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.
March 2017, Issue 500
Each month we publish some of the best stories from New Internationalist magazine.
It won’t last, the young founders of New Internationalist were told 500 issues ago. Read the letter from this month's Editors.
We turn the focus inwards to mark our 500th edition.
Alessio Perrone gets the inside story on our Community Share Offer.
Courage can change the world. Vanessa Baird delves into what makes some people exceptionally brave.
Alicia Cawiya, an indigenous activist prepared to defy the powerful to save Ecuador’s Yasuní, talks to Linda Etchart.
Hired thugs won't stop S Mugilan. The South Indian activist talks to Sibi Arasu.
He is repeatedly attacked by both sides in the Syrian conflict, but Abdullah Al Khateeb sees no reason to quit. By Erin Kilbride.
Jeremy Seabrook considers the past, present and future implications of a growing inequality.
The media must bear some responsibility for getting us into this mess, but journalists can also get out of it, writes Steve Parry.
Technocratic liberals treat movement groups as another ‘special interest’ rather than a central pillar of their ability to govern, says Mark Engler.
Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt; Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven; Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins.
El Callegüeso y su Mala Maña by La Mambanegra; Luyando by Mokoomba.
Somalia today is more like a political marketplace than a modern nation-state, writes Claire Elder.
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Impunity rules in today’s Honduras. Trans activist Jlo Córdoba survives assassination attempts to speak to Dina Meza.
Tatiana Vivienne reaches out to women in the violence-torn Central African Republic. She talks to Louisa Waugh.
Rapper Luaty Beirão talks to Marc Herzog about daring to talk democracy in Angola.
Amy Booth enjoys a refreshing carnival while pondering its wider implications.
Brazil’s oldest president – and architect of his predecessor’s downfall – is put under the spotlight.
Crime writer Kati Hiekkapelto talks to Jo Lateu about racism in Finland and the importance of identity.
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