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Back Issues

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Established 1979
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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every (usually) two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1983; the latest issue is dated March 20th (scan / txt); the next one is due out on April 3rd.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, had a noble tradition of misspelling, mixed metaphors, wrong facts, confused political judgements and a print run by now of over 1000. It printed pretty well everything it got sent ("unless the Collective judged it racist, sexist, right wing, or supportive of oppressive religions"). It aimed to provide a decent alternative coverage of local news and issues from a radical non-aligned position; to promote subversive and creative initiatives; to provide a forum for unorthodox views; to allow some sort of co-existence between a huge variety of interests. And it was free.

In this issue (scan / txt): final preparations for the blockades of ROF Burghfield and USAF Greenham Common, and the 14 mile human chain between them; Tory run Berks County Council axes its provision of free nursery places for the under-fives; Spectacular Times publishes "More of the Shame": a funny, niggling little tool for breaking down those atrociously solid barriers that surround us; how to plant those marijuana seeds; and just what did the Anarchists mean by "the benefits of a nuclear holocaust"?