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Cover for Cotton (Issue 399)

April 2007's Issue

The magic crop was once thought to be the ‘white gold’ that would lead the Global South out of poverty. But all is not well, neither in the cotton fields nor in the sweatshop factories that turn out your T-shirts and blue jeans. We follow the cotton chain and find links that are tangled in exploitation and tragedy. Our editor travels to India to discover an unfolding disaster – and the determination to reshape the fabric of the cotton economy. But there’s more to the story of cotton that that – a fascinating history, a contested present and a perilous future filled with promise.

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Featured in issue 399

Sweat, fire and ethics

Bob Jeffcott makes the case against ethical shopping.

Natural alternatives to cotton...

Advances in cotton production and the development of synthetic fibres.

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Shell still hell

Shell may be pumping the petrodollars into glossy PR campaigns, but Nigerians remain unimpressed.

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Powerloom prison

India’s textile industry is changing – and the workers are not the beneficiaries. Dionne Bunsha reports.

Breaking with ‘tradition’

Women’s movements were much in evidence at the Nairobi gathering.

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Coked up

Farmer Gilbert Rodrigo from Tamil Nadu in India spent the WSF marching around telling people not to drink Coke.

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‘Privatization brings the rain’

A new African Water Network was launched at the WSF to co-ordinate opposition to ‘water privatization in all its forms’.

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Queer eye for the WSF

The many African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex activists made this one of the largest public gatherings mobilizing for sexual rights in Africa to date.

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Poverty bites WSF on the backside

We arrived at the stadium where the 2007 World Social Forum was taking place.

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Organic and beyond

Can a shift to organic create a sustainable yield? Richard Swift weighs the evidence.

Cooking up change

The seventh World Social Forum (WSF) took place this January in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Death by cotton

India’s farmers have been killing themselves by the thousands. Richard Swift finds out why.

Whatever happened to cotton?

Jim Thomas looks back from 2035.

Cotton - a history

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Cotton: peril and promise

Richard Swift wonders if there are better ways to get along with this difficult shrub.

The Cotton Chain – The Facts

Cotton clothes the world. It represents 38% of the world fibre market.

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Cotton

From this month’s editor

The Successor

The Successor by Ismail Kadare translated from the French of Tedi Papavrami by David Bellos

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Unbowed: One Woman’s Story

Unbowed: One Woman’s Story by Wangari Maathai

  • 1 Apr 2007
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Carbon Trading

Carbon Trading a critical conversation on climate change, privatisation and power by Larry Lohmann

  • 1 Apr 2007
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The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland directed by Kevin MacDonald

  • 1 Apr 2007
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Beyond Hatred

Beyond Hatred directed by Olivier Meyrou

  • 1 Apr 2007
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Grinderman

Grinderman by Grinderman

  • 1 Apr 2007
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Neruda Songs

Neruda Songs by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

  • 1 Apr 2007
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Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Two for the price of one, in the shape of Tweedledum and Tweedledee

  • 1 Apr 2007
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Second strife

True tales of a mixed-up world

  • 1 Apr 2007
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What next?

Future threats and counter-strategies

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