Out of the Reeds by Pharaoh's Daughter
As China hurtles towards a market economy its people are openly debating social and economic issues at a level that’s unprecedented in the Chinese Communist Party’s 55-year rule. Civil society is developing as NGOs become an established part of the social fabric.
But those who are stepping into this new found political space are acutely aware of its limits. People who challenge the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party still risk losing their careers, reputations and enduring long periods of detention.
From inside China, the NI turns up the volume on the voices that are now being heard in public as well as those that the Communist Party continues to suppress.
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Playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah visits Senegal and discovers the shocking truth about free trade.
A life spent in pursuit of human rights: Philippine campaigner Marie Hilao-Enriquez.
From tax cuts to more golf, George W Bush’s top priorities revealed by Polyp.
New political spaces are opening up in China. Chris Richards turns up the volume on what’s safe to say in public… and what’s not.
Reem Haddad celebrates the remarkable life of a British woman who became a local legend
All bow down before the glorious rule of Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov.
Who now has the ear of the Communist Party: the capitalists or the workers? Chris Richards eavesdrops.
What prompted a group of middle-class Indian women to protest by stripping naked and marching to an army barracks? Urvashi Butalia explains.
Transnationals say they’ll bring free speech to China. Yuezhi Zhao explains why they won’t.
Youth culture in South Africa, by the first woman CNN Africa Photographer of the Year, Neo Ntsoma.
Poetry, prose and FACTS from Falun Dafa, Tibet and Gay China.
Large-scale farmers’ protests are sweeping the countryside. Yu Jianrong investigates.
On the world stage, China speaks for both the rich and poor world. Nicola Bullard translates its schizophrenic message.
Peace in Colombia? Hope and Fear
Fiction has entered a new era. Writers of novels and short stories are no longer writing only for their own nation or even for readers speaking their own language but are breaking national boundaries and reaching a worldwide audience. In the process authors from Africa, Asia and Latin America are winning greater prominence – and a new phenomenon identified as ‘world writing’ has emerged.
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.
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