Issue 500 of New Internationalist
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Our 500th issue: The exceptionally brave
New Internationalist is all about people who are trying to make the world a better place. And if there is one quality that can spark change, it’s courage. So for the 500th issue of the magazine, we investigate this under-examined topic, asking: what is courage and what makes some people so brave? To help us understand, six exceptionally valiant individuals from around the world – several of whom are risking life and limb to do the right thing – tell their startling stories. Dare to be inspired.
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The media must bear some responsibility for getting us into this mess, but journalists can also get out of it, writes Steve Parry...
Obama's legacy falls short on organizing
Technocratic liberals treat movement groups as another ‘special interest’ rather than a central pillar of their ability to govern...
A word with Kati Hiekkapelto
The Finnish crime writer and punk singer talks to Jo Lateu about the rise of rightwing populism, the importance of identity, and...
Water fights in a time of scarcity: the Bolivian Carnaval
Playing with water is controversial in a place with a history of water struggles like Cochabamba, writes Amy Booth.
Mixed media: film reviews
Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt; Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven; Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins.
‘We’ve never had a benefactor... It made sense to turn to our readers’
Alessio Perrone gets the inside story on our Community Share Offer.
A pretence of progress
Jeremy Seabrook considers the past, present and future implications of a growing inequality.
The ambassador of joy
Tatiana Vivienne reaches out to women in the violence-torn Central African Republic. She talks to Louisa Waugh.
Mixed Media: Book reviews
Under the Almond Tree by Laura McVeigh; Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood; Radicalized by Peter R Neumann; Swallowing Mercury by...
Worldbeaters: Michel Temer
Brazil’s oldest president – and architect of his predecessor’s downfall – is put under the spotlight.
New Internationalist – The Facts
We turn the focus inwards to mark our 500th edition.
He is repeatedly attacked by both sides in the Syrian conflict, but Abdullah Al Khateeb sees no reason to quit. By Erin Kilbride.