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From hip hop in Nairobi to Indymedia in Chiapas, the grassroots get a voice.
Liberalized is not quite the same as liberated. Yun Ding takes a close look at what’s happening to the media in China.
Of monopoly and monoculture: the top six global media firms, with their cosy family of brands.
Aboriginal Australian writer Christine Morris on boring home videos and why culture is not a commodity.
The ‘Summit of the Americas’ is drawing all sorts to Quebec City.
Some US medical researchers have been engaging in some unethical practices in Africa.
Ziauddin Sardar watches television in Singapore.
A toxic legacy of industrial pollution is the reason why Sumgait in Azerbaijan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world.
Despite a woeful human rights record and an international boycott, foreign investment in Burma continues to surge.
The ghost of Descartes appears to John Gough during the trial of British Greenpeace activists.
Western media propaganda has a hidden history. John Pilger uncovers it.
China’s famous Yellow River may soon dry up entirely scientists warn.
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.
Ama Ata Aidoo on God, Ghana and the cruellest of jokes.
A consortium of transnational companies is proposing to build an oil pipeline through pristine cloud forests in Ecuador.
A growing number of municipalities and organizations in the US have passed resolutions calling for a national death-penalty moratorium.
The NI issue on Landmines (NI 294) inspired a couple of Canadian students to produce an award-winning multimedia project on the subject.
Three young people are clustered round a Ouija board, their nervous faces lit by a solitary candle…
Katharine Ainger unravels the tentacles of the global media machine – and explains why we need to subvert it.
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 by Karl Maier
Reem Haddad uncovers Ariel Sharon’s brutal past in Letter from Lebanon.
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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