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April 2001's Issue

Global Media

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The Crusaders

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Multimedia Dreaming

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The Facts

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Filtering The News

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The Unconnected

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View From The South

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Rid yourself of media toxins

Weapons for intellectual self-defence.

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Jamming the global media

From hip hop in Nairobi to Indymedia in Chiapas, the grassroots get a voice.

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The unconnected

Chris Moss finds a system error in Argentina’s internet connection.

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The Dragon and the Phoenix

Liberalized is not quite the same as liberated. Yun Ding takes a close look at what’s happening to the media in China.

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Ultra Concentrated Media - Facts

Of monopoly and monoculture: the top six global media firms, with their cosy family of brands.

Multimedia dreaming

Aboriginal Australian writer Christine Morris on boring home videos and why culture is not a commodity.

Summit in sight

The ‘Summit of the Americas’ is drawing all sorts to Quebec City.

Pain without gain

Some US medical researchers have been engaging in some unethical practices in Africa.

Cultural homicide, ayoh!

Ziauddin Sardar watches television in Singapore.

Every breath they take

A toxic legacy of industrial pollution is the reason why Sumgait in Azerbaijan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world.

Burmese daze

Despite a woeful human rights record and an international boycott, foreign investment in Burma continues to surge.

René, what have you wrought?

The ghost of Descartes appears to John Gough during the trial of British Greenpeace activists.

The crusaders

Western media propaganda has a hidden history. John Pilger uncovers it.

Shallow river

China’s famous Yellow River may soon dry up entirely scientists warn.

Filtering the news

Why you only get to hear half the story.

The wrong cloth

Once an iconic symbol of the Indian struggle against colonialism, the Gandhi-inspired homespun cotton movement is on the wane as Western values take hold on the sub-continent.

And all the jokes are cruel

Ama Ata Aidoo on God, Ghana and the cruellest of jokes.

Pristine pipeline

A consortium of transnational companies is proposing to build an oil pipeline through pristine cloud forests in Ecuador.

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Death for penalty

A growing number of municipalities and organizations in the US have passed resolutions calling for a national death-penalty moratorium.

Mine of inspiration

The NI issue on Landmines (NI 294) inspired a couple of Canadian students to produce an award-winning multimedia project on the subject.

Ether Street

Three young people are clustered round a Ouija board, their nervous faces lit by a solitary candle…

Empires of the senseless

Katharine Ainger unravels the tentacles of the global media machine – and explains why we need to subvert it.

Julio Etchart

Julio Etchart documents a world of toys and games from the factory to the playground, from rich kids to humble shanty town and rural children.


There was a time not so long ago when outsiders just didn’t go to Trench Town. Until recently, this inner-city Kingston ghetto had such a reputation for violence that even armed police gave it a wide berth.

This House has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis

This House has Fallen: Nigeria in Crisis by Karl Maier

Message of War

Reem Haddad uncovers Ariel Sharon’s brutal past in Letter from Lebanon.

Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney: the dirty history of the new US Vice-President.

World’s Worst

This year’s winners of the annual Multinational Monitor ‘Worst Corporation’ awards.

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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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