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‘The borderless Republic’: Sheffield celebrates migration

Britain’s largest festival about refugees and sanctuary is more relevant than ever, writes Lydia Noon.

Development

Then & Now

A photographic account of changes over the years in: housing; water; education; health; sanitation; food and farming; technology; and women.

Ebola - the facts

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

Culture

And Finally: Jason Williamson

Sleaford Mods’ vocalist Jason Williamson talks to Graeme Green about anger, politics and anti-singing.

The drumbeat of West Papuan resistance

‘The struggle is in the song, and the song is in the struggle.’ West Papuan musician Ronny Kareni explains the vital role of Melanesian culture in the fight for freedom.

Environment

Sacrifice Zone: BP, Freeport and the West Papuan independence struggle

Connor Woodman reveals the ties that bind transnational mining companies to the Indonesian occupation.

Then & Now

A photographic account of changes over the years in: housing; water; education; health; sanitation; food and farming; technology; and women.

Food

A bee-friendly path to a healthier future

In Italy, organic farmers are helping to keep pollinators – and crops – flourishing.

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.

Health

Southern Exposure: Sucheta Das

A sole story by Sucheta Das.

Mosquitoes versus humankind

The fight against vector-borne diseases is in dire need of new insecticides. But it’s unlikely that real alternatives will make it to the market in time, writes Julia Gross.

Politics

Homelessness – the facts

Everything you need to know about homelessness, from this month’s magazine.

This is what it takes to stand up: the essence of courage

Courage can change the world. Vanessa Baird delves into what makes some people exceptionally brave.

Regions

Lost in exile: The forgotten Chagos Islanders of West Sussex

A group of Indian Ocean islanders, forcibly removed from their homes 50+ years ago and deported to England, are still fighting for recognition and basic rights. By Alexi Demetriadi.

Death and re-birth of a lake: How water came back to the dry Aral Sea

The once-world’s fourth biggest lake was thought gone forever and a source of decades of environmental disaster. But something is changing.

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

West Papuan voices from the ground

How does living under the occupation affect the lives of ordinary West Papuans? Veronica Koman spoke to five current residents of West Papua to hear their stories.

Sacrifice Zone: BP, Freeport and the West Papuan independence struggle

Connor Woodman reveals the ties that bind transnational mining companies to the Indonesian occupation.

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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