Issue 410 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

April 2008

April 2008

Something is happening. In different parts of the world indigenous people are organizing, demanding justice and fighting back. The election of indigenous president Evo Morales in Bolivia has been having ripple effects in other Latin American countries. In Africa, the so-called ‘Pygmy’ people of the Congo basin are taking on the World Bank. In India tribal adivasi people are doing battle with big business. While in Australia aboriginal activists are urging their new government to rethink the disastrous racist policies of the Howard era.


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In this issue

  • A simple tale of great subtlety and power set in Nyanyadu in the rural hinterland of KwaZulu Natal
  • *Daniel Gross* worked as a Starbucks barista for three years before being fired in 2006 for union activity. The Federal Government investigated his termination, concluding that it was illegal under US labour laws, but Starbucks have challenged that ruling.
  • *Shane Bauer* went to Pine Ridge to find out why some Native Americans have ripped up the treaties and declared an independent country – Lakotah.
  • Are things beginning to look up for the world’s indigenous peoples? *Vanessa Baird* begins a series of three reports from Bolivia, where the signs look most hopeful – and most precarious.
  • Living in Lebanon is like watching a dramatic thriller unfold. At times it’s exciting, at other times heart-wrenching or just petrifying.
  • Our culture’s tolerance for seriousness has never been lower, argues *John F Schumaker*.
  • Starbucks has become an icon of globalization – and a target for protesters. It claims to strike a balance between ‘profitability’ and ‘a love of benevolence’. *Rowenna Davis* finds out if farmers, consumers and workers agree.