The shock result of Colombia’s recent referendum in which – by a razor thin margin – the people voted ‘no’ to ratifying an accord to end 52 years of violent conflict, has not killed all hopes for peace. Both the government of Juan Manuel Santos, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, and the leader of the FARC guerrillas, Rodrigo Londoño, have vowed to continue the process. They are supported by hundreds of thousands across the country who have been marching for peace. This issue of the magazine looks at what is special about the peace being sought in Colombia and the forces that oppose it; the important role of women and minorities in shaping the peace; and the on-going struggle for economic, social and environmental justice in one of the continent’s most unequal and trouble-torn countries.
November 2016, Issue 497
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Another shock referendum result – this time in Colombia. Tatiana Garavito assesses the chances of ending the longest conflict in the western world.
The British-Australian mine of Cerro Matoso has been linked to birth defects, pollution, poverty and paramilitary pay-offs. Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik investigates.
Rebels talk about the big life changes they are facing. A photo story from a FARC jungle hideout by Marielle van Uitert and Sytske Susie Jellema.
The native-led resistance at Standing Rock has emphasized environmentalism of a different complexion than is typically associated with ecological activism in the United States, writes Mark Engler.
Sophie Cousins reports on different approaches to tackling Burma’s drug addiction crisis.
Simon Kneebone's latest cartoon, from the November edition of New Internationalist magazine.
A new HIV preventive drug has sparked debate around the globe, as Amy Hall discovers.
Isabelle Gerretsen talks to doctors in the Netherlands – where euthanasia is legal – about supporting patients who choose to die.
For all the fancy packaging, many of our gadgets have nothing to do with capitalist success stories. Bob Hughes explains.
The desirability of a basic income depends on what we are expected to give up in return, writes Nick Dowson.
I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach; The Innocents, directed and co-written by Anne Fontaine.
On the matter of decent housing, the government turns a deaf ear to poorer citizens, while bending over backwards to help the wealthy. Lindsey Collen, who penned this column from 2006 to 2007, returns with a one-off letter.
Steve Parry's latest column from the November edition of New Internationalist magazine.
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Trade unions’ moral vacuum; a checklist for the UN.
With guest cartoonist Osama Hajjaj from Jordan.
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Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu by Gaye Su Akyol; Radio International by Kefaya.
The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam; Talking To My Country by Stan Grant; The History Thieves by Ian Cobain; Trump Unveiled by John K Wilson; and Who is Hillary Clinton? by Katha Pollitt and Richard Kreitner.
Sian Griffiths meets a 10-year-old who is already a veteran transgender activist.
A moment of concentration in Côte D’Ivoire by Arnaud Thierry Gouégnon.
Welsh musician and dancer Gwenno talks to Amy Hall about minority languages and musical challenges.
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