New Internationalist

Cover for Big Babies

October 2007's Issue

Psychoanalysts believe that people can be ‘infantilized’ – stopped from growing up. Powerful politicians now seem to think that’s a neat idea. Dog-whistles and diversions of all kinds are designed to turn us away from active political engagement towards passive consumption. In the process, democracy gets hollowed out. Politics becomes another branch of management, left to a political class and an entire industry of spin-doctors, pollsters, ad agencies, lobbyists and dirty-tricksters.

But infantilizing all the people all the time is not so easily done. In this issue of the NI we wonder why, and take a sideways look into the empty space where grown-up political debate should be.

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The language of supermarkets

The language of supermarkets

No sex education please, we’re Indian

Indian states ban sex education in schools

After the bombs

Bikini Atoll residents still demand compensation from US.

‘We can take it’

First in a new series by Maria Golia.

We are football

Uruguayans remain a ‘footballized’ people, according to Eduardo Galeano.

Because I am a girl... How young women’s rights are being ignored

Nikki van der Gaag reveals how, in many countries around the world, girls are still discriminated against, abused and treated as second-class citizens – just because they are girls.

Farzana Wahidy

Burqa and doves, by pioneering female Afghan photographer Farzana Wahidy.


Softcore by Tirdad Zolghadr

Eleven ways to leave your Mummy and Daddy

Michael Bywater gives us some pointers.

Bahia Blues

Bahia Blues by Yasmina Traboulsi

Bole2Harlem Volume 1

Bole2Harlem Volume 1 by Bole2Harlem

Magical thinkers

Trevor Turner has his finger on how the fantasies of evasion trip up the political class.

The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building scripted and directed by Marwan Hamed

Siren song – conspiracy!

The resistance to the status quo has not managed to escape the ravages of childish politics. Chip Berlet exposes the great conspiracy addiction.


Maskarada by Taraf de Haïdouks

Paternal deceits

The Indian scholar Ashis Nandy digs deep in the Western psyche to uncover the origins of our political condescension towards others.

Pushing your buttons – welcome to your second childhood

A visual guide to political manipulation.

A Mighty Heart

A Mighty Heart directed by Michael Winterbottom

Signs of infantilization

The tell-tale symptoms of a democratic ethos in distress.

Christopher and Peter Hitchens

Estranged brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens, opinionated columnists, have completed ideological journeys from far Left to far Right.

Dumbing down democracy

Puzzled by democracy’s failed promise, Richard Swift explores the way our political culture infantilizes both the elected and the electorate.

Big Bad World

Polyp on a new concept of fairness.

Trademark travesty

US health-product giant shoots itself in the foot

Plane speaking

Britain’s Camp for Climate Action inspires the world.

Cybercriminals, beware!

Code cracker gets four years in jail and loses rights to residency.

Hawks become doves

Falconers use their influence to help save one of the oldest indigenous groups on the planet.

‘Save our Slum!’

Resisting demolition of poor homes in Argentina.

Sri Lanka

Over two decades of conflict have bred a climate of impunity where human rights violations – killings and unexplained ‘disappearances’ of people – have become all too common.

Israel, Palestine and the hypocrisy of power

Noam Chomsky anatomizes the current US-Israel ‘project’.

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Blood brothers: Saudi Arabia and the West

Saudi Arabia issue

The Saudi regime won’t like this magazine. Nor will the Western governments who kowtow to it while exploiting its wealth and paranoia. The Saudi justice ministry threatened to sue a Twitter user who compared the regime with ISIS after poet Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death ‘for spreading atheism and disrespecting the prophet’. It’s illegal to speak to foreign journalists without authorization and what you say could easily land you in jail. What is guaranteed to please neither the Saudi ruling elite nor Western governments is our interview with Julian Assange. He talks about the latest batch of SaudiLeaks. All that and much more in this magazine.


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Why are refugees dying on the shores of prosperous, peacetime Europe? Are the numbers really unmanageable? And what if border controls brought more migrants into the rich world, not less? This month’s New Internationalist digs deeper into the backstory to Europe’s refugee crisis – and lays out an alternative, humanitarian vision that recognizes the reality of 21st century migration.

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