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Cover for Privatisation (Issue 355)

April 2003's Issue

Privatization

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Bad Medicine

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The 'b' Word

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Currents

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Currents

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Essay

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The Facts

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Gats Attacks

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Keynote

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Letters

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Mixed Media

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Bahamas

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View From The South

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Myint Myint Wai

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Privatization - a resource guide

A resource guide

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Norse crossroads

A nationwide movement to defend the welfare state is taking off in Norway, reports Asbjørn Wahl.

Nigeria’s sharia furore

Nigeria’s sharia furore explained by Ike Oguine.

Bankbusters

The boycott of World Bank bonds is spreading, writes Mihail Dafydd Evans.

No pain, all gain

Mark Engler sheds some light on the murky world of export credit agencies.

Crime Pays

Well, it does if you run the prison. Amanda George describes the opposition to profitable punishment in Australia.

The 'B' word

So if privatization doesn’t work, what then? David Hall takes a stab at redesigning the public sector.

Power splurge

Cronyism is alive and well and living in the Philippines. Maitet Diokno-Pascual looks at how privatized electricity has taken consumers for a ride.

The Great Privatization Grab

Like modern-day pirates, marauding corporations are hijacking our public services – while governments turn a blind eye. Wayne Ellwood debunks the privatization myth.

The new apartheid

South Africa’s trade unions loudly oppose the Government’s sell-off of basic services. But the ANC isn’t listening, warns Patrick Bond.

Bahamas

How to be reconciled with an oil-spill

Horatio Morpurgo writes from the devastated coast of Galicia in the wake of the Prestige disaster.

Interview with Myint Myint Wai

Exiled Burmese activist Myint Myint Wai recalls her desperate time in prison.

Hu Jintao

Behind the bland face of China’s new leader Hu Jintao.

Gats Attacks

Evil invaders from another planet blast our precious public services. Illustration by Polyp.

I shop, therefore I am

Has the narcissism of the market destroyed our sense of collective identity? Psychiatrist Trevor Turner argues that a preoccupation with self has spawned a new syndrome: malignant self-actualization.

Bad Medicine

Britain’s vaunted National Health Service is reeling, hammered by lack of funding and government bumbling. But privatizing the system is not the answer, argues Allyson Pollock. GATS Attacks!

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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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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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