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Articles from No. 441, April

Activists Make Themselves Heard
1-30 APRIL CORPORATE AGM SEASON This month will see a flurry of major corporate Annual General Meetings (AGMs). While company directors busily hone their patter in preparation for facing their shareholders, activists are gearing up to make the...
A Gift of Hope for Mothers
27 APRIL1st ANNIVERSARY OF SIERRA LEONE'S FREE HEALTHCARE INITIATIVEWearing a loose hospital gown, lye Kargbo is pacing up and down Ward Two at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) in eastern Freetown. She is 23 and pregnant with her third...
All Love Is Equal - but Not before the Law
1 APRIL10th ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD'S FIRST LEGAL GAY MARRIAGEExactly 10 years ago, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. A group of Dutch gay rights activists had campaigned for the change in law from the...
Also out There
On dvd there's Brilliante Mendoza's Slingshot, is a superb, sympathetic, hard-hitting feature about poverty, desperation and street crime in Manila.Laura Poitras's The Oath (above), films Osama Bin Laden's talkative former bodyguard in Sanaa, Yemen,...
A Prisoner from Every Household
17 APRILINTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINIAN PRISONERSSince the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories, the total number of Palestinians that have been held as prisoners by Israel down the years has exceeded 750,000 - equivalent...
At a Glance
Leader: President Bharrat Jagdeo.Economy: GNI per capita $1,450 (Brazil $8,070; UK $41,520).Monetary unit: Guyanese dollars (G$203 = US$1).Main exports: Despite a 36% cut in sugar prices due to the end of European trade preferences, the crop still represents...
A Taste of Utopia
Three years ago Isa and I went on a journey through 11 European Utopian communities.* Out ofthat experience came a book-film, Paths Through Utopias. Last month the tome finally hit French bookshops and we finished a mini-launch tour of squats, autonomous...
Bearing Witness
I can't help recalling 2005 when President Hosni Mubarak was up for re-election for the fifth time. In a great concession to the nation (and the US) the state had tweaked the constitution to allow multiple candidates to run against him. Sort of. He had...
Beware Americans Talking 'Stability'
It's very commonly agreed in foreign policy circles that there are two major issues in American foreign policy today. One of them is the threat of Iran, and the second one is the unresolved Israel/Palestine conflict. Questions arise about each of these...
Diamanda Galás - a Voice from the Dark
Vocal artist, composer and activist Diamanda Galas has a voice that has launched a thousand metaphors. The plainest thing that can be said about it is perhaps the truest: there is no other voice like it. Its quality is not simply in the vaulting of octaves,...
Ganging Up to Fight Crime
Project Alcatraz, a pioneering social programme in Venezuela, is transforming the lives of hardened criminals. The scheme, which was started in 2003 and enlists entire gangs, encouraging them to give up crime for a new life, last year won the Beyond...
Guyana
Guyana's energetic president Bharrat Jagdeo presides over the third-poorest state in the Americas, with a population well under a million and an economy entirely dependent on the export of sugar, bauxite and gold. But Jagdeo has wasted no time in recent...
Hard Road to Justice
Desperate protest Huang QunyueHuang Qunyue and his three colleagues just wanted their old jobs back. What they got was stone-walling, harassment and intimidation.The four workers were long-standing employees of the state-owned power company in Hunan's...
Is 'Ethical Wealth' a Contradiction?
YESCan the accumulation of personal wealth be a positive individuals outweighed by the negative effects Cash-strapped activist-artist PAUL FITZGERALD MARK CONSTANTINE tackle PaulWell... there's nothing innately immoral about wealth, or virtuous about...
Islanders Divided by Environmental Quandary
1 APRIL1st ANNIVERSARY OF CREATION OF CHAGOS MARINE PROTECTED AREAIn the late 1960s and early '70s the inhabitants of the Chagos archipelago, a cluster of coral atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean, were forced to leave their homeland to make way...
iSlave
Last year a startling 18 Chinese migrant workers attempted suicide at Foxconn production facilities located in Guangdong, Jiangsu and Hebei Provinces. Fourteen died, while four survived with critical injuries. All were between 17 and 25 years old. Why...
Jack Mapanje
What's your earliest memory?My father left us for South Africa when I was in the womb. He left to work in the mines and sent us money and photos for a while, but after that he disappeared and found a new family. He never returned. This meant I was brought...
Letters
Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.Reputation cleansingCorporate lobbyists (NI 439) are being increasingly used by countries like Sri Lanka to improve their image abroad. Western public relations firms are earning millions...
Moving Mountains in Kentucky
Citizens of Kentucky celebrated Valentine's Day by professing their love for mountains. On February 14, more than 1,000 people demonstrated outside Governor Steven Beshear's office in Frankfort, Kentucky in support of clean energy legislation and reducing...
Oil or Life? Ecuador's Stark Choice
A 360-degree spin on my heels confirms that I'm surrounded. By trees. A dense forest stretches as far as the eye can see. Trees of every possible shade of green, with leaves the size of parasols and the occasional towering ceiba - a giant variety that...
Safety Commission Approves Radioactive Shipment
Canadian nuclear energy giant Bruce Power will ship 16 radioactive steam generators through the Great Lakes and St Lawrence River to Sweden. Forty million people depend on the Great Lakes for drinking water and one spill could have serious repercussions...
Students of the World, Unite!
1-30 APRIL'SPRING OF RESISTANCE' STUDENT PROTESTS'You have much more to lose than your textbooks - the edueation system is the foundation for society,' says sociology and economics student Mo Schmidt. Schmidt helped launch the Spring of Resistance, a...
Taboo Economics
I have a proposal: Let's double US government funds devoted to promoting renewable energy. Let's expand allocations for foreclosure prevention to help another million Americans keep their homes. Let's launch a $10-billion infrastructure programme to...
Ten Thousand Villages Celebrates 65 Years
The fair trade organization Ten Thousand Villages celebrates its 65th anniversary in Canada this year.'We spearheaded fair trade in North America,' says Ingrid Heinrichs Pauls, Media Relations Coordinator for Ten Thousand Villages. 'When Edna Ruth Byler...
Tide of Change Coming
In a world battered by debt and speculation crises the Chinese economic miracle remains one of the few bright spots on the horizon of traditional economists. There is a preoccupation in the 'dismal science' (as Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle dubbed...
Wardrobe Malfunction
Has anyone noticed singar Janet Jackson angrily eycballing her rubber-dad bosoms in her latest publicity photos? Not to mention furiously clutching said glands while screeching at them like naughty children playing up in the supermarket. Is this meant...
What's on in April and May?
Take a look at the listings, see what's going on and get involved! The list is by no means comprehensive. Scratch beneath the surface where you live and you'll find a whole different world from that peddled by the mass media. Send us your events, so...
When People Rise Up
No need to rehearse in detail the dramatic chain of events that began with a young Tunisian graduate Mohammed Bouazizi setting fire to himself after being hassled by police as he tried to earn a living selling vegetables.In a world glued to 24-hour rolling...
Whose Miracle?
In 2009 Time magazine named the young migrant workers of China as a kind of collective runner-up 'Person of the Year' (behind Ben Bernanke, Chair of the US Federal Reserve) for helping achieve an eight per cent Chinese growth rate and 'an economic stimulus...
YOUR VERDICT on Last Month's Argument: Is It OK for Protesters to Damage Property?
BEFORE ASKING WHETHER IT'S OK, THE first question should be whether it isn't counterproductive - and it's not clear to me that it isn't, in the vast majority of cases.OgilveWHEN FENCES ARE TORN DOWN, DIGGERS damaged so they cannot be used, or GM crops...
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