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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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Illustration by Sarah John

Race and the city

Yewande Omotoso reflects on why no-nonsense Johannesburg is the place that suits her best.
Illustration by Emma Peer

Should I let my daughter pursue ‘girlish’ glamour?

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter...
People from the various villages in Baram  district demonstrate against the proposed dam. SAMBAN TUGANG

Saving rivers, saving lives

An epic struggle has been playing out between islanders defending their land, rivers and livelihoods and the Malaysian...
Bruce’s debut film, Undocument, was co-written and co-directed with Iranian filmmaker Amin Bakhshian.

Spotlight: Kyla Simone Bruce

Migration, identity, gender – Subi Shah tackles the big issues with filmmaker Kyla Simone Bruce.

Confessions of a frequent flyer

Nanjala Nyabola on making amends for high-carbon lifestyles.
A boatsman rows a boat on river Ganges past holy 'ghats' (banks) in the northern Indian city of Varanasi December 16, 2007. REUTERS/Arko Datta 

Varanasi’s secular dream

Nilanjana Bhowmick observes tolerance in India’s most holy city.
Credit: Vit Simanek/CTK Photo/Alamy

Hall of infamy: Luis Almagro

Luis Almagro, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, shows off some nifty moves. 
Junaid is one of 40 people convicted of this charge currently waiting on death row.

A brutal blasphemy verdict

Another prisoner of conscience falls victim to Pakistan's draconian blasphemy laws.
A riot police officer with a Bolivian flag is seen in Sacaba, on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia, November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Danilo Balderrama

Democracy in peril in Bolivia

Amy Booth on reports on why Bolivia's upcoming election is unlikely to be free and fair.

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