Issue 539 of New Internationalist
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Whose railway is it anyway?
Railways can be a world unto themselves. When properly managed, this can mean it’s easier to get things done on the railways than in other parts of an economy. That should be a huge opportunity for reducing climate emissions by getting passengers off the roads and out of the skies. But unless we re-purpose rail networks to serve the interests of people – and not those of the empires and corporations which built them and run them to this day – we can’t succeed. This edition explores how we can make a start on this task.
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Spotlight: The Critics
Starting from humble DIY beginnings, Nigerian special effects posse The Critics are making waves. By Subi Shah.
Country profile: Angola
Joana Ramiro summarizes the Southern African nation’s recent history of ‘European encroachment and African reinvention’.
Waiting for the revolution
Nilanjana Bhowmick on the persecution of dissent in India.
Will Bolsonaro’s spending spree leave any winners?
With an election looming, Jair Bolsonaro has set an economic timebomb for Brazil, writes Leonardo Sakamoto.
Danny Chivers reports on the movements making links between international debt and the climate crisis in a bold and imaginative...
Is the language of oppression being weaponized against me?
A troubled reader fears they are unfairly being accused of gaslighting, manipulation and abuse by their friends. Agony Uncle...
The violence of Brazil's 'wildcat' gold mining
Indigenous activist Mauricio Ye’kuana speaks on the dangerous fight to protect his people’s land.
What if…we liberated sex education?
Husna Ara plots the path to shame-free learning.
Hall of Infamy: Naftali Bennett
The recently-departed Israeli PM was not so skilled in maneuvers as his supporters had hoped.
Climate change? It’s everyone’s problem
It’s naive to assume that rich countries will escape the impacts of a changing climate, argues Nanjala Nyabola.
Railways: Back on track?
On every continent, the railways are experiencing a renaissance. But what will it take to reshape them in the interests of...