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03EDITORIAL Many arguments, many opinions 06LETTERS AGONYSUBCOMANDAUNTIE 08PLATTITUDES Steve Platt 10PHOTO STORY The first Red Pepper, USSR 1923-1926 17DEMOCRACYNOW! Going local

29TEMPERATUREGAUGE Voices of descent 62GUERRILLAGUIDES Pitch battles 64NATURALBORN REBEL Richard Wilson 65ASYLUM WATCH Save the children 66BOOKTOPIA Jo Brand 67REARVIEW UKurban exploration

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49HYPERTEXTHEROINES Feminism is back – and this time it’s hypertextual. LAURIE PENNY reports on the new women’s spaces on the web 52BLACK, BOLD AND BRITISH According to an old skinhead chant, ‘There ain’t no black in the Union Jack.’ PAUL GILROY reclaimed that phrase as the title of his classic work on race and culture in Britain. In these extracts from his new book, Black Britain: A Photographic History, Gilroy documents the changing images of black Britishness in the post-war period. These beautiful, angry and startling photographs show glimpses of the struggle and everyday practices of black Britons throughout the country’s difficult process of becoming post-colonial

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56REVIEW: ARUN KUNDNANI’STHE END OFTOLERANCE Racism in Twenty-first Century Britain 57ACTING OUTOFCURIOSITY In the past 40 years, from Joint Stock, through the Royal Court to his touring company, Out of Joint, MAX STAFFORD-CLARK has been a life force to theatre as a powerful stimulus to political curiosity and a provocateur of public debate about the way we live. He explained his philosophy, his method and his future plans to CASSANDRA HARWOOD 60REVIEWSROUND-UP Red Pepperrecommends

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