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May 2013 front coverFor 40 years* New Internationalist has been covering the issues that matter, bringing to life the people, the ideas and the action in the fight for global justice.

But maybe we’ve missed something… or is it time to revisit a particular topic? Let us know! Share your ideas with us and other readers by using the ‘comments’ function at the foot of the page, or email your suggestions to Jo by 30 June - and we’ll look at all the suggestions at our editorial meeting in July.

Please keep your outlines to a maximum of 200 words.

*To revisit some of the topics we’ve looked at in the past 40 years, visit our interactive timeline.

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  1. #1 Anneka Nicholls 29 Apr 13

    Topic: Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest increases

    For the first time in five years, independent researchers confirmed that deforestation rates in the Amazon have increased dramatically.
    This would be a really interesting topic to look into especially as many indigenous groups are involved in this issue and risks their lives, homes and families to fight against it. Investigating and covering this issue would give these groups a voice and give them a chance to have their say about what they are going through.

  2. #2 jess 06 May 13

    I think we should look at how destination countries for human trafficking (such as the UK) are failing to protect the victims involved and are therefore contravening international conventions as well as further violating the human rights of those trafficked. Instead of adopting a holistic (prosecution, protection and prevention) approach, they are focusing disproportionately on prosecution, yet have only prosecuted a very small number over the years. These western countries are failing to protect the victims by treating human trafficking as an immigration issue rather than a blatant human rights abuse, thus allowing this modern day slavery to continue and thrive.

  3. #3 Martin Smith 06 May 13

    It would be interesting to have an unbiased, balanced article on the international sedition aimed at the nation of Syria.

    We hear in the capitalist media, a constant flow of diplomatic rhetoric regarding the supposed despotism of the Al Assad regime, only for tiny snippets of atrocities and breaches of sovereignty perpetrated by immediate neighbours & the real international terrorists.

    It is quite intriguing to find that some of the most practical of theorists end-up, as history now dictates, being prophets; per se, Lenin & 'the West's' now, infatuation with Terror. The USA & it's boudoir frequenters with their unrelenting espionage & assassinations, are befuddling the ordinary masses into hysteria.

    Fair-cop! Where can a person find a 'fair cop'?

    Obviously not at the UN!

  4. #4 Moira Johnston 06 May 13

    Has Britain become a Third World Country?

    I think you should cover Austerity measures in Britain. How the wealthiest people and Corporations are getting millions in tax breaks whilst the poorest and weakest in society are paying for it.

    Millions of sick and disabled people, who are clearly unfit for work, are being forced into employment by Atos and DWP. This is leading to many preventable deaths and much suffering.

    Much of the press is demonising the unemployed and disabled as scroungers and ignoring the tax dodgers and criminals. There are not nearly enough jobs available for the unemployed or under-employed anyway.

    Then there's the bedroom tax, not nearly enough 1 bedroom flats/houses have been built to accommodate people in social housing. This will only lead them to rent in the private sector leading to a higher, not lower, housing benefit bill. The only benefactors will be the private landlords.

  5. #5 Sarah 07 May 13

    I'd love you to cover something on small-scale mining and the gold industry. It's the second largest employer in the world and carries so many social and environmental issues that I'm trying to grapple with!

  6. #6 todawgs 08 May 13

    It's time to begin the physical part of the Worldwide Revolution-The Medieval part. We can write about it, blog about it-all the injustices, but in the end, thats all that will get done. It's time to kill them and shut them down!

  7. #7 lynn 08 May 13

    more on the vitally important situation in the amazon and particularly the yasuni and belo monte campaign, but please include positive things as well as negative ie the work of organisations like pachamama alliance, survival international and amazon watch to support the indigenous people who are the environmental front line. please include ways we can help. i'm so frustrated reading about the bravery of indians and environmental workers but not knowing how to help.
    also please do something on the state of austerity britain. look at the way the government is working hard to turn us into a third world country and the way ordinary folk are turning this crisis into an opportunity to create something better.

  8. #8 Robert Beaulieu 08 May 13

    Thank's for all the great work. Here is an idea i hope you will research.It's called constituency parliaments or citizen parliaments. It is a new model of government based on the actual parliamentary political systems found in Canada and it's Provinces. Also found in England. This idea was researched for decades by political scientist Vaughn Lyon who wrote a book called ''Power shift, from party elites to informed citizens''. It is about keeping the positive elements of the present system but adding a new level of paliament that is closer to the people to wich members of parliament as they exist now must answer to. It is brilliant! It fundamentally changes the power structure giving citizens real input in policy decisions, orientations, ect. It eventualy makes political parties useless. We then end up with a democracy of ideas instead of having parties fight to win elections no matter what, resuting in a prime minister with way to much power. We have been conditioned to think parties are essential,when in fact the system stifle's debates that could lead to policy decisions favering the common good.I have written a condensed version (20 pages)in french hoping to promote the idea in Québec. It is not an easy sell. Most people can't sit still to read that much text!If the idea was understood by a significant number it could catch on. People are fed up and change is enevitable. If the model was adopted and made to work,showing profound positive change, it could become a model people everywhere demand.This is my hope. Cheers Robert Beaulieu

  9. #9 Cat Turner 10 May 13

    I've worked at senior levels for >30 years in the offshore financial services sector (partly as a regulator). Recently left to try and make a difference in the ehtical and environmental arena. I am acutely aware of the way in which offshore countries in havens such as the Isle of Man (my own)are used by individuals, and major multinational corporations, to carry on environmentally deeply damaging activities elsewhere in the world. Often they are 'owned' through devices such as declarations of trust so that the listed companies can claim that all entities on their group balance sheet comply with international environmental standards - but they nonetheless reap the benefits of these offco's activities. They fall outwith the regulatory purview of most sets of enviro standards, and avoid accountability. It would be good to see a light being shone on this please!

  10. #10 John Robertson 17 Jul 13 is my blog that agrees a bit with Moira Johnson's post on this page.

    It agues for higher tariffs to be imposed on countries with a low democracy index and little or no welfare state. And lower tariffs on countries with a high democracy index and a reasonable welfare state.

    The agreement with another post on this page is that the UK is becoming a third world country.

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