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A Very British Deterrent - Trident exposes our rulers' contempt for democracy

A BBC documentary uses previously secret documents to tell the story of Britain's nuclear “deterrent” from the end of the Second World War.

The state gets vicious When Two Worlds Collide in Peru

Alberto Pizango and 51 others have been on trial for the last two years in Peru charged with rebellion, sedition, murder and conspiracy against the state.

The ‘good guys’ are more brutal in a darker Narcos

The story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and those who pursue him gets darker in this superior new season.

Warmth and colour make Julieta's simple story truly captivating

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s newest film Julieta is an elegant and rewarding emotional drama—though far from his best, writes Alan Kenny

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A new graphic novel charts the last years of Irish nationalist Roger Casement’s life. In these years he was instrumental in organising the 1916 Easter Rising.

Black—an insightful tale of racism, poverty and alienation

Black is a film adaptation of books by author Dirk Bracke—influenced by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Laurents’ West Side Story,

Can revival of 1973 classic Scottish play help forge new movement?

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil goes on tour across Scotland this month. The revival of this influential play is timely, writes Dave Gilchrist

Syria Speaks is an art book so subversive it can get you arrested

Reading about art and culture from the frontline of Syria’s revolution was enough to get Faizah Shaheen, a Muslim woman from Leeds, held under the Terrorism Act last month.

Moazzam Begg’s ‘confessions’ tell the story of an Islamophobic age

Moazzam Begg knows what it’s like to exist under the War on Terror. In new documentary The Confession he recounts a life that can inspire resistance to racism and repression, writes Talat Ahmed

Bertolt Brecht is back—and still as relevant 60 years after his death

The great radical playwright Bertolt Brecht died 60 years ago this week. Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks at the legacy of his plays and politics

The Paris Commune brought to life

This graphic novel tells the real-life story of revolutionary and anarchist Louise Michel.

66 Days—a fine lesson in the brutality of the British state

Several attempts have been made to dramatise Bobby Sands’ fatal hunger strike—but 66 Days succeeds where others have failed, says?Sarah Bates

Don’t miss chance to see Barry Lyndon in cinemas

Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon is often described as an underrated classic. 

From Shakespeare to satire at packed Edinburgh Festival

Theatre critic Mark Brown offers some tips for the forthcoming Edinburgh Festival—which includes Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Richard III

Touching tales amid cliche of The People’s History of Pop

Stories of anti-racist reggae and escapism at Wigan Pier survive BBC4’s stale series to show glimpses of music’s transformative power.

Exodus is a unique record of the resilience of refugees

The BBC’s exploration of the refugee crisis in Europe exposes the impact of racist immigration controls on desperate people, writes Margaret Woods

A spirited defence of alcohol against middle class panic

The Tate’s Art and Alcohol exhibition shows how working class drinking has been stigmatised—to avoid any deeper questions

How did Malcolm X think we could defeat racism?

Antony Hamilton’s new book A Rebel’s Guide to Malcolm X holds vital lessons for all revolutionaries, Nadia Sayed and Naima Omar told Alistair Farrow

Michael Moore is taking aim through rose-tinted glasses

US radical director Michael Moore’s film Where to Invade Next? makes some serious points, but badly idealises European society, writes Simon Shaw

Versus—The life and films of Ken Loach

Director Louise Osmond‘s look at the life of radical film maker Ken Loach comes straight from the set of his latest feature I, Daniel Blake, about life on benefits.

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