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October 2002's Issue

The case for open borders

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Refugee! Terrorist! Criminal!

Damien Lawson assesses the impact that 11 September has had on asylum seekers.

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Currents

How the war on terror is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, plus other news this month.

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A Tribute To Gaudi

The visionary Spanish architect is honoured by John Gough.

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Last Word... With Refugees

The final word goes to four refugees. Plus further reading suggestions.

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Mixedmedia

Film, book and music reviews this month, including Power Politics by Arundhati Roy.

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Zambia

How has Zambia fared since the last country profile in 1992?

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Helen Hakena

The Bougainville activist is fighting for women - often against both sides.

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Nursultan Nazarbeyev

Communism? Capitalism? It’s all about power for the Kazakhstan President.

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The new common sense

Coming from several quarters the pointers are all heading one way. Open the borders, argues Teresa Hayter.

Please excuse us very much for daring...

A note from Yaguine Koita and Fodé Tounkara.

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You are not You

Iraqi dissident writer Zuhair Al-Jazairi prepares to leave his country – and his identity.

Fear eats the soul

Vanessa Baird examines the fears that are fuelling the debate about refugees.

Seriously

You couldn’t make this stuff up.

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Narmada river rising

Dam-resisters watch as their villages flood.

Asia-Pacific: US Security creates insecurity

How the war on terror is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region. Reports from China, India/Pakistan, North Korea and Central Asia.

08:59

Fleeing Afghanistan, Karim Haidari arrives in the West.

Dear Mimmy

In a diary she calls ‘Mimmy’ schoolgirl Zlata Filipovic records her departure from besieged and war-torn Sarajevo and her arrival in Paris.

The Third Sex

Urvashi Butalia’s friend Mona is neither male nor female but from the third sex.

Sae Kani

East Timorese guerrillas back at school, photographed by Sae Kani.

The Facts: Road to Freedom?

Different countries, different policies, different records on asylum. Katya Nasim presents the facts.

Across the divide

A Syrian teacher who uses TV to teach Golan Heights children talks to Reem Haddad.

Act and Resist

Action, inspiration and contacts from around the globe.

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Refugee! Criminal! Terrorist!

Damien Lawson assesses the impact that September has had on asylum seekers.

Run for your life

Hotspots of the world currently producing most refugees.

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No room at the inn

Could entry to the countries of the rich world have something to do with race? Yasmin Alibhai-Brown looks at what lies at the core of the refugee issue.

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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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