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Cover for March 2008 - Issue 409

March 2008's Issue

This month’s theme of Ethical Travel deals with two separate subjects: the first half devoted to the thorny issue of flying and the second to the impact of tourism.

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Featured in issue 409

China Panic

It’s official – according to new NI columnist Anna Chen– 2008 isn’t just the Year of the Rat and the Beijing Olympics. It’s also China Panic Year.

Global gag

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Travellers' Code

A New Internationalist Travellers’ Code

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Sir and Madam

Barry Langridge asks why India still depends on charities to rescue its children.

A world apart

Maria Golia gets a glimpse of Egypt’s high society in Letter from Cairo.

That sinking feeling

Islanders in Papua New Guinea made homeless by rising sea levels

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Cuban futurology

by Leonardo Padura Fuentes

The language of human migration

Word power 36 by Mitchell & Richardson

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Shantanu Mukherjee

A portrait of a young sex worker in Kolkata by Indian photographer Shantanu Mukherjee

Another way

People on the tiny Thai island of Koh Yao Noi have adopted ‘community-based tourism’. Marwaan Macan-Markar asks them about the benefits.

Caught in the act

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Why We’re Losing The War on Terror

Why We’re Losing The War on Terror

'Death would be better'

Domestic violence against women in Tajikistan

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Desert of Death

A Soldier’s Journey from Iraq to Afghanistan

Tambogrande: mangoes, murder and mining

Tambogrande: mangoes, murder and mining


Groups working on floods / rivers

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Cien Años

Cien Años

Battle for Haditha

Battle for Haditha

Che Guevara: Lucha por la Vida

Che Guevara: Lucha por la Vida

What is ethical travel?

Chris Brazier investigates alternative tourism.

High water risin'

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Egypt steps in

Arab state becomes peacemaker as conflict worsens

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There is a little hole on the wall of every office, restaurant, reception area, hotel lobby, shop – even in the humblest of the living rooms – which serves as a formidable metaphor for the vicissitudes of power, prestige and privilege in Brunei.

Problems in paradise

Tourism is booming – and every country seems to want more. But, Chris Brazier wonders, do they see the pitfalls?

To fly or not to fly?

Aviation’s impact on climate change is disturbing. But what should we do about it? Chris Brazier interviews three campaigners – Adam Ma’anit, Mark Lynas and George Monbiot – and tries to decide.

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The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside directed by Alejandro Amenábar

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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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Migration issue

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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