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April 2008's Issue

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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Featured in issue 410

A Short History of Burma

Today over 80 per cent of Burma’s people are Buddhist and the country has the largest number of monks as a percentage of the total population.

From a scorched land

Two survivors from Karen state, where the Burmese military has been laying villages to waste, tell their stories.

Activists accused of terrorism

Government to be investigated for human rights abuses


Electronic waste from the US and Europe disguised as ‘charitable donations’ to Lagos

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Fistful of yuan

Oil, war and the fall of the US dollar

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The Trouble with Diversity

Has the left been duped or duped itself into pursuing the holy grail of identity politics?

Kosovo’s other colonizers

Pitiful UN performance in Kosovo

The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg

A simple tale of great subtlety and power set in Nyanyadu in the rural hinterland of KwaZulu Natal

Africa resists EU bullying

Resistance to the introduction of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)

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The Whistler

A beautifully crafted fable by Angolan author Ondjaki

Questing the ayllu

The journey continues into Bolivia’s mining and peasant heartland. Some surprises are in store.

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African Psycho

Alain Mabanckou’s scathing attack on greed and material values

We Are Together (Thina Simunye)

Agape orphanage singers from South Africa

Kül & Ashes

Beautiful music from trained earthquake engineers

Trouble in paradise

Venezuela spreads oil on tropical waters

The colour of dreams

Aboriginal art from Christine Christopherson and Bronwyn Bancroft.

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The barnstorming barista

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.


Tales from the indigenous fight-back around the world.

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Import Export à la Turka

Turkish sounds from Germany

Journey to the half moon

The battle lines are drawn in Santa Cruz – where resistance to Bolivia’s indigenous President, Evo Morales, is most ferocious.

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Divorcing the US

Shane Bauer went to Pine Ridge to find out why some Native Americans have ripped up the treaties and declared an independent country – Lakotah.

I will return...and I will be millions

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.

The triumph of triviality

Our culture’s tolerance for seriousness has never been lower, argues John F Schumaker.

Interview with Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva, Indian environmentalist extraordinaire, on her new movement challenging supermarkets

The people vs Starbucks

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.

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Plenty to shout about

…if you’re indigenous. THE FACTS.

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Big Bad World

Polyp on the origins of wealth and poverty.

‘Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities’

Asia-Pacific Photo Competition

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A hapless cockroach gets 30 people sacked

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Three decades of change in an African village

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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The coming war on China

The coming war on China: A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is underway in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. This is provocative and dangerous, argues John Pilger in his special report. Tax avoidance: An in-depth and global look at how corporations and rich individuals are looting the public purse – and why governments are allowing them to get away with it. Edited by Josh Eisen and Richard Swift.

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