The language of neo-colonialism
Home of the mad mullahs, a President you can frighten your children with and nuclear weapons on the drawing board, if not actually in their bunkers: Iran sends shivers down Washington spines better than any other member of the ‘Axis of Evil’. Are these Western stereotypes shameless attempts to prepare the ground for yet another war? Do they have any foundation in reality? The NI looks at Iran’s rich history and culture, at human rights in a theocratic state and, above all, at what life is really like for ordinary Iranians.
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Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón sends in troops to disarm corrupt police force.
China grants temporary freedom to foreign press, while domestic journalists remain jailed
News of the year-long blockade of Britain’s nuclear base at Faslane
Uganda ready to destroy some of its last remaining rainforests
Letter-writing campaign launched at Burma’s leaders
Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man by Waterson: Carthy
Although Tajikistan is the heir to an ancient Persian and Turkic cultural legacy, the modern state dates back to 1929 and Stalin’s creation of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic.
Iran is young, vibrant and diverse, despite the repression, as Nasrin Alavi explains.
From Cyrus the Great, Omar Khayyam and the Shahs to Ayatollah Khomeini and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
A special feature to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.
The breadfruit tree outside Lindsey Collen’s house needs pruning. But how to persuade Fareed to undertake the work?
Interview with Indian homeless campaigner Sheela Patel.
Women’s rights campaigner Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani reflects on a day spent knocking on doors.
The US makes it difficult for Bolivians to gain visas, so why shouldn’t Bolivian President Evo Morales make it equally hard for US visitors? Jim Shultz explores the visa quid pro quo.
Chris Brazier argues for more understanding of Iran – and less confrontation.
A child in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, as seen by Chilean photographer Julio Etchart, who has documented the toys children play with the world over.
What do people in poorer districts think of Ahmadinejad? Ali Moazzami finds out.
The Uncomfortable Dead by Subcomandante Marcos and Paco Ignacio Taibo II
World Fiction Special
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.
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.
In a nutshell: the countries most recently featured in the New Internationalist magazine.
Sharp insights from an array of guest writers.
Personal stories from our own correspondents.
Interviews with inspirational people.
Reviews of the latest books, films and music.
Seeing the world through a Southern lens.
A regular column from some of the best writers of the South.
Taking aim at the rich and powerful.
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