Twenty-two million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the disease was first discovered almost 25 years ago - more people than died in Europe during the Black Death of the Middle Ages. And 36 million people are now infected, two-thirds of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
Across the South HIV/AIDS threatens to erode fragile economies and set back development for decades. But this may be just the tip of the iceberg. The HIV virus is poised to explode across Asia and the former Soviet Union. Meanwhile, in the West sophisticated drugs have given people with AIDS new hope.
This month we look at what can be done to beat the AIDS epidemic.
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The new saviour of Israel’s religious right, *Effie Eitam, is a man with a mission.
There are no more boundaries. AIDS is everywhere and no single nation can stop the spread of the virus on its own, argues Wayne Ellwood.
Saleem Kidwai says gay AIDS educators in India face an uphill struggle.
Treating the poor in Haiti: if it can be done there, it can be done anywhere, argues Anne-Christine d’Adesky.
Children bereft by the hiv epidemic. A haunting photo essay from sub-Saharan Africa by Gideon Mendel.
Human-rights lawyer Vanessa von Struensee investigates a mysterious murder in Ukraine.
War on terror – or on human rights? A special international round-up on the post-9/11 climate of repression.
Sharp Focus on the Mauritius-based fiction writer Lindsey Collen
Olivia Ward reports from Moscow on the link between poverty and AIDS in post-communist Russia.
Eternal questions from Eduardo Galeano in the latest instalment of his Windows series.
Male violence and discrimination against women are central to HIV transmission, according to Shereen Usdin.
Reem Haddad on how Hizbullah women stand by wounded resistance fighters.
Brazil vs Big Pharma. Matthew Flynn sets the scene.
Zarina Geloo laments the passing of friends in Zambia.
Home-grown solutions from Uganda. By Daniel Kalinaki.
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.
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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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