We use cookies for site personalization and analytics. You can opt out of third party cookies. More info in our privacy policy.   Got it

Hindu women offer prayers to the sun god by venturing into the foam-coated waters of the Yamuna River (a major tributary of the Ganges) in New Delhi, India. The river is responsible for 70 per cent of the city’s water supply but is severely polluted at this stretch. Recently city authorities have taken to deploying blowers to push back the foam from the banks during festivals, so that the faithful can take a holy dip. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

Rivers: holy waters

We need thriving rivers in order for life on Earth to flourish. But often how we treat them shows little understanding of this basic principle. Dinyar Godrej ventures into the maelstrom.

Latest issue: July-August 2022

Rivers of life

A person sits on top of a pile of coins and reads a book

Naomi Fowler of Taxcast investigates the lax standards of the company registration process in the UK, and makes some alarming discoveries.

Rohingya-built temporary shanties often persist in dilapidated conditions in Jammu. Picture credit. Kamran Yousuf.

A renewed crackdown on refugee camps in Kashmir is forcing Rohingya refugees out of India and back to Bangladesh and Myanmar. Mubashir Naik reports.

Loita forest is home to endangered bird species such as the grey-crested helmet-shrike. Nik Borrow/Flickr

Shadrack Omuka meets the Maasai women using photography as a way to preserve Kenya's Loita forest.

Scraps of torched cars left in Shiv Vihar from the 2020 Delhi riots. Credit: Banswalhemant

Nilanjana Bhowmick on the routine communal violence that is a state-sponsored blot on India’s democracy.

A person holds a placard demanding Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign after his government lost its majority in the parliament, amid the country's economic crisis, during a protest near to a road leading to the parliament building in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

With the Sri Lankan president fleeing to the Maldives, New Internationalist examines his modus operandi – and how he rose to the top of a powerful dynasty

NDONGO SAMBA SYLLA

Senegalese development economist Ndongo Samba Sylla speaks to Hazel Healy about why he thinks ‘neo-colonialism’ is an outdated term.

Past issues

More from New Internationalist

Leonardo Sakamoto on the journalists the Brazilian establishment loves to hate.

A rally to mark Defender of Ukraine Day, in Kiev, on 14 October 2017. Activists and supporters of the Azov, Svoboda (Freedom), Ukrainian nationalist parties and Right Sector took part.

Richard Swift and Conrad Landin examine Vladimir Putin’s bogus claims of ‘de-nazification...

Peruvian women call on Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore, investors and UK and EU parliamentarians to take action on toxic...

Colombian left-wing presidential candidate Gustavo Petro and his candidate for Vice-President Francia Marquez of the Historic Pact coalition celebrate after Petro's victory in the second round of the presidential election, at the Movistar Arena, in Bogota, Colombia June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

Colombia’s first leftwing president-elect, Gustavo Petro, is riding a wave of hope. But, as Nick MacWilliam...

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter...

Profiles of groups from Palestine, Mozambique, Uganda and India who are saying no to new oil and gas infrastructure.

Banners wave at the opening ceremony of the People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth near Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 2010. The People’s Agreement signed at the conference called for the Global North to repay a ‘climate debt’ to the Majority World. AIZAR RALDES/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

How can we phase out fossil fuels in a way that works for people everywhere? The historic Cochabamba People’s Agreement...

Nick Dowson gives the low-down on the latest tricks in corporate spin.

A person draped in a blue, green, red and yellow Mapuche flag stands with their back to the camera, looking towards a gas plant in the distance

The Mapuche people in Argentina are saying no to an influx of transnationals trying to frack their lands. Grace...

Transnational oil companies are looking to leave the Niger Delta without cleaning up their mess. Ken Henshaw...

A short history of dependency.

Alaa Abd el-Fattah

The activists of the Arab Spring have faced a devastating backlash. We must support them, writes Nanjala Nyabola...

Subscribe   Ethical Shop