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The islands of Bougainville – once awash with blood – have turned the tide of war, reports Anouk Ride.
Jara’s songs have aged well. With minimal ornamentation (some percussion here, some panpipes there), his voice conceals in its light tenor a conviction and humanity that is undiminished through time or language.
Through his patient, loving camera and his tough intellect, based on Césaire, Sissako has created a beautiful, fully controlled work of film.
Pakistanis in the British midlands, North Africans in urban France, Indo-Chinese in suburban Australia: all have felt the sting of betrayal that comes by living in what might officially be a ‘multicultural’ nation.
Few in the West truly have the gift to stand outside the dominant cultural assumptions about science, economics, nature and technology. Fortunately, we can read Vandana Shiva.
Sarah Elton urges that Guatemala’s peaceful martyrs must not be forgotten.
Janet Smith visits a determined indigenous woman fighting for the rights of women and of her people in the Brazilian Amazon.
Peace and reconciliation via witch-hunting? The concepts may not be incompatible, argues Nancy Scheper-Hughes.
It’s not a bird, nor a plane; it’s the mighty SUPERDOVE with a hundred ways to change the world without violence.
Graeme Dixon’s poem recounts the horrible legacy of Australia’s forced resettlement programme for Aboriginal children.
According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the second most debilitating disease in the world by 2020.
Active involvement of the police has resulted in a massive reduction of hate crimes against gays and lesbians in Sydney.
US bioprospecters are cashing in on Ecuador’s natural resources prompting calls for regulation and compensation.
Inspirational leadership in today’s globalized economy.
Marcela López Levy believes the South American generals have good reason to be nervous.
Is there hope of reconciliation in Kosovo? Photos and a report from Europe’s latest war.
The cries of thousands of Aboriginal Australians who were kidnapped by the state have been stifled. Now Tjalaminu Mia tells her own story.
Ong Ju Lynn uncovers those caught in the dangerous web of Burma’s military regime.
Europe has dramatically scaled back levels of aid by over half of 1980 levels as calls mount to increase funding to poverty-stricken areas of the world.
Anouk Ride joins the hunt for a non-violent solution to Northern Ireland’s conflict.
British and American doctors call to end questionable practices of the tobacco industry.
Less work in Japan is causing more stress for some.
Money problems? Print your own! That’s what one small town in Brazil has been doing to try to solve its economic problems.
Spain’s homeless left out of the country’s second-home boom.
The killing of journalists worldwide has doubled in 1998.
Oyster shells are being used to clean up polluted water in Japan.
World Fiction Special
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.
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.
In a nutshell: the countries most recently featured in the New Internationalist magazine.
Sharp insights from an array of guest writers.
Personal stories from our own correspondents.
Interviews with inspirational people.
Reviews of the latest books, films and music.
Seeing the world through a Southern lens.
A regular column from some of the best writers of the South.
Taking aim at the rich and powerful.
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