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June 2008's Issue

Do we need to worry about nuclear weapons any more? After the end of the Cold War, the world stepped back from the brink of mutually-assured annihilation and nuclear stockpiles were halved. But nukes haven’t gone away. In fact, they are undergoing something of a renaissance. India, Pakistan and North Korea have all recently joined the nuclear club. The US, Russia, Britain, China and France are spending billions on ‘modernizing’ their nuclear arsenals. So why are disarmament campaigners so upbeat? The NI discovers a window of opportunity for banning the bomb – but can we seize the moment before the shutters slam down, perhaps for good?

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Featured in issue 412

My Grandmother – A memoir

Every family has its secrets. So does every nation. But Turkey’s official secret remains extraordinarily potent because public references to the massive event that occurred 93 years ago are forbidden.

Striking out

Nike workers in Vietnam go on strike

The Boy Bands Have Won

A yowl of fury against the Pop Idol-type mediocrity that seems so often to fuel cultural commerce these days.

Nuclear weapons - the facts

There are over 27,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Thousands are deployed on land, at sea and in the air, posing the constant threat of nuclear war and radioactive contamination.

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Nuclear weapons: a history

From the Manhattan Project and Hiroshima, to the Cold War, North Korea and beyond, nuclear fission has changed everything.

Talking warheads

What are the West’s weapons actually for? asks Paul Rogers.

The language of World Farming

by Mitchell & Richardson

Bullshit in a bottle

say hello to water called Ethos

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Trident tested

Activist Angie Zelter celebrates a year-long blockade of Britain’s weapons of mass destruction.

Uzbekistan

In the heart of Central Asia, enclosed by the Pamir mountains to the southeast and desert in the northeast, Uzbekistan was once the seat of vast wealth and influence.

Global warming and the King’s Arms pub

Horatio Morpurgo supplies an environmental missing link.

Standing up to the State

View from New Delhi by Urvashi Butalia

Scared of a star

West Papua’s push for independence

Whoops!

Wayward warheads, mid-air collisions and dangerous detonations.

Three and Out

Colm Meaney is Tommy, an Irishman in London who plans to kill himself. Directed by Jonathan Gershfield

Interview with Brian McLaren

on the need for Christians to engage with the real world

The bomb stops here

With nuclear weapons multiplying again, now is the time to seize the moment and ban them, argues Jess Worth.

Kian Amani

Acrobatic extravagance in Tehran, as seen by Iranian photographer Kian Amani.

Big Bad World 412

Polyp takes aim at transport

Swimming Against the Tide

Thoroughly researched and with heart-warming personal accounts, Tom Fawthrop’s Swimming Against the Tide is an inspiration.

Alien vs Predator: Cool Ranch

Seriously.. true tales of a mixed-up world

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The charm fades

Pakistani physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy explores his country’s rocky relationship with nukes.

Bust! the gambling boom

David Ransom finds a likeness between the addictions of gambling and the speculative impulses of capitalism.

Elie Wiesel (born 1928)

A quote from his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

Fossil foolery

Fossil Fools Day

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Beijing Coma

Ma Jian has undertaken his most ambitious project yet; a sweeping panorama of China in the years before and after the Tiananmen Square massacre of 4 June 1989.

Who is Harald?

Climate negotiations

Resist!

Anti-nuke action across the world

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Daniel Variations

Steve Reich’s tribute to murdered journalist Daniel Pearl

Teeny tiny terror

Nanotechnology

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Bloodshot Monochrome

A new collection of poems by one of Britain’s most significant poets

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Blood brothers: Saudi Arabia and the West

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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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