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Cover for March 2006 - Issue 387

March 2006's Issue

No laughing matter - Cartoonists take issue

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Camels

Nicolas Sarkozy

He enraged rioting immigrant youths by calling them ‘rabble’. But it would be a mistake to underestimate France’s combative Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Break the addiction

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Spain versus the despots

The international round-up continues with Spain’s attempt to put dictators worldwide on trial.

Lost in translation

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A yellow flag in the sunset

In the first of a new series of monthly letters, novelist Lindsey Collen finds the long fingers of Bollywood stretch even to her own shores.

Bolivia's new politics

The victory of Leftist indigenous leader Evo Morales in the Bolivian presidential election has engendered real hope of change, as Gretchen Gordon and Jim Shultz report.

Polyp's Big Bad World - March 2006

Polyp offers a new take on EVOlution.

Justice & Rights

The political situation in Iran may not be as bleak as the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested, argues Imran Shafi.

The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

The Great War for Civilisation by Robert Fisk

Tell Me No Lies: Investigative journalism and its triumphs

Tell Me No Lies edited by John Pilger

World's Fastest Indian

World’s Fastest Indian directed by Roger Donaldson

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Trade unions: rebuild, renew, resist

Trade unions

A relic of a bygone era – or a billion-strong social movement fighting for workers’ rights everywhere? The reality of trade unionism today falls somewhere in between. In the Western world, union-busting laws, globalization and internal conflicts have left many trade unions reeling. In some countries of the Global South, trade unionists face discrimination, danger and even death. Meanwhile, workers’ rights are being sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed gone mad: zero-contract hours, sub-contracting, privatization, outsourcing and special economic zones are all part of a ‘race to the bottom’ being run by transnationals concerned only about their profits.
Yet all is not lost. From Colombia to China, Bangladesh to Barcelona, workers are still fighting for their rights – and, sometimes, winning. This issue, New Internationalist looks at the state of the unions, how they need to adapt to the new reality for workers in the 21st century, and why they are more important than ever.

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