Issue 540 of New Internationalist
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Take back the land
Our big story in this issue hears from Brazil, Bangladesh, Kenya and North America on struggles to take back the land from colonizers, wealth hoarders and polluters.
We also bring you stories and reports from Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Argentina, Myanmar, Brazil, Kenya, and India, plus debates, ideas, letters, interviews, reviews and more.
And we launch our new series ‘Decolonize how?’ which will explore what people are doing to dismantle the impacts – and current realities – of British-linked colonialism.
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The land is ours
It brings power and wealth to whoever holds it, but land should be treated as a public good, argues Amy Hall.Read now
As the Bangladesh government promotes tourism in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Indigenous Jumma people are being squeezed out. Hana Shams Ahmed reports.Subscribe to read
Riley Yesno explores some of the ways the Indigenous-led movement is redistributing land and wealth in North America.Read now
For whose protection?
A global target to expand protected areas for conservation been dubbed the ‘biggest land grab in history’ by Indigenous groups. Amy Hall examines why.Read now
Nice little earner
Maria Luisa Mendonça and Daniela Stefano explain how a teachers’ pension fund has helped drive intensive agriculture and real estate speculation in Brazil.Subscribe to read
Roads for the rich, tent for the poor
Nearly a year on from mass evictions in the Mukuru kwa Njenga settlement, Amy Hall hears from social justice activist Anami Daudi Toure about his community’s fight for justice.Subscribe to read
The Long Read: Hear us roar
Denise Laura Baker speaks to veterans of the Greenham Common and Faslane peace camps, and assesses their legacy 40 years on.Subscribe to read
Muzzling the media in Zimbabwe
As elections loom, the government clampdown on press freedom gathers pace. Busani Bafana reports from Bulawayo.Subscribe to read
Pushed back and pushed on
Asylum-seekers in Lithuania are caught in a political crossfire. Severia Bel reports on the human impact.Subscribe to read
Around the World
Letter from Buenos Aires
Virginia Tognola’s sympathy for a sweaty Santa as the festive season heats up.Subscribe to read
Country Profile: Myanmar
Almost two years after the military seized power, the determination of Myanmar’s resistance movement has only grown.Subscribe to read
View from Brazil
Just what kind of democracy do Brazilians support, wonders Leonardo Sakamoto.Read now
View from Africa
Reflecting on Kenya’s general election, Nanjala Nyabola reminds us of the need to view democracy with a critical eye.Subscribe to read
View from India
Nilanjana Bhowmick’s thoughts on the long shadow of caste.Subscribe to read
Stories making the news
The Commonwealth after the Queen
Introducing: William Ruto
Corporate warfare in Panama
Defying big pharma
Challenging Ukraine’s anti-union laws
Will COP27 be any different?
South Africa - a people's vaccine?
Sudanese graffiti artist Assil Diab’s political awakening, as told to Subi ShahSubscribe to read
Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez; Wake Me Up at Nine in the Morning by A Yi: The Most Powerful Man in the World by Stefan Aust and Adrian Geiges; Stranger in My Own Land by Fida Jiryis.Subscribe to read
Return to Dust directed and written by Li Ruijun; Tori and Lokita directed and written by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.Subscribe to read
The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British Experience by Angeline Morrison; $/He Who Feeds You… Owns You by The Brother Moves On.Subscribe to read
Who qualifies for an ‘exhibition of contemporary working class art’? Our Agony Uncle weighs in.Subscribe to read
Cartoon History – The Malayan Emergency
Ilya’s graphic re-telling of ‘Britain’s Vietnam’.Subscribe to read
Hall of Infamy: Paul Kagame
Being the vanquisher of the génocidaires and darling of the West hasn’t curbed the Rwandan leader’s tyrannical tendencies.Subscribe to read
Aruna Chandrasekhar argues that we need to keep one eye on the ‘other COP’.Read now
What if...electricity were not for sale?
Nick Dowson imagines a different kind of energy system.Subscribe to read
Mohamad Hafez discusses art, architecture and his nostalgia for Syria with Louisa Waugh.Read now