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Cover for Indochina

February 1980's Issue

Indochina has had one of the most tortured histories of any part of the world in the twentieth century. Its struggles for independence were thwarted first by the French and then by the Americans. We explore the origins of the conflict.

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Of Human Bondage

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Traffic in Garbage

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A Kind of Sharing

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The Flotsam of War

The problems of refugees in Australia and Canada by Bob Hawkins and Wayne Ellwood.

Apartheid's New Home

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A Past to Overcome

Key events in the history of Indochina.

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Coping with Peace

Christine White reports from Vietnam.

Points of view

How the combatants see the conflict.

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Promoting the Image

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The new friends

The strategies of two of the external powers. Murray Hiebert on the US and John Gittings on China.

In the water we are all the same height

Ruth Seitz talks to a family in Laos.

The Road to Kampuchea

Peter Stalker explains the background to today’s crisis.

The Way Ahead

William Shawcross argues for a new Indochina conference.

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Fiction has entered a new era. Writers of novels and short stories are no longer writing only for their own nation or even for readers speaking their own language but are breaking national boundaries and reaching a worldwide audience. In the process authors from Africa, Asia and Latin America are winning greater prominence – and a new phenomenon identified as ‘world writing’ has emerged.

This issue of New Internationalist not only analyses these developments but also showcases four exquisite short stories as examples: ‘Fat’ by Krys Lee from South Korea; ‘In The Garden’ by FT Kola from South Africa; ‘Ghosts’ by the Cuban-American Ana Menéndez; and ‘The Lake Retba Murder’ by Efemia Chela from Zambia and Ghana.


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A relic of a bygone era – or a billion-strong social movement fighting for workers’ rights everywhere? The reality of trade unionism today falls somewhere in between. In the Western world, union-busting laws, globalization and internal conflicts have left many trade unions reeling. In some countries of the Global South, trade unionists face discrimination, danger and even death. Meanwhile, workers’ rights are being sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed gone mad: zero-contract hours, sub-contracting, privatization, outsourcing and special economic zones are all part of a ‘race to the bottom’ being run by transnationals concerned only about their profits.
Yet all is not lost. From Colombia to China, Bangladesh to Barcelona, workers are still fighting for their rights – and, sometimes, winning. This issue, New Internationalist looks at the state of the unions, how they need to adapt to the new reality for workers in the 21st century, and why they are more important than ever.

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