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It’s a year of anniversaries in China – 60 years of communist control; 30 years since capitalists joined the party; and 20 years ago next month since tanks rolled over Chinese reform movements in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

As the US falters on the world stage, China is stepping into the spotlight. Yet the lines that it will deliver are still not clear. While some say Chinese communism will save world capitalism, others think the country’s manic economic growth will kill us all. And while some welcome China’s ‘hands-off’ approach to global affairs, others point to Beijing’s economic support of some of the world’s worst regimes. This month we take a critical look at China’s global reach.

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Featured in issue 423

Obama and the denial of genocide

This April, Barack Obama broke campaign promise #511, namely to explicitly acknowledge the Armenian genocide as US President. Mickey Z gets writer-activist David Boyajian’s take on the new President’s approach.

The fading roar

Without the Tigers, can the Tamils ever obtain equality?

Battle lines drawn over the Amazon

Legitimate indigenous protests against Peru’s latest free trade agreements have led to bloodshed following the Government’s decision to send in the military. Ben Powless reports.

Absolute friends

The largest solidarity movement between two peoples offers hope in Western Sahara, writes Paul Rigg.

Boycott meets girl

Shopping causes all sorts of moral dilemmas when goods are labelled ‘West Bank’, bemoans Anna Chen.

On the world’s factory floor

Facts and figures about China’s growth and what it costs.

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Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Directed by Jamie J Johnson, yes, it is about Eurovision, and many of the songs are appalling, but what comes over is the solidarity between the contestants, and how un-egotistical they are.


More than a sports film: Sugar explores the American Dream, competitiveness and simple human values.

Confucius goes to Chile

Lezak Shallat discovers why Latin Americans are learning Chinese.

The Cultural Crusades

Throw away the guns. Nick Young reports on the conquering power of Chinese culture.

The next dynasty

Resource wars? Climate armageddon? What business-as-usual in China will mean for the rest of the world.

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Mohamed Al-Daradji

Ed Stocker talked with the Iraqi filmmaker

The yuan plays the dollar

Egyptian economist Gouda Abdel-Khalek talks with Rowenna Davis about China’s political plays in the Middle East.

Dirty diplomacy

Concern over the Canadian Government’s handling of Canada’s tar sands

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Denial and dismissal

Despite growing evidence, the Kenyan Government evades accountability for murder

Cargill exposed

Transnational food company found modifying all its rice to evade price controls

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A pressing issue

Belarusian journalists ‘gagged’ by draconian censorship laws

Taken for a bride

Saudi judge upholds the arranged marriage between an eight-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man.

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Made in China

Chris Richards meets ‘Capi-communism’ – the Chinese version of capitalism that’s plundering Papua New Guinea.

Trinidad & Tobago

Facts, figures and statistics of Trinidad & Tobago

Shake and sway

Maria Golia ponders Egypt’s attitude towards sexuality.

A remarkable failure

Drug prohibition doesn’t work. Time to legalize instead, argues Rachel Godfrey Wood.

Lock out the poor

In Rio, a wall is being built to separate the slums from the city

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Hu’s who

A guide to who’s running the show in China.

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From pastures brown

Back in the country after a two-month trip, Mgcini Nyoni is shocked to see the fear and hunger of his fellow-Zimbabweans.

You are being watched

Police surveillance and intimidation of political activists is hitting new heights. Olly Zanetti dodges the long lenses to expose Big Brother’s latest attack on the right to protest.

Breath of the dragon

China’s aid and arms are promoting one-party governments, argues Rebecca Tinsley.

Khaled Hasan

Khaled Hasan captures life working in Bangladesh’s brickfields.

Broken Glass

A multi-layered tribute to the human spirit – beaten but not broken, and laughing drunkenly in the face of adversity.


Accompanied by a wide range of sound for this latest outing – jazzy horns, strings and the kamele ngoni (harp) played by trusty sidekick Benego Diakite – Seya is an album that simply flows.

South African SPECIAL

A selection of post-election South African reading.

Wheel back the factories

Chinese investors may bring manufacturing back to the West, discovers Libby Tucker.


Listeners familiar with the harder sounds of Yothu Yindi are in for a surprise. The 12 songs on Gurrumul display an altogether softer side of their author.

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