For the first time in human history a majority of the world’s people will soon be living in slums in the global South. Already one in six people is a slum dweller – and that number is set to double in the next 30 years.
Scrambling for work, struggling to survive, these poor communities face an uphill battle. This month’s New Internationalist reports on the conditions of slum life around the world.
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Africa’s squatters are up against ruthless state power. Andrew Meldrum reports on Harare and beyond.
Travelling through Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico and the US, Eduardo Galeano is searched for ‘prohibited items’.
In the last of her monthly letters Reem Haddad returns to the murder that has obsessed her nation.
The newly launched Latin American TV channel, teleSur, is offering a distinctive Southern perspective on the news – and is already causing consternation in the US Congress as a result. Meet its Director General, Aram Aharonian.
Does Africa any longer need Bob Geldof as its champion? After Live 8 many people are saying no.
The idea of empire has certainly made a comeback at both ends of the political spectrum. Richard Swift guides us through the troubled water from Hardt & Negri right through to Niall Ferguson – with a bit of graphic help from Polyp.
Richard Swift meets the determined squatters of Bangkok who don’t know the meaning of the word eviction.
Robert Neuwirth tells what he learned from his two years of living with squatters on three continents.
Patterns of Protest by John Crabtree; Deadly Consequences by Jim Shultz
Head-On/ Crossing the Bridge directed by Fatih Akin
Profiles from the frontlines: the politics of survival in some of the world’s grittiest slums.
A poet’s view of from Rio’s favelas by Gabriela Tôrres Barbosa.
Songs of the Volcano by Papua New Guinea Stringbands with Bob Brozman
By 2030 there will be over two billion squatters worldwide. Richard Swift reports on their attempt to carve out their own piece of urban space.
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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Personal stories from our own correspondents.
Interviews with inspirational people.
Reviews of the latest books, films and music.
Seeing the world through a Southern lens.
A regular column from some of the best writers of the South.
Taking aim at the rich and powerful.
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