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Articles from No. 423, June

A Pressing Issue
It is 18 years since Belarus gained its independence from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Yet in a country that does not know the excess of the rich nor the desperation of the poor and where the unemployment rate is under two per cent, talking...
A Remarkable Failure
Back in 1979, Colombia's former President Alberto Lleras Camargo made a remarkably accurate prediction: that the Colombians of the future would have their reputations stained by war and drugs, and that this would largely be the fault of zealotry on the...
Breath of the Dragon
Women from Darfur don't willingly expose their wounds. Dignity and privacy still have meaning in their traditional society.Nevertheless, at a women's group in a tent at a refugee camp on the Chad-Sudan border in Africa, the participants reluctantly pulled...
Broken Glass
Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou translated from the French by Helen Stevenson Serpent's Tail, ISBN 9781852429188)I described Congolese author Alain Mabanckou's previous novel African Psycho as a scathing attack on the greed and material values of Africa's...
Cargill Exposed
The Venezuelan Government recently initiated expropriation procedures in relation to a plant owned by Cargill, reports Upside Down World. The transnational food company, which recorded nearly $4 billion in net earnings last year, was found to be modifying...
Confucius Goes to Chile
Perched on a hill in the fashionable coastal town of Viña del Mar - adjoining the port city of Valparaiso - is Chile's first Confucius Institute. It overlooks a cluster of buildings that could symbolize Chile's long march towards globalization; the German...
Denial and Dismissal
On 5 March, Oscar Kingara and John OuIu were shot dead in suspicious circumstances. Both were staff members of the Oscar Foundation, an organization recently involved in documenting the extrajudicial executions of members of a militia organization known...
Dirty Diplomacy
Canadian Environmental Minister Jim Prentice was met by a group of protesting polar bears when he arrived at the White House to meet with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson and Energy Secretary Steven Chu in March. The protest...
From Pastures Brown
Time spent in greener pastures makes one realize just how brown and sparse one's own can be. After a two-month working trip to South Africa, my perspective on the suffering of Zimbabweans underwent much correction.I was carrying back various basic food...
Hu's Who
Chinese Communist Party (CCP)The governmentProfile: Ruling China since 1949 as a totalitarian regime, the CCP has nearly 70 million members. Initially representing the working masses, peasant and worker membership decreased from 66 per cent in 1978 to...
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Lock out the Poor
Human rights groups have condemned a plan by the state government in Rio de Janeiro to build u kilometres of concrete and steel walls around 19 favelas (urban slums), saying the barrier is designed to separate the rich and poor. Construction began in...
Made in China
The mango tree spreads large and lush. Standing at the centre of this village, it has pride of place. Huts on stilts surround it. Under its branches, protected from the sun, the villagers of Lalok in Papua New Guinea (PNG) collect to talk and make decisions...
Mohamed Al-Daradji
Interview with Iraqi filmmaker'I Just want to make films - I'm a filmmaker, not an insurgent or a soldier.' Mohamed Al-Daradji's sentiments are normal enough; he's a director after all. But when it comes to making movies in his Iraqi homeland, it's never...
Note from the New Internationalist Co-Operative
I remember the Cold War with no warmth. It was a time of paranoid rantings. In one corner sat the capitalist 'runningdogs' (the United States); in the other, those 'communist bastards' (the USSR)· Ignoring the poor inside and outside their countries,...
On the World's Factory Floor
It's hard to imagine that before 1979 - the year that China opened its economy to world trade - buying goods 'Made in China' was rare. Since then its exports have increased by more than 10,000 per cent.2 Averaging nearly 10 per cent yearly growth over...
Seya
Seyaby Oumou Sangare World Circuit WCD081 CD)Seya means 'joy' in Oumou Sangare's native Soninké, and the Malian superstar knows exactly what joy isn't. It's not, according to Seya's opening song, 'Sounsomba', despising women; or 'WeIe WeIe Wintou', forced...
Shake and Sway
Public attitudes to sexuality lead Maria Golia to wonder if the dance stays the same even when the tune has changed.My friend Stella is an Iraqi-born oriental dancer, one of the best in Egypt. Her character matches her vocation: passionate, earthy, histrionic....
South Africa SPECIAL
South Africa's recent elections were preceded by a flurry of new books about the country and its dramatic political life. We profile three - all well worth reading.'You know,' a former inmate of Robben Island tells Andrew Feinstein in After the Party...
Sugar
Sugarwritten and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (114 minutes)Someone asks why he has the name 'Sugar'. His friends josh him - he's too fond of puddings. He tells them it's because he throws such a sweet curve ball. Sugar is pretty confident, but...
Taken for a Bride
Despite rising criticism within Saudi Arabia of the practice of child bride marriages, in April a Saudi judge upheld for a second time the arranged marriage between an eight-year-old girl and a 47-yearold man. The head of the United Nations Children's...
The Cultural Crusades
Halfway through my 12 years in China, I discovered that an office manager I had just taken on spent his every free moment reading ancient Buddhist texts. At first I connected this to the trauma of a close shave with death in a car crash that had left...
The Cultural Crusades: To Increase Its Power, China Is Exporting Its Culture. Nick Young Reveals How Confucius Is Being Conscripted to Help Out
Halfway through my 12 years in China, I discovered that an office manager I had just taken on spent his every free moment reading ancient Buddhist texts. At first I connected this to the trauma of a close shave with death in a car crash that had left...
The Next Dynasty
It's a year of anniversaries in China - 60 years of government by the Chinese Communist Party; 30 years since China opened its economy to world trade; and 20 years since tanks rolled over Chinese reform movements in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. But where...
The Yuan Plays the Dollar
Think of the Middle East as a giant chessboard stretching from Turkey's European border in the West to Iran's border with Afghanistan in the East. On this surface, two global powers - China and the United States - are playing out a strategic power game....
Trinidad & Tobago
The build-up to the Caribbean's biggest Carnival in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), which takes place in February or March, starts well before Christmas. Costumes are chosen, money is saved, huge steel bands practise daily,...
Wheel Back the Factories
Shortly after Joe Bike opened in the US city of Portland last November, an angry cyclist stormed in and challenged the owner, Joe Doebele, about why he was selling bikes made in China. 'He wanted to know if the Chinese workers have pension plans,' remembers...
You Are Being Watched
If you re gonna take my picture, be careful with my nose. Get a good angle wit!, your camera, and get my finest pose...'Standing on a makeshift stage at the Climate Camp entrance, two women sing to the cameras that have been trained on them and other...
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