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October 2006's Issue

From Bucharest to Berlin there is an unease spreading across Europe. A feeling is catching hold that things are ‘out of control’. The great hopes for a peaceful and prosperous post-war Europe are in peril. Hostility to things European is everywhere. The European Constitution is down the tubes. People no longer bother to vote in elections for the European Parliament. The EU is held to blame for a wide variety of ills from bureaucratic meddling to a lack of accountability. So who is to blame? NI tackles the big questions facing Europe. Can the EU be democratic? Under what conditions should new members be added? What is good about European society? How can this best be defended? And is Britain really part of Europe or simply a US Trojan horse? We look at a growing resistance, this time not from nationalist Colonel Blimps or mindless xenophobes, but from those convinced that if Europe is to survive it must be based on democracy and social inclusion.

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Featured in issue 394

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.

Whose Europe? Our Europe!

Susan George mounts a spirited defence of social Europe.

Picture this

An image from bombarded Lebanon put into context

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Not backing down

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Dictatorship of no alternatives

Richard Swift dissects the corporate takeover of the European Union.

Not lovin' it

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Action on Europe

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Uganda

Tourism of the more adventurous kind is increasingly common in Uganda – tracking mountain gorillas, or rafting on the Nile, but to many outsiders Uganda’s claim to fame is still little more than Idi Amin, the jovial but brutal dictator.

The next move?

Richard Swift plays a little euro-chess.

Fetching grass

Lindsey Collen scampers on to rocks in search of grass.

Interview with Hernando Hernandez Tapasco about surviving as an activist in war-torn Colombia

Being a human rights activist in Colombia can be murder, but that hasn’t stopped Hernando Hernandez Tapasco.

Tug of Justice

Two Visions of Europe.

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Polyp's Big Bad World - October 2006

Bedtime prayers of infamous co-dependents from Polyp.

The Old Lady and New Europe

Horatio Morpurgo unearths the seeds of future discord in Romania and Bulgaria.

Coca and society in Chapare

Grassroots politics goes mainstream in Bolivia. Photo essay by Jorge Uzón.

Aux armes, citoyens!

The French provide a good example on how to say ‘non’. Veronique Mistiaen finds out why.

Caste and quotas

Urvashi Butalia on why there’s no level playing field when it comes to ‘merit’ in India.

Shahadat Parvez

A song of the soul from Dhaka, Bangladesh, clicked by Shahadat Parvez.

Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi

Scarred: Experiments with violence in Gujarat

Scarred: Experiments with violence in Gujarat by Dionne Bunsha

There you go!

There you go! by Oren Ginsberg

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Bad cop, worse cop

John Hilary issues a warning about European concern for the world’s poor.

Falling Through the Earth

Falling Through the Earth by Danielle Trussoni

To Barcelona or Hell

Sharif Gemie on a dangerous migration fuelled by desperation.

Worth fighting for

Sweden’s has a record of going its own way. Peter Gustavsson wants to keep it that way.

Savane

Savane by Ali Farka Touré

Care in the Community

Care in the Community by Babar Luck

Condoleezza Rice

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WTF?

Because resistance is fertile

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10 economic myths

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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