Islam seems to be constantly at loggerheads with the West. Even before 11 September, Muslims were generally viewed as enemies of Western
freedom' andprogress’. Is there more to Islam than violence and bigotry, fanaticism and despotism, oil and turmoil? Can Islam, a great faith and civilization with a glorious history, reconcile itself with the 21st century?
In next month’s issue, the NI looks at how critically-minded Muslims everywhere are rethinking and reformulating Islam as a contemporary moral and ethical force. Muslim writers, thinkers and activists analyze the struggle within Islam for a more humane and holistic interpretation of their faith, examine the issues surrounding women, democracy and economic development, and suggest how we can move forward after 9-11.
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How can Africa transcend its ethnic inheritance? asks Ike Oguine.
What’s gone wrong? Why has Islam and its relation with the West become so fraught with violence and mistrust? Ziauddin Sardar takes a critical look at the current state of one of the world’s great faiths and charts a way out of a bloody impasse.
If you needed any reasons not to go to the cinema with a Maoist, here are some film reviews from the website of the Maoist International Movement (MIM):
How refugees rejected by banks are going it alone, by Reem Haddad.
Saudade do Futuro directed by Marie-Clemence and Cesar Paes
Amina Wadud seeks women’s rights in Islam – and finds them in the Qur’an.
The Video Activist Handbook by Thomas Harding
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is not amused by Bangkok’s opinionated cabbies.
Mugabe: Power and Plunder in Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith
Kyrgyzstan was cobbled together in the 1920s and seems an uneasy mix of recently settled Kyrgyz nomads, sedentary Uzbeks and émigré Slavs and Germans.
The NI marks the Queen’s Golden Jubilee with a profile that neglects to tug a forelock.
An international body has ruled that governments are not allowed to trace the sources of their food’s genetic origins, unless a food turns out to be dangerous and the culprit is a modified gene.
Muslims have always travelled and been migrants. Ehsan Masood sees in the past lessons for today.
Islamic economics and ethical investment have much in common, argues M Iqbal Asaria.
Wild, barbaric, corrupt, fanatic and effete. Merryl Wyn Davies looks at the damage done by persistent Western images of Islam.
Loving my land, dying inside Poems on Malaysia by Anushka Anastasia Solomon.
Sharp Focus on Québecois director Robert Lepage.
Democratic regimes are thin on the ground in the Muslim world. Abdelwahab El-Affendi explores the reasons why.
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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