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December 1980's Issue

Behind the tourist brochures, palm trees and tropical sun is another Caribbean one distorted by its colonial past and unsure of its future.

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Campaign Directory

A monthly guide to action groups around the world.

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Worth reading on... The Caribbean

Books worth reading on The Caribbean

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Back to the land

The New Internationalist meets some young Jamaicans who believe small-scale, cooperative fanning is the only way for the Caribbean to conquer unemployment.

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Trouble in Paradise

Behind the tourist brochures, palm trees and tropical sun is another Caribbean one distorted by its colonial past and unsure of its future. Issue editor Wayne Ellwood reports.

A sort of betterment

Lennox Grant talks to the Dyers of Ottawa, one of thousands of Caribbean families who have emigrated in search of a better life.

Odd man out

Greg Chamberlain reports on the terror and corruption of Haiti’s Duvalier dictatorship.

Interview with Maurice Bishop

The New Internationalist spoke to Grenada’s Prime Minister Maurice Bishop in his St. George’s office. The following are excerpts from that interview.

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Adjusting the set

Many people, including broadcasters themselves, have been complaining for a long time that British television is too parochial.

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Kicking the habit

Life without multinationals. Still a dream, but can it come true?

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New jewel in the Spice Isle

Wayne Ellwood probes the policies of Grenada’s new popular revolutionary government.

Time for a coup

Not satisfied with other methods of destroying Bolivia’s trade union movement, the military junta has ordered that its greatest symbol - the headquarters of COB, the Bolivian Worker’s Union - be razed to the ground and replaced by a parking lot.

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Rebel without a cause

Sanjay Gandhi’s brief spell in politics from 1975-80 was as controversial as the crash which killed him.

Withering palms

Mauritania, on the west coast of Africa, has an interior with a large deposit of iron ore, nomads, oases, hundreds of thousands of date palms, and an awful lot of Sahara sand. Water, a scarce commodity, is the key to power.

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Paying the piper

Aid without strings

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Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad has been producing oil for more than 70 years. It was just another natural resource until the price rises of 1973 when the country’s revenues soared and the sudden transition into middle income status brought many of the ills of the industrialized world.

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Babylon, 'JAH' and the holy herb

The Rastafarian movement has become an important rallying point for the Caribbean’s poor. Joseph Owens investigates.

The Enterprise of the Indies

A visual guide to the Caribbean’s colonial past.

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The Giants are Vulnerable

The Epica Task Force details Jamaica’s important victory against the multinational bauxite companies.

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Drowning in petrodollars

Trinidad’s vast oil wealth has not lead to development says Jeremy Taylor.

America's blind spot

The New Internationalist looks at US attempts to build a coconut curtain around the Cuban revolution.

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The Communist Manifesto

…being the book that became the bible to one third of the world

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Tilting at windmills

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Laugh? This'll kill you

This month’s reviews look at two books arguing the case against nuclear arms, and at a sceptical assessment of the impact of Appropriate Technology. Review Editor: Anuradha Vittachi.

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In the January-February 2017 issue of New Internationalist Chris Brazier completes a unique journalistic project by returning to the village in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, that he first visited in 1985 while making a film.

He visited in 1995 and 2005 to report on changes in the lives of individuals and on the progress of development in the community. The previous magazines have offered an intriguing insight into the lives of people battling against poverty and have reported on substantial positive changes in the life of the community – from the opening of a health centre and a primary school in the village to the first appearance of mobile phones.

Have the past 11 years of change brought further progress? And are the individuals that we have tracked over the three decades still healthy and happy?

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