New Internationalist

The New Internationalist unpicks the stitches that hold a worldwide icon together and finds - lurking behind the label - a pile of pesticides and toxins, the toil and tears of young women in sweatshops, and the calnking chains of retail megastores. It’s enough to turn your blue jeans green.

June 1998, Issue 302

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The big stitch-up
Fooled by false labels, David Ransom sets off in pursuit of the politically correct pair.
Benign urine
Cotton farmers in Senegal have come up with some novel ways of keeping chemical poisons at bay. David Hecht reports.
The postmodern pair
McKenzie Wark on the tortuous tale behind a sign of the times.
Life on the line
Sweat and tears are all that's on offer for the women who used to stitch Levi's in Texas, says Miriam Ching Louie - and it's even worse for the women in Tehuacán, Mexico, who do it now.
Code breaking
Bringing the chain stores to book, with Bob Jeffcott and Lynda Yanz.
Guess? what
Why the trends set by Guess? Inc in Los Angeles are not worth following. Sarah Cox reports.
Jimi Hendrix, Man Friday and salvar kameez
Before jeans wipe out cool clothing in India, Urvashi Butalia would like to make a few things clear.
Crazy for blue
Krishnamohan S Rao tells the success story of Arvind Mills, the largest denim factory outside the US.
Latest news from around the world.
the NI Interview with Ratan Gazmere
Howard Davies visits Nepal where he meets an exiled human rights activist from neighbouring Bhutan.
Book, film and music reviews, plus a Bertolt Brecht classic.
By Kari Reynolds.