Issue 524 of New Internationalist
Reader-owned global journalism
How we make poverty
Poverty requires a system change against the undervaluing of everything that poor people do only to expand the fortunes of the already wealthy – a form of thievery that this edition lays bare. This argument for change is not new, but it acquires urgency because today there is no reason whatsoever why poverty should still exist and why inequality should be spiralling out of control.
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Argentina’s big squeeze
Why is hunger growing in a country known as an agricultural powerhouse? Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.
View from Brazil
Leonardo Sakamoto on the war against indigenous people.
We can’t grow our way out of poverty
In an era of planet-wide ecological breakdown, the conventional wisdom of the growth model is crashing to an end. Jason Hickel...
For a few cents more
The globalized garment industry is as ruthless as they come, creaming off huge profits while paying workers a pittance. Trade...
Can cash hand-outs cure poverty?
Vanessa Martina Silva considers the track record of Brazil’s flagship Bolsa Família, the world’s largest conditional cash...
Who’s the thief?
Tax havens in the Global North enable the systematic looting of the Global South. John Christensen explains how their...
A brief history of impoverishment
Poverty between – and within – nations doesn’t just exist. It is created and needs constant maintenance.
Poverty: shut out
Poverty is not down to chance or bad choices. It’s hard wired into a deeply unequal economic system. But it doesn’t have to be...
Mixed media: music
Louise Gray and Malcolm Lewis weigh up the eclectic sounds of Wild Wild East and the Karen Dalton Archives.
Mixed media: film
Malcolm Lewis on the latest in alternative cinema.
The radical book review
Jo Lateu, Peter Whittaker, and JP O’Malley on the latest releases in Left publishing.
What if we got our attention back?
Vanessa Baird makes the case for being true to our brains.