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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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World Fiction Special

World Fiction

Fiction has entered a new era. Writers of novels and short stories are no longer writing only for their own nation or even for readers speaking their own language but are breaking national boundaries and reaching a worldwide audience. In the process authors from Africa, Asia and Latin America are winning greater prominence – and a new phenomenon identified as ‘world writing’ has emerged.

This issue of New Internationalist not only analyses these developments but also showcases four exquisite short stories as examples: ‘Fat’ by Krys Lee from South Korea; ‘In The Garden’ by FT Kola from South Africa; ‘Ghosts’ by the Cuban-American Ana Menéndez; and ‘The Lake Retba Murder’ by Efemia Chela from Zambia and Ghana.


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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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