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Issue 515 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

September-October 2018

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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New Internationalist talks to Jerusalem In My Heart about their powerful synergy of music and film and the idea that is Jerusalem.

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...
The merit trap

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. 
intersex surgery

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

Got what it takes to be a peace-building mediator? Take our quiz and find out.

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.

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