New Internationalist

Cover for Bingo! (Issue 383)

October 2005's Issue

Big international non-governmental organizations (BINGOs) have recently been getting very much bigger and more numerous. Amid the world’s myriad campaigns, social movements and relief organizations, just a few – almost all of them based in the rich world – have grown into lumbering giants. Some even resemble transnational corporations, with cultures, assets and influence to match. So what are they now trying to achieve? Who, and what, do they represent? Are they the compassionate, enlightened face of globalization – or corporate predators in disguise? Some BINGOs are now coming under assault from both Right and Left. It is tempting for them to believe that they are right in the middle. But there may be no such place in the movement for global justice. This month the NI takes issue with some hallowed institutions.

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Featured in issue 383

The big charity bonanza

Big international non-governmental organizations (bingos) are getting bigger but not better. David Ransom argues for a change of direction.

Highlighting the work of photographers from the Majority World

Highlighting the work of photographers from the Majority World

The poverty of America

The disaster in New Orleans shows the US poor to be a world apart, believes Jeremy Seabrook.

Tsunami business

It could have been their finest hour. But Mari Marcel Thekaekara encountered bad behaviour by bingos after the tsunami in Tamil Nadu.

Princes Amongst Men: Travels with Gypsy Musicians

Princes Amongst Men by Garth Cartwright

Thunderbolts from the sewer

Pranav Budhathoki lifts the lid on the notorious Tvind organization.

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The Greening of Larry Mahon

The Greening of Larry Mahon by Dave Duggan

Baghdad Bulletin

Baghdad Bulletin by David Enders

Ask before you give!

A few questions for bingos that appeal to you.

Culture for Pigeon

Culture for Pigeon by Tracy + the Plastics.

Invisible Fields

Invisible Fields by Iarla Ó Lionáird

Charity or justice

Part of the solution or part of the problem? Mark Curtis takes issue with bingo politics.

Bingo Babble

The dead language that keeps poverty alive, by Jeremy Seabrook.

Rwanda

Rwanda after the genocide, in our Country Profile series

Green imperialism

The invasion of Papua New Guinea by giant conservation corporations. Glenda Freeman reports from the front line.

The big smack

Desperate straits for Brazil’s imprisoned youth

Doubters and dreamers

The triumphant return of a warlord sees Reem Haddad lamenting people’s short memories.

Silent revolution

The Chipko Movement in India, says Pandurang Hegde, has useful lessons to teach.

The return of the poster child

How exploitative and degrading images are still used to raise funds.

Interview with Sultan Kurash

Exiled singer Sultan Kurash has become a symbol of liberation for Uyghurs still under the thumb of Chinese occupation.

Why the world is ignoring Darfur

Becky Tinsley explains why the genocide in Sudan is allowed to continue.

Dolgion: 'Life is given only once'

Survival strategies from a sewage pit in icy Mongolia. Interview by Lutaa Badamkhand.

Disarming politics

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The stain in sustainability

Sharon Beder tracks the corporate takeover of environmental campaigns.

The Sun

The Sun directed by Alexander Sokurov

Le Grand Voyage

Le Grand Voyage directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi

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