Issue 515 of New Internationalist
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Making peace in a world at war
The city centre felt safe, once you got used to the soldiers on patrol. But as we drove out to a former stronghold of Boko Haram on the edge of Maiduguri – where I travelled for this month’s Big Story – the houses and tents gave out to arid scrubland and the feeling of safety drained away.
The land was flat as a pancake, but for a split second I felt dizzy, like I was looking out over a precipice. That fleeting sensation of insecurity was just a hint of the constant danger facing millions living in conflict zones.
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Spotlight: Jerusalem in my Heart
Louise Gray talks to Jerusalem In My Heart, an audio-visual performance troupe made up of Montréal-based producer and musician...
Long read: the merit trap
New Internationalist co-founder Peter Adamson dives into the perils of basing ‘fairness’ on meritocracy.
The checkpoint: a photo essay
Anne Paq photographs scenes from the checkpoints some 70,000 Palestinians cross every day.
Our bodies, our rights
According to the UN, most surgeries on intersex babies amount to torture. Valentino Vecchietti calls for urgent change.
Inside the mind of the mediator
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Can peacebuilders end the war with Boko Haram?
Guns will only take you so far in the fight against the jihadist rebels, Hazel Healy discovers.
Letter from Marabá: The university of good living
In Marabá , Dan Baron Cohen finds himself immersed in spontaneous conversation about culture, justice and sustainability.