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From Bucharest to Berlin there is an unease spreading across Europe. A feeling is catching hold that things are ‘out of control’. The great hopes for a peaceful and prosperous post-war Europe are in peril. Hostility to things European is everywhere. The European Constitution is down the tubes. People no longer bother to vote in elections for the European Parliament. The EU is held to blame for a wide variety of ills from bureaucratic meddling to a lack of accountability. So who is to blame? NI tackles the big questions facing Europe. Can the EU be democratic? Under what conditions should new members be added? What is good about European society? How can this best be defended? And is Britain really part of Europe or simply a US Trojan horse? We look at a growing resistance, this time not from nationalist Colonel Blimps or mindless xenophobes, but from those convinced that if Europe is to survive it must be based on democracy and social inclusion.

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Featured in issue 394

The Awakening

There’s revolution in the capital. But will it touch the lives of Memnatu and the villagers of Salmaga, far away? A short story by Chris Brazier, inspired by people he came to know in Burkina Faso in 1985.

Whose Europe? Our Europe!

Susan George mounts a spirited defence of social Europe.

Picture this

An image from bombarded Lebanon put into context

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Not backing down

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Dictatorship of no alternatives

Richard Swift dissects the corporate takeover of the European Union.

Not lovin' it

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Action on Europe

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Tourism of the more adventurous kind is increasingly common in Uganda – tracking mountain gorillas, or rafting on the Nile, but to many outsiders Uganda’s claim to fame is still little more than Idi Amin, the jovial but brutal dictator.

The next move?

Richard Swift plays a little euro-chess.

Fetching grass

Lindsey Collen scampers on to rocks in search of grass.

Interview with Hernando Hernandez Tapasco about surviving as an activist in war-torn Colombia

Being a human rights activist in Colombia can be murder, but that hasn’t stopped Hernando Hernandez Tapasco.

Tug of Justice

Two Visions of Europe.

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Polyp's Big Bad World - October 2006

Bedtime prayers of infamous co-dependents from Polyp.

The Old Lady and New Europe

Horatio Morpurgo unearths the seeds of future discord in Romania and Bulgaria.

Coca and society in Chapare

Grassroots politics goes mainstream in Bolivia. Photo essay by Jorge Uzón.

Aux armes, citoyens!

The French provide a good example on how to say ‘non’. Veronique Mistiaen finds out why.

Caste and quotas

Urvashi Butalia on why there’s no level playing field when it comes to ‘merit’ in India.

Shahadat Parvez

A song of the soul from Dhaka, Bangladesh, clicked by Shahadat Parvez.

Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi

Scarred: Experiments with violence in Gujarat

Scarred: Experiments with violence in Gujarat by Dionne Bunsha

There you go!

There you go! by Oren Ginsberg

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Bad cop, worse cop

John Hilary issues a warning about European concern for the world’s poor.

Falling Through the Earth

Falling Through the Earth by Danielle Trussoni

To Barcelona or Hell

Sharif Gemie on a dangerous migration fuelled by desperation.

Worth fighting for

Sweden’s has a record of going its own way. Peter Gustavsson wants to keep it that way.


Savane by Ali Farka Touré

Care in the Community

Care in the Community by Babar Luck

Condoleezza Rice

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Because resistance is fertile

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World Fiction

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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