New Internationalist

The Western model of democracy – with its emphasis on parties and elections – is looking tired, thin and increasingly authoritarian. But alternatives are emerging from below… With the help of Arundhati Roy, Robert Fisk, Caroline Lucas and Raúl Zibechi we take an international look at the state of democracy today.

October 2010, Issue 436

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The beauty of Big Democracy
Vanessa Baird celebrates the joys of disenchantment and the birth of hope.
Arundhati Roy - princess to pariah
Arundhati Roy’s fierce critiques of Indian democracy have made her public enemy number one. But, argues Shoma Chaudhury, her story is that of contemporary India itself.
We preach democracy yet befriend dictators
We only have ourselves to blame for the Middle East’s cynicism, says Robert Fisk.
10 ways to kickstart democracy
The rising power of slum democracy
'Democracy from below' is sweeping Latin America, with dramatic results, reveals Raúl Zibechi.
We don't really have a democracy
Tony Benn, Caroline Lucas MP and Agent Bristly Pioneer reflect on this year’s UK election
I put a spell on you...
Zuhra Bahman gives the inside story on how male sorcerers are keeping women down in Afghanistan.
Curfew in the Vale
Anger is hurt turned inside out, explains Dilnaz Boga, as protests and killings escalate in Kashmir.
Guilty secrets
In strictly segregated Yemeni society, child sexual abuse is kept well-hidden. Glen Johnson hears the harrowing testimony of a survivor.
Silence can speak a thousand words
Saharawis protest on the streets of Western Sahara.
Is it ever right to buy or sell human organs?
Join the debate as US psychiatrist Sally Satel goes head-to-head with Jeremy Chapman, President of the Transplantation Society.
Don't just sit there!
Campaign news and October listings for UK-wide action.
Climate activists break the bank
The many worlds of Chicks on Speed
Naked art-piles, wireless guitar shoes, and jackets that turn into tents...
Music review: Jamm by Cheikh Lo
Music review: Rara in Haiti by Street Music of Haiti
Film review: Peepli Live directed by Anusha Rizvi
Film review: Chop Shop directed by Ramin Bahrani
Letter from Cairo
Maria Golia watches the sunset of an era and the birth of a brave new world.
Alternatives: Nature bounces back
Wildlife-friendly farming is getting results.
Southern Exposure Special
We showcase the winners and runners-up in a global cartoon competition.
Puzzle Page
Applause: Nestléd in controversy
The babymilk boycott saved many babies’ lives. But there’s still a way to go…
Big Bad World, Only Planet, and a new 'Open Window' slot, given to a different Majoriy World cartoonist every month.
And Finally...
Benjamin Zephaniah on inspiration, regret and the inadequacies of twitter.