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Cover for Success stories from around the world (Issue 352)

December 2002's Issue

The NI plans to plant hope in your heart by shining a spotlight on inspirational stories from around the Majority World. From Latin America through Asia to Africa, this edition of the NI celebrates people who are taking back control of their lives and creating better governments, workplaces and environments.

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Featured in issue 352

An Activist's Guide

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Daring Democracy

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Night Of The Gas

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View From The South

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If the clothes fit, wear them

Argentine workers are taking on corporate closures - and winning. Ivan Briscoe talks with the workers.

Daring democracy

Giving power to the people has helped politicians in Brazil to win elections. Rebecca Abers reports.

Sisters are tapping it for themselves

Women’s climb towards parliamentary policy-making can start at a local level, as Raphael Tenthani discovers in Malawi.

Abir Abdullah

A forgotten freedom fighter from Bangladesh, photographed by Abir Abdullah.

Get it right!

Introducing alternative visions from around the world.

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Specialist in All Styles

Specialist in All Styles by Orchestra Baobab


Liberté by Kad Achouri

Domicide: The Global Destruction of Home

Domicide by J Douglas Porteous and Sandra E Smith

The Long Way Back

The Long Way Back by Fuad al-Takarli

Bacardi: The Hidden War

The Long Way Back by Fuad al-Takarli


Abouna directed by Mahamat- Saleh Haroun

Internationalist News

What a newspaper spreading good news looks like.

Islands of Hope and Hydrogen

A world powered by hydrogen is unfolding, writes Seth Dunn.

Shintaro Ishihara

Is it all because a GI stole his ice cream? The unrepentant xenophobia of Japanese politician Shintaro Ishihara.

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Night of the gas

The Bhopal disaster is still claiming victims, 18 years on – and, according to Luke David, the Indian Government is still sitting on their compensation.

Interview with Raúl Gatica

How indigenous Mexican rebel Raúl Gatica buried pessimism with his umbilical cord.

Guns among the olives

Palestinian farmers find surprising allies

Uzbek billiards ban

Uzbekistan bans billiards

Bank dictatorship

undemocratic’ World Bank and IMF

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Silent killers still stalk

asbestos fall-out in East Timor


An activist's guide to Pitching a Good News story

Tips for activists wanting press coverage for their projects AND a special offer for readers of the NI.

The have nots

Choosing a baby to die - and a map of buried treasure. Eduardo Galeano contemplates the have-nots in the 10th part of his Windows series.

What makes the stars shine?

The United Nations’ Nicholas You reflects on what it takes to change the world.

A legacy of learning

a Palestinian hero’s enduring legacy, by Reem Haddad

Polyp's Big Bad World – December 2002

One world, one helmet.

Brave steps towards peace

Dylan Matthews and Jason McLeod profile three peace activists putting their lives on the line.

Profit from principle

Kenyan forest endangered by local people has been saved… by butterflies. Katy Salmon flies in to find out why.

How children saved the river

Economy first’ is out. ‘Ecology first’ is in. Ma Guihua tracks the turn-about in the Chinese city of Chengdu.

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