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MUSIC Three-part harmonies and independence songs for West Papua are brought to you by the Black Orchid String Band (BOSB). This big band's eponymously titled debut album had a (very) soft release a few months ago, but its message and its medium remains...
And Finally. Thea Gilmore
Your songs have always had a social conscience, but the new album feels like it's taking things a step further. Is it your most political album yet?My 2004 album Avalanche also had a definite political edge, and the new album feels like its older, slightly...
An Overdue Apology
One hundred years after the British government declared its support for the establishment of a Jewish national homeland in Palestine, Palestinians and solidarity groups are calling for it to take responsibility for helping create 'a century of injustice'.The...
At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me
At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song by Saz'iso (Glitterbeat Records, 053 CD, LP and digital)Some of you may remember how Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares hit an internationally resounding chord in the 1980s...
Brazil's Soft Coup Hardens
The word 'coup' suggests a sudden and violent action, literally a 'blow'.Citizens may wake up to a coup d'état to find tanks on the streets and radio stations off-air or playing patriotic music.And if the takeover is anything like that which occurred...
Deadliest Year for Eco-Defenders
For environmental defenders - from activists to indigenous leaders - 2016 was the deadliest year on record. International NGO and watchdog Global Witness estimate that 200 defenders were murdered last year, the highest number on record. With academics...
Down with America's Racist Monuments
It's time to take down monuments to those who fought in defence of slavery.This should hardly be controversial, and yet somehow, in the US today, it is.The context for this discussion is an incident of shocking racist violence. In August, white supremacists...
Emmanuel Macron
Back in May, those running the European Union breathed a great sigh of relief as the French presidential election results poured in and the charismatic, 39-year-old centrist Emmanuel Macron easily beat back the xenophobic populist challenge of the far-right...
Flight-Path Farmers Pushed Out
After five years of resistance, heavy equipment has entered the village of Jangkaran, Indonesia, to begin the construction of an international airport set to destroy the sand-dune ecosystem and houses of residents already forced out of the area.The New...
Grand Land Theft
'No,' says the man behind the large locked and chained gate. 'There is nobody you can talk to here.'He seems sad. The whole place seems sad.We get chatting and, after a while, he lets me into the grounds of the Museu do Indio - Rio de Janeiro's indigenous...
Jamila Afghani
'Every single day, me and my family get death threats. It's been worse in the past five years,' says the softly spoken Jamila Afghani, as a smile spreads a gentle crescent across her face. 'I fear that we might be attacked and I may not see tomorrow...
Kills on Wheels
Kills on Wheels (103 minutes) directed and written by Attila TillZoli and Barba are teenage friends working on a graphic novel, starring themselves. They are set on winning the amateur section at a Budapest comics' convention and to get their book out...
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...
Marcela's Recipe of the Month
This dish may seem a bit challenging at first glance, but is guaranteed to impress your guests!There are a number of versions. A la brésilienne, featured here, is hot and trending. A la paraguayenne and a la hondurienne are other options, which can be...
No Celebration of Colonization
Amid the throng of flag-waving Canadians wearing red and white on Parliament Hill on 1 July 2017 was a solitary teepee. The Canada Day bash - which featured U2's Bono, the acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil, a dazzling fireworks display and Prime Minister...
No Slick Deal
In the first case of its kind, a small Nigerian community is taking on oil giant Eni in the Italian courts.Representatives of the Ikebiri people, who live in the Niger Delta, are seeking compensation and the clean-up of their lands, which remain polluted...
Out of the Wreckage
Out of the Wreckage A New Politics for an Age of Crisis by George Monbiot (Verso, ISBN 9781786632883)I am an admirer of George Monbiot. In his column in The Guardian and his books he has laid out a consistent alternative to the neoliberal consensus,...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Army of RobinsOver two million hungry people in 41 countries across India and Pakistan have now received food from a band of volunteers, mostly students and other young people, called the Robin Hood Army. The Robins, who started work in 2014, use surplus...
Rebranding Dictatorship in Latin America
Not so long ago Brazil was a country with both a booming economy and an enviably progressive set of social policies.Today, almost exactly one year since Dilma Rousseff's 'impeachment' (which many call a 'coup'), Latin America's most populous nation is...
Salva Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar
From Asmara to Addis, it's an all too familiar story for Africans - yesterday's freedom fighters become today's ambitious autocrats. Both Kiir, the populist president in his signature black cowboy hat, and Machar, the PhD with blood on his hands (forced...
Somaliland
Hargeisa may not feel like a capital city in terms of grand or high-rise buildings, but it certainly sprawls over its highland valley - the homes of an estimated 760,000 people covering 75 square kilometres. Direct flights to and from Dubai, Addis and...
The Gurugu Pledge
The Gurugu Pledge by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel translated from the Spanish by Jethro Soutar ( & Other Stories, ISBN 9781908276940)Ávila Laurel, a prominent opponent of the oppressive regime in Equatorial Guinea, now lives in exile in Barcelona and...
The Persistence of Patriarchy
IF you think patriarchy is passé, think again.Patriarchy is as current as Brexit, Donald Trump, and nationalist political parties. It is not old-fashioned; it is as hip as football millionaires and Silicon Valley start-ups.The fact that patriarchy is...
The Red-Haired Woman
The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Ekin Oklap (Faber & Faber, ISBN 9780571330294)Despite its title, the focus of The Red-Haired Woman appears at first to be the dynamics of father-son relationships.Teenager Cem, whose leftwing radical...
The Robots Are Coming!
I've been busy recently, weeks of long days and no weekends. As a freelancer I am, of course, obliged to say how glad I am of the work - though I must admit I do enjoy doing absolutely bugger all and, poverty aside, that's what I'd do all the time. But...
Walking on Lava
Walking on Lava Selected works for Uncivilised Times by The Dark Mountain Project (Chelsea Green, ISBN 9781603587419)You would be hard pressed to find a more consuming collection of exquisite writing and thinking than the pieces brought together here....
We Have a Lot to Teach the City
Lala, eight months old, is sitting on my lap. She's a lively, strong baby with dark piercing eyes and a bold demeanour. She is scrutinizing me fearlessly.On the sofa next to us are her mother, Tayla, and a family friend, Eliana.Further along, on another...
Welcome to the Jungle
We didn't actually realize it when we arrived in Villa Amboró. The community consisted of just a few wood and banana-leaf houses and a school.By this point, we had been driven 47 kilometres down a gravel track, crossed a river by foot and walked for...
What's Sex Got to Do with It?
It won't have escaped notice that the president impeached by Brazilian legislators last year was a woman.How much Dilma Rousseff's gender had to do with her removal from the highest office is moot. But academic and citizen lawyer Heloisa Melino has no...
When People Are Tired of Exploitation, They Resort to Violence
Danielle Batist (DB:): Your grandfather once said 'Anger to people is like gas to the automobile - it fuels you to move forward and get to a better place'. Why did you choose to focus on anger in your new book?Arun Gandhi (AG:): Lately there has been...
Women Counter Nazis on the Streets
Women are playing an essential part in fighting for civil rights in Poland, contributing to a shift in the country's political agenda.On 15 August 2017, activists from the All-Polish Women Strike (PWS) group attempted to block a march by far-right extremists...
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