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Visionary voices: the people, the ideas, the action.

For our 400th edition, the NI unfurls a tapestry of ideas and activism from the Majority World. Engaged with the here and now in order to build for a better future, burnishing hope amid downturns and defeats, these are voices we feel you will want to hear.

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Featured in issue 400

Democratic Republic of Congo

Corruption runs deep in Congo

The making of an Islamic Jack the Ripper

View from Gujranwala – Abbas Zaidi tells the chilling story of an Islamic Jack the Ripper.

Goodbye Bafana

A film taken from a book by a white guy who knew an African leader – sounds familiar?

The Corporation that Changed the World

How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational

L’Oreal Took My Home

Monica Waitzfelder’s true story of her family’s suffering during and after World War Two

Graffiti My Soul

Veerapen Prendrapen – half Jewish, half Tamil – is the fastest runner in his school

Life in the Faslane

True tales of a mixed-up world

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‘I don’t believe in love marriages’

An Indian serial kidnapper interviewed.

The Dhal Puri Queue

Lindsey Collen drops in to a street summit while waiting for a tasty snack.

Mauritania votes

In March this year the West African country of Mauritania held its first open and fair election in decades

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Special status for Srebrenica

Several hundred returnees claim Srebrenica should be excluded from the jurisdiction of Republika Srpska.

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Hands off our water!

World Water Day

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We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for

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Porter’s plight

Bearing the backpacking burden in the Nepali Himalayas.

Be careful who you sleep with

Billionaire insurance mogul Maurice ‘Hank’ Greenberg was charged with fraud and insurance and securities violations

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Narcos and Bushes

A bad beginning to 2007 in Guatemala.

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Action on Palestine

Get involved

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Boycott Israel

Omar Barghouti calls for a boycott of Israel.

Occupation and the mind

Samah Jabr counts the cost to Palestinians’ mental health.

40 years is enough

Gaza and the West Bank have been occupied since 1967.

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The diverse, the multiple, the different

A message of resistance from Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Daring to dream

Dinyar Godrej on what truly inspires.

Continental shift

Carlos M Vilas gauges the gains of people’s politics in Latin America.

Pump up the volume

Radio revolution in Zambia, Malawi and Namibia.

Screen lives

Activist filmmakers in India

Watchful eyes

Corruption busters in India

Learning for life

Burma’s Charm Tong takes on the generals.

Secret service

Afghanistan’s RAWA takes on the fundamentalists.

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Fast Food Nation

The business stinks.

The indivisible I

Gautam Bhan on the spectrum of queer lives.

Acts of conscience

AIDS activist Zackie Achmat’s acts of conscience

Trial by fire

Victor Juliet Mukasa sues the Ugandan Government.

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Folk Songs for the Five Points

History of a city shaped by immigrant memory and musical culture

Deep green

Brazil’s small farmers stave off the giants.

Sand in the wheels

Walden Bello’s thoughts on turning back globalization

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Power surge

Rural women claim their rights in South Africa.

Cultural invaders

Afroreggae beat the violence

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Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy’s song of reconciliation.

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Segu Blue

West African Bassekou Kouyate and Mali’s first traditional lute quartet

Karl Rove

The Darth Vader of US elections

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