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March 1980's Issue

While the United Nations talks of a New Economic Order, an entirely different world order is being quietly constructed. Giant corporations are occupying more of the power structures around us. We examine this concentration of corporate wealth and the brand new world which is being built for the global family.

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Sexploitation

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Price and Prejudice

Corporate tax avoidance. Robin Murray explains.

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Red Scare Revival

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Unilever - The Family Business

Its companies, products and where it operates.

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Do-It-Yourself Electronics

Bob Hawkins looks at the Indian example of going it alone.

Bargaining on the Free Trade Zones

Export or Die? Ho Kwon Ping reports.

What makes a Multinational tick?

Louis Turner looks at company motivation.

Vital Statistics

Basic facts and figures on the world’s biggest companies.

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Business Forecasts

A survey of corporate trends in the 80s.

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The Corporate View

How corporate executives see their role.

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With a little help from their friends

Kenyan cooperation with the multinationals detailed by Christopher Sheppard.

Brand New World

Dexter Tiranti looks at the corporations growth, what it means for the Third World and all of us.

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Health by the People

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Great Leap Backwards

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Trade unions: rebuild, renew, resist

Trade unions

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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Smiley-faced monopolists

For Facebook, Amazon and Google, we have traded our privacy for something we find useful and put on hold our support for ethical shopping in exchange for the ease of low (or no) price and almost-instant gratification. This month's magazine looks at just how far down the line we are and asks how deeply exploitative and anti-democratic is this new ‘surveillance capitalism’ under which we now live. This month’s contributors include security expert Bruce Schneier, psychologist Robert Epstein and engineer and software activist Prabir Purkayastha.

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