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July 2002's Issue

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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Corprocrats

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A Tale Of Two Coups

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Currents

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Essay

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For Their Eyes Only

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The Facts

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The Big Guns

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Letters

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Mixedmedia

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The Naked Lobbyist

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Sudan

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Mujeres Creando

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John Ashcroft

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Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather by Guy Dauncey with Patrick Mazza

The Stone of Heaven

The Stone of Heaven by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark

Return to nature

Local hunters have been converted to conservation, as Reem Haddad explains.

In the Name of Osama bin Laden

In the Name of Osama bin Laden by Roland Jacquard.

A Female Cabby in Sidi Bel-Abbes

A Female Cabby in Sidi Bel-Abbes directed by Belkacem Hadjadj

It’s democracy, stupid

Lots of people talk about corporate power, fewer can tell you how it actually works. Katharine Ainger sheds a little sunlight on the discussion.

Yes Men say 'No'

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Amen (Eyewitness)

Amen directed by Costa-Gavras

West Papua clampdown

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For their eyes only

The confidential, corporate-friendly, free-trade agreement that deregulates democracy. Greg Palast has the documents.

Electromagnetic exposure: real risks or paranoia?

More and more studies are showing serious adverse health effects caused by electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

Mali Music

Mali Music by Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabaté and friends.

Aid to the rich

Oz aid to rich.

US ban on Israel boycott

US attacks Israel boycotters

Oil-free Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s stand against the oil and mining industries.

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Word Corner - Alcohol

Word Corner – Alcohol

Facial-hair cream to the rescue

Why facial-hair cream has become a lifesaver in Africa

John Ashcroft

US Attorney General John Ashcroft thinks he is doing God’s work – undoing decades of progress on civil liberties.

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Geetaben and Shakila

Urvashi Butalia expresses her despair over the mass killings in Gujarat, India.

Spanners in the works!

A four-step guide to jamming the corporate cog-wheels of power.

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Sudan

In 1956 Africa’s largest country was released from the curious condominium status it had enjoyed under joint British and Egyptian rule.

The big guns

Who is profiting from the ‘war on terror’? Tim Shorrock investigates the Bush family’s links with defence contractor the Carlyle Group.

Rogue superpower

David Ransom fears we may be sleepwalking towards nuclear war.

A short history of Corporations

A whirlwind ride from the East India Company to ExxonMobil, replete with monopolies, 19th-century free-trade bun fights and revolutions.

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Corpocrats

The rise of global managerial culture, by Andrew Simms.

Polyp's Big Bad World – July 2002

Cereal box toys and global warming.

The TAFOS project

Grassroots photos gathered by the TAFOS project in Peru.

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Interview with Mujeres Creando

The new NI interview section features feminist art guerrillas Mujeres Creando, from Bolivia.

Earth summit for sale

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.

The Naked Lobbyist

Corporate Europe Observatory uncovers the mightiest business lobby groups you’ve never heard of.

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A tale of two coups

What happens when a country offends transnationals? Greg Palast reveals the suppressed story of the military coup in Venezuela and compares it with the international financiers’ coup in Argentina.

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Trade unions: rebuild, renew, resist

Trade unions

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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Smiley-faced monopolists

For Facebook, Amazon and Google, we have traded our privacy for something we find useful and put on hold our support for ethical shopping in exchange for the ease of low (or no) price and almost-instant gratification. This month's magazine looks at just how far down the line we are and asks how deeply exploitative and anti-democratic is this new ‘surveillance capitalism’ under which we now live. This month’s contributors include security expert Bruce Schneier, psychologist Robert Epstein and engineer and software activist Prabir Purkayastha.

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