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Italy referendum: the next stop on the runaway populist train?

Darren Loucaides reports on Italy’s referendum on constitutional reform and its consequences for the country, Europe and populism.

Development

Ebola - the facts

Statistics and more on the spread of the virus through West Africa.

Switched on

Technology, whether low or high, needs to be appropriate and within reach to make a difference.

Culture

Did the British Museum sell ‘Day of the Dead’ to BP?

New documents tell a damning story of an iconic museum, its oil sponsor and a rights-violating government. Chris Garrard reports.

Ken Loach on ‘I, Daniel Blake’: what happens when people leave the cinema?

The media present poverty as the fault of the poor, Ken Loach tells Malcolm Lewis in this interview.

Environment

‘We are slowly being killed by this mine’

The British-Australian mine of Cerro Matoso has been linked to birth defects, pollution, poverty and paramilitary pay-offs. Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik investigates.

Big Bad World

The latest Polyp cartoon, from October’s New Internationalist magazine.

Food

In Venezuela’s difficult times the grassroots are stronger

The time has come for rural communities to play an important role in the country, reports Tamara Pearson.

Because the river told me’

Peasant farmers resisting the violence of agribusiness. By Nils McCune.

Health

Did we learn the right lessons from Ebola?

And will Sierra Leone be ready, should the virus return? Hazel Healy travelled there to find out.

Everything is on my shoulders’

Serah Tomba went from being a student to sole carer of seven orphans.

Politics

Duterte’s drug war threatens Philippine democracy

On this International Day of Democracy, Iris Gonzales reports on the heavy-handed campaign of the country’s president.

Photo Gallery: visualizing Philippine democracy through UN SDGs

For International Day of Democracy, Iris Gonzales offers snap shots of the country’s corruption, poverty and drug war.

Regions

The coming war on China

A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. John Pilger raises the alarm on an under-reported and dangerous provocation.

Bikini was just the beginning, bombs still threaten the islanders

John Pilger visits the Marshall Islands and its bomb survivors, still blighted by US nuclear weapons.

Science

Beating the digital titans

You can take action at a practical and technological level – and a political one.

No, Mr Zuckerberg: India’s fight for freedom against Facebook

Few can resist the tech titans. Prabir Purkayastha tells the story of Indians who went into battle against Facebook, for freedom – and won.

Society

Awakening from the winter sleep – a year on from Tahir Elçi’s murder

A year ago today, human rights lawyer and founder of Amnesty International Turkey, Tahir Elçi, was gunned down, Türkan Elçi, his wife, reflects on what happened that day.

Why are trade unions opposing worker self-management?

The Second Euromediterranean Workers’ Economy summit in Greece highlighted the rift in the global workers’ movement. Liam Barrington-Bush reports.

Spirituality

A word with Shazia Mirza

Comedian Shazia Mirza reveals her inspirations, fears and political passions.

Walking in Bethlehem this Christmas when peace is absent

Giedre Steikunaite watches the city prepare for the most important day on the Christian calendar.

War and Peace

Another blow to Colombia’s peace process

The country’s President Juan Manuel Santos has cancelled peace talks with the National Liberation Army over a hostage dispute. Kimberley Brown reports.

Laos: living with unexploded bombs, 40 years on

US bombs still kill in Laos – even decades years after being dropped.

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