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Articles from No. 503, June

Algeria
Algiers la blanche cuts an impressive dash, sprawling up the hills that overlook its bustling port and its sweeping Mediterranean bay. Yet this is a capital city that has been somewhat sidelined and isolated by its recent history, while not that long...
Also out There
MUSIC Namlo is a UK-based band of Nepali heritage and its self-financed, eponymous album, approaches the tricky issue of how one national music translates and mutates in a new context. Led by Ganga Thapa, Namlo offers a refreshing and smart approach,...
Breaking Sudan
Breaking Sudan by Jok Madut Jok (Oneworld, ISBN 978 1786070036)Until 2011 Sudan was geographically Africa's largest country. But after decades of bloody civil war, a new nation-state emerged - South Sudan. The news was greeted with jubilation by locals...
Breaking the Cycle
Twenty-five years ago Sam Tsemberis was running an emergency homeless project for a New York psychiatric hospital.'Our job was to interview people who were homeless and mentally ill and determine if they were a danger to themselves. We took them in -...
Capitalism - the Theme Park
Most theme parks are built on fantasy. Disney's Magic Kingdom, for example, is a saccharine dreamscape presided over by a giant mouse. But the theme park I took my daughter to last week has nothing to do with fantasy. On the contrary it was a harsh lesson...
Finding Home
In the sharp glare of spring sunshine the paint on the simple wooden display case is peeled and fading. It is a modest affair, the top angled in the shape of a roof, as if offering final shelter to the men and women whose names are displayed there. Fresh...
Guest Editor's Letter
The meaning of homeI still remember buying our first (and only) house decades ago; pinching ourselves that we'd made such an impossible leap into the financial void.It was a late autumn afternoon when I slid the key in the lock and tentatively opened...
Introducing. Carrie Lam
Hong Kong has its first woman leader and her 'election' is shrouded in controversy. Carrie Lam is part of the pro-Beijing inner circle, which has been imposed on the 'city state' despite widespread protest and agitation by local democracy activists who...
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...
Machines
Machines (75 minutes)directed and written by Rahul JainIn the mainstream media, we only occasionally hear about pay and conditions in textile factories in faraway places. When we do, it is because campaigners have disrupted shopping, or when there is...
Migrants Show Their Power
The rules of the game changed in the United States last month on 1 May when people experienced a taste of what life was like on 'a Day without Immigrants'.The broad, grassroots effort aimed to demonstrate that America was built and is powered by migrant...
Mohsin Hamid
The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist talks to GRAEME GREEN about extremism, the refugee crisis and feeling at home in the past.In your new novel, Exit West, you write: 'Geography is destiny'...In geopolitical terms, geography can be a matter of...
Puglia Obstructs 'Europe's Keystone'
Protests in southern Italy have delayed plans for construction of a vast natural-gas pipeline into Europe.Residents of the Puglia region of southern Italy have long campaigned against Italy's section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline or TAP (featured in...
Raising the Roof
Around the world people are fighting the stigma of homelessness and finding innovative shelter solutions. Here's a round-up of some of those inspired ideas and practices.CanadaThe RAFTThe Raft is a drop-in centre and hostel for homeless youth in St Catharines,...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Youth services un-axedAre young people apathetic? Not in the city of Brighton and Hove where a youth-led campaign has forced government to abandon plans to cut 80 per cent of funding to their services. According to trade union UNISON, spending on youth...
Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo
'When [the mining company] came and showed us the documents saying that they had authorization to drill for oil in the park, we were shocked,' recalls Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, who was head ranger at Virunga National Park on the eastern border of the...
Rûwâhîne
RûwâhÎne by Ifriqiyya Electrique (Glitterbeat, GB 046 CD, LP, digital)While trance-inducing music is nothing new, the ways it is used and disseminated have changed radically since recording technology has been available. Every culture has always had...
Saro-Wiwa Court Action
Campaigners have begun legal proceedings to gain possession of a 'living memorial' to Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa.Britain-based campaign group Platform shipped the eight-metre long steel sculpture - titled The Bus - to the Ogoni people,...
Shifting Sands
'Sweetheart Island is the only place we can fish for crab now. Many islands have been lost to the sand-dredging already,' said fisher Lim Lon. With its houses on stilts strung out over the water, the isolated village of Koh Sralao in Cambodia's southwest...
'Smart City' Plan Stumbles over Slums
Prashant Kumar Das sat outside his home staring into the distance. A few hundred metres away a block of unpainted grey apartment buildings lay deserted. The 58-year-old lives in Bhubaneswar, a city in Odisha state about 400 kilometres southwest of Calcutta.'When...
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell (And Other Stories, ISBN 978 1 911508 007)Learning of the death of her adopted brother, Helen decides to find out why he killed himself: 'Behind every suicide, there's a door,' she explains. She returns...
The Island That Disappeared
The Island that Disappeared by Tom Felling (Explore Books, ISBN 978 19111 84058)Most people are familiar, at least in outline, with the story of the founding of the United States; how a plucky band of Pilgrims fled religious persecution in England and,...
The Kim Family
Plain crazy or crazy like a fox? The answer is that the Kims are probably both. Grandfather Kim Il-sung, who earned his spurs in the then-united Korea's fight against Japanese invaders in the 1930s, was a man of ruthless political skill. After the Second...
The Other Side of Hope
The Other Side of Hope (98 minutes)directed and written by Aki KaurismäkiThere won't be many comedies about the distress and hardship Syrian refugees face. This, like Kaurismäki's previous film (Le Havre), has a local middle-aged man shelter a young...
The Right Way to Rewrite NAFTA
What is an internationalist to make of Donald J Trump's vow to blow up the North American Free Trade Agreement?As of late April, President Trump was preparing to issue an executive order commencing US withdrawal from NAFTA, which he has criticized as...
The Underside of Power
The Underside of Power by Algiers (Matador OLE 1171, Vinyl, CD, Limited Vinyl, Digital)There is a lot going on in Algiers' second album, musically and politically, and it's all expressed with an articulate fury against a US political system that cracks,...
Townspeople Put Stoppers on Mammoth Goldmine
The people of Cajamarca, a small mountain town in central Colombia that sits atop a rich seam of gold, have won an important battle against mining giant AngloGold Ashanti.A landslide 98 per cent of townspeople voted for work to cease on the La Colosa...
When the Lake Ran Dry
'My ancestors used to live in boats like this,' the old man tells me mournfully. He is showing me a miniature boat, similar in shape to a Viking galley but made entirely of reeds. This is an example of traditional Uru handicrafts, created using reeds...
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