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Burma should be celebrating 60 years of independence, but instead the country is colonized from within. The military dictatorship that’s got its jackboot on the nation’s neck now goes by the name of the State Peace and Development Council. But peace and development are just two things among many it has not managed to deliver – large sections of the country are riven by civil war as armed groups fight military rule and, often, each other. The NI speaks with Burmese people, both inside and outside the country. With great fear and courage they are trying to keep the flame of freedom alight.

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Farmers strike in Argentina

These are tough times for farmers in Argentina as Jaime Jacques discovers.

The price of defiance

Former political prisoners speak out.

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Why We Fight

Why We Fight: It is nowhere written that the American empire goes on forever.


An Argentinean film about a hermaphrodite

City of whispers

Among Rangoon’s six million souls, a few have secret conversations with Dinyar Godrej.

Carlos Litulo

Guns as art, as seen by Mozambican photographer Carlos Litulo.

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Burma - the facts

Burma is a country with very poor reporting on most basic indicators. International agencies have limited access.

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Eye candy

The delights of national television.

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It was the meddling British who used their cartographic skills to delineate the country that would become Uruguay in the early 19th century, as a buffer zone between the two regional giants, Argentina and Brazil. The result was a country stuck in the shado

Homeless in Delhi

Jeremy Seabrook ventures inside a night shelter in India’s capital city.

Big Bad World 411

Polyp’s take on one of Joni Mitchell’s most famous lines.

Recreating the Big Bang is 'perfectly safe', honest!

True tales of a mixed-up world

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"When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die."

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French writer and philosopher

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African Scream Contest

African Scream Contest: A cornucopia of Afro-trance music.

Errant paradox

by Eduardo Galeano

Hands off our oil

Unions lead fight against Western oil theft

Dow cowed

Protesters have had a dramatic victory at the site of Dow Chemical’s proposed new chemical plant at Pune, 150 kilometres southeast of Mumbai in India.

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Mothers' misery

A contraceptive ban imposed in Manila eight years ago has badly affected the city’s poor.

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The Transition Handbook

The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience

Journey to Justice

A long way travelled but still far to go on debt relief

The language of gun culture...

by Mitchell & Richardson

Stale news is best

Burmese editor Aye Chan Myate invites us into her office for a day.

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Saving the Sacred Sea

Russian nuclear plant threatens sacred sea

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Final Silence

Final Silence is a finely modulated meditation on guilt and forgiveness.

A shrunken world

Refugees in Shan state, on the run from the military.

'All history is propaganda'

If you are a student in Burma.

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Was Jesus Christ a revolutionary?

Jesus kept some shady political company. And his lifestyle has obvious radical resonance. But was he out to overthrow the state? Terry Eagleton examines the Gospels for evidence.

Action on Burma

Give your active support to organizations that lobby on behalf of the issues that matter to Burma’s people.

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Corporate hogwash

Investors in Burma have blood on their hands, according to Maung Maung.

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Caucus of terrorists

Dinyar Godrej concludes his report: meeting enemies of the State – and looking to the future.

Plan B 3.0 - Mobilizing to Save Civilization

We are in a race between tipping points in the earth’s natural systems and those in the world’s political systems. Which will tip first?’

The Bairns

Out of Britain’s blustery Northumbria comes Rachel Unthank and her Winterset trio.

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Freedom in sight?

West Papua stands on a knife-edge between freedom and disaster. In this issue, we hear the voices of people living under Indonesian occupation and fighting to be free. We learn about the unifying power of Melanesian music, expose the extractive companies that are profiting from Papuan repression, and hear Indigenous leaders lay out their visions of the new country they want to build.


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In the post-truth world of 2016, the day of the demagogue arrived. President Duterte played Dirty Harry in the Philippines. A pussy-grabbing, fact-denying, tax-shirking billionaire got elected US president. Smirking Brexiteers lied through their teeth and had their way. Authoritarian populists have stoked anger and division, and exposed faultlines in democracy. In this edition we ask, what is the appeal of the appalling? And is a progressive populism the answer?

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