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The fight for clean air

If humans have nothing else in common, it’s that we all need to breathe. But, over 90 per cent of us have to live with polluted air. This edition of New Internationalist takes up the fight for clean air.

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The fight continues: indigenous groups and their allies blockade government buildings in Victoria, Canada to protest a natural gas pipeline through Wet'suwet'en territory. Zuma Press inc/Alamy

Temperature check

Danny Chivers is buoyed up by three decisive victories led by indigenous groups against fossil fuel interests in Australia,...
Illustration by Emma Peer

Agony uncle: Is it unethical to hire a cleaner?

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter...
Credit: Sonali Pal Chaudhury/Nur Photo/PA

Hall of infamy: Amit Shah

Is Amit Shah, the scandal-ridden Indian home minister, too cunning for his own good?
A youngster entering a soccer field through a broken fence in the H2 area.

For a different hebron

In Palestine, Futura D’Aprile meets the peaceful change-makers who want to create hope for their divided city’s future.
Illustration: Marco Melgrati

The self-help myth

Political theorist Neil Vallelly on why the state keeps passing the buck to the individual.
Olodum performers hit the streets. Credit: Banda Olodum

‘Drums have the power to make people listen’

Lazinho and Lucas di Fiori of Brazil's famous Banda Olodum talk to Alessio Perrone about 40 years of drumming up change.
Illustration by Andy Carter

What if…we had quotas for women in politics?

Vanessa Baird looks at what gender parity can do.
Refugee stranded: a little girl stands by the barbed wire fence in a temporary tent camp near the overcrowded Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Angelos Tzortzinis/PA

Greece: breaking point

As the EU continues to praise Greece as its ‘shield’ against migration, Zoe Holman reports on how refugees are coping in the...
Arrested Rohingya people leave a Hlegu court, outside Yangon, Myanmar, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Can the world handle another Rohingya crisis?

India is looking at the world’s largest statelessness crisis. Nilanjana Bhowmick asks, have we learned nothing from the ongoing...
Women march during the National Black Consciousness Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Black women in the vanguard

In Brazil, misogynoir – misogyny directed at black women – has been used to fire up President Jair Bolsonaro’s machismo base,...
Senegal's President Macky Sall addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Who are you calling ‘international community’?

When did the ‘international community’ become a synonym for the West, asks Nanjala Nyabola?
A young boy wears a gas mask to protect himself from the fumes during a fire in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. DONWILSON ODHIAMBO/Sopa Images/Lightrocket via Getty

To protect life

Covid-19 has shown us that swift action on global health is possible, even if it still falls short. What could we achieve, asks...

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