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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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‘Life is at a turning point’: Inside Myanmar’s resistance

Four people on the frontlines of the anti-coup movement in Myanmar tell Preeti Jha why they are not giving up.

Fighting the cartel

Myanmar’s generals have amassed fortunes. Aye Min Thant highlights the movements aiming to stop profiteering.
Sarah John

A bloody business

Iris Gonzales reflects on a violent national obsession that has only grown under coronavirus restrictions in the Philippines.
Tree-planting overkill? There literally isn’t enough room on the planet to host all the corporate carbon offsetting plans. NIKOLA JOVANOVIC/UNSPLASH

Is there such a thing as a ‘good’ carbon offset?

Is there more to carbon offsetting than greenwash? Danny Chivers explores.

The interview: Sayragul Sauytbay

Sayragul Sauytbay on being forced to teach propaganda in a concentration camp for Uyghur people.
A woman holds a placard with Lukashenko's face on it

Hall of infamy: Alexander Lukashenko

How the Belarus leader clings to power.

‘Will my activism jeopardize my future?’

A climate activist fears what impact a conviction could have on their future and turns to Agony Uncle. 

When will Chad be free – of France?

France’s involvement in Chad makes a mockery of independence, argues Nanjala Nyabola.
Playground for the rich: Brazil now has 20 more billionaires than last year, up from 45 to 65. Credit: Alobos Life/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Breaking records – for the rich and the hungry

Leonardo Sakamoto on hideous wealth and – and poverty.

A state of chaos

Nilanjana Bhowmick on the colossal failure of governance that has led to needless deaths on a massive scale.
Coal-fired power station

How shadow courts threaten the climate

An international energy agreement could leave governments across the Global South exposed to expensive lawsuits from corporate...
Selma Dabbagh

Spotlight: Selma Dabbagh

Writer Selma Dabbagh speaks to Rahila Gupta about reclaiming Arab women’s sexuality.

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