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Articles from No. 421, April

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There isn't much choice really. Either we sit back and watch a bunch of failed bankers, politicians and regulators use our money to try to patch up a bad old system; or we seize the moment to create a fairer world. The challenge is tremendous - but we...
Africa to Appalachia
Africa to Appalachiaby Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko Uaymestone JS20 CD)If Jayme Stone left his native Canada, banjo in hand, simply to source the ancestors of his instrument among the musicians of Mali, he was in for something of an epiphany. Africa...
A Month in the Life of the Majority World
5 January INDONESIAA man carries a box of detergent on to a traditional schooner at Sunda Kelapa port, Jakarta. The Government announces it will spend over 72 trillion rupiah ($6.55 billion) on infrastructure and other projects in 2009 in a bid to lift...
A Savage Environmentalism
The Oud people were originally nomads, who travelled across India specializing in the excavation of ponds, water-reservoirs and irrigation canals. Their villages were made of earth, a fleeting architecture but permanent skill; and even today their fragrant...
Badge of Dishonour
Budding young lumberjacks in the Boy Scouts of America may be disappointed to find that there isn't a 'commercial logging' badge - but perhaps there should be. An investigation by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has revealed that Scout administrations...
Bulldozed Lives
Many consider the village of JaIe to be one of the most beautiful hamlets on Albania's Riviera. Two authors of children's books who come from the area have often featured its deep-blue waters and sandy beaches, giving this coastal village on the Ionian...
Bulldozed Lives: World Bank Project Leaves Families Homeless
Many consider the village of Jale to be one of the most beautiful hamlets on Albania's Riviera. Two authors of children's books who come from the area have often featured its deep-blue waters and sandy beaches, giving this coastal village on the Ionian...
Country Profile: Ghana
If you travel the sun-drenched coast of Ghana along the Gulf of Guinea from the capital Accra to the border with Côte d'Ivoire, you will see the most impressive display of European military architecture outside ofthat continent. These forts, mostly British...
Hosni Mubarak
WorldbeatersTaking aim at the rich and powerfulJob: President of Egypt.Reputation: Friend of the West, PseudoDemocrat, Founder of a Family Kleptocracy.Hard to believe that you can survive six assassination attempts, but that is exactly what Hosni Mubarak...
Inside North Korea
The blessed leaderThe towering 26-metre stone statue of the revered Kim II Sung overlooks the banks of Taedong River, his arm stretched out to indicate the country's bright future. North Korean sculpture is impressively realistic and monumental. On the...
Interview with Viyakula Mary
In Tirupur, the heart of India's textile capital, Mary works on behalf of exploited workers - including children - toiling in the factories. The full-time co-ordinator of the Child Rights Cell and Labour Resource Centre at SAVE (Social Awareness and...
Letters
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Making Room
My upstairs neighbour, the former building guardian's wife, is named Rabaa or 'Fourth' - in other words, the fourth girl born to a big poor family whose prospects were too dim to excite the name-choosing impulse in her parents. She's a beautiful woman,...
'Male Cleansers for Hire'
The men sitting in the shade of a large thorn tree on the outskirts of Kano-Angola village, 10 miles inland from the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya's Nyanza province, are in buoyant spirits today. There is bravado, there are lewd jokes, but there are...
Murdered for Music
Censorship of musicians is increasing across the world. In December, in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, popular Pashto singer Sardar Yousafzai and 11 members of his orchestra were ambushed and shot at by an armed group, on their way home from...
Naked Emperors
We should thank Bernard Madoff - the Wall Street broker with 'impeccable credentials' - who is charged with having swindled investors (including some of his best friends) to the tune of $50 billion. Few individuals have so eloquently exposed how easily...
Slaves to Chocolate
People around the world share a love of chocolate, one of the most delicious and pleasurable foods on earth. However, thousands of Africa's children, particularly in Côte d'Ivoire, are forced to labour in the production of cocoa. They are modern-day...
So a Receding Economic Tide Has Exposed the Naked Bathers
Once upon a time, a rising economic tide supposedly lifted all boats. The tide will rise again. Won't it?Well, the passing likeness of capitalism to one force of nature does not eliminate all the others. Throughout my lengthening lifetime capitalism...
The Age of Possibility
Given te as - perhaps once in a lifetime - is the chance, the responsibility, to see the world with fresh eyes. George Orwell described the fleeting, deceptive intoxication of such a moment in Barcelona in 1937. More recently, the people of Bolivia may...
The Final Bet
The Final Bet by Abdelilah Hamdouchi translated by Jonathan Smolin (Arabia Books, ISBN 9781 9066 97068)Abdelilah Hamdouchi is well known in his native Morocco for his crime fiction and many of his police novels have been adapted for Moroccan television....
Tony Manero
Tony Manerodirected and co-written by Pablo Larrafn (98 minutes)The late 1970s. A kitsch television show is looking for a Tony Mañero impersonator. Tony who? - you are probably wondering. Well, he's the strutting, white-suited disco-dancer from Saturday...
Très Très Fort
Très Très Fortby Staff Benda BiIiIi [Crammed Discs, CRAW 51 CD)Let's talk about Congolese resourcefulness. First there was Konono No 1, who built their own instruments and made extraordinary music; now, also from Kinshasa, welcome to Staff Benda BiIiIi....
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