New Internationalist

Cover for Mao or never (Issue 371)

September 2004's Issue

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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Featured in issue 371

Out of the Reeds

Out of the Reeds by Pharaoh's Daughter

Benares and In Baylon

Bénarès and In Babylon by Barlen Pyamootoo.

Living Rights

Living Rights edited by Marisa Antonaya

Boxed in

What the world’s largest TV audience sees on its screens.

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Ae Fond Kiss

Ae Fond Kiss directed by Ken Loach.

Fahrenheit 9/11

Fahrenheit 9/11 directed by Michael Moore

The onion fields

Playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah visits Senegal and discovers the shocking truth about free trade.

Interview with Marie Hilao-Enriquez

A life spent in pursuit of human rights: Philippine campaigner Marie Hilao-Enriquez.

Let a hundred flowers bloom

Brave voices that have achieved change.

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Polyp's Big Bad World – September 2004

From tax cuts to more golf, George W Bush’s top priorities revealed by Polyp.

Let us Speak

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.

Seriously

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The Economist

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Savannah pigeons

$25 million to police 250 G8 protesters

Ugly elections

warlords and Taliban rear their heads in Afghanistan

Bones and myths

Reem Haddad celebrates the remarkable life of a British woman who became a local legend

Islam Karimov

All bow down before the glorious rule of Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov.

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Kentucky Fried Cruelty

in Tibet

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AIDS uncovered

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Where the broom does not reach, the dust will not vanish

Who now has the ear of the Communist Party: the capitalists or the workers? Chris Richards eavesdrops.

Genetic giant swats seed-saving farmer

Monsanto victorious in Canada

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The body as weapon

What prompted a group of middle-class Indian women to protest by stripping naked and marching to an army barracks? Urvashi Butalia explains.

When the tide goes out, the rocks are revelealed

Transnationals say they’ll bring free speech to China. Yuezhi Zhao explains why they won’t.

Neo Ntsoma

Youth culture in South Africa, by the first woman CNN Africa Photographer of the Year, Neo Ntsoma.

A look at the sky from the bottom of the well

Poetry, prose and FACTS from Falun Dafa, Tibet and Gay China.

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A single spark starts a prairie fire

Large-scale farmers’ protests are sweeping the countryside. Yu Jianrong investigates.

The big tree catches wind

On the world stage, China speaks for both the rich and poor world. Nicola Bullard translates its schizophrenic message.

Philippines

Country Profile - Philippines

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The Weeping Meadow

The Weeping Meadow by Eleni Karaindrou.

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