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Issue 517 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

January-February 2019

Trade in turmoil: A chance for justice?

There was a time when trade was a slow-moving tanker of a topic – what we, at New Internationalist, would call a ‘solid development issue’.

Not in these times of Brexit turmoil and a Trumpian trade war with China. As we go to press, there is little certainty about how events will pan out over the next couple of hours – let alone months.


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What if...we reduced carbon emissions to zero by 2025?

Hazel Healy sketches out a radical scenario of carbon cold-turkey.

Remembering Pete Seeger

Mark Engler reflects on the life of Pete Seeger - an American musician, patriot and dissident.

Mixed media: film

Malcolm Lewis reviews Burning, directed and co-written by Chang-dong Lee; Green Book, directed and co-written by Peter Farrelly.

Mixed media spotlight: Sebastián Lelio

Chilean-Argentine director Sebastian Lelio speaks to Malcolm Lewis about writing complex, engaging characters and film as a '...

Should I accept inherited property?

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter...

Radical lessons from bird watchers

Meet the long-tailed tit: a one-species rebuke to ruthless Darwinism. Tom Whyman reports.

India: men and #MeToo

Why are Indian men feeling unsafe? Nilanjana Bhowmick reacts to the 'unease' expressed by Indian men in today's #MeToo era.

Japan’s firewall against populism

Despite populism being rife everywhere else, Japan has refused to succumb. Are there lessons to be learned? asks Tina Burrett.

Should religion play a role in politics?

Dawn Foster and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown dispute whether or not religion should play a role in politics.

Mixed media: music

Louise Gray reviews the latest music releases by London-based quartet Skunk Anasie, and Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar.  

The Interview: Soni Sori

Soni Sori, an award-winning human rights defender, speaks to Dilnaz Boga about fighting for justice for sexually abused Adivasi...

View from Africa: Cameroon

Here today, here tomorrow - Nanjala Nyabola questions Cameroon's never-ending presidential terms.

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