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Issue 530 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

March-April 2021

Democracy on the edge

Disinformation. Polarization. And flat denial of election results. Democracy seems to be in trouble today. But are these death throes - or perhaps growing pains?

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Hadiya, in the red dress, appears at the Supreme Court in New Delhi to defend her marriage to her Muslim husband Shafin in one of India’s alleged ‘love jihad’ cases. Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty

Love and other conspiracies

Laxmi Murthy reports on the theory of ‘love jihad’ that is sweeping across India.

Summon the artists

Art is essential to building a better future, writes Nanjala Nyabola.
Not green, in fact: The Petra Nova CSS facility (pictured above) captured carbon from a coal plant in Texas, US... and used the CO2 to boost production at the West Ranch oil field, via a 130-kilometre pipeline. REUTERS/TRISH BADGER

Carbon capture – still a pipe dream?

Danny Chivers weighs up the evidence on carbon-capture technologies and finds them wanting.
Malawi Citizens’ Assembly member Daudi Amidu, a merchant trader, dances alongside fellow participants as they take a pause from considering ways to improve local spending rules in Salima South, Lake Malawi. MADALITSO BANDA/ALL HANDS ON

Defibrillating democracy

A kickstart for a habitable future. Claire Mellier and Rich Wilson make the case for citizens’ assemblies.

Barefoot surgeons

In the absence of enough trained doctors, reliance on other, less-qualified health workers is growing in the Global South....
Bezos has a net worth higher than the individual GDPs of 141 of the world’s countries.

Hall of infamy: Jeff Bezos

Why bully boy Bezos can’t stop smirking.
A mural featuring a pro-Trump protester, self-styled QAnon ‘shaman’ Jacob Chansley, appeared in Tunbridge Wells, UK, a few days after the storming of the US Congress in Washington on 6 January. KARWAI TANG/WIREIMAGE/GETTY

Democracy on the edge

Unloved and under threat from several sides, democracy seems to be in peril. Should it be saved – or helped to change? Vanessa...
A 'Women United Against Bolsonaro' solidarity demonstration in London, 2018. Credit: Esdras Beleza/Flickr

View from Brazil

While Argentina wins abortion rights, in Brazil even a pregnant 10-year-old is threatened and coerced to give birth, writes...

Spirited Away

Violeta Santos Moura’s poignant photo essay reveals the tragedy of Nepal's human-trafficking crisis – and the courage of those...
Chef Fatmata Binta puts the ingredient fonio – a  nutritious, gluten-free and fibre-rich grain – centrestage in  her Fulani Kitchen in Ghana

Freedom food

Rebel chefs are on a mission to decolonize diets across sub-Saharan Africa. Kareem Arthur goes in search of new ingredients.

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