The shiny corridors of elite corporate gatherings. The revolving doors between business and regulators. We all know corporations wield enormous power, but few of us understand how it actually works. What are the tools corporations use to exercise influence? How powerful are corporate lobby groups? Is `Corporate Social Responsibility’ the new green? And what - or who - is driving the economic orthodoxy known as globalization?
This month’s NI, dedicated to investigative reporting, opens up the boardroom doors to bring you inside news of the corporate world order.
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The Stone of Heaven by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark
Local hunters have been converted to conservation, as Reem Haddad explains.
In the Name of Osama bin Laden by Roland Jacquard.
A Female Cabby in Sidi Bel-Abbes directed by Belkacem Hadjadj
Lots of people talk about corporate power, fewer can tell you how it actually works. Katharine Ainger sheds a little sunlight on the discussion.
The confidential, corporate-friendly, free-trade agreement that deregulates democracy. Greg Palast has the documents.
More and more studies are showing serious adverse health effects caused by electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
Mali Music by Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabaté and friends.
Why facial-hair cream has become a lifesaver in Africa
US Attorney General John Ashcroft thinks he is doing God’s work – undoing decades of progress on civil liberties.
Urvashi Butalia expresses her despair over the mass killings in Gujarat, India.
In 1956 Africa’s largest country was released from the curious condominium status it had enjoyed under joint British and Egyptian rule.
Who is profiting from the ‘war on terror’? Tim Shorrock investigates the Bush family’s links with defence contractor the Carlyle Group.
David Ransom fears we may be sleepwalking towards nuclear war.
A whirlwind ride from the East India Company to ExxonMobil, replete with monopolies, 19th-century free-trade bun fights and revolutions.
The new NI interview section features feminist art guerrillas Mujeres Creando, from Bolivia.
On the eve of the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, Katharine Ainger finds out how the UN learned to stop worrying and love big business; PLUS deconstructing corporate eco-speak, with help from Orwell.
Corporate Europe Observatory uncovers the mightiest business lobby groups you’ve never heard of.
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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