New Internationalist

Gold trouble

We take a look at our crazy lust for the shiny yellow metal. Once tied to our currency, gold now floats free in value, completely unconnected to any actual use to us in our daily lives. Dipping yesterday, zooming up today, tomorrow who knows? Best buy some just in case.We are now mining more of the stuff than ever before. In an era when we desperately need to rethink core notions of growth and our unsustainable ecological footprint, we are intensifying destructive goldmining for no other purpose than to make a few people rich.

September 2014, Issue 475

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The value we place on this yellow metal is absurd - and dangeorus, argues Richard Swift.
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The myth of ethical gold
Certification schemes notwithstanding, clean gold is a bit of a scam, says Stephanie Boyd.
A tale of two Indias
How sinking cash into gold is rocking the country's economy and deepening the wealth divide, by Jaideep Hardikar.
A 10-step plan to end gold addiction
View from the ridge
Jewellery designer Jane Theobald's meditation on the true price of the shiny stuff.
Bunker economics
Philip Pilkington on the delusion of worshipping the gold standard.
How Mother Teresa is torturing Kolkata
S Bedford reports from India on a dirty truth behind a squeaky-clean image.
An indivisible and living whole, from the mountains to the sea
In New Zealand, one river now has the legal rights of a person. By Jen Wilton.
Children swept up in Egyptian repression
Solomon Islands' environmental tussle
Lost identities
Censorship resurgent in Serbia
Introducing Joko Widodo
Migrant-baby court battle in Australia
Burmese monks' assault on interfaith love
The big Greek beach sell-out
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Letter from Bangui
Ruby Diamonde finds herself in a town with deep scars and an uncertain future.
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Comedian and activist Josie Long tells Jo Lateu about her passion for social justice and extols the joy of cold-sea swimming.
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Writer and activist Adam Ramsay and professor and author Jim Gallagher go head to head.
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Bloody Rain by Sarah-Jane Morris; The Island of Dr Electrico by The Bombay Royale
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