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.
Articles by Jo Lateu
Stories and photos you may have missed in the last 12 months. Compiled by Jo Lateu.
- January 1, 2017
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
Jo Lateu considers the state of the unions, and argues that a revival has already begun.
- September 1, 2016
Comedian and activist Mark Thomas talks socialist sheds, working-class stories and the importance of sticking together.
- July 21, 2016
What stories would you like to see covered by New Internationalist this year?
- April 27, 2016
Comedian Shazia Mirza reveals her inspirations, fears and political passions.
- April 1, 2016
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
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
In March, an exhibition in London will highlight 25 years of Bangladeshi photography from the Pathshala media school.
- February 27, 2015
What makes the comedian and activist laugh, cry and despair? Jo Lateu finds out.
- August 1, 2014
Comedian Kate Smurthwaite on shaking up the political system and finding Jeremy Clarkson a new job.
- July 29, 2014
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
As he gears up for the Edinburgh Fringe, the award-winning British comedian reveals his environmental and political passions.
- July 22, 2014
On World Refugee Day, Jo Lateu talks to Farah Abdi about the particular difficulties faced by LGBT asylum-seekers.
- June 20, 2014
Let us know what topics New Internationalist magazine should cover in the next year.
- June 2, 2014
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
The filmmaker and director tells Jo Lateu why he supports activists who expose wrongdoing through video.
- May 1, 2014
On International Mother Tongue Day, Jo Lateu explains why our 7,000-plus global languages must be valued and protected.
- February 21, 2014
The anthropologist, author and activist speaks to Jo Lateu about Occupy Wall Street and British masochism.
- January 1, 2014
The self-described ‘radically reasonable’ comedian tells Jo Lateu why.
- August 7, 2013
As he gears up for the Edinburgh Fringe, the political comedian spills a few beans to Jo Lateu.
- August 1, 2013
A new campaign is supporting teenagers in the fight against sexism.
- July 22, 2013
From battles with French Connection to banishing Bashar al-Assad, the comedian spills the beans to Jo Lateu.
- July 15, 2013
The Irish comedian tells Jo Lateu that Father Ted is a hero, but that Bono should be banished.
- July 8, 2013
The stand-up comic, writer, activist and actor tells Jo Lateu who makes him laugh… and who definitely does not.
- June 25, 2013
Jo Lateu speaks to J Willgoose about warmth and positivity.
- June 1, 2013
Let us know what themes New Internationalist should cover in the coming year.
- April 29, 2013
The Ethiopian-born, US-based songwriter tells us about her inspirations and her earliest musical memory.
- March 7, 2013
Here’s your chance to tell us what you’d like to see covered in the magazine and on our website.
- May 25, 2012
22 April is Earth Day. Should punishment be made to those personally responsible for destroying our planet?
- April 1, 2012
President and climate movement ally Mohamed Nasheed has been ousted in a military coup. 350.org has set up a petition to put pressure on key international politicians to act.
- February 8, 2012
Add your name to those urging the UK government to support Ecuador’s initiative to keep the oil in the ground.
- January 24, 2012
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
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
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
Residents of Dale Farm, Essex, have been sent eviction notices by Basildon Council. Join the resistance from 9 July.
- July 6, 2011
Avaaz, the largest global movement on the web, is giving the world a voice.
- May 1, 2011
Indian Supreme Court drops sedition charges against human rights activist.
- April 15, 2011
We know how important this course is… apparently the university bigwigs don’t.
- November 29, 2010
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
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
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
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
A new film promises to demystify the activist movement and inspire us all to get involved.
- October 13, 2010
Activists hack into the public website of the European Climate Exchange
- September 1, 2010
Deported from Britain on 15 June, Mr A is now struggling to survive in Kabul.
- July 6, 2010
…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
A message of hope from a remarkable man: Archbishop Desmond Tutu was in town this week.
- May 12, 2010
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
Desmond Tutu speaks out against the wave of homophobia sweeping across many African countries.
- March 22, 2010
It's big, but it's not clever - the biofuel boom is threatening lives and land.
- March 5, 2010
19 per cent of US babies have a television in their bedroom... but should we care?
- February 9, 2010
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
Western Saharan hunger striker refused permission to land in her own country.
- December 7, 2009
Hilary Synnott’s book is a useful introduction to Pakistan’s past, present and possible future.
- December 1, 2009
One brave woman has brought the world’s attention back on to the plight of Western Sahara’s people.
- November 30, 2009
Listen to the experts and have your say at an event in Malvern.
- October 5, 2009
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
A trip through passport control is enough for Leah Williams to see that all Britons are not treated equally.
- June 2, 2009
The Zero Carbon Caravan sets off for Copenhagen in August. Book your place now...
- May 7, 2009
Our political system doesn’t represent young people’s views.
- May 5, 2009
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
Colombian activist Teófilo Acuña on the danger of confronting paramilitaries.
- August 1, 2008
Apartheid accomplices Coca-Cola, Barclays, BP et al are heading for court
- July 1, 2008