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Issue 527 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

September-October 2020

Covid-19: Lessons from the pandemic

It's hard to talk of any good that might come of the collective tragedy of Covid-19. But it has taught us important lessons on almost every topic you care to mention – equality, health, ecology, democracy, economics, surveillance, food security... Will we seize the moment to take note? 


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Richard Swift on the theologian-president promising to stamp out nepotism and corruption in Malawian politics. 
Cuban Health Specialists arriving in South Africa to curb the spread of COVID-19/GovernmentZAFlickr

Beyond borders

A global pandemic demands we think in terms of global health, not vaccine nationalism, argues Dinyar Godrej.
In Kibera, Nairobi, Martha Apisa and Stacy Ayuma use their braids to raise awareness of the virus by imitating its shape. Community health efforts are intense as social distancing is impossible and sanitation is poor in Kenya’s largest slum.  Donwilson Odhiambo/Sopa/Zuma/Alamy 

Lessons from the pandemic

How can we transform the calamity that has befallen us and create healing? Vanessa Baird on the change we can be.

Why Indian outrage over Black Lives Matter rings hollow

Anti-blackness is still a galvanizing force in India, writes Nilanjana Bhowmick.
Credit: Enrique Shore/Alamy

Hall of infamy: Iván Duque Márquez

Colombian technocrat Iván Duque Márquez is not exactly a fan of peace.
A trans sex worker takes to the streets of Tegucigalpa  Credit: Frauke Decoodt

On the pink corridor

How trans women in Honduras are helping their imprisoned sisters. Frauke Decoodt reports from Tegucigalpa.
A man takes rest on the roadside in a Carapicuiba City favela.  ​Image by Luiz Gonzaga De Souza/Pixabay

In times of Covid-19, black people die twice in Brazil

Leonardo Sakamoto reflects on the police killing of João Pedro Matos Pinto, a 14-year-old black boy, and one of many Brazilian...
Calling for a green economic recovery from Covid-19 near the British Parliament.  Credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Nurphoto/PA images

A green recovery

Jake Woodier on the climate activists challenging corporate bailouts for the world’s polluters
Illustration by Andy Carter

What if…landlords were abolished?

Amy Hall makes the case for people-powered housing.
Down time at the Stow-on-the-Wold horse fair in the UK. Many Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have been left without basic services during the Covid-19 pandemic.  ADRIAN SHERRATT / ALAMY

A national disgrace

Hannah Vickers on England’s abandonment of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the South African press on developments in the nation's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 [Photo: GCIS/Flickr]

View from africa

Nanjala Nyabola on the mask mandate and personal freedom.
Illustration by Emma Peer

Can I criticize fast fashion without sounding ‘out of touch’?

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

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