Issue 490 of New Internationalist
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Blood brothers: Saudi Arabia and the West
The Saudi regime won’t like this magazine. Nor will the Western governments who kowtow to it while exploiting its wealth and paranoia. The Saudi justice ministry threatened to sue a Twitter user who compared the regime with ISIS after poet Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death ‘for spreading atheism and disrespecting the prophet’. It’s illegal to speak to foreign journalists without authorization and what you say could easily land you in jail. What is guaranteed to please neither the Saudi ruling elite nor Western governments is our interview with Julian Assange.
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Bernie Sanders: Revolution beyond the ballot box
Mark Engler argues for acts of determination and sacrifice.
Who gives a damn about democracy?
Roberto Savio argues for a revival and re-engagement, before it is too late.
Saudi Arabia is gambling with Islamic State and Co
The birth country of violent Islamic puritanism is playing a dangerous game, writes Alastair Crooke.
Close your heart, open your heart
Closing our heart to suffering suppresses our humanity, writes Ruby Diamonde.
Mail-order abortion from India
An Indian entrepreneur has a solution for some of the 21.6 million women who resort to unsafe abortions every year, writes...
Introducing... Freddy Lim
Who would have imagined that a tattooed heavy-metal musician would break the stale stand-off in Taiwanese politics? Richard Swift...
Saudi Arabia: Arming up…
Its not just for show, as the bombing of Yemen illustrates, writes Vanessa Baird.
'Our friends': Saudi Arabia and the West
Vanessa Baird takes a look at this ‘special relationship’.
What the Saudi leaks tell us: An interview with Julian Assange
Since June 2015 WikiLeaks has been releasing details of leaked cables and other documents from within the Saudi Foreign Office...
Innocents detained in Nigeria
Ayuba Ijai was held hostage for months by Boko Haram terrorists before government soldiers detained him on suspicion of being a...
Golden goal for child miners in Burkina Faso
Child miners are finding an unlikely escape from goldmines, through football, writes Rebecca Cooke.
Mixed Media: Books
This month's book reviews.