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April 2004's Issue

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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Featured in issue 366

Revolution of roses

Voices – both optimistic and sceptical – from the frontlines of Georgia’s democracy movement.

Poverty and corruption

A young man’s death forces Urvashi Butalia to come to terms with corruption.

Capturing the Friedmans

Capturing the Friedmans directed by Andrew Jarecki.

Care-charming Sleep

Care-charming Sleep by John Potter and The Dowland Project

Favourites: 60 Years On

Favourites: 60 Years On by Chico Buarque.

South Africa Special - to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ending of apartheid

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.

Selvi J Jayalalithaa

Indian film star turned demagogue: Selvi J Jayalalithaa

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We expected better

The hopes of the post-communist young have been dashed on the shoals of transition realities. Irena Maryniak tells their story.

The Wild East

Richard Swift takes the pulse of post-communism and finds the patient in a weakened condition.

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Democracy - beyond the market

Profiles in activism from the former Soviet Union.

Theatre of the absurd

Ioana Baetica’s survival guide for young theatregoers in Bucharest.

Tonga

Tuna trouble

Pacific tuna extinction threat

Rwanda survivors targeted

Rwanda survivors targeted

Uganda’s death row debate

Uganda death row debate

Too distant shores

West Africans dying to get to Europe

Smoke

There’s a killer in the kitchen, as Hugh Warwick explains.

Polyp's Big Bad World – April 2004

Global warming: ‘a matter of opinion’.

Profile of Eloísa Cartonera

The ultimate poor person’s publisher profiled: Eloísa Cartonera from Argentina.

Re-inventing Russian socialism

An interview from Moscow with Boris Kagarlitsky.

Shafiqul Alam Kiron

The infinite joy of childhood, by Bangladeshi photographer Shafiqul Alam Kiron.

Hungarian soufflé

Alex Bandy draws up a balance sheet of winners and losers as Hungary knocks on the door of the European Union.

Ricardo: 'The only thing I hate in the world is the police'

Selling religious cards in Uruguay by day, afraid of the dark at night. Interview by Jenny Smith.

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Three decades of change in an African village

In the January-February 2017 issue of New Internationalist Chris Brazier completes a unique journalistic project by returning to the village in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, that he first visited in 1985 while making a film.

He visited in 1995 and 2005 to report on changes in the lives of individuals and on the progress of development in the community. The previous magazines have offered an intriguing insight into the lives of people battling against poverty and have reported on substantial positive changes in the life of the community – from the opening of a health centre and a primary school in the village to the first appearance of mobile phones.

Have the past 11 years of change brought further progress? And are the individuals that we have tracked over the three decades still healthy and happy?

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The coming war on China

The coming war on China: A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is underway in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. This is provocative and dangerous, argues John Pilger in his special report. Tax avoidance: An in-depth and global look at how corporations and rich individuals are looting the public purse – and why governments are allowing them to get away with it. Edited by Josh Eisen and Richard Swift.

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