Nowhere is typical of the United States - least of all Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood. This issue of the NI ignores the familiar images and explores an America that’s rarely seen - except by the Americans who actually live there. Most of them face similar prob- lems, and have similar ambitions, to almost everyone else. And, if anything is ever going to be done about the Rogue Superpower, then the American people will have to play a big part in doing it.
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American prisons contain political prisoners who dared to challenge the domestic status quo – and who have been locked away for good to keep them quiet. Anita Roddick met one of them inside Angola prison.
Africans are desperate to protect hard-won democracy, as Ike Oguine explains.
A holy Buddhist site in Sri Lanka, photographed by Shyam Tekwani.
Confronted by a growing crisis of democratic legitimacy in their own country, argues David Ransom, dissident Americans have to turn the Washington Consensus on its head – and the world the right way up.
Working for WalMart has few compensations, as Barbara Ehrenreich found out for herself.
Even a dead fish can go with the flow – but not Jim Hightower, Granny D, Tom Hayden, Joel Rogers and a host of others on the Downhome Democracy Tour.
Reem Haddad trails exploited Ethiopian and Sri Lankan maids in Beirut.
Eco-resisters are making a difference from China to Singapore, Thailand to the Philippines. Mike Levin reports.
True originals Daniel Shays, Geronimo, Emma Goldman, Mae West, Paul Robeson, Rachel Carson, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky and The Simpsons.
Ogoni campaigner Owens Wiwa – brother of executed writer Ken Saro-Wiwa – explains why he is confronting the Shell corporation in a US court.
Corporations are trying hard to get their hands on the creaking public education system in New York. Matthew Reiss reports on what parents, teachers and students have been doing to stop them.
Labour unions have begun to embrace ‘New Internationalism’. Mark Engler finds out what it means.
Taught as a child to see life as possibility, Robin Kelley has travelled from black nationalism to the ‘poetry’ of imagining a new society.
The place may not be what you first think of as typically American, but David Ransom finds plenty of food for second thoughts, and dissent, in a city with two very different sides.
No Turning Back by Estelle B Freedman
The A to Z of Postmodern Life by Ziauddin Sardar
WEB EXCLUSIVE For decades the US has been jailing more and more of its own citizens. The result, as Bernice Yeung reports, is an increasing number of innocent victims inside, as well as outside, the criminal-justice system – and growing agitation
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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