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June 2004's Issue

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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Featured in issue 368


Worlds of words

The power of proverbs, by Reem Haddad.

High Tide: News from a Warming World

High Tide: News from a Warming World by Mark Lynas

The Rough Guide to African Rap

The Rough Guide to African Rap by Various Artists


Egypt by Youssou N'Dour


Moonzoo by Paul Hewlett

Love All The People Letters, Lyrics, Routines

Love All The People by Bill Hicks

Super Size Me & Go Further

Super Size Me directed by Morgan Spurlock; Go Further directed by Ron Mann

Carlos Slim Helu

Latin America's richest man: Mexican entrepreneur Carlos Slim.

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The other Guantánamo Bays

Special survey of people detained worldwide in The other Guantánamo Bays: reports from Diego Garcia, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Britain, New Zealand/ Aotearoa and Israel.

Unhappy Meals

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Abir Abdullah

Bangladeshi photographer Abir Abdullah draws inspiration from a disabled badminton player.

Benjamin Franklin

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Get going

Where to start and who to talk to if you want to set up a co-op of your own.

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The story so far

A brief history of the international co-operative movement.

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Of caulkers and quilt-makers

African Americans have a long co-operative tradition. Jessica Gordon Nembhard uncovers some of it.

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We, the Kuapa people

Georgina Kwaw and Elizabeth Adjei explain why it goes well with fair trade.

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Killing distrust

Cocoa farmers in Ghana, says Kwabena Sarpong Akosah, have every reason to join the Kuapa Kokoo co-op.

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I'm a realist get me out of here!

Unreality TV as you’ve never seen it before – a story board by Polyp.

Sex workers with attitude

Mari Marcel Thekaekara explains how raw woman power in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, has ruffled a few feathers and made a big difference.

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The West's new friend

Muammar al Qadhafi may be the West's new friend, says Ike Oguine, but he should still answer for his crimes.

Future organic

Organic farming is the real green revolution, according to Andre Leu.

Interview about The Roger Award

Roll over Oscar and tell Grammy the news: New Zealand/ Aotearoa's Roger Award for awful transnationals is here.

Not so crazy

Amanda Roll-Pickering tells the story of a disused slate quarry in Wales that is now at the cutting edge of clean energy.

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Polyp's Big Bad World – June 2004

Car sticker campaigning Polyp-stylie.

The pollen and the bees

Economic collapse in Argentina forced thousands of workers to occupy their own places of work. Joseph Huff-Hannon reports on the aftermath.

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What Is A Co-op?

The basic principles.

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Tales of the unexpected

For all their faults, co-ops are more widespread and active than you might imagine. If economic democracy has anything to do with it, argues David Ransom, there will even more of them in future.

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