There are many more of them around than you might think. More than 700 million people belong to self-styled co-ops of one sort or another, from the NI itself to the media giants behind Associated Press, the world’s largest news agency. This month we take a closer look at the co-operative movement worldwide. We ask: how different is it? How different can you really be - and still survive in a world ruled by ruthless competition?
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High Tide: News from a Warming World by Mark Lynas
The Rough Guide to African Rap by Various Artists
Love All The People by Bill Hicks
Super Size Me directed by Morgan Spurlock; Go Further directed by Ron Mann
Special survey of people detained worldwide in The other Guantánamo Bays: reports from Diego Garcia, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Britain, New Zealand/ Aotearoa and Israel.
Bangladeshi photographer Abir Abdullah draws inspiration from a disabled badminton player.
African Americans have a long co-operative tradition. Jessica Gordon Nembhard uncovers some of it.
Georgina Kwaw and Elizabeth Adjei explain why it goes well with fair trade.
Cocoa farmers in Ghana, says Kwabena Sarpong Akosah, have every reason to join the Kuapa Kokoo co-op.
Unreality TV as you’ve never seen it before – a story board by Polyp.
Mari Marcel Thekaekara explains how raw woman power in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, has ruffled a few feathers and made a big difference.
Muammar al Qadhafi may be the West's new friend, says Ike Oguine, but he should still answer for his crimes.
Organic farming is the real green revolution, according to Andre Leu.
Roll over Oscar and tell Grammy the news: New Zealand/ Aotearoa's Roger Award for awful transnationals is here.
Amanda Roll-Pickering tells the story of a disused slate quarry in Wales that is now at the cutting edge of clean energy.
Economic collapse in Argentina forced thousands of workers to occupy their own places of work. Joseph Huff-Hannon reports on the aftermath.
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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