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Cover for Corporate Responsibility Unmasked

December 2007's Issue

‘Corporate Responsibility’ is one of the hot business strategies of our time. All the multinationals are at it. Over the last decade an extremely profitable industry has sprung up with the sole aim of helping callous companies mend their ways, spruce up their image, and get those pesky campaigners off their backs. The NI exposes this not-so-subtle strategy to avoid regulation, silence critics, and in many cases continue with the activities that tarnished their image in the first place.

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Why did Chávez lose?

John Pilger, whose film War on Democracy is now out on DVD, comments.

Pakistan’s students push for democracy

The recent introduction of martial law in Pakistan has helped to end a three-decade drought on student activism in the country. Amber Vora reports.

Big Bad World

Cartoonist Polyp on an uninvited guest.

Companies who care?

Should we be persuaded by the clean green claims of big business? Jess Worth thinks not.

Another production is possible

by Boaventura de Sousa Santos (ed)

How to withdraw from Iraq

Chris Abbott makes five proposals

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Black Gold

by Marc and Nick Francis

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Manufacturing Dissent

by Rick Caine and Debbie Melnyk

Jesus Camp

directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Girls of Riyadh

by Rajaa Alsanea

Afriki

by Habib Koité & Bamada

Fucking Cowboys

by Gnawa Diffusion

Burma's horrorscopes

Burmese junta floored by flying panties.

Citizens attacked

Palestinian refugees attacked in Lebanon.

The deepest scar

Hear the harrowing story of a Canadian torture victim.

Travelling without moving

Virtual reality for global events

Spinning out of control

Rebecca Spencer names and shames companies who use Corporate Responsibility to continue business-as-usual.

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Yes! But...

Costa Rica votes for free trade

Getting out

Here, in numbers, is the story of the four years since US and British troops ‘liberated’ Iraq

The thinness of things

Living in Cairo means accepting much that isn’t how one might want it, discovers Maria Golia – and that everyone looks good in pink.

The language of public protest

The language of public protest

The big debate: reform or revolution?

Jonathon Porritt and Claire Fauset lock horns over how best to save the planet from big business.

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Lions poisoned in protest

Angry farmers evicted ahead of Kampala Summit.

People versus corporations

400 years of controversy and confrontation.

Stones in a minefield

Frustration boiling over in Western Sahara

Shehzad Noorani

Displaced children in Darfur, as seen by Bangladeshi photographer Shehzad Noorani.

Small is powerful

What will it take to roll back corporate power? Jess Worth considers the options.

Just don't do it!

Cautionary tales of co-option and compromise from UN-insider Jean Ziegler and anti-sweatshop activist Jeff Ballinger.

The myth of the right moment

Urvashi Butalia examines the parallels with conflict in northern India.

Basic instincts

Anthony Arnove looks at the conflicted interests of the US Democratic Party

Laos

As the forces of corporate globalization press on its borders, change is inevitable.

Bling, Iranian-style

Nasrin Alavi returns to a Tehran under threat from the West.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines, has been called ‘the fourth most powerful woman in the world’. But she needs the iron hands of her generals.

Corporate responsibility – the facts

The facts on corporate responsibility

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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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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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