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July 2007's Issue

Amidst all the fashionable frenzy about global warming and the end of the world as we know it, we take a calm look at one of the more positive options for a durable, sustainable future. No, not a deep-green gardening cult, the lifestle of Siberia or an extreme haircut; permaculture proposes that we make our peace with naure, abandon misplaced faith in the technological fix and connect through ‘intelligent design’ to a freshly Edible Earth. NI co-editor David Ransom avoids the airmiles and becomes and innocent at home in Britain. He steps onto unfamiliar territory in his own backyard and explores what some remarkable people are doing to reshape the ugly patterns of unjust, unsustainable consumption.

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Kingsley Maigwa

Uses oil or acrylic paint on canvas but likes to experiment using fabric and other materials to add a third dimension to the people of southeast Malawi.

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Contacts, books, websites.

Much ado about oil

Hugo Chávez’s new foreign policy makes sense, according to Alex Sánchez Nieto

Permanent culture

Had David Ransom known, he might well have taken the same path much sooner.

Mugabe: saint, sinner or same?

Why does the West think that Mugabe has changed?

Bike in Palestine

Boy with bike and gas mask in Ramallah, Palestine

Global common sense

A brief tour around the permacultural world – North America, Nepal, Cuba, India, Palestine, Zimbabwe.

Goodbye Lucille

A Nigerian in Berlin

10 DIY Permaculture Ideas

From living roofs and forest gardens to animal tractors and chicken greenhouses.

Barns to beacons

A co-operative of ‘peasants’ in rural Dorset and a remarkable woman in the Brecon Beacons set some inspiring examples.

Shtetl Superstars

Jewish music

No-dig for victory

A fresh forest of networks is blooming in the inner cities of Bristol and London, where David Ransom tries to keep pace with Peak Oil as well.

HOTDOCS Special

A special report from Toronto’s HOTDOCS film festival, featuring movies on Darfur, Abu Ghraib and climate change.

The ISI

Pakistan’s Intelligence Agency, the ISI, finds out what it is like to be in the firing line.

Canadians’ ‘seamier’ side

The land of wheat and maple syrup

Girl power?

What is really happening to girls in a post-feminist world

(RED)TM herring

Corporate watchdog sees red at Bono’s branded goodies.

Pseudo-Guantanámo

Guantanámo Bay Ethiopian style.

Tasmanian roots

The two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, set the ball rolling – Russ Grayson and Steve Payne tell their story.

Bank off!

Latin American countries are giving the World Bank and the IMF the boot.

Right of return

Chagossians’ struggle for justice given a new legal boost.

Patent busting

Corporate Power

The problem is the solution

How the prospect of penury forced David Ransom to discover that there’s more than money to be saved both at work and at his new home on a Dutch barge.

The Islamophobia debate

When is it fair to criticize Islam and when is it not?

The ethical heart of permaculture

Maddy Harland outlines the principles that make it beat.

Edible Earth

In search of bright ideas, David Ransom begins by learning some very basic lessons about how to design a more sustainable, permanent culture.

Of robbers and plants

Economic crunch in Mauritius

Burundi

A small landlocked state in central Africa, sandwiched between its vast neighbours Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi has suffered as much from ethnic conflict as its other (equally tiny) neighbour, Rwanda. Yet while the 1993 Rwandan genocide continues to commandeer international attention, Burundi’s travails tend to slip under the radar.

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In the January-February 2017 issue of New Internationalist Chris Brazier completes a unique journalistic project by returning to the village in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, that he first visited in 1985 while making a film.

He visited in 1995 and 2005 to report on changes in the lives of individuals and on the progress of development in the community. The previous magazines have offered an intriguing insight into the lives of people battling against poverty and have reported on substantial positive changes in the life of the community – from the opening of a health centre and a primary school in the village to the first appearance of mobile phones.

Have the past 11 years of change brought further progress? And are the individuals that we have tracked over the three decades still healthy and happy?

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