New Internationalist

What has development done for me?

40 years since the first issue of New Internationalist was published, is the 2013 of privatization, smartphones and debt crisis any better than the 1970s world of state planning, telexes and debt crisis? How much progress has been made in terms of improving life expectancy, challenging poverty and reducing inequality? And what happened to the idea of ‘world development’ that inspired the magazine’s founders?

March 2013, Issue 460

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A measure of progress
The founding editor of the New Internationalist, Peter Adamson, looks at how the world has changed since the magazine started – and argues for a new push against inequality.
Where are they now? Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani
The Iranian women's rights activist on what she has been doing since she was featured in our March 2007 issue.
The New Internationalists: where are they now?
Aminatou Haidar, from Western Sahara; Rigoberta Menchú, from Guatemala; Mari Marcel Thekaekara, from India; and Domitila Barrios de Chungara, from Bolivia.
Liberating the world from development
The idea of ‘development’ was given a new lease of life by globalization but Wolfgang Sachs argues that it damages both people and the planet.
Millennium Development Goals
Eight thematic maps showing how the world is matching up to its 2015 targets.
World Progress 1970-2010: THE FACTS
Steps forward, steps back - what effect have 40 years of development had?

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Waiting for Chinggis
Tina Burrett and Christopher Simons travel to Mongolia, where the memory of a warrior-hero is inspiring a nomadic people to fight for their past and their future.
Argument: Is male circumcision harmful?
Richard Wamai and Ronald Goldman go head to head.
Mark Engler
How many more massacres?
Chris Coltrane
Cop this barrel of laughs.
Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon
Kenya: highly charged election
Syria’s diaspora doctors
Idle No More in Canada
Introducing Park Geun-hye
Joining the dots in Oz
India: enough is enough
Iraq: shields 10 years on
Chile’s Erin Brockovista
Britain: what IF?
Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone
Reasons to be cheerful
PLUS: 40 years ago New Internationalist is born
Wealth is an attitude of mind; more on Monsanto; and I am a New Internationalist – meet subscriber Sheila Tucker.
Letter from Botswana
Laughter and tolerance run dry in a land where HIV is still a swear word, says Wame Molefhe.
And Finally...with Angela Davis
A civil rights activist since the 1960s, Angela Davis has no intention of slowing down now. She tells Frank Barat what keeps her going.
Marc Roberts' Only Planet cartoon
Shell, directed by Scott Graham; Lore, directed by Cate Shortland; and Compliance directed by Craig Zobel.
Eu Preciso de um Liquidificador by Graveola; and Celebrating Subversion by The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki; China’s Urban Billion by Tom Miller; Politics of Origin in Africa by Morten Bøås and Kevin Dunn; and The Sound of One Hand Killing by Teresa Solana.
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