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Issue 535 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

January-February 2022

Romani lives matter

Despite centuries of shared history, Europe continues to marginalize and oppress its Romani citizens with very little pushback. This edition explores why, taking as its starting point the death of a Romani man in police custody in the Czech Republic earlier this year. But you will also read compelling stories of resilience – and resistance. In Glasgow, for example, the organization Roma Lav is building cross-community solidarity. So, be incensed, be enraged – but be inspired too. Elsewhere in this edition, Kasturi Chakraborty shines a spotlight on the brutal treatment of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, while author Isabel Allende speaks of the power of fiction to teach us about our history.


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A green bench next to a path in a park of trees and grass

From fear to romance in Nairobi’s parks

Nanjala Nyabola on how Nairobi’s young lovers have claimed the city’s public spaces.

Letter from Buenos Aires

Everyday corruption is a shock to the system for Virginia Tognola.
Girls sit at desks in a school classroom

Iraq: at a glance

For so long subject to ‘the tyranny of strangers’, Zoe Holman explores the ongoing appetite for change in Iraq.
Isabel Allende stands with her arms folded in front of shelves of books and photos

The interview: Isabel Allende

Graeme Green speaks to the Chilean author about her inspiration and the power of fiction as a useful history teacher.
Illustration: someone with short hair holds their head in their hand as they look at a to do list

'I'm worried I'll burn out if others don't step up'

If you’re the only one pulling your weight in an activist group, is it time to step away? Our Agony Uncle gives some advice.
Women stand in a row holding hands in the air

Taking on the torch-bearers of patriarchy

A growing number of women are going against the stream in India, writes Nilanjana Bhowmick.
Photos of Monoswezi and Bishi

The alternative music review

Louise Gray reviews albums from musician, composer and sitar player Bishi and multi-national quintet Monoswezi.

Who will protect the land?

Hazel Sheffield explores how the history of failed land reform in Colombia threatens both people and planet.

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