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April 2006's Issue

The recent trade summit in Hong Kong did virtually nothing to make trade more fair for poorer countries - even though the current round of talks is meant to be devoted to development.

The clamour for ‘trade justice’ is growing around the world - and with good reason. But what does it actually mean? This month’s issue of the New Internationalist embarks on a journey of exploration. It involves stops in Hong Kong and Bangladesh but also takes us through the global trading system and the reasons why it isn’t working for so many of the world’s people. But this issue also goes beyond `what’s wrong’ and towards alternative ideas for better, fairer ways of organizing global trade.

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So, what's to be done?

At the journey’s end, some proposals for how to make trade more just.

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Interview with Irene Fernandez

Interview with Irene Fernandez – defender of Malaysia’s migrant workers and winner of an ‘alternative Nobel Prize’.

Polyp's Big Bad World - April 2006

Polyp announces the next creative strategy in the War on Terror.

Made in China

A peek at who’s bankrolling the boom.

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Trade Justice

What is it? Vanessa Baird embarks upon a journey of discovery.

Laboratory for change

Is Fair Trade a sideshow – or a blueprint for the future?

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Troubled water

India is pressing ahead with the most ambitious dam-building programme ever conceived. Rainer Hoerig sees trouble ahead.

Introducing.. The Great Tradomino!

A famous illusionist reveals tricks of the trade.

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The second founding of Bolivia

Indigenous leader Evo Morales’ election victory continues to cause shockwaves around the world. Eduardo Galeano sees it as symbolizing the second founding of Bolivia.

Blood of the Matyr

Blood of the Martyr is a photo taken early in the Iranian revolution of 1979 by Kaveh Golestan, who was killed in Iraq in 2003 while working for the BBC.

The Next Gulf: London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria

The Next Gulf by Andy Rowell, James Marriott & Lorne Stockman

L'Enfant (The Child)

L’Enfant by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne


Tsotsi directed by Gavin Hood

A Month And A Day & Letters

A Month and a Day & Letters by Ken Saro-Wiwa

Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland

Fonotone Records, Frederick, Maryland by various

Speak out... on trade justice

Vox pop of people from around the world.

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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Brian Eno & David Byrne

Koizumi Junichiro

He released an album of Elvis songs. He wears Hawaiian-style shirts. He’s a rebel. But don’t be fooled – Japanese leader Koizumi Junichiro is playing the nationalist, neoliberal game as well as anyone at the moment.

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Rice resistance

A growing ‘no’ to GMO.

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Animal plights

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Governors of cyberspace

The international round-up continues with the debate now raging about control of the internet.

Air for sale?

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Corporate no-no

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Junk the WTO!

They shouted it in Hong Kong. But why is the organization so hated?

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Keep buying!

To Dhaka, Bangladesh, to talk to the people who made your amazingly cheap T-shirt.

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Contacts and resources.

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The slide of sugar

How globalization came into the life of sugar labourer Kawlowtee, by Lindsey Collen.

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