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The struggle for equal rights for persons with disabilities often comes up against harsh economic realities in the Majority World. Cash shortages are what governments hide behind when they deny proper participation to a full 10 per cent of citizens, but they are by no means the only barrier disabled people want to knock down. Entrenched prejudice, ignorance and indifference often leave people with disabilities stranded outside society.

As disabled peoples’ organizations gain strength and begin to network in the Majority World, the momentum for change keeps building. This month’s NI will provide a space for persons with disabilities from a range of backgrounds to have their say.

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Featured in issue 384

Power struggle

Uganda has the highest proportion of disabled people in government. Joseph Walugembe and Julia Peckett explore what this means.

Damu Smith

Grassroots organizer Damu Smith has spent his life battling against the odds. Now he’s taking on his two biggest challenges: the US healthcare system (or lack of it) and his own cancer.

Petro- provocation

Iran’s shift away from the petrodollar may hurt the US

Morocco

Revolución rampista!

When local government had to move out of the way of activists on a mission. Tomás Hernández explains.

No refuge

Anguish of Chechens in exile

The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life and The Silver Throat of the Moon by refugee writers

First Person

Pili Akili from Tanzania and Amarakoon Disanayaka Piyasena from Sri Lanka talk about living with mental illness in village communities.

Body blows

Disabled women bear the brunt of extreme prejudice in Zimbabwe. Gladys Charowa has seen it all.

tChorba

tChorba by Les Yeux Noirs.

Robots address child abuse

Technology used to help in the campaign against child jockeys

Stuff Pity!

People with disabilities in the Majority World want equal rights. Dinyar Godrej on why there is still much to be done.

A Letter to the Prime Minister

A Letter to the Prime Minister directed by Julia Guest.

Sri Lankan ecosystems in dire straits

Government to halt a controversial ship canal project.

The tips are my toes

Mosharraf Hossain on how childhood polio made him determined to shake the complacency of Bangladeshi society.

Hotel Solidarity

Worker-run hotel in Argentina a hit

Come out of the shadows on disability

Beatriz Satizabal has taken the knocks of Colombia’s macho society to emerge as her own woman. Her focus now is independence and changing prejudice.

Brothers

Brothers directed by Susanne Blier

Garbage blues

Urvashi Butalia visits a friend in Tokyo who is besieged by Japan’s punitive new recycling legislation. Back in Delhi she wonders if the Indian approach to rubbish is any better.

‘Drink Coca- Cola’ wall painting

The image that irked Coca- Cola, by Indian photographer

Bright sparks

A visual celebration of the right to education.

Charmless change

Gentrification has hit the oldest areas of Beirut, to Reem Haddad’s great chagrin.

Learning curve

Latha Janet on teaching from experience.

The North Caspian - what am I bid?

A visit to the new oil frontier in Kazakhstan leaves Horatio Morpurgo wondering where on earth we go from here.

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