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Articles from No. 501, 2017

20 Years Ago
Congratulations to those of you sharp enough to pick up on the error in this column last month. I was writing about the very first issue of the New Internationalist from March 1973 and describing its cover featuring Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda. But...
A Common Truth
A Common Truthby Saltland (Constellation Records CST 123, LP, CD and digital)This strange and lovely album, the second one from cellist/composer Rebecca Foon, conjures up great lonely wildernesses, places hovering between times and spaces. It uses sound...
Also out There
MUSIC Ken Boothe, Kidus I and the Viceroys are among the vintage reggae masters in fine voice on the marvellous The Soul of Jamaica: Inna de Yard (Chapter Two Records/ Wagram). A musical visitation of the gracious, Rasta-inspired 1960s, it was recorded...
A Personal Welcome
Just one day after President Donald Trumpbanned citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from travelling to the US, Canada's Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen - himself a former Somali refugee - recommitted Canada to welcoming 'people in need of...
A Quiet Passion
A Quiet Passion (125 minutes)written and directed by Terence DaviesThe great Emily Dickinson published in her lifetime fewer than a dozen poems. She died unknown, unmarried, unfulfilled. Terence Davies is celebrated for his early autobiographical films,...
A Second Chance
For many, the gentle rushing sound of the ocean lapping at the shore symbolizes freedom. It conjures images of exotic horizons, paradise islands and beach-hut bars.For Flavia Fioretta, the ocean waves also mean freedom. They remind her of the trip she...
Cambodia
It can be hard to escape the sound of jackhammers in Phnom Penh. From daybreak, the traditional sounds of the capital - the yodelling of street vendors and honking of tuk-tuks - now seem accompanied by the ubiquitous grind and screech of building sites....
Challenging Deportation
In a quiet corner of Stansted airport, often in the dark of the night, private planes - paid for by the British government - are regularly being used to deport people the state no longer wants within its borders.Campaigners say around three or four of...
Darfuri Students Targeted
Amnesty International is calling on the government of Sudan urgently to investigate allegations that Sudanese security forces are persecuting students from the country's troubled Darfur region through arbitrary arrests, detention, torture and murder.In...
Familiar Stranger
Familiar Stranger A Life between Two Islands by Stuart Hall with Bill Schwarz (Allen Lane, ISBN 9780241289990)This autobiography of cultural theorist and activist Stuart Hall is strange and, despite its merits, ultimately rather disappointing. Drawn...
Flamingos under Fire
The hunting of flamingos has sparked widespread controversy in Iraq, after a video showing hunters in the south of the country capturing the rare birds was posted on Iraqi social media, along with pictures showing people feasting on flamingo meat.Iraqi...
Global Babies: Who Benefits?
*Luke and Tony are a professional couple living in Sydney. After registering their civil partnership, they decided to start a family. With money no object, they purchased an online 'egg catalogue' listing the origins, age and mental and physical characteristics...
Heretics
Heretics by Leonardo Padura, translated by Anna Kushner (Bitter Lemon Press, ISBN978 1908524 782)In 1939 a ship, the Saint Louis, arrives in Havana from Hamburg, bearing hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism. For several days they remain in harbour,...
Is Democracy in Danger?
Rising distrust of politicians and parliaments, declining voter turnouts - these are now common trends in many established democracies. But is support for democracy itself ebbing away?Disconnect and discontentIt is believed that wealthy Western democracies...
It's Crunch Time! Final Chance to Join Us
On 1 March we pushed the button and held our breath.We had just launched our Community Share Offer inviting you, our readers and supporters, to buy into a better story and become co-owners of New Internationalist. Despite all the groundwork and detailed...
Letters
Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.The New Internationalist welcomes your letters. But please keep them short. They might be edited for purposes of space or clarity. Letters should be sent to letters@newint.org or to your...
Mr Tough
There was a time, not too long ago, when nooutsider dared enter Barangay178 in Pasay City in the southern part of Metro Manila.With a reputation for the most chilling criminality, this slum district was considered a place teeming with the maddest of...
Murders Most Foul
Most of the media spotlight on Mexico's mounting toll of narco-murders is focused on high-profile massacres such as that of the 43 'disappeared' student teachers in Guerrero State, or on unfortunate tourists who get caught in the crossfire. A recent...
No Cash, Little Hope
Sitting on the floor of her hut, Ramzanbi has to decide which of her two children she can afford to feed. Since her husband lost his powerloom job in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, she has run out of cash and is faced with a choice no parent should have to make.Five...
P Sainath
In the 20 years since your book Everybody loves a good drought was published, how has India changed?Those 20 years have seen India move rapidly along what the stories in A Good Drought recorded: deepening inequality. The elite and upper strata of Indian...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Bhutan goes negativeThe small Himalayan state of Bhutan has become the first carbon-negative country in the world, largely thanks to its 72-per-cent forest coverage. The country's 750,000 people produce 1.5 million tonnes of carbon every year, but more...
République Amazone
République Amazoneby Les Amazones d'Afrique (Real World, MOV 012, CD, LP and digital)Benin's Angélique Kidjo, Mali's Kandia ('La Dangereuse') Kouyaté, Nigeria's Nneka: these are but three of the queens of west African music who crowd into this fundraiser...
Romaphobia
Romaphobia by Aidan McGarry (Zed, 978-1-78360-399-2'This looks like a book that is long overdue,' said my editor as she handed it to me for review. The subtitle is 'The last acceptable form of racism' and, as Europe lurches to the Right and embraces...
Standstill
It's 11pm on a Friday night inCochabamba bus terminal. Around me, my friends are sprawled on the concrete of the traffic apron, wrapped in blankets, passing a bottle of singani and waiting for a bus that will never come. We are trying to travel to Oruro...
Stormy, Vibrant, Paradoxical Times
We are living in a time full of threats - and unprecedented possibilities, especially when it comes to the state of the media. Let's consider five paradoxes, in no particular order.Is print dead or reviving ?Rumours of the death of print magazines and...
The Establishment Is Not a Viable Candidate
There's plenty of blame to go around forDonald Trump's dangerous ascent to the world's most powerful political office. The Republican Party's long-term strategy of dog-whistle racism provided Trump with a ready-made base, primed to resonate with a demagogue...
The Laws Won't Work
Little could be more predictable or nauseating than the sight of Donald Trump, flanked by his super-rich, all-male team, signing the global gag rule back into force on one of his first days in office. The law, which means US funding cannot go to any...
The Populist Moment
Populism sure is getting bad reviews.All manner of evil is getting laid at its door: racism, xenophobia, authoritarianism, jingoism - and that's just the start. The conventional view is that populism is an irrational and impatient response to modern...
The Will of the People
I have to be honest. My first reaction is usually groaning disbelief.As I write it's the run-up to the general elections in the Netherlands where I live and a certain bleached blond bombshell is impossible to avoid because he has led the polls for much...
They Can't Kill Us All
They Can't Kill Us All The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery (Penguin Books, ISBN 9780141986142)Other than war correspondent, it is hard to imagine a more demanding and traumatizing journalistic role than that of Wesley Lowery. For the last...
Water Protectors Promote Democracy
In the harsh terrain of caked dirt and sharp rocks just west of the Moroccan Sahara, nomads endlessly move their herds of goats and camels just to stay alive. But the ancestors of the Imidir Valley imagined a different future when, 700 years ago, they...
When Sanctuary Is Resistance
In the United States in the 1980s, the simple act of providing refuge became a form of civil disobedience.With Washington supporting death-squad governments in Guatemala and El Salvador, a flood of refugees moved north, creating a humanitarian crisis....
Whose Truth Is It Anyway?
There is increasing alarm at the rise of a post-truth doctrine of alternative facts, currently flourishing most notably in the populist contexts of Trump's ascendance and the recent Brexit campaign. Just one example, from too many of late, comes from...
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