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Issue 507 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

November 2017

Humans vs robots

Many would describe automation as a tsunami. But our issue 507 explains that the tech isn’t at fault; the motives of those who jostle to control it are.


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Two women sheltering from the heat. A look at Uzbekistan today

A look at Uzbekistan today

In December, the country elected the successor of long-time dictator Karimov. But things might not get much better.
Kate Smurthwaite's article on why some mainstream comedy is beyond a joke

Why some punchlines are beyond a joke

Kate Smurthwaite asks: does mainstream comedy have the wrong targets in its sights?

Our favourite music from the world: November

TootArd’s second album Laissez Passer; Nitin Sawhney’s Live at Ronnie Scott’s.
Ras Gareth Prince, the Rastafarian lawyer fighting for Cannabis legalization – cannabis freedom – in South Africa.

Get up, stand up! Cannabis in South Africa

Alice McCool meets the Rastafarian lawyer fighting for cannabis freedom.
Red Famine

Our book picks for November

This month's reviews include Red Famine, by Anne Applebaum and The Rage, by Julia Ebner.

Who is Palau’s marine sanctuary really for?

Is Palau's marine reserve as good as it sounds – or a route to luxury tourism?
Yuri Herrera

A word with Yuri Herrera

The Mexican political scientist talks drugs, racism and masculinity with Graeme Green.
Cochabamba fire

Fire in Cochabamba’s mountains

Not a sign of progress but a cause for alarm. Amy Booth reports from Cochabamba’s overlong dry season

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