New Internationalist

Cover for Bite back! (Issue 368)

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?

Every month, we put up a selection of articles from the magazine. To enjoy the complete magazine, subscribe and receive three free issues and a world map. Or buy a digital subscription which gives you unlimited access to all magazines since 2007 and for a year after purchase on your computer or mobile device, in their original full-colour design.

Featured in issue 368

Magazine

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

Egypt by Youssou N'Dour

Moonzoo

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.

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 2

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

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

Abir Abdullah

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

Benjamin Franklin

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

Get going

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

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

The story so far

A brief history of the international co-operative movement.

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

Of caulkers and quilt-makers

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

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

We, the Kuapa people

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

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

Killing distrust

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

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

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.

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

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.

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

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.

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

What Is A Co-op?

The basic principles.

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0

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.

  • 1 Jun 2004
  • 0
Cover of the Smiley-faced monopolists of New Internationalist

On Newsstands

Smiley-faced monopolists

Smiley-faced monopolists

For Facebook, Amazon and Google, we have traded our privacy for something we find useful and put on hold our support for ethical shopping in exchange for the ease of low (or no) price and almost-instant gratification. This month's magazine looks at just how far down the line we are and asks how deeply exploitative and anti-democratic is this new ‘surveillance capitalism’ under which we now live. This month’s contributors include security expert Bruce Schneier, psychologist Robert Epstein and engineer and software activist Prabir Purkayastha.

Subscribe

Online now

After Ebola

The world’s media extensively covered the Ebola crisis at its peak, but now the epidemic’s impact on communities in West Africa has fallen off the news agenda. And while millions of donor dollars eventually poured in to help contain and defeat the virus, its after effects – social, cultural and economic – will continue to be felt for years to come. We take a critical look at the humanitarian response and health systems deficit. Ebola is not a new disease – it’s been around since 1976 – so why did over 11,000 West Africans die 2014-16? Did we learn the right lessons from the outbreak, and, with Ebola considered endemic in the region, is Sierra Leone ready if the virus returns?

More from the magazine

Magazine Archive

Get our free fortnightly eNews

Multimedia

Videos from visionOntv's globalviews channel.

Regular columns

New Internationalist Magazine Issue 436

If you would like to know something about what's actually going on, rather than what people would like you to think was going on, then read the New Internationalist.

– Emma Thompson –

A subscription to suit you

Save money with a digital subscription. Give a gift subscription that will last all year. Or get yourself a free trial to New Internationalist. See our choice of offers.

Subscribe