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Articles by Jo Lateu

A word with Kati Hiekkapelto

The Finnish crime writer and punk singer talks to Jo Lateu about the rise of rightwing populism, the importance of identity, and the embrace of the natural world.

  • March 1, 2017
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The Unreported Year 2016

Stories and photos you may have missed in the last 12 months. Compiled by Jo Lateu.

  • January 1, 2017
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A migrant’s story

Trade unions aren’t even on the radar of most of London’s poorly treated hospitality workers. But a union could help them find their voice, as Afrika explains.

  • September 1, 2016
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Still standing or standing still?

Jo Lateu considers the state of the unions, and argues that a revival has already begun.

  • September 1, 2016
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‘Politics is the battle of remembering over forgetting’

Comedian and activist Mark Thomas talks socialist sheds, working-class stories and the importance of sticking together.

  • July 21, 2016
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Have your say!

What stories would you like to see covered by New Internationalist this year?

  • April 27, 2016
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A word with Shazia Mirza

Comedian Shazia Mirza reveals her inspirations, fears and political passions.

  • April 1, 2016
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‘Acts of solidarity are what make us human’

Though facing overwhelming struggles of their own, teachers at the NUT conference in Brighton have been showing a true spirit of internationalism, writes Jo Lateu.

  • March 29, 2016
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Brandon Astor Jones – time is running out

An execution date of 2 February has been set. Please write to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to appeal for clemency.

  • January 19, 2016
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The Unreported Year

Stories you might have missed in 2015. Compiled by Jo Lateu.

  • January 1, 2016
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Have your say!

Let us know what topics we should be covering.

  • May 5, 2015
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Photo militants, defying the laws of gravity

In March, an exhibition in London will highlight 25 years of Bangladeshi photography from the Pathshala media school.

  • February 27, 2015
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From Toy Story to Tony Benn: the world of Chris Coltrane

What makes the comedian and activist laugh, cry and despair? Jo Lateu finds out.

  • August 1, 2014
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‘I’m pretty good at channelling my anger into activism rather than tears’

Comedian Kate Smurthwaite on shaking up the political system and finding Jeremy Clarkson a new job.

  • July 29, 2014
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A word with Josie Long

The comedian and activist has no time for monarchs, politicians or estate agents. But, as she tells Jo Lateu, positive people get her heart racing.

  • July 24, 2014
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A word with Tim FitzHigham

As he gears up for the Edinburgh Fringe, the award-winning British comedian reveals his environmental and political passions.

  • July 22, 2014
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‘I made the decision to be free or die’

On World Refugee Day, Jo Lateu talks to Farah Abdi about the particular difficulties faced by LGBT asylum-seekers.

  • June 20, 2014
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Have your say!

Let us know what topics New Internationalist magazine should cover in the next year.

  • June 2, 2014
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Talking about a revolution

Jo Lateu explains why the world’s minority languages matter for all of us - and why we should be fighting for their survival.

  • June 1, 2014
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And finally: Uri Fruchtmann

The filmmaker and director tells Jo Lateu why he supports activists who expose wrongdoing through video.

  • May 1, 2014
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Your language makes you who you are

On International Mother Tongue Day, Jo Lateu explains why our 7,000-plus global languages must be valued and protected. 

  • February 21, 2014
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David Graeber on acting like an anarchist

The anthropologist, author and activist speaks to Jo Lateu about Occupy Wall Street and British masochism.

  • January 1, 2014
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Pete Cain: ‘It’s time the British people woke up and rose up!’

The self-described ‘radically reasonable’ comedian tells Jo Lateu why.

  • August 7, 2013
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A word with Mark Thomas

As he gears up for the Edinburgh Fringe, the political comedian spills a few beans to Jo Lateu.

  • August 1, 2013
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Feminism belongs in schools

A new campaign is supporting teenagers in the fight against sexism.

  • July 22, 2013
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A word with Dave Griffiths

From battles with French Connection to banishing Bashar al-Assad, the comedian spills the beans to Jo Lateu.

  • July 15, 2013
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A word with comic Keith Farnan

The Irish comedian tells Jo Lateu that Father Ted is a hero, but that Bono should be banished.

  • July 8, 2013
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A word with US comedian Lee Camp

The stand-up comic, writer, activist and actor tells Jo Lateu who makes him laugh… and who definitely does not.

  • June 25, 2013
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A word with musical archivists Public Service Broadcasting

Jo Lateu speaks to J Willgoose about warmth and positivity.

  • June 1, 2013
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Have your say!

Let us know what themes New Internationalist should cover in the coming year.

A word with acclaimed singer Meklit Hadero

The Ethiopian-born, US-based songwriter tells us about her inspirations and her earliest musical memory.

  • March 7, 2013
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Have your say!

Here’s your chance to tell us what you’d like to see covered in the magazine and on our website.

Putting the 'I' in ecocide

22 April is Earth Day. Should punishment be made to those personally responsible for destroying our planet?

  • April 1, 2012
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Help President Nasheed of the Maldives!

President and climate movement ally Mohamed Nasheed has been ousted in a military coup. has set up a petition to put pressure on key international politicians to act.

  • February 8, 2012
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Save Yasuní - sign the petition

Add your name to those urging the UK government to support Ecuador’s initiative to keep the oil in the ground.

  • January 24, 2012
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Sign now: an open letter to Peru’s President

The recent violence against protesters at the Yanacocha mine has been caught on film. Now campaigners are calling on President Humala to act.

  • December 8, 2011
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The DSEi arms fair: merchants of death go shopping

From 13 to 16 September some 25,000 delegates will visit Britain’s largest arms fair. It’s a big, and decidedly dirty, business.

  • September 13, 2011
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Kayaker sets off on trip to expose Europe's shame

The treatment of asylum seekers and immigrants who reach Europe’s shores is deplorable. Georges Alexandre hopes his 3,000-kilometre odyssey from Tunisia to Brussels will raise awareness - and lead to change.

  • September 5, 2011
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Camp Constant needs you!

Residents of Dale Farm, Essex, have been sent eviction notices by Basildon Council. Join the resistance from 9 July.

  • July 6, 2011
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Free at last!

Iranian bus union hero Mansour Osanloo is released from jail.

  • June 3, 2011
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Applause: Avaaz

Avaaz, the largest global movement on the web, is giving the world a voice.

  • May 1, 2011
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Binayak Sen released on bail

Indian Supreme Court drops sedition charges against human rights activist.

  • April 15, 2011
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Indonesia’s Abu Ghraib

West Papuan freedom struggle gathers momentum.

  • December 1, 2010
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Education cuts threaten human rights degree

We know how important this course is… apparently the university bigwigs don’t.

  • November 29, 2010
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An open letter to James Cameron

The Avatar director is planning to visit Lavasa - a ‘private city’ in India at the centre of concerns around urbanization and indigenous rights. Activist Tarsh Thekaekara wants Cameron to change his mind. Here’s why.

  • November 26, 2010
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Last gasp for the tuna

Representatives of the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) are meeting in France to decide the fate of our favourite fish. We need to make sure that they act now to stop catastrophic overfishing.

  • November 18, 2010
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BT – Disconnect now!

A new campaign is launched today urging British Telecommunications to end its partnership with Israeli company Bezeq International, whose parent company supplies phone services to illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

  • November 16, 2010
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Food for thought

16 October is World Food Day – and here’s an invitation to film yourself eating to help raise awareness of food sustainability issues.

  • October 15, 2010
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Get off your arse and change the world!

A new film promises to demystify the activist movement and inspire us all to get involved. 

  • October 13, 2010
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Hacked off

Activists hack into the public website of the European Climate Exchange

  • September 1, 2010
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Kicked out of Britain... to a Kabul nightmare

Deported from Britain on 15 June, Mr A is now struggling to survive in Kabul.

  • July 6, 2010
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Afghanistan is a safe country...

…according to the Home Office - but for a 19-year-old asylum seeker about to be deported, the return could be a death sentence.

  • June 4, 2010
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All rise for Desmond

A message of hope from a remarkable man: Archbishop Desmond Tutu was in town this week.

  • May 12, 2010
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Calling all young writers!

A new competition to honour the work and words of US writer and activist Paul Goodman has been launched by documentary-maker Jonathan Lee.

  • March 23, 2010
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Hate has no place in the house of God

Desmond Tutu speaks out against the wave of homophobia sweeping across many African countries.

  • March 22, 2010
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Have your say!

What themes should we be covering in the magazine and on-line?

  • March 15, 2010
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Fuelling the debate

It's big, but it's not clever - the biofuel boom is threatening lives and land.  

  • March 5, 2010
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All work and no play

19 per cent of US babies have a television in their bedroom... but should we care?

  • February 9, 2010
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Drowned out

The poorest countries, who contribute the least to climate change and have the most to lose, are the countries with the smallest voice at the negotiation table.

  • January 20, 2010
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Joy turns to anger

Western Saharan hunger striker refused permission to land in her own country.

  • December 7, 2009
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Transforming Pakistan: Ways out of instability

Hilary Synnott’s book is a useful introduction to Pakistan’s past, present and possible future.

  • December 1, 2009
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Thanks at Thanksgiving

We're doing something right!

  • December 1, 2009
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A hunger for justice

One brave woman has brought the world’s attention back on to the plight of Western Sahara’s people.

  • November 30, 2009
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Asylum in the UK: Destitution, detention, deportation?

Listen to the experts and have your say at an event in Malvern.

  • October 5, 2009
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Calling photographers!

Budding photographers, step right this way…

  • October 1, 2009
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'A blatant act of political sabotage'

Tomorrow should have been the start of the eagerly anticipated Big Green Gathering. So why isn't it taking place? Rumours abound  

  • July 28, 2009
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When colour is a crime

A trip through passport control is enough for Leah Williams to see that all Britons are not treated equally.

  • June 2, 2009
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All aboard!

The Zero Carbon Caravan sets off for Copenhagen in August. Book your place now...

  • May 7, 2009
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So you think young people don't care about politics?

Our political system doesn’t represent young people’s views.

  • May 5, 2009
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In danger of destruction

Vancouver's only working farm is in danger of destruction by developers, writes Canadian journalist Hadani Ditmars, who will soon be joining New Internationalist as a co-editor.

  • April 29, 2009
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Teófilo Acuña

Colombian activist Teófilo Acuña on the danger of confronting paramilitaries.

  • August 1, 2008
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Getting fair treatment

Brazil’s AIDS fight against Big Pharma continues

  • August 1, 2008
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Court in the act

Apartheid accomplices Coca-Cola, Barclays, BP et al are heading for court

  • July 1, 2008
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Marching for the monks

Burma’s rebels on the line

  • November 1, 2007
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About Jo Lateu


Having joined New Internationalist in 1998 as distribution manager, Jo moved into the editorial team in 2008, where she tries to keep her colleagues in order. Failing that, she edits, proofs and commissions pieces for the magazine and website and waters the plants when she remembers.

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