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04 red pepper dec | jan 2010

03 EditorialJames O’Nions

06 LetersNoticeboard

08 PlatitudesThe world according to Steve Platt

29 Natural born rebelBreaking rank

39 Asylum watchEnforced destitution

42 Democracy nowBest left unsaid

43 Know your enemyPR for the rich

49 Under the radarOpening the gates

66 BoktopiaTrevor Griffiths

52 Beating Burma’s blackoutThe new film Burma VJ is sparking

new solidarity efforts with the Burmese people’s struggle for freedom. Siobhan McGuirk investigates

54 Did you kiss the dead body?Rajkamal Kahlon looks at how

autopsy reports from US military bases and prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan can become art

56 Epic dramaWith a new adaptation of Mother

Courage and Her Children at the National Theatre, Steve Platt assesses Bertolt Brecht’s legacy 58 Everyone does everything

James O’Nions meets two members of Italian novel-writing collective Wu Ming

61 The inner OtherMichael Calderbank reviews

Angels of Anarchy, a major exhibition of women surrealists at Manchester City Art Gallery

62 Bok reviewsFour pages of reviews

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