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Articles by Chris Brazier

Mandela and the spirit of South Africa

Chris Brazier remembers tumultuous times when the Western world was not quite so keen on Nelson Mandela.

  • December 6, 2013
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Computers and cellphones in the developing world

A case study in widening global access to technology from our World Development textbook.

  • March 14, 2013
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Where are they now? Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani

The Iranian women’s rights activist on what she has been doing since she was featured in our March 2007 issue.

  • March 1, 2013
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PODCAST: Chris Brazier on 40 years of New Internationalist

The magazine’s longest serving co-editor discusses world progress and whether the concepts of development and economic growth are out of date.

  • February 26, 2013
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Eulogy for Occupy

Chris Brazier reacts to Quinn Norton’s piece on the complexities of the movement – good and bad.

  • December 13, 2012
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Privatizing schools is madness

It’s the poor and vulnerable who will suffer in the ideologically motivated rush to convert schools to academies, says Chris Brazier.

  • May 16, 2012
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How dare they cut the 50p tax rate?

Chris Brazier calls for the UK budget scandal to be the ‘poll tax moment’ for our government of reckless millionaires.

  • March 21, 2012
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Tents beyond tents

A cartoon introduction to life in the camps in and around Port-au-Prince.

  • January 1, 2012
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Rare victory for Western Sahara

Chris Brazier reports on the European Parliament’s decision to cancel its fishing deal with Morocco.

  • December 14, 2011
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The perils of writing a history of the world

When I first embarked on writing a brief history of the world, my colleagues at the New Internationalist thought I was mad, says Chris Brazier.

  • July 19, 2011
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Don't force teachers to work until they drop

Take subsidized pensions away from private school staff so well-deserving state-sector teachers can knock off early, says New Internationalist’s Chris Brazier.

  • June 29, 2011
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And the winner of the Caine Prize is...

… Olufemi Terry from Sierra Leone, who was awarded the Prize in Oxford, England, last night.

  • July 6, 2010
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Election blues... and reds and greens

This is not a General Election that any of us can approach with great enthusiasm, writes Chris Brazier.

  • April 6, 2010
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More tension in Iran

The Ahmadinejad regime’s stage-managed rally in Tehran should not be seen as a sign that opposition to it is becoming any less fierce.

  • February 11, 2010
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Neda: Iran's latest martyr

A young woman’s death becomes a rallying-point as the Guardian Council endorses the election result.

  • June 23, 2009
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The Spy Who Came to Dinner

Chris Brazier is staggered to find he knows the new head of MI6.

  • June 17, 2009
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On a knife edge

Mass protest in Iran continues as the Guardian Council agrees to recount disputed votes.

  • June 16, 2009
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This could be our last chance

New Internationalist co-editor Chris Brazier kicked off a lively Put People First meeting in Edinburgh on Monday 23 March with this brief speech…

  • March 25, 2009
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The heartbreak

Why are so many women still dying in childbirth? Chris Brazier explains how they could be saved.

  • March 1, 2009
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Ashamed and bitter

In the aftermath of protesting students’ deaths, Nikolaj Nielsen reflects on the world’s abandonment of Western Sahara.

  • December 5, 2008
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State of fear


Nikolaj Nielsen is caught up in the aftermath as two Western Saharan students are murdered in Morocco.

  • December 3, 2008
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Meat's too expensive

Chris Brazier makes the case for a green and fair diet.

  • December 1, 2008
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Chagos Islanders betrayed

Britain’s Law Lords rule that Islanders’ exile must continue

  • October 24, 2008
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Read for freedom!

People in Western Sahara have been waiting 43 years for their rights under international law

  • October 15, 2008
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More on the meltdown

We’re all struggling day by day to make sense of the mayhem in the markets - neoconservative governments discovering the virtues of nationalization, speculators’ bubbles finally bursting, doom-mongers who have been predicting the collapse of capitalism for decades suddenly worrying about their own pensions and mortgages when it arrives…

  • October 1, 2008
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The economic crash - by those who saw it coming

Why should we listen to the ‘economic experts’ and policymakers who got us into this mess in the first place? Let’s listen instead to people who saw the crash coming.

  • September 24, 2008
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Aminatou Haidar wins human rights prize

Saharawi activist wins Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award

  • September 18, 2008
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Conservative victory in Iran? Look again

The recent elections in Iran have been widely interpreted as a victory for conservative forces and a boost for hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. How could a two-thirds majority in the Majlis for conservatives be interpreted any other way?

  • March 19, 2008
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What is ethical travel?

Chris Brazier investigates alternative tourism.

  • March 1, 2008
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Problems in paradise

Tourism is booming – and every country seems to want more. But, Chris Brazier wonders, do they see the pitfalls?

  • March 1, 2008
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Action/Information

Action and information on Iran

  • March 1, 2007
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Iran - a history

From Cyrus the Great, Omar Khayyam and the Shahs to Ayatollah Khomeini and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

  • March 1, 2007
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The view from Iran

Chris Brazier argues for more understanding of Iran – and less confrontation.

  • March 1, 2007
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The Awakening

There’s revolution in the capital. But will it touch the lives of Memnatu and the villagers of Salmaga, far away? A short story by Chris Brazier, inspired by people he came to know in Burkina Faso in 1985.

  • October 9, 2006
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Back to the Future

Chris Brazier is reunited not only with the village of Sabtenga, in Burkina Faso, but also with the remarkable Mariama Gamené.

  • May 1, 2006
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Politics

  • May 1, 2006
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The Kick Inside

Too many mothers dying in childbirth – and the clinic that would have saved them if they could only have paid the fees.

  • May 1, 2006
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A Tale of Two Girls

A visit to the local school brings hope – but a visit to one of its former pupils tells a different story.

  • May 1, 2006
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4 wives, 19 children

The changing fortunes – and multiplying numbers – of the family at the heart of the NI film 20 years ago.

  • May 1, 2006
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Wives and Daughters

Have women managed to hold the line against genital mutilation? Does polygamy have a future?

  • May 1, 2006
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Local Heroes

The people’s organizations that are changing things from below – and reflections on two decades in the life of a village.

  • May 1, 2006
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Some things stay the same... Some change dramatically

From pounding millet to David Beckham T-shirts – a photographic tour of village life.

  • May 1, 2006
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The Big Question

Have people’s lives improved in the last 20 years?

  • May 1, 2006
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Desert flood

  • April 1, 2006
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Primitive media

  • April 1, 2006
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Morocco

  • November 1, 2005
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Mao - The Unknown Story

Mao - The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

  • September 1, 2005
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Intifada in Western Sahara

The Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara intensifies

  • August 1, 2005
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Western Sahara

The Government of Western Sahara operates not from its own capital city, L’ayoun, but from a small patch of desert over the border in Algeria.

  • December 1, 2004
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The Power and the Folly

The IMF and the World Bank are the 21st century equivalent of colonial governors, argues Chris Brazier.

  • March 1, 2004
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The Two Towers

Gandalf, wizard of the World Bank, has a dilemma. Should he stand alongside the hobbits and elves of Middle-earth against the powerpointwielding orcs? Or should he go along with IMF mage Saruman’s plan for world domination? A comic extravaganza by b

  • March 1, 2004
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Betrayal

Ten years on from the 1991 ceasefire in the war between Morocco and the Western Saharan liberation movement, Polisario, the UN has delivered a body blow to Saharawis’ right to self-determination.

  • July 1, 2001
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Heaven, hell and spring sunshine

Chris Brazier writes a postscript for the twentieth century – and burrows into the gaping cracks in the new world order.

  • January 1, 1999
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The Radical Twentieth Century

The century is being hijacked. Time to reclaim it, says Chris Brazier.

  • January 1, 1999
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A quiet hunger

Shipping bags of grain when disaster strikes is necessary, but it never solves the problem. Chris Brazier visits an African village to discover a quiet hunger that will last long after the dust of the latest emergency has settled.

  • September 5, 1985
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Dealing With Dreams

Drugs bring out our fears and prejudices - we see them as a threat from the seedy world of junkies and traffickers. But in reality we are all drug-takers. Chris Brazier explains why the hidden face of drugs should be turned to the light.

  • October 5, 1984
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About Chris Brazier

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Once a writer for the rock music weekly Melody Maker (1977-80), Chris Brazier has been a co-editor of New Internationalist magazine since 1984. He has covered myriad subjects from masculinity to maternal mortality, Panafricanism to the paranormal, and has edited country issues on South Africa, Burkina Faso, Western Sahara, Bangladesh, Iran, China and Vietnam. He edits the country profile section of the magazine as well as its puzzle page. Since 2010 he has focused primarily on commissioning and editing New Internationalist’s books and other publications. He has also written regularly for UNICEF’s annual The State of the World’s Children report since 1997.

Chris is the author of Vietnam: The Price of Peace (Oxfam, 1992), The No-Nonsense Guide to World History (2001, 2006 & 2010) and Trigger Issues: Football (2007). He also compiled the New Internationalist anthologies Raging Against the Machine (2003) and Brief Histories of Almost Anything (2008).

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