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Cover for September 2006 - Issue 393

September 2006's Issue

In your face and up your nose, mass advertising pushes more than just a product, it pushes an entire consumerist, globalized worldview – and makes it ‘fun’. This is different from the small-scale, non-glam stuff the NI itself accepts and indulges in. Backed by the financial muscle of the world’s corporate giants, advertising is about creating hungers in cultures of cool which big business can feed. With most of the media dependent on it and the finest creative brains working for it, the ad biz is hammering out that expressway to your skull. We peer into its bag of tricks.

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Bubble-pricking prankery.

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I Know I'm Not Alone

I Know I’m Not Alone directed by Michael Franti.

Shanghai Dreams

Shanghai Dreams written and directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

Brand-hopping beauties

An alien consumer culture is blitzing Indian women. Mari Marcel Thekaekara takes its measure.

Beneath the gloss...

Sarah Irving opens the casebook on ad promise and corporate reality.

Iran Awakening

Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

Iran

Iran: Everything You Need to Know by John Farndon

A War Too Far

A War Too Far: Iran, Iraq and the New American Century by Paul Rogers

All that glisters...

India’s feelgood boomerang.

RAN (Remote Area Nurse)

RAN (Remote Area Nurse) by David Bridie

Benin

If people in the rich world associate Benin with anything at all, it is likely to be child trafficking, slavery or voodoo – not exactly the ideal calling cards for a nation. Latterly, however, Benin is developing an entirely new reputation.

Art for life - and death

Lindsey Collen on the fight for freedom of artistic expression.

Lagos Stori Plenti

Lagos Stori Plenti by Various Artists

How to read an ad

We asked the CEO of a major London ad agency to give us pointers on how to decode adverts.

Interview with Semantics King Jr

Semantics King Jr – keeping the flame of independent media alive in a camp for Liberian refugees.

Sultans of spin

Making an unpopular candidate win an election – in Bolivia or anywhere else – is an art, as Bob Burton discovers.

Sizzzzle

How big brands steal children’s hearts.

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Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

The end hoves into sight for Equatorial Guinea’s blood-soaked dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – despite having an uncle who is a god.

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Public service

Chinese perceptions of the hard sell take Jacob Lotinga by surprise.

Polyp's Big Bad World - September 2006

Polyp’s take on a volatile fluid.

Bush in deep doo-doo

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Dust-up over mine

gold digging in Chile that will ‘relocate’ glaciers

Seen, killed and unheard

Lebanese teens in the line of fire bear witness to their ripped lives and speak out about what needs to change. Testimony compiled by Rebecca Bridges and Fayyaz Muneer.

The Real Aim

The real aim of the bombs falling on Lebanon is regime change, argues Uri Avnery, a former member of Israel’s parliament.

Jesus is a brand of jeans

What is advertising? Jean Kilbourne on the gigantic propaganda effort and how it affects the way we think and feel.

Captive: how the ad industry pins us down

Dinyar Godrej sniffs at the bait being dangled by the ad biz.

Shehab Uddin

The dignity of a poet resident at a senior citizen shelter in Kathmandu, Nepal, captured by Shehab Uddin.

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The world’s media extensively covered the Ebola crisis at its peak, but now the epidemic’s impact on communities in West Africa has fallen off the news agenda. And while millions of donor dollars eventually poured in to help contain and defeat the virus, its after effects – social, cultural and economic – will continue to be felt for years to come. We take a critical look at the humanitarian response and health systems deficit. Ebola is not a new disease – it’s been around since 1976 – so why did over 11,000 West Africans die 2014-16? Did we learn the right lessons from the outbreak, and, with Ebola considered endemic in the region, is Sierra Leone ready if the virus returns?

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