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Articles by Dinyar Godrej

‘I am going to get him the liver he needs’

Hanneke Hagenaars, a transplant co-ordinator for deceased organ donors in the Netherlands, speaks about her liaison work with soon-to-be-bereaved families.

  • May 1, 2014
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'We cannot have democracy without freedom from fossil fuels'

Gasland Part II director Josh Fox talks to Dinyar Godrej about the global outrage over fracking.

  • December 1, 2013
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Will fracking realign the world?

Pundits foresee an altered world order brought on by fracked gas and oil. Dinyar Godrej thinks the changes could play out quite differently.

  • December 1, 2013
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Debt – a global scam

The actions of creditors are key to debt crises, argues Dinyar Godrej.

  • July 1, 2013
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PODCAST: Dinyar Godrej and Iris Gonzales on housing

Housing shortages, forced evictions and homelessness – why is global shelter in such a state?

  • April 24, 2013
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Safe as houses?

Homes are for living in but they can be sites of great insecurity. Dinyar Godrej makes the case against the scandal of the property marketplace.

  • April 1, 2013
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Bad medicine

Inequality squeezes both how healthy we are and the healthcare we get. Time to get past it, believes Dinyar Godrej.

  • November 1, 2012
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What Aung San Suu Kyi could do next

Clearly articulating her party’s economics policies would be a good start, reckons Dinyar Godrej.

  • May 9, 2012
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A healthy mind in a healthy society

Mental health shouldn’t just be about individuals, we need strong communities too. Dinyar Godrej makes the case.

  • May 1, 2012
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New Internationalist contributor arrested for telling the truth

Supporters plan vigil for anti-arms trade activist Chris Cole, who goes on trial on Monday.

  • January 12, 2012
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Podcast: Dinyar Godrej on the arms industry

The New Internationalist co-editor speaks about the growth of military spending in an age of austerity.

  • December 2, 2011
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Arms trade infographic

The ‘war on terror’ saw the west splurge its peace dividend in a frenzy of arms spending. Check out some astonishing facts and figures…

  • December 1, 2011
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The clout of the arms industry

The arms trade tends to have the government’s ear. Why, wonders Dinyar Godrej, when it is so counter-productive?

  • December 1, 2011
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Liberation song

What shall we agree?/That we shall see each other again…’ A passionate poem from our Fire in the Soul anthology now part of a musical performance on oppression and liberation.

  • March 12, 2011
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Aung San Suu Kyi in her own words

Extracts from her first public statements following her release, taken from transcripts of recordings.

  • November 16, 2010
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Aung San Suu Kyi - an icon's first hours of freedom

I felt a sudden surge of emotion watching the images of Aung San Suu Kyi’s release. I don’t know her, but I know how much she means to the vast majority of Burma’s people.

  • November 15, 2010
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Deportation: ‘taken ill’ or killed?

The death of Jimmy Mubenga on a flight to Angola raises urgent questions about the treatment of asylum seekers.

  • October 15, 2010
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Deported! Different destinies

Following up on the lives of the men we featured in our June Deported! edition.

  • September 23, 2010
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On the short road to discipline-flourishing democracy

Put aside an election called by despots as also revolutionary fantasies. We must look elsewhere for hope for Burma, argues Dinyar Godrej.

  • September 22, 2010
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Liberate Brecht!

Fire in the Soul poetry anthology editor on the publishers who hold poets’ work to ransom.

  • September 21, 2010
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Deported – what happened next?

Politicians taking a tough stand on immigration want to keep us in the dark – but Dinyar Godrej explains why we have to hear the stories of those turned away at our borders.

  • June 1, 2010
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Deported: the man in the newspaper

John ‘Bosco’ Nyombi sought sanctuary in the West from persecution in Uganda – only to spend eight years struggling for his rights.

  • June 1, 2010
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In the name of fighting terror

Dinyar Godrej on the damage done.

  • November 1, 2009
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Yah boo sucks!

Total's CEO has a hissy fit

  • August 5, 2009
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Into the vortex of identity

With Dinyar Godrej, whose personal journey as an immigrant reveals some of the faultlines of multiculturalism, making the case for looking beneath the smokescreen of ‘culture clash’.

  • May 1, 2009
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What's my identity?

Faith schools get a bashing even from committed multiculturalists. We talk to one supporter who currently teaches English at a secular school in Australia.

  • May 1, 2009
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Faith schools debate

Is there a place for faith schools in a multicultural society? We want to know your views.

Kiss my chaddies, dude

A playful Valentine’s Day action campaign in India is highlighting how publicity stunts can boomerang.

  • February 11, 2009
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Holding my breath for Mumbai

The many messages that have been hitting our email boxes in the last few days - the nutty, the sad and the pathetic - reveal a very real anxiety that once the sieges in Mumbai have ended, the city could erupt in communal carnage as it has done in the past.

  • November 28, 2008
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Burma: hunted down

The first anniversary of the popular protests against fuel price rises in Burma has come around. And the security forces are stepping up their game, rounding up pro-democracy activists.

  • September 12, 2008
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Burma: Refugees' lives in the balance

Perhaps it’s not unsurprising that when cyclone Nargis struck southern Burma, my thoughts went first to a community of internal refugees close to the Thai border in the north who would have been physically unaffected. These were the people of Wan Bai Pay* who had been graceful in their hospitality to me earlier this year and who had entrusted me with their traumatic stories (of slave labour extracted by Burma’s military, of beatings, murder and rape) with the simple request: ‘Tell the world about us.’ (For more information you can read my report on Wan Bai Pay).

  • June 4, 2008
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Burma: Dizzying efficiency

Sometimes the urge to fling the nearest available projectile at the television set can take some suppressing. I found myself struggling when, during the course of a news item on Burma, the anchor mentioned the military junta winning the country’s referendum on a new constitution. A strangulated ‘Aaaargghhh!’ emerged nonethless.

  • May 30, 2008
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Burma: Billion dollar con

Ever got a bum deal when changing money in a foreign country? Here’s an exchange rate scam to beat them all.

  • May 9, 2008
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Burma’s referendum among ruins

I’ve been reading today’s edition of  propaganda rag The New Light of Myanmar. Normally all the railing against ‘foreign stooges’ and exhortations to ‘national duty’ (ie following the diktats of the ruling generals) is good for a cynical chuckle. But, as the song goes, that joke isn’t funny anymore.

  • May 9, 2008
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Burma: Seeing but not believing

Of all the images that have emerged from cyclone-hit Burma, the most shocking for me were the most long distance ones. NASA released satellite images of the country before and after the cyclone. The ‘after’ image is barely recognizable - the amount of the Irrawaddy delta in the south that is now blue instead of green is staggering. The southern outline of the country bears no relation anymore to what one would expect to see.

  • May 7, 2008
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Burma: destruction and gundown

Tropical cyclone Nargis – which hit Burma around midnight on Friday – has ruined many parts of a country which already has poor infrastructure due to the history of blundering by its military dictators. Foreign journalists have posed the question: what will the Burmese people think of a regime that rushes armed soldiers onto the streets to quell any signs of protest but which has been sluggish in assisting the thousands in dire need? I doubt the Burmese will be spending much time over that one - they have more pressing worries and they know the true colours of their rulers well enough by now.

  • May 6, 2008
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City of whispers

Among Rangoon’s six million souls, a few have secret conversations with Dinyar Godrej.

  • May 1, 2008
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A shrunken world

Refugees in Shan state, on the run from the military.

  • May 1, 2008
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Caucus of terrorists

Dinyar Godrej concludes his report: meeting enemies of the State – and looking to the future.

  • May 1, 2008
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A Short History of Burma

Today over 80 per cent of Burma’s people are Buddhist and the country has the largest number of monks as a percentage of the total population.

  • April 18, 2008
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Our daily bread - and our trespasses

The spiraling world food grains crisis has been a long time coming. There have been warnings aplenty, but they didn’t really grab the headlines. The two things that seem to have caught the world’s attention are rising prices (ie food seen in monetary terms) and the social unrest of riots. We rightly fear instability.

  • April 15, 2008
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From a scorched land

Two survivors from Karen state, where the Burmese military has been laying villages to waste, tell their stories.

  • April 7, 2008
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Depleted Uranium developments

The ball of activism against DU weapons has been rolling ever onward after our current magazine on the subject.

  • November 15, 2007
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Toxic souvenirs

Will the whole truth about depleted uranium ammunition ever come out? It depends on who’s looking, discovers Dinyar Godrej.

  • November 1, 2007
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DU: From waste to weapon

DU: From waste to weapon – a visual guide.

  • November 1, 2007
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Daring to dream

Dinyar Godrej on what truly inspires.

  • May 1, 2007
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The Body Hunters

The Body Hunters by Sonia Shah

  • December 1, 2006
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Scarred: Experiments with violence in Gujarat

Scarred: Experiments with violence in Gujarat by Dionne Bunsha

  • October 1, 2006
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All that glisters...

India’s feelgood boomerang.

  • September 1, 2006
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Captive: how the ad industry pins us down

Dinyar Godrej sniffs at the bait being dangled by the ad biz.

  • September 1, 2006
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First Person

Pili Akili from Tanzania and Amarakoon Disanayaka Piyasena from Sri Lanka talk about living with mental illness in village communities.

  • November 1, 2005
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Stuff Pity!

People with disabilities in the Majority World want equal rights. Dinyar Godrej on why there is still much to be done.

  • November 1, 2005
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Jessa:'All that has happened, has happened already'

It’s a common sight in Manila to see single male foreigners with young girls on their arms.

  • April 1, 2005
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Jack:'The Kind of life I want'

Pipedreams from the Philippines.

  • April 1, 2005
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Lean-Joy:'I shouldn't lose hope because it won't be forever'

Determination and hope in Manila, the Philippines.

  • April 1, 2005
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Street children: read between the lines

Dinyar Godrej explains why children should do the talking… and we should listen.

  • April 1, 2005
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The great health grab

We’re being held to ransom by an industry that makes obscene profits from our wellbeing. Dinyar Godrej on the case against Big Pharma.

  • November 1, 2003
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8 things you should know about Patents on Life

The very stuff of life itself is for sale. Dinyar Godrej tells us what we need to know in order to confront the high bidders.

  • September 1, 2002
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About Dinyar Godrej

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Dinyar Godrej has been associated with New Internationalist since 1989, but joined as an editor in 2000. His interest in human rights has led him to focus on subjects like world hunger, torture, landmines, present day slavery and healthcare. His belief in listening to people who seldom get a chance to represent themselves led to unorthodox editions on (and by) street children and people with disabilities from the Majority World. He grew up in India and remains engaged with South Asian affairs.

Dinyar wrote the original No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change (2001) and edited Fire In The Soul (2009).

An early fascination with human creative endeavour endures. He has recently taken to throwing pots in his free time.

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