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Ethical shopping

A revolution is occurring in shopping malls across the western world. Having once been the sole preserve of hippies, lefties, church-goers and *NI* readers, all of a sudden ‘ethical’ is in. With sales of organic, fair trade, sweatshop-free, eco-friendly products shooting up year on year, ‘ethical consumerism’ is becoming big business. Even the most hard-nosed transnationals are falling over themselves to show consumers just how planet-conscious they really are. As this once-minuscule market goes mainstream, *NI* takes a look at the implications and asks some big questions.


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Enough fiddling while the planet burns!

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Fouled coastline

Fouled coastline

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Gulag for journalists

Gulag for journalists

Five years after Eritrean authorities launched a massive crackdown on independent journalists and media outlets, 13 jo

Sweating over sweatshops

*Mark Engler* explains why ‘clean clothes’ campaigning is no longer about boycotting Gap.


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Farce as reality

How Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times predicted the reality of present-day Mauritius, by *Lindsey Collen*.

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Murder in Moscow

Murder in Moscow

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