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India’s railways are frequently hailed  by defenders of the British Empire as a positive  legacy of colonialism. While the country has  an extensive network which ranks among the  world’s biggest employers, it was designed to  serve the interests of imperialism and private  profit – with the directors of the sub continent’s  first railway drawn from the ranks of the East  India Company. Here passengers prepare to eat  on board a modern-day sleeper train.  BOAZ ROTTEM/ALAMY

On every continent, the railways are experiencing a renaissance. But what will it take to reshape them in the interests of...

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Conrad Landin explores the idea of a universal free ride.

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As opposition and protest continues against a new high-speed rail network in the UK, Denise Laura Baker...

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Melanie Strickland comments on the future of aviation, climate change and the necessity of direct action.

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As Sokari Ekine prepares to leave the island, she reflects on her experience, and Haiti’s likely future.

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A French airport project has attracted the resistance of thousands. This supporter says it is direct democracy in action.

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*Polyp* takes aim at transport

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As world leaders prepare to fly into Bangkok, the capital of...

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Kumar takes a small plaster elephant from the rows displayed on the
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Impressive engineering, but Erling Hoh fears the new link with China could spell the end of Tibet.

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