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The language of disability is a political nightmare. Is it something you ‘have’, ‘suffer from’ or ‘were born with’? Are you ‘different’, ‘special’ or exactly the same as everyone else? Our guest editor this month, Jody McIntyre, dispenses with linguistic dilemmas to explore difference and defiance, in a personal and confrontational attack on the notion of ‘dis-ability’.

November 2013, Issue 467

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Rolling towards progress
Jody Mcintyre takes the notion of disability to task with a personal exploration of difference and defiance.
Out of the ruins of the Rana Plaza
Photographer Suvra Kanti Das meets survivors of the garment factory collapse in Dhaka.
Why does abuse persist in Romania?
Luke Dale-Harris reports on the ongoing battle to improve the rights of disabled people locked away in secretive Romanian institutions.
Disability - THE FACTS
From hero to zero
Maysoon Zayid explores the challenges facing those disabled by war, occupation and prejudice.
Nobody is 'normal'
Jody Mcintyre speaks to comedienne Francesca Martinez about growing up 'wobbly' and resisting austerity in Britain.
In our own words
Citizen journalists Sheku Feika and Anoop Kumar tell the remarkable tales of three young disabled people from Sierra Leone and India.
A prisoner in the house
For hundreds of South Asian women each year, an arranged marriage in Britain leads not to love but to slavery. Samira Shackle reports.
Is this the end of the road for universal human rights?
Stephen Hopgood thinks so. He explains why.
'Everybody preferred children'
Combating child prostitution in Brazil is more urgent than ever - especially with the expected influx of foreign tourists for the 2014 World Cup, writes Olivia Crellin.
Desperate measures
Why Bangladeshis are selling the only asset they have - their organs. By Sophie Cousins.
Eyes peeled on Vedanta
Climate set-to
Mark Engler
Even if you have nothing to hide.
Steve Parry
Mandela, my hero!
Letter from Botswana
It's time for the nation to shake of its lethargy, says Wame Molefhe.
And Finally
Investigative journalist and filmmaker John Pilger tells Hazel Healy about his new film, and explains why Australia is still on an international 'shame list'.
Music reviews
Vari-Coloured Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, by Leyla McCalla; Mortissa by Cigdem Aslan.
Film reviews
The Selfish Giant, directed by Clio Barnard; Gloria, directed by Sebastian Lelio.
Book reviews
Helium by Jaspreet Singh; Snake Dance by Patrick Marnham; The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed; and The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman.