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Cover for Corporate Responsibility Unmasked

December 2007's Issue

‘Corporate Responsibility’ is one of the hot business strategies of our time. All the multinationals are at it. Over the last decade an extremely profitable industry has sprung up with the sole aim of helping callous companies mend their ways, spruce up their image, and get those pesky campaigners off their backs. The NI exposes this not-so-subtle strategy to avoid regulation, silence critics, and in many cases continue with the activities that tarnished their image in the first place.

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Why did Chávez lose?

John Pilger, whose film War on Democracy is now out on DVD, comments.

Pakistan’s students push for democracy

The recent introduction of martial law in Pakistan has helped to end a three-decade drought on student activism in the country. Amber Vora reports.

Big Bad World

Cartoonist Polyp on an uninvited guest.

Companies who care?

Should we be persuaded by the clean green claims of big business? Jess Worth thinks not.

Another production is possible

by Boaventura de Sousa Santos (ed)

How to withdraw from Iraq

Chris Abbott makes five proposals

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Black Gold

by Marc and Nick Francis

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Manufacturing Dissent

by Rick Caine and Debbie Melnyk

Jesus Camp

directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Girls of Riyadh

by Rajaa Alsanea

Afriki

by Habib Koité & Bamada

Fucking Cowboys

by Gnawa Diffusion

Burma's horrorscopes

Burmese junta floored by flying panties.

Citizens attacked

Palestinian refugees attacked in Lebanon.

The deepest scar

Hear the harrowing story of a Canadian torture victim.

Travelling without moving

Virtual reality for global events

Spinning out of control

Rebecca Spencer names and shames companies who use Corporate Responsibility to continue business-as-usual.

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Yes! But...

Costa Rica votes for free trade

Getting out

Here, in numbers, is the story of the four years since US and British troops ‘liberated’ Iraq

The thinness of things

Living in Cairo means accepting much that isn’t how one might want it, discovers Maria Golia – and that everyone looks good in pink.

The language of public protest

The language of public protest

The big debate: reform or revolution?

Jonathon Porritt and Claire Fauset lock horns over how best to save the planet from big business.

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Lions poisoned in protest

Angry farmers evicted ahead of Kampala Summit.

People versus corporations

400 years of controversy and confrontation.

Stones in a minefield

Frustration boiling over in Western Sahara

Shehzad Noorani

Displaced children in Darfur, as seen by Bangladeshi photographer Shehzad Noorani.

Small is powerful

What will it take to roll back corporate power? Jess Worth considers the options.

Just don't do it!

Cautionary tales of co-option and compromise from UN-insider Jean Ziegler and anti-sweatshop activist Jeff Ballinger.

The myth of the right moment

Urvashi Butalia examines the parallels with conflict in northern India.

Basic instincts

Anthony Arnove looks at the conflicted interests of the US Democratic Party

Laos

As the forces of corporate globalization press on its borders, change is inevitable.

Bling, Iranian-style

Nasrin Alavi returns to a Tehran under threat from the West.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines, has been called ‘the fourth most powerful woman in the world’. But she needs the iron hands of her generals.

Corporate responsibility – the facts

The facts on corporate responsibility

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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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