrow

    Two prominent UK writers, Lynne Segal and Lola Olufemi, engage in an intergenerational discussion of the state of feminism and feminist organising

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  • Big Tech: A new platform for global capitalism

    Over the past 30 years, tech companies have become leading institutions of global capitalism. They give a new face to old challenges – and new…

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Essay

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  • The ongoing battle for Rohingya rights

    The majority of the Rohingya people are now refugees, scattered across neighbouring countries and trapped in overcrowded camps. Miriam Bradley…

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Decarbonisation

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  • Transition troubles at the coalface

    Forty years on from the miners’ strike, Britain’s transition away from coal highlights the complex challenges of decarbonisation, write Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson

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  • Worker-led transition is essential climate action

    Organised labour is central to successful decarbonisation and averting catastrophic climate breakdown, write Jake Woodier and Hilary Wainwright

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  • Hard truths in Brazil’s Lithium Valley

    Inhabitants of regions like Brazil’s Jequitinhonha valley are confronting the global forces turning their lands into sacrifice zones for the ‘green transition’. By Alex Shankland,…

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Play

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  • How to stop getting played

    Games and play are everywhere under neoliberal capitalism. But they can also show us the way to a better future, argues Keir Milburn

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  • Rewilding our dysfunctional democracy

    Just as capitalism destroys ecosystems, it also maintains power imbalances in our democracies. Borrowing ecological principles could yield radical politcal changes, writes Calum McGeown

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  • Puppetry thrives amid war in Ukraine

    The Odesa Puppet Theatre plays a vital role for Ukrainians facing the violence and trauma of war, explain Nataliia Borodina and Matt Smith

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