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What’s left for the young?

A sobering realization: I have 11 months left of being young. Well, to be more precise, I have 11 months left until my 16-25 Young Person’s Railcard – a little orange voucher that entitles me to a third off ticket prices on Britain’s dysfunctional railways – expires for good. I recently renewed it for the last time with a sense of wistful dread; I’ll soon be cast out into the world of responsible adulthood.

Or will I? Only a few weeks ago, the rightwing Conservative government, desperate to rally young people flocking to the Labour opposition, announced a pilot scheme: the millennial railcard. This would introduce the same fare discount for people up to the age of 30. Just like that, I felt my youth extend by another five years.

The railcard is a telling development: you know the economy is in dire straits when even 30-year-olds can’t be expected to pay adult rates. It relates to an idea that lingered in my mind as I researched this edition’s Big Story: millennials are trapped in permanent adolescence, locked in a straitjacket of youth.

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Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s first Press Secretary.

The rebranding of a rotter

Don’t let Sean Spicer whitewash himself with showbiz. Steve Parry writes.

Old Demons, New Deities

Our January book picks

This issue’s reviews include The Growth Delusion, by David Pilling and The White City, by Roma Tearne.

Extreme wealth: the way the one per cent lives.

The lives of the filthy rich

Mark Engler reflects on the vulgar reality of extreme wealth.

Mountains May Depart review

Film picks of the month

Mountains May Depart, by Jia Zhangke, and Makala, by Emmanuel Gras are reviewed this month.

Plunge

Music to your ears: January reviews

NI reviews Fever Ray’s Plunge; Toto Bona Lokua’s Bondeko.

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, a magnificent drama about a boy growing up gay in Miami.

Mixed Media: NI’s 2017 highlights

What a year! Here’s some light relief as we look back at New Internationalist’s top picks of 2017’s films, books and music.

Fiji

Fiji: really a tropical island paradise?

Inclusive rhetoric by Fiji’s PM is belied by police repression, reports Wame Valentine.

Peter Adamson

A word with Peter Adamson

The founding editor of New Internationalist talks about the magazine – then vs now – and his latest novel.  

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‘Curing’ homosexuality in China

LGBT+ people are subjected to forced confinement, medication and electric shocks to try to change their sexual orientation,...

Burundi

Burundian radio in exile

The story of Radio Inzamba, daring to report on human rights abuses, told by Giedre Steikunaite.

Mozambique

Mozambican men tackle domestic violence

Meet the non-profit art group trying to end violence against women in Mozambique. By Rebecca Cooke.

Illicit crops are still the only option for farmers like Arnulfo Perdomo.

War on coca farmers continues

Inside the deeply-rooted economy of cocaine production and trafficking in Colombia. Bram Ebus reports.

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