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Seven years after the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq, Hadani Ditmars returns to a land she last visited in 2003. With more than a million people dead in the wake of post- invasion violence, an infrastructure in ruins despite $53 billion in aid, and a corrupt Government whose human rights abuses echo the terror of the Saddam years, the prognosis is bleak. But there are signs of life amidst the devastation. The national theatre has re-opened, women continue to defy oppressive fundamentalism, and young people dream of a better future, where a renewed sense of national identity trumps sectarian divisions. Join the New Internationalist on a dramatic journey of return.

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Standing up for peace

Comedian Dean Obeidallah aims to build bridges between the Jewish and Arab communities in the US through laughter. Cheryl Morris met him.

What’s to celebrate?

The death of a journalist mars Cameroon’s 50th anniversary independence festivities. Stefan Simanowitz reports from Yaounde.

Garzón, justice and memory

Ignacio Ramonet wonders why the Spanish judicial system has turned against one of its own. Could it be the lingering legacy of Francoism?

Kashmir University: a campus with a difference

Students are determined to revive their banned union, despite random raids and intimidation, reports Dilnaz Boga.

Wave buh-bye!

Anna Chen glimpses the future.

Sacred ground

Hadani Ditmars discovers that Baghdad’s past and present are closely linked.

The hardest journey

Mirzeta Trnka, now settled in Australia, fled Bosnia during the country’s war in 1995. Her story has a happy ending, but for 20 million others, the struggle to survive as a refugee continues.

The return of Jean and Maurice: how the diaspora will rebuild Haiti

The cumulative force of the Diaspora is both formidable and underreported, as Elizabeth Lazar discovers.

Liberation’s lies

The recent video released by Wikileaks has dismayed, but not surprised, Felicity Arbuthnot. Military personnel have been wreaking carnage on Afghan and Iraqi citizens for years.

US superpowers in Polyp's cartoon

Today’s Clark Kent: US superpowers in Polyp’s cartoon

Post-invasion Iraq - the facts

Twelve years of sanctions and seven years of occupation have taken their toll as Iraqis struggle with wrecked infrastructure and continuing insecurity.

Dreams in a Time of War

By Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

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Dirtmusic’s debut album.

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Japanese Dub

The latest album from Jah Wobble and the Nippon Dub Ensemble.

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Life During Wartime

Three Florida sisters with very different lives, all seeking love.

The power and the glory

Anarchy, violence and nostalgia for a golden age mark Iraqi politics in the run-up to the elections.

City of Life and Death

It’s only a feature film, and it’s shot in black and white, but City of Life and Death is an intense, indelible experience.

Hail Mary, full of grace

Iraqi Christians, once a million strong, face persecution in a post-secular society.

The waiting room

War and underfunding have decimated Iraq’s public health system, once the best in the Arab world.

‘Look sad like an Iraqi woman’

In a country of widows, women have borne the brunt of years of war, sanctions and occupation.

The art of survival

Despite fatwas and foreign troops, the show in Iraq must go on.

The Vegetarian Myth

Lierre Keith has written a passionately argued, highly personal, and deeply informative book about the destructive and unsustainable nature of modern day agriculture – but disguised it as an argument against vegetarianism.

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The soaring call

Maria Golia recalls a transcendent moment amid the clamour of Cairo.

São Tomé e Príncipe

A profile of the West African island republic

Logging off?

The fight is on to end illegal logging in the uniquely biodiverse ancient forests of Madagascar

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Gone to bidder 70

Activist who scuppered oil and gas carve-up faces jail

War of the whales

Sea captain taken prisoner while attempting to stop Japanese whalers

The great urban juggernaut

India’s first ‘private city’ will do nothing to help the poor

Sebastián Piñera

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera under the spotlight.

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Durga Sob: Nepal’s trailblazing Dalit feminist

Durga Sob, founder of the Feminist Dalit Organization, is fighting discrimination in Nepal.

Iemanja's day festival photographed

Diego Martinez’s camera captures the beauty and intensity of a Brazilian festival.

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Empire of the senses

In an Egypt where sexual feelings are kept buttoned up by religiosity, Yahia Lababidi observes an all-pervading sensuality that will not be denied.

Murderers, you are welcome!

Jean Baptiste Kayigamba, who lost most of his family in the Rwandan genocide, wonders why Britain and France are harbouring the major perpetrators and whether recent legal changes will make a difference.

Iraq in pieces

Hadani Ditmars returns to a country where ongoing conflict underscores a humanitarian disaster.

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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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Populism rises again

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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