There are many more of them around than you might think. More than 700 million people belong to self-styled co-ops of one sort or another, from the NI itself to the media giants behind Associated Press, the world’s largest news agency. This month we take a closer look at the co-operative movement worldwide. We ask: how different is it? How different can you really be - and still survive in a world ruled by ruthless competition?
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High Tide: News from a Warming World by Mark Lynas
The Rough Guide to African Rap by Various Artists
Love All The People by Bill Hicks
Super Size Me directed by Morgan Spurlock; Go Further directed by Ron Mann
Special survey of people detained worldwide in The other Guantánamo Bays: reports from Diego Garcia, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Britain, New Zealand/ Aotearoa and Israel.
Bangladeshi photographer Abir Abdullah draws inspiration from a disabled badminton player.
African Americans have a long co-operative tradition. Jessica Gordon Nembhard uncovers some of it.
Georgina Kwaw and Elizabeth Adjei explain why it goes well with fair trade.
Cocoa farmers in Ghana, says Kwabena Sarpong Akosah, have every reason to join the Kuapa Kokoo co-op.
Unreality TV as you’ve never seen it before – a story board by Polyp.
Mari Marcel Thekaekara explains how raw woman power in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, has ruffled a few feathers and made a big difference.
Muammar al Qadhafi may be the West's new friend, says Ike Oguine, but he should still answer for his crimes.
Organic farming is the real green revolution, according to Andre Leu.
Roll over Oscar and tell Grammy the news: New Zealand/ Aotearoa's Roger Award for awful transnationals is here.
Amanda Roll-Pickering tells the story of a disused slate quarry in Wales that is now at the cutting edge of clean energy.
Economic collapse in Argentina forced thousands of workers to occupy their own places of work. Joseph Huff-Hannon reports on the aftermath.
Does repeating a thing make it true? The followers of mainstream economic dogma must surely think ‘Yes’. After the financial crash of 2008 and the malaise ever since, they haven’t changed their tune much. Their prescriptions don’t work but the patients – you or me – are still being dosed with ‘freemarket’ medicine. We’ve worked on this edition in the spirit of providing something of an antidote. The economic bottom line is inevitable, say the powers that be. Just the way things are. Well, we – and an ever-growing legion of dissenting economists and fed-up-to-the-back-teeth members of the general public – say, ‘No’. These cherished myths are causing real harm and we need to ditch them.
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