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A nationwide movement to defend the welfare state is taking off in Norway, reports Asbjørn Wahl.
The boycott of World Bank bonds is spreading, writes Mihail Dafydd Evans.
Mark Engler sheds some light on the murky world of export credit agencies.
Well, it does if you run the prison. Amanda George describes the opposition to profitable punishment in Australia.
So if privatization doesn’t work, what then? David Hall takes a stab at redesigning the public sector.
Cronyism is alive and well and living in the Philippines. Maitet Diokno-Pascual looks at how privatized electricity has taken consumers for a ride.
Like modern-day pirates, marauding corporations are hijacking our public services – while governments turn a blind eye. Wayne Ellwood debunks the privatization myth.
South Africa’s trade unions loudly oppose the Government’s sell-off of basic services. But the ANC isn’t listening, warns Patrick Bond.
Horatio Morpurgo writes from the devastated coast of Galicia in the wake of the Prestige disaster.
Exiled Burmese activist Myint Myint Wai recalls her desperate time in prison.
Behind the bland face of China’s new leader Hu Jintao.
Evil invaders from another planet blast our precious public services. Illustration by Polyp.
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.
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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