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September 2003's Issue

Do you feel that whichever way you vote, the dominant politics of the powerful is always a predictable mixture of economic and military control over the rest of us? What if we started to think about power in a different way, so that instead of dreaming that a benign ruler will save us, we broke power into small pieces that everyone could hold? This month’s NI takes us beyond traditional state and party politics to discover the possibilities of ‘power from below’.

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catching

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Currents

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line Debate

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NI Essay

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Ideas About Power

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Junk Sale

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Keynote

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Letters

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Mixedmedia

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Kuwait

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View From The South

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Walking Our Talk

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muajaha

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The Web Of Democracy

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L Paul Bremer Iii

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Taking the veil

Why educated women are deciding to take the veil, by Reem Haddad.

Experiments in democracy

Whether it’s Hutus and Tutsis with a history of massacre, the losing side in post-civil war Spain, or shell-shocked Argentineans, human beings are endlessly reinventing real democracies of infinite variety and hope.

Bomb-catching

Priscilla Elworthy on how to defeat warmongers, authoritarians and other bullies without becoming a bully yourself.

Walking our Talk

From religious leaders in the rainforests of Thailand to marginalized minorities in the US, George Lakey has some lessons about transforming power-relations.

A flower in the hands of the people

In southern Mexico, indigenous people have remarkable ideas about how to exercise power. Gustavo Esteva explains why, for them, nation-states are irrelevant.

Ideas about power

From feminism to Foucault, some key concepts.

The web of democracy

Could the science of systems theory help us devise intelligent, self-organizing and truly networked democracies? Roy Madron and John Jopling investigate.

The Power of the cooking pot

In the poor townships of South Africa, the only politics that matters is the kind that gets you fed. Local activist Ashwin Desai talks to Holly Wren Spaulding about community solidarity.

Kuwait

Earth Warrior

Controversial environmentalist Paul Watson interviewed in New Zealand/Aotearoa by John F Schumaker.

Interview with Al-Muajaha: the Iraqi Witness

The staff of Al-Muajaha, Iraq’s only independent newspaper, bear witness.

Appeasers

Appeasers? Us? Polyp’s latest cartoon.

L Paul Bremer III

Yale boy in Babylon: the US Viceroy in Iraq, L Paul Bremer III.

Junk Sale

Take a walk around the junkyard of leaders past their sell-by dates.

Hot and bothered

Urvashi Butalia on how Indians, rich and poor, cope with the crushing summer heat.

Pablo Ortiz

The gangster’s gun, by Mexican photographer Pablo Ortiz Monasterio.

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