Issue 516 of New Internationalist
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The dirt on waste
We talk of trashing our planet – taking more from nature than it is able to renew, speeding headlong towards climate chaos. But much less attention gets focused on the fact that we’re often doing this to create things that will themselves, in very short order, be trash.
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Should the West stop giving aid to Africa?
Is aid just an extension of colonial economics? Or a lifeline for imperfect but necessary support systems? Firoze Manji and...
What if social media firms paid us?
Exploitation by tech firms is not inevitable, suggests Vanessa Baird.
When it is illegal to waste food
By supermarkets, that is. Timothy Baster and Isabelle Merminod on the progress of a much-lauded French law.
Agony Uncle: Will I traumatize my child by taking them to a migrant detention protest?
A reader asks New Internationalist's very own Agony Uncle about whether or not to take their young son to a protest outside an...
Mixed media: books
Peter Whittaker and Jo Lateu review the latest selection of non-fiction radical book releases
Laibach: the politics of music
Laibach have produced a version of The Sound of Music that you can march to, writes Louise Gray for the Mixed Media section.
Dirty work: a photo essay
Dirty Work showcases the everyday lives of those making a living in the waste trade.
Don’t privatize forests, educate the people
In rural Nigeria, religious leaders think sinful behaviour is to blame for climate change, writes Adesuwa Ero.
Indigenous India: written in stone
An indigenous movement in Jharkhand is reminding the Indian authorities of their constitutional duty to protect tribal lands....
Mixed media: film
Malcolm Lewis reviews Disobedience directed by Sebastián Lelio and The Workshop directed by Laurent Cantet.
The personality crisis
As growth-driven consumer culture spurs on planetary destruction, why don’t we spring into action? Psychologist John F...
Country Profile: Vietnam
The Vietnam of yesteryear that many Westerners use as a reference point for the nation is long outdated, writes Bennett Murray.