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August 2008

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We need to talk about... toilets

2008 is the International Year of Sanitation. Or, asks *Maggie Black*, is it the International Year of Silence and Embarrassment?

Thabo Mbeki

President of South Africa (though not for much longer).
River Bleeds Black

River Bleeds Black

Bangladeshi photographer *Shehzad Noorani* exposes the damage done to the Buriganga River.

Dignity and the decent facility

Women desperately want toilets – but not as a health aid. *Libby Plumb* reports.

Big Bad World 414

*Polyp*'s take on happiness
Mandela’s no tourist

Mandela’s no tourist

Nelson Mandela gets a birthday present from the US, being repealed from the Terror Watch List!
Nelson Mandela (1918- )

Nelson Mandela (1918- )

Powerful words from South Africa’s first black President

A lifetime in muck

Unbelievably, people still exist whose task in life is shovelling shit, as *Mari Marcel Thekaekara* explains.

Teófilo Acuña

Colombian activist *Teófilo Acuña* on the danger of confronting paramilitaries.
Eau de victory

Eau de victory

Water privatization heads back to public management around the world
The drugs don't work

The drugs don't work

Why young rural Indians end up addicted to pills
Tortured for 'refusing to kill'

Tortured for 'refusing to kill'

A conscientious objector from Istanbul was beaten with sticks until he passed out

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