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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Argentine workers are taking on corporate closures - and winning. Ivan Briscoe talks with the workers.
Giving power to the people has helped politicians in Brazil to win elections. Rebecca Abers reports.
Women’s climb towards parliamentary policy-making can start at a local level, as Raphael Tenthani discovers in Malawi.
A forgotten freedom fighter from Bangladesh, photographed by Abir Abdullah.
Domicide by J Douglas Porteous and Sandra E Smith
What a newspaper spreading good news looks like.
A world powered by hydrogen is unfolding, writes Seth Dunn.
Is it all because a GI stole his ice cream? The unrepentant xenophobia of Japanese politician Shintaro Ishihara.
The Bhopal disaster is still claiming victims, 18 years on – and, according to Luke David, the Indian Government is still sitting on their compensation.
How indigenous Mexican rebel Raúl Gatica buried pessimism with his umbilical cord.
Tips for activists wanting press coverage for their projects AND a special offer for readers of the NI.
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.
The United Nations’ Nicholas You reflects on what it takes to change the world.
Dylan Matthews and Jason McLeod profile three peace activists putting their lives on the line.
Kenyan forest endangered by local people has been saved… by butterflies. Katy Salmon flies in to find out why.
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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