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August 2007's Issue

South - from Africa, Asia or Latin America. Often they accompany news stories from these regions or calls for donations from aid agencies and charities.

But how often are those pictures actually taken by people from the South? With the advent of the internet and digital photography it should be easier than ever for Southern photographers to represent their own reality.

It isn’t happening; the information flow is still - and probably increasingly - dominated by Western media and media-makers. In this month’s issue of the New Internationalist photographer Shahidul Alam, founder of the award-winning Bangladeshi photo­agency Drik, explains why this is so.

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Featured in issue 403

Israel, Palestine and the Hypocrisies of Power – an interview with Noam Chomsky

Celebrated American intellectual and activist Noam Chomsky provides a devastating insight into what lies behind the Israel-Palestine conflict and some of the obstacles to the viability of a Palestinian state.

A true Pathshala

The story of an extraordinary school, told by Sameera Huque and Shahidul Alam.

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The long wait for peace

After 20 years of war, Northern Uganda could be on the verge of a deal to end the violence. But will it enable the region’s displaced and terrorized women and children to rebuild their lives? asks Rebecca Wearn.

Belongings: felt, presented, challenged

Images from Bangladesh, Iran, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

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Action on Majority World photography

Contacts and websites for agencies that hold or promote Majority World photography.

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Lifestyles: disappearing and aspired

Images from Bangladesh and Japan.

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The Majority World looks back

Shahidul Alam makes the case for fair trade in imagery.

Ropes in the water

In her last Letter from Mauritius, Lindsey Collen finds trouble beneath the surface of a picture-perfect scene.

Coping with pain

Images from India and Bangladesh.

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Lifecycle: with a few exits

Images from Nepal and Bangladesh.

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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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Smiley-faced monopolists

For Facebook, Amazon and Google, we have traded our privacy for something we find useful and put on hold our support for ethical shopping in exchange for the ease of low (or no) price and almost-instant gratification. This month's magazine looks at just how far down the line we are and asks how deeply exploitative and anti-democratic is this new ‘surveillance capitalism’ under which we now live. This month’s contributors include security expert Bruce Schneier, psychologist Robert Epstein and engineer and software activist Prabir Purkayastha.

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