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May 2009

It was all about equality and respect – values few would have a problem with. So just when did multiculturalism become a dirty word? Was it about the same time as the ideas of respecting difference and embracing diversity began to be overtaken in the public mind by shrill religious fundamentalism and hectoring traditionalists?

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Shahadat Parvez

A Bangladeshi boy is inspired by a French footballer in *Shahadat Parvez*’s photograph.

Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi

This is a rallying cry that shows the way in which people in many parts of the world are resisting seed privatization through...

Easy Come, Easy Go

Subtitled '18 Songs for Music Lovers', Easy Come, Easy Go is a double album containing a wide choice of songs: from Brian Eno's '...

The Children's Hours

A collection of stories about childhood from a stellar cast of authors from around the world, with all royalties going to Save...
Into the vortex of identity

Into the vortex of identity

With Dinyar Godrej, whose personal journey as an immigrant reveals some of the faultlines of multiculturalism, making the case...

Another side of paradise

Class or culture – which has caused Mauritius the most upset? *Lindsey Collen* looks back.

Havana Fever

Like the best, most haunting bolero, Havana Fever is liable to linger in the mind well after its final phrases.

Long Time Coming

Short Writings from Zimbabwe, edited by Jane Morris.

Better Times Will Come

An album loaded with the instrumentation - fiddle, steel guitar, banjo and mandolin - of American roots music.

South Korea

Ripping up the rainbow

*Shoma Chaudhury* on the hate mongers intent on tearing up the very idea of India.

Ahlaam (Dreams)

This is the first Iraqi film about the American-led invasion. Written and directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji.

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