New Internationalist

Praying for business as usual in the corridors of power will never restore the myth of a self-correcting free market. High finance, the biggest of the winners from corporate globalization, over-inflated this false belief and then blew itself to bits, as if by accident. In this issue, the New Internationalist asks what remains and who’s left to clear up the mess. As national ‘taxpayers’ – that’s the rest of us, citizens – find themselves footing the bill into the indefinite future, the time has surely come to make way for more just and democratic systems – and a new internationalism. Fresh signs of life now spring most vigorously from a growing awareness that the Earth is not a toy boardroom globe but an endangered habitat that lives or dies by its intricate diversity, in a shared climate that’s changing beyond all recognition.

March 2010, Issue 430

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Globalization on the rocks
David Ransom argues that a corporate shipwreck lies behind the collapse of financial markets.
Deglobalization - reflections of a Filipino MP
For a decade Walden Bello has known what really has to be done.
Transition Towns - the art of resilience
Setting out towards a post-corporate, post-carbon world – Rowenna Davis reports.
Globalization on the rocks - The Facts
The facts about globalization, world trade, unemployment, economic activity and the bailouts.
Downside up
The upside of markets that failed, suggests Indian economist Jayati Ghosh, is the chance to do better.
Crisis, crash, crunch - the lowlights
A sorry saga since corporate globalization got going in 1971.
Getting a grip on democracy
Richard Swift finds some traces in Egypt and Latin America.
Connections
Books, websites, contacts on Democracy.
To live...
New hope for international action on global warming has come from Bolivia, where President Evo Morales is convening a People’s World Conference on Climate Change. Vanessa Baird reports on a multifaceted initiative.
China's neocolonialism
Beijing is trumpeting a new free trade deal with its neighbours, but Walden Bello argues that the benefits are all likely to flow in one direction.
An inconvenient truth
The reality of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides cannot be denied, despite the efforts of Turkey and its allies, writes Lucine Kasbarian.
The decline of social democracy
Why is it that, just as ultraliberal capitalism is floundering, social democracy is unable to step up to the plate? Ignacio Ramonet investigates.
A rural revolution
Brazil is one of the most unequal societies in the world. But, as Alex Kawakami tells Rowenna Davis, there is a movement for change – and it’s getting bigger.
Letters
Letter from Cairo: the pampered paws
A trip to the pedicurist reveals the changing face of Egypt’s middle class to Maria Golia.
Currents: Learning while earning
Cairo’s ‘garbage people’ are improving their standard of living
Currents: Yasuní RIP?
President Correa sends shockwaves around the world
Currents: Growing pains
Africa’s great biofuel land grab continues.
Currents: Small change
The ugly side of microfinance.
How (not) to survive the apocalypse
Anna Chen emerges from winter and wonders what happened to her backbone.
Worldbeaters
Trigger-happy Taser International under the spotlight.
Making Waves
Somaly Mam has experienced the horrors of sexual slavery. She is now fighting to ensure other young women don’t.
View from Istanbul
Azad Essa meets a man who has dedicated his life to restoring books.
Southern Exposure
Smita Barooah Sanyal photographs women at work.
Country Profile: Solomon Islands
Facts, figures and ratings.
Book review: Going Rouge
By Richard Kim and Betsy Reed.
Book review: The Unit
By Ninni Holmqvist.
Film review: Food, Inc
Directed by Robert Kenner.
Film review: The Idiot Cycle
Directed by Emmanuelle Schick Garcia.
Film review: The Headless Woman
Directed by Lucrecia Martel.
Music review: Ali & Toumani
By Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté.