Do you feel that whichever way you vote, the dominant politics of the powerful is always a predictable mixture of economic and military control over the rest of us? What if we started to think about power in a different way, so that instead of dreaming that a benign ruler will save us, we broke power into small pieces that everyone could hold? This month’s NI takes us beyond traditional state and party politics to discover the possibilities of ‘power from below’.
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Why educated women are deciding to take the veil, by Reem Haddad.
Whether it’s Hutus and Tutsis with a history of massacre, the losing side in post-civil war Spain, or shell-shocked Argentineans, human beings are endlessly reinventing real democracies of infinite variety and hope.
Priscilla Elworthy on how to defeat warmongers, authoritarians and other bullies without becoming a bully yourself.
From religious leaders in the rainforests of Thailand to marginalized minorities in the US, George Lakey has some lessons about transforming power-relations.
In southern Mexico, indigenous people have remarkable ideas about how to exercise power. Gustavo Esteva explains why, for them, nation-states are irrelevant.
Could the science of systems theory help us devise intelligent, self-organizing and truly networked democracies? Roy Madron and John Jopling investigate.
In the poor townships of South Africa, the only politics that matters is the kind that gets you fed. Local activist Ashwin Desai talks to Holly Wren Spaulding about community solidarity.
Controversial environmentalist Paul Watson interviewed in New Zealand/Aotearoa by John F Schumaker.
The staff of Al-Muajaha, Iraq’s only independent newspaper, bear witness.
Yale boy in Babylon: the US Viceroy in Iraq, L Paul Bremer III.
Take a walk around the junkyard of leaders past their sell-by dates.
Urvashi Butalia on how Indians, rich and poor, cope with the crushing summer heat.
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