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Articles from No. 455, September

About Elly
FILMAbout Ellydirected by Asghar Farhadi (118 minutes)About Elly is a film of two halves - one, the gentle and intriguing observation of an engineered budding romance; the other, intense and headlong, as the fateful consequences of deception unravel.It...
Africa's First Narco-State
Inspired by the ideas of its revolutionary leader, Amilcar Cabrai, the country had seen off Portuguese colonizers in the early 1970s and embarked upon a major adult education effort led by radical Brazilian educator Paolo Freiré.But in 1980 the country's...
Alice Walker
The inspiring author, poet and activist considers herself above all a daughter of the Earth, as she explains to FRANK BARAT.What's your earliest memory?I think my earliest memory is of being enchanted by dust motes as I crawled around a handmade wooden...
Also out There
MUSIC America in all its complexities is never far from Patti Smith's mind (left). Her latest album, Banga (Columbia), imagines Amerigo Vespucci's 1497 arrival on its shores. As to be expected in Smith's poetry, the concept of a 'new world' is a complex...
An Exercise in 'Elbow Licking'
When Sudan's Islamists staged their coup against the government of Sadiq al-Mahdi in 1989, they relied on militia formations from their student and youth wings to patrol the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and guard their freshly snatched power from...
An Exercise in 'Elbow Licking'
When Sudan's Islamists staged their coup against the government of Sadiq al-Mahdi in 1989, they relied on militia formations from their student and youth wings to patrol the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and guard their freshly snatched power from...
A Seed of Greeting
Th· queue at the post office is spilling on to the stoop when I arrive. It is longer than it should be for a midweek, mid-month morning. 'Dumela, mtnaj I greet the woman at the end of the line. lKe wena wa bofelo?''Dumela, mmaj she greets back, and confirms...
At a Glance
Leader: President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.Economy: GNI percepita $2,500 (Saudi Arabia $17,200, Canada $41,950).Monetary unit: Yemeni Riyal.Main exports: Oil, liquefied natural gas.Unemployment rose to more than 50% during the 201 1 political crisis. Yemen...
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Life, death and hope in a Mumbai slum Katharine Boo (Portobello Books ISBN 9781846274497)Hidden from Mumbai international airport by a concrete wall covered in advertisements for floor tiles ('Beautiful forever' is the corporate...
Fair Trade Drugs
In June this year, Haji Bagcho, who at one time supplied a fifth of the world's heroin, was handed out a life sentence by a US court.The Afghan drug lord, who trafficked drugs to more than 20 countries, made regular payments of cash, weapons and food...
Fair Trade Drugs: Could the World's Most Profitable Illegal Activity Become Fair Trade?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In June this year, Haji Bagcho, who at one time supplied a fifth of the world's heroin, was handed out a life sentence by a US court. The afghan drug lord, who trafficked drugs to more than 20 countries, made regular payments...
Fighting Impunity
Justice is hard to come by at the best of times in Colombia, where armed groups kill with impunity and politicians have close ties with rightwing paramilitaries. So when a legal reform bill threatened to undermine the few recent advances towards bringing...
fUN RUN? SOMEONE'S HAVING A LAUGH
With the noxious whiff of Olympic corporate smash-and-grab still wafting through my nostrils (either that or someone's spilt the urine samples), I've decided to get fit. 'Decided' doesn't quite describe it; 'got drunk and tricked myself into entering...
Gloves Are Off
Despite the peaceful nature of last year's protest rallies, Russian authorities have been growing nervous. For the first time in almost two decades, people have been voicing political opinions in the company of many thousands of like-minded citizens.In...
Interview with Kushal Chakrabarti
Although Kushal Chakrabarti calls himself 'a mega-geek', this former software engineer from Los Angeles is better described as a social entrepreneur who believes passionately in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty.'Literacy is crucial,...
Legalize Drugs - All of Them!
We were sitting in a café drinking cola. My two companions, drug enforcement soldiers, kept their guns resting across their knees. Fingers not quite on triggers but close enough for rapid response. They were smiling.The woman running the café was not....
Letters
Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.The New Internationalist welcomes your letters. But please keep them short. They may be edited for purposes of space or clarity. Letters should be sent to latters@newint.org or to your local...
My Body, Shot, Left Lying
The most recent occasion when I had the vision of my body, shot and left lying on the ground, was in early May. I was in Islas Carolinas street, one of the poorest areas of Juárez, in the western part of the city.As we walked between the dust and the...
Obama: A Better Adversary
At cummer's and, Barack Obama's campaign has already aired tens of millions of dollars worth of advertisements. You don't have to believe their promises to think that his re-election would be preferable from a social movement standpoint to the coronation...
Pursuing Justice for Rape Crimes
In July, the International Criminal Court (ICC) secured its first-ever conviction. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was sentenced to 14 years for enlisting, conscripting and using child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But rape was also used systematically...
Reflections of Palestine
MUSICReflections of Palestineby Ramzi Aburedwan(Riverboat Records TUGDD1O61 CD and download)You don't need to spend long on Google to find a photo of a young Ramzi Aburedwan lobbing a stone at an Israeli tank. Born and raised in a Palestinian refugee...
Remembering Sabra and Shatila
On 16 September, the Palestinian refugees of Lebanon will mark the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre with a simple gathering in the camp where their friends and relatives lost their lives.While the massacre made global headlines, the...
Should Celebrities Promote Charities?
Professors MARK WHEELER and ILAN KAPPOR go head-to-head.MarkWhile some forms of celebrity advocacy have propagated powerful economic, social and political interests, celebrities such as Bono have developed international policies to alleviate poverty...
The Passion of Bradley Manning
The Passion of Bradley Manning by Chase Madar (OR Books, ISBN 978 1 935928 53 9)Early in his career, the US army decided that Private Bradley Manning was not really 'soldier material'. But still they sent the intelligent, five-foot tall computer wiz...
The World According to Illegal Drugs
Journalism isn't a bad profession. It can have its risks, dangers and limitations, depending on what you do and where you do it. But, by and large, it isn't life-threatening.Unless, like Sandra Rodriguez, you live just on the Mexican side of the border...
What's Your Poison?
The law and science are at odds when it comes to assessing the harmfulness of different drugs.1 THE LAW23Laws and penalties vary, but most countries are signed up to the UN Convention on Drugs, which is modelled on the US policy of prohibition. Britain,...
What Would Legalization Look Like?
Why do you believe that legalization might improve the current situation?There is only one reason, and it is technical. At present the market in illegal drugs is run, worldwide, by criminals. They make unimaginable sums of money, but they have no interest...
Why Do Some Conflicts Get More Media Coverage Than Others?
In just a few seconds, the singing and whistling turned to screaming. Many of the women who had gathered to demand that Laurent Gbagbo, Côte d'lvoire's then step down were now on the floor, surrounded by pools of blood. In the background, military armoured...
Yemen
It is dusk at Change Square, the protest encampment that sprang up outside Sana'a University in 2011. The Yemeni capital is bustling with activity as blue-fingered voters return from polling booths, excited to have taken part. Mohammed, an entrepreneur...
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