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March 2004's Issue

Sixty years since the historic Bretton Woods conference in New Hampshire led to the creation of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, more and more people are critical of the role they play in the global economy. Failed economic reforms imposed on the `developing world’ have proved catastrophic for the vast majority of its citizens while the debt crisis looms larger than ever. Can they be reformed? Or should they be swept away? And what might a world without the World Bank and the IMF look like?

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Featured in issue 365

Wild West goes East

Long-standing World Bank consultant Peter Griffiths blows the whistle on the damage done, from Russia to Sierra Leone.

Pain and freedom

Haiti’s heroic past and troubled present

Sudanese truth and reconciliation

truth and reconciliation in Sudan


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Good to talk

why mobile phones are all the rage in Africa

In the bag

the ubiquitous plastic bag

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Time bombs


The Hospital that makes you Sicker

The IMF is run by free-market fundamentalists, says former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz.

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Together but not scrambled

Cuba is not quite the multiracial nirvana that Rotimi Ogedengbe was hoping for…

Interview with Danilo Rueda & Abilo Peña

Why two exiled Colombian activists have launched their own ‘world tour’.

Dhanushka Amarasekara

The dream of dance, captured by Sri Lanka’s Dhanushka Amarasekara.

The fast track

How government offices finally discovered computers, by Reem Haddad.

...Imagine That!

Adam Ma’anit steps towards a world without the IMF and the World Bank.

States of Unrest

Resistance to economic ‘adjustment’ is growing with every passing year, as this worldwide round-up shows.

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Structurally Adjust This...

Adam Ma’anit gives the Bank and the Fund a taste of their own medicine.

Artists of pain and hope

Two writers who uncover the heart of Africa, introduced by Ike Oguine.

No prescription needed

The grassroots SAPRIN network spent years working with the World Bank – only for the Bank to batten down the hatches. Mark Engler reports.

The Power and the Folly

The IMF and the World Bank are the 21st century equivalent of colonial governors, argues Chris Brazier.

The Two Towers

Gandalf, wizard of the World Bank, has a dilemma. Should he stand alongside the hobbits and elves of Middle-earth against the powerpointwielding orcs? Or should he go along with IMF mage Saruman’s plan for world domination? A comic extravaganza by b


Osama directed by Siddiq Barmak


Unearthed by Johnny Cash


BourgieBoho-PostPomoAfroHomo by Deepdickollective

The Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire

The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire by Arundhati Roy

North Korea/South Korea: US Policy at a Time of Crisis

North Korea/South Korea by John Feffer

Stevenson Under the Palm Trees

Stevenson Under the Palm Trees by Alberto Manguel

Isaias Afwerki

Yet another idealistic comrade turned brutal dictator: Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki.

Globalizing Greenwash

The World Bank claims that its environmental policies have been transformed. Pamela Foster sifts through the evidence.

Polyp's Big Bad World – March 2004

The transnational approach to ethics.

Resistance is Fertile!

Action directory and resources.

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World Fiction Special

World Fiction

Fiction has entered a new era. Writers of novels and short stories are no longer writing only for their own nation or even for readers speaking their own language but are breaking national boundaries and reaching a worldwide audience. In the process authors from Africa, Asia and Latin America are winning greater prominence – and a new phenomenon identified as ‘world writing’ has emerged.

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.


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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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