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Issue 532 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

July-August 2021

The world must do more

'You messed with the wrong generation.' This rallying cry against the return of junta rule is still reverberating across Myanmar. The unprecedented resistance, in fact, cuts across society. We look at how the February 2021 coup has united millions to stand up to a ruthless regime and inspired calls for a new democracy that removes the military from politics for good. Featuring people on the frontlines of the struggle, we lay out how the world must take immediate steps to back them.


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We shall not be moved! Anti-coup protesters remain seated in front of a line of riot police trying to clear roads in Yangon. Partially visible is a poster urging citizens to join the Civil Disobedience Movement.PANOS PICTURES

Courage and terror in Myanmar

Lives and livelihoods have been laid down for democracy. The economy is on the brink of collapse. The world must support the...
Children at Dhal Char in Bhola. MAJORITY WORLD/CHANDAN ROBERT

Bangladesh: at a glance

A ‘digital’, growing Bangladesh has not translated to basic rights and freedoms for ordinary citizens, Oliur Sun finds.

Mixed media: music

Malcolm Lewis and Louise Gray weigh up the latest releases in alternative music.

The alternative film review

Malcolm Lewis on Mandabi directed and written by Ousmane Sembène, and Sweat directed and written by Magnus von Horn.

The alternative book review

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith; The Art of Losing by Alice Zeniter; Silicon Values by Jillian C York; ...

What if…food was guaranteed?

Hazel Healy sketches out a world with nutritious diets for all people.

A taste of hope

With herders under threat from global heating in Somaliland, the government has hatched a plan to move millions to the coast....
Unbowed: Koza Press editor-in-chief Irina  Slavina’s children lead her funeral procession,  Nizhny Novgorod, 6 October 2020.  MIKHAIL SOLUNIN/TASS/ALAMY

Not toeing the Kremlin’s line

Regional media is holding its own against the ‘official version’ put out by the nationals. Could it be a harbinger for change,...

Introducing...Samia Suluhu Hassan

Richard Swift on East Africa’s first woman president, a Zanzibar-based organizer promising to protect Tanzanian workers and...
The parents of one-year-old Thin  Thawdaw Tun carry their injured daughter, who  received treatment from volunteer medics. A rubber  bullet fired by the security forces hit her in the eye,  while she was inside the family home. PANOS PICTURES

No place for children

Not even young lives have been spared by the junta. Maung Moe reports on a day of shame.
Rohingya refugees flee a violent military offensive in Myanmar, crossing the Naf River with their few remaining possessions to reach Bangladesh in October 2017. ZUMA PRESS INC/ALAMY

The cost of inaction

Yanghee Lee, a former UN human rights envoy to Myanmar, offers a warning from the past and outlines the practical steps the...
Esther Ze Naw and Ei Thinzar  Maung lead the first large-scale protests against  the coup in Yangon, 6 February 2021.  MYAT THU KYAW/NUR PHOTO/GETTY

A chance to rebuild?

Thin Lei Win believes the Myanmar military’s reign of terror might be leading a long-divided nation onto a more inclusive path.

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