New Internationalist

Inspiration

Issue 400

The choice is ours

There’s been quite a lot of struggle in this edition. I don’t mean editorial toil and gnashing of teeth. Rather that the word ‘struggle’ kept cropping up in articles, wagging like a persistent tail. There don’t seem to be synonyms that match its particular flavour.

Perhaps one can’t expect anything different. This 400th edition of the NI is devoted to inspirational ideas and activism from the Majority World. It seems that the sapling of hope is quite partial to the soil of struggle.

This edition was conceived as an antidote to the ‘heroes’ editions of more mainstream magazines, which tend to be dominated by Western go-getters. It offers no spurious ‘best of’ lists. There’s no blueprint for a new Left, either. Instead we’ve gone for an eclectic mix of big- and small-scale visions. We hope they will continue to flower, but are aware that some may not.audulent elections that led to the current Government. Pan Mi General’s bread is organic and made from ingredients produced by local farmers.

Today the various paths that lead to global justice seem to be bypassing ideology. Rather there is an embrace of diversity and a belief that the right direction matters more than a detailed, hypothetical road map. As a result there’s a broader base of opposition to the enormity of the problems.

As I write this, a reader from Mexico, Francisco Ramos Stierle, has emailed to tell us about a bit of tasty resistance – the launch of Pan Mi General. A group of angry citizens has started a new bakery and a campaign against Grupo Bimbo, the largest breadmaker in the country and a key financier of the fraudulent elections that led to the current Government. Pan Mi General’s bread is organic and made from ingredients produced by local farmers.

Hey, but why stop there? As Francisco Stierle continues: ‘We have the need and the means to create a true Earth community. The choice is ours. The time is now. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.’ That last sentence could be the motto of the visionary people in this edition.

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