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August 2005's Issue

Internationally, when a response is needed to civil wars or armed conflict, we generally turn to governments, militaries and police rather than to ordinary citizens. After all, expecting unarmed people to look down the barrel of a gun to stop bloodshed sounds pretty unrealistic. Yet millions of ordinary people are doing just that: using human dignity, culture, humour and, above all, courage to prevent conflict both within and between their peoples and countries. Their nonviolent actions have become a powerful means of resolving conflict, some say surpassing the utility of both conventional and guerrilla war. This month, the NI challenges the need for violence by examining the effectiveness of nonviolence.

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The Gambia

Recent visitors to The Gambia are likely to be struck by the huge numbers of smartly dressed schoolgirls chatting away happily on their way to or from school. They are beneficiaries of an ambitious government programme which provides free education for gir

Railway to the top of the world

Impressive engineering, but Erling Hoh fears the new link with China could spell the end of Tibet.

Interview with Nora Castañeda from the Venezuelan Women's Development Bank (Banmujer)

The Women’s Development Bank of Venezuela has Nora Castañeda for a power supply.

Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World

Dangerous Living directed by John Scagliotti

Argentina – Hope in Hard Times

Argentina – Hope in Hard Times directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

In the Heart of the Moon

In the Heart of the Moon by Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté

Chávez Ravine

Chávez Ravine by Ry Cooder


Minaret by Leila Aboulela

The Travels of a T-Shirt in The Global Economy

The Travels of a T-Shirt in The Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli and Ripped and Torn by Amaranta Wright

Thomas Friedman

Journalist Thomas Friedman boosts imperial traditions of US media.

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Reds implode

The spectre of Stalinism still lingers as the Communist Party of the Philippines steps up its programme of assassinating political opponents.

Polyp's Big Bad World – August 2005

Live8: multimillionaires for economic justice.

Ethiopian repression

Security forces in Addis Ababa and several other Ethiopian cities have cracked down hard on demonstrations over alleged fraud in the recent elections. Three dozen unarmed demonstrators were killed in the capital and more than 100 wounded.

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Turning back the clock

The position of women in Central Asia is worsening.

Golden pen

The veteran Sudanese journalist and editor Mahjoub Mohamed Sahil has been awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom award by World Editors Forum.

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Turkey takes the honour out of killing

Early last year 22-year-old Guldunya Toren was shot in Istanbul, Turkey, because she gave birth to a boy out of wedlock.

Intifada in Western Sahara

The Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara intensifies

Strange bedfellows

Ike Oguine in Nigeria questions the difference between defending a culture from globalization and the nationalism of the extreme right.

Gautum Narang

In New Delhi a boy studies the Qu’ran. Gautam Narang captures the moment.

Yesterday's men

The same faces are back, and Reem Haddad can’t believe what she’s seeing.


Contacts and resources.

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Flowers on the razor wire

Chris Richards reports from the frontline of nonviolent action’s newest frontier.

The face of violence

Mayra Jucá discovers why injuring others attracts young men.

Forward march!

Jo Wilding sets out seven ways to help stop the violence in Iraq.

Present arms!

Sholto Macpherson reports that equating guns with small penises is encouraging Latinos to disarm.

About face!

Former Costa Rican President, Oscar Arias Sánchez, explains his vision for a world without armies.


Dylan Mathews explores new media methods that break down conflict in Africa.

How the hawk kills the dove

Stephen Zunes exposes the Western tactics that suppress peace in Iraq.

Letters from Gandhi

What would Gandhi say today? Anthony Kelly and Jason MacLeod ask his spirit.

The power of the people

History’s rich tapestry of human rights won and dictators defeated without so much as a shot fired.

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The challenge to violence

Alternatives to violence can get better results. So why aren’t we using them? Chris Richards goes to Sri Lanka and finds out.

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