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Cover for January/February 2007 - Issue 397

January 2007's Issue

The NI’s annual double issue is devoted to the state of the world’s ocean. Not ‘oceans’ with the extraneous ‘s’, but one ocean – blanketing our planet with its expansive embrace.

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Featured in issue 397

No sanctuary

New Internationalist campaigner Zarlasht Halaimzai finds doors closed for Afghan refugees in Iran.

The Bay of Napoli

Horatio Morpurgo visits the scene of the Napoli, a container ship grounded off the coast of Britain, to see what lies beneath it.

Warren Buffet

Taking aim at the rich and powerful

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I’m an endangered species, get me out of here!

True tales of a mixed-up world

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Responsibility

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Two signatures

A poem from Nepal.

Beware Bolkestein re-born

The EU attempts to impose a neoliberal ‘Directive on Services’ on all Europeans

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The rock star triumphs

Chávez is re-elected and sets sights on becoming ‘President-for-life’

Primary School in Lagos

Children on their lunch break at Maryland Convent Private Primary School in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Don’t buy it

International ‘Buy Nothing Day’

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Friend or foe?

Disagreement over energy-hungry China’s overtures to Africa

Climate control

The Ocean is a like a giant thermostat and sponge. Dorrick Stow explains. PLUS: An illustrated guide to Ocean Elements.

Waterworld

If National Parks are commonplace on land, argues Sara Holden, why not marine reserves at sea? PLUS: An illustrated guide to Marine Reserves.

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What YOU can do

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The tempest

Mahfuz Sadique reports from the Bay of Bengal, where the land is sinking, the sea is rising and storms terrorize coastal communities. PLUS: An illustrated guide to

Death and the whale

Greenpeace Ocean Defenders blog direct from the brutal kill in the Southern Ocean. PLUS: Sea quotes and an illustrated guide to Ocean Resources.

Honduras

Columbus, on his fourth and final voyage, landed on the American mainland for the first time near present-day Trujillo, Honduras. The day was 14 August 1502, and he named the place Honduras (‘depths’ in Spanish) for the deep waters off the north coast.

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Ghosts

Ghosts directed by Nick Broomfield.

Lost at sea

Life on board for seafarers sometimes resembles slavery. Martin Whitfield tells their stories. PLUS: An illustrated guide to Ocean Life.

Apocalypto

Apocalypto directed by Mel Gibson.

Rabble-Rouser for Peace/What Happens After Mugabe/The Book of Not

A special look at three works from Southern Africa.

The rise of slime

Red tides, jelly-fish plagues, explosions of primitive organisms. Kenneth R Weiss reports on evolution in reverse. PLUS: An illustrated guide to Ocean Currents.

Oceans – The Facts

What people are doing to the ocean – the facts

Volk

Volk by Laibach.

Planet Ocean

David Ransom discovers there’s just one Ocean, and it’s not looking good.

Burlesque

Burlesque by Bellowhead

Big Bad World

Cover of the Trade unions: rebuild, renew, resist of New Internationalist

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Trade unions: rebuild, renew, resist

Trade unions

A relic of a bygone era – or a billion-strong social movement fighting for workers’ rights everywhere? The reality of trade unionism today falls somewhere in between. In the Western world, union-busting laws, globalization and internal conflicts have left many trade unions reeling. In some countries of the Global South, trade unionists face discrimination, danger and even death. Meanwhile, workers’ rights are being sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed gone mad: zero-contract hours, sub-contracting, privatization, outsourcing and special economic zones are all part of a ‘race to the bottom’ being run by transnationals concerned only about their profits.
Yet all is not lost. From Colombia to China, Bangladesh to Barcelona, workers are still fighting for their rights – and, sometimes, winning. This issue, New Internationalist looks at the state of the unions, how they need to adapt to the new reality for workers in the 21st century, and why they are more important than ever.

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