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03 Editorial Every crisis is an opportunity

06 Letters Jeremy Hardy thinks

08 Plattitudes The world according to Steve Platt

26 Gren Peper Durban: all talked out?

38 Contending for the living Broader horizons

66 Natural born rebel The right to speak up

54 Radical cities: Nablus Sarah Irving suggests simply visiting Palestine can be a radical act

56 Epitaph to a generation Siobhan McGuirk speaks to

John Akomfrah about his new film – and the 2011 riots

58 Hip-hop revolutionaries Jody McIntyre and Pablo avarrete report on Venezuela’s Hip Hop Revolución movement

60 Contradictory Dickens Two centuries on, Terry Eagleton asks how radical Charles Dickens’ work really was

62 Book reviews The Cost of Inequality, Don’t Take No for an Answer, Counterpower, The Assault on Universities,

The Shadow World, The Wretched of the Earth

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