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December 2006's Issue

‘Make corruption history,’ said leading British politician Gordon Brown. His comments were principally directed towards African leaders. But are Western politicians and commentators going the right way about stopping the rot? Isn’t there something missing in their analysis that the problem is mainly one of ‘poor governance’ in developing nations?
This month’s issue of the New Internationalist digs a little deeper.

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To transform pain to power

Dalit women speak out against human rights abuses and discrimination at an international conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

Polyp's Big Bad World - December 2006

There is a suitably festive theme to Polyp’s December cartoon.

Plague Songs

Plague Songs by various artists

A visit to my hometown

A return to his hometown for a funeral brings Ike Oguine face to face with ancient ceremonies and certainties that make the world of politics seem like another country.

Queer Noises: From the Closet to the Charts 1961-1978

Queer Noises: From the Closet to the Charts 1961-1978 by various artists

Robert Kocharian

Armenian leader Robert Kocharian could give lessons in how to flirt with dictatorship but pull back just enough to maintain European good will – despite listing one of his hobbies as ‘War’.

Costing climate change

George Monbiot explains why action on climate change has to be driven by morality, not dollar estimates

Corruption around the world

Corruption around the world - the facts

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Anatomy of a scam

Whistleblower John Githongo speaks to Vanessa Baird; plus extracts from his explosive dossier.

Small-but-scary symbol sought

Nanodoodle needed for nanotechnology

Bordering on ridiculous

Plan to build fence along the US-Mexico border gets go-ahead

The language of the Middle East

The language of the Middle East

More scary

Anti-corruption isn’t always what it says on the label. Anna Winterbottom sounds a note of caution.

Musharraf’s hidden war

A state of war in Balochistan


Those with money adapt well to the new Mozambique, which over 16 years ago dropped a Marxist/Leninist regime in favour of a free-market economy.

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All fired up

Book ban for bad language

Where the streets have no shame

Posters used to be protest space. Now they’re eaten up by glossy ads, laments Lindsey Collen.


Destroying coca plants in Colombia

Lunatic beetroot

Fury of HIV/AIDS campaigners at the South African Government.

Interview with Vandana Gopikumar

Mental illness is still taboo in India, and many women end up shunned and destitute as a result. But Vandana Gopikumar has been pioneering ways of reaching out to them.

Sandra Sebastian

A bullethole in shattered glass: an image of everyday violence in Guatemala City, by local photographer Sandra Sebastian.

Corruption's big funder – or how to ‘lose’ $100 billion without really trying

Tainted projects brought to you by the World Bank

Killer sting

Sandhya Srinivasan takes a closer look at the World Bank’s ‘success’ with malaria in India.

Action against corruption

Contacts, campaigns and other useful stuff on where to go from here.

Can the rot be stopped?

Vanessa Baird traces the wily ways of corruption – and the war against it.

Corruption busters

Bravery and integrity from around the world.

Arms, farts and bribe fairies

Comedian Mark Thomas has a go at defence giant BAE Systems and its cronies.

The Body Hunters

The Body Hunters by Sonia Shah

The Book of Chameleons

The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa translated by Daniel Hahn


Container written and directed by Lukas Moodysson

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

One to avoid… Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno


Rampage directed by George Gittoes

Esma's Secret

Esma’s Secret written and directed by Jasmila Zbanic

I was a city boy, a soft Asian

Prize-winning novelist MG Vassanji on the psychology of mundane corruption.

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