It’s been well over a decade since the Berlin Walt came tumbling down. But instead of freedom and prosperity many of those who lived behind the Iron Curtain have faced a massive assault on their living standards and a demodernization of their societies. The NI explores what ‘freedom’ has meant for the peoples of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. We travel through the wreckage of corruption and exploitation and give a voice to those struggling to build a real democracy out of the rubble.
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Voices – both optimistic and sceptical – from the frontlines of Georgia’s democracy movement.
A young man’s death forces Urvashi Butalia to come to terms with corruption.
Capturing the Friedmans directed by Andrew Jarecki.
Care-charming Sleep by John Potter and The Dowland Project
SOUTH AFRICA SPECIAL: celebrating the 10th anniversary of apartheid’s end. Keeping His Promise by Enver Carim; Unfinished Business by Terry Bell with Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza; History After Apartheid by Annie E Coombes; Amandla! directed by Lee Hirsch.
The hopes of the post-communist young have been dashed on the shoals of transition realities. Irena Maryniak tells their story.
Richard Swift takes the pulse of post-communism and finds the patient in a weakened condition.
Profiles in activism from the former Soviet Union.
Ioana Baetica’s survival guide for young theatregoers in Bucharest.
The ultimate poor person’s publisher profiled: Eloísa Cartonera from Argentina.
An interview from Moscow with Boris Kagarlitsky.
The infinite joy of childhood, by Bangladeshi photographer Shafiqul Alam Kiron.
Alex Bandy draws up a balance sheet of winners and losers as Hungary knocks on the door of the European Union.
Selling religious cards in Uruguay by day, afraid of the dark at night. Interview by Jenny Smith.
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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