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Vanessa Baird

Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

Vanessa Baird is known as @VanessaBNI on Twitter

Articles by Vanessa Baird

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Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips talks about our need for privacy in a digital age.
Conspiracy theorist graffiti alleging terrorism behind the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster of 2013, pictured in Montreal. Credit: Cold, Indrid/Flickr
Vanessa Baird offers some nifty tips in tackling a growing problem.
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Propaganda and media expert Peter Pomerantsev on tackling disinformation and the power of the digital platforms. 
Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini (bottom, centre, in white top) with women peacemakers from conflict zones from around the world at ICAN's 2018 Annual Forum in Sri Lanka. Credit: ICAN
Women in war zones are the best peace-makers, yet they rarely get a place at negotiation tables dominated by men. Iranian...
A mural featuring a pro-Trump protester, self-styled QAnon ‘shaman’ Jacob Chansley, appeared in Tunbridge Wells, UK, a few days after the storming of the US Congress in Washington on 6 January. KARWAI TANG/WIREIMAGE/GETTY
Unloved and under threat from several sides, democracy seems to be in peril. Should it be saved – or helped to change? Vanessa...
January 6, 2021, Rioters attempt to enter break in to the Capitol building through the front doors. (Credit Image: � Lev Radin/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire)
The storming of Capitol Hill sent shock waves around the world. But democracy-subverting, coup-fomenting US presidents are...
It might reverse the UN’s order of holiness, Vanessa Baird finds.
Time to face our own rubbish, Vanessa Baird suggests.
Celebrations in Washington D.C. after Joe Biden  ​is announced as the winner of the US presidential elections, 2020. Credit: Victoria Pickering /Flickr
Let’s enjoy Trump’s defeat, writes Vanessa Baird. But with realism and greater ambition.
In Kibera, Nairobi, Martha Apisa and Stacy Ayuma use their braids to raise awareness of the virus by imitating its shape. Community health efforts are intense as social distancing is impossible and sanitation is poor in Kenya’s largest slum.  Donwilson Odhiambo/Sopa/Zuma/Alamy 
How can we transform the calamity that has befallen us and create healing? Vanessa Baird on the change we can be.
The face of Abdullah Öcalan frequently appears on banners at pro-Kurdish demonstrations around the world,  ​like this one in Berlin. Jan Scheunert/Zuma/Alamy
How did a once hardcore Marxist-Leninist and nationalist guerrilla leader come to develop a politics of participatory democracy...
Get out! Young Kurds confront a Turkish military vehicle on patrol in northern Syria after Turkey's invasion. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty
Under the cover of Covid-19, Turkey is hammering the Kurds. Again. Should the world care? Vanessa Baird offers several good...

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