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Cover for March 2008 - Issue 409

March 2008's Issue

This month’s theme of Ethical Travel deals with two separate subjects: the first half devoted to the thorny issue of flying and the second to the impact of tourism.

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Featured in issue 409

China Panic

It’s official – according to new NI columnist Anna Chen– 2008 isn’t just the Year of the Rat and the Beijing Olympics. It’s also China Panic Year.

Global gag

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Travellers' Code

A New Internationalist Travellers’ Code

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Sir and Madam

Barry Langridge asks why India still depends on charities to rescue its children.

A world apart

Maria Golia gets a glimpse of Egypt’s high society in Letter from Cairo.

That sinking feeling

Islanders in Papua New Guinea made homeless by rising sea levels

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Cuban futurology

by Leonardo Padura Fuentes

The language of human migration

Word power 36 by Mitchell & Richardson

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Shantanu Mukherjee

A portrait of a young sex worker in Kolkata by Indian photographer Shantanu Mukherjee

Another way

People on the tiny Thai island of Koh Yao Noi have adopted ‘community-based tourism’. Marwaan Macan-Markar asks them about the benefits.

Caught in the act

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Why We’re Losing The War on Terror

Why We’re Losing The War on Terror

'Death would be better'

Domestic violence against women in Tajikistan

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Desert of Death

A Soldier’s Journey from Iraq to Afghanistan

Tambogrande: mangoes, murder and mining

Tambogrande: mangoes, murder and mining


Groups working on floods / rivers

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Cien Años

Cien Años

Battle for Haditha

Battle for Haditha

Che Guevara: Lucha por la Vida

Che Guevara: Lucha por la Vida

What is ethical travel?

Chris Brazier investigates alternative tourism.

High water risin'

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Egypt steps in

Arab state becomes peacemaker as conflict worsens

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There is a little hole on the wall of every office, restaurant, reception area, hotel lobby, shop – even in the humblest of the living rooms – which serves as a formidable metaphor for the vicissitudes of power, prestige and privilege in Brunei.

Problems in paradise

Tourism is booming – and every country seems to want more. But, Chris Brazier wonders, do they see the pitfalls?

To fly or not to fly?

Aviation’s impact on climate change is disturbing. But what should we do about it? Chris Brazier interviews three campaigners – Adam Ma’anit, Mark Lynas and George Monbiot – and tries to decide.

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The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside directed by Alejandro Amenábar

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Our 500th issue: The exceptionally brave

New Internationalist is all about people who are trying to make the world a better place. And if there is one quality that can spark change, it’s courage. So for the 500th issue of the magazine, we investigate this under-examined topic, asking: what is courage and what makes some people so brave? To help us understand, six exceptionally valiant individuals from around the world – several of whom are risking life and limb to do the right thing – tell their startling stories. Dare to be inspired.


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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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