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Articles from No. 375, January/February

Aaltra
TékitoiPby Rachid Taha(Wrasse Records WRASS 126X 2CD)Many have tried similar recipes-take a bit of Arabic, French, street slang, and throw into a hustling mix of rai, rock guitars and electronics - but only Rachid Taha can cook up something as intoxicating...
A Brief History of the UN
Early signsIn the 16th century the 'known' world came to be dominated by violent, seagoing and increasingly nationalist European empires: Spain, Portugal, France, Britain and the Netherlands in particular. They attempted to carve up the planet into colonies...
American Dream: Global Nightmare
American Dream: Global Nightmareby Ziauddin Sardar & Merryl Wyn Davies(Icon Books ISBN 184046 5727)The vagaries of copydates mean that I am writing this review in the dismal wake of the election of George W Bush as President of the United States,...
Argentina [Country Profile]
ARGENTINA began the 20th century as one of the world's 10 richest countries. It ended it as a byword for economic meltdown, with two-thirds of its population living in poverty. The country remains the most developed in Latin America according to the...
Asdghig's Long March
THE book had been among my parents' possessions for years. They couldn't remember who had given it to them and they had never got around to reading it. Finding nothing to do one lazy afternoon, I began leafing through its pages. The sentences were short,...
Best of the Year
film + videoThis year's top films were about love - but not romance. My Architect (NI 370) was Nathaniel Kahn's uniquely moving film about buildings and the visionary architect Louis Kahn, his father, who never publicly acknowledged him. The Story of...
Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalizing the Arab Other
Bin Laden in the Suburbsby Jock Collins, Greg Noble et al(Federation Press ISBN 0 9753967 0 7)Few of us would choose to bathe in bile. But we seem to have little choice but to be bathed in the media bile that daily constructs the 'Arab other' as the...
Bluewash
As a child growing up in New York City, on Hallowe'en I used to go around with a little orange box to collect pennies for UNICEF. I have no idea how much those pennies helped children around the world but, if nothing else, it was a brilliant branding...
Caught in the Crossfire: Epidemic of Terrorist Attacks against Women
THE Organization for Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) recently sent out a communiqué stating that: 'Terrorist acts against women in Iraq by Islamic groups have increased dramatically in recent months and reached an unprecedented level under the rubric...
CopyCats
It was perhaps only a matter of time, but recently a Californian biotech startup called Genetic Savings & Clone (GSC) announced that it was the first company successfully to deliver a cloned-to-order pet. A woman in Texas paid the company $50,000...
Cosmopolis
In the world as it is, the looking-glass world, the countries that guard the peace also make and sell the most weapons. The most prestigious banks launder the most drug money and harbour the most stolen cash. The most successful industries are the most...
Cradle to Grave
IN 1995 a glossy publication marking 'Fifty Years of Achievement' presented 'a sample of what the UN system has accomplished since 1945'. Impressive headings included self-congratulatory statements about humanitarian aid to victims of conflict, alleviating...
From This Month's Editor
THIS edition of the NI was completed just two days before disaster overwhelmed so many people living on the rim of the Indian Ocean. There can be few people anywhere in the world who have not also been struck by the shockwaves of a 'natural' and seemingly...
Grimm Rewards
THE UN is like the speck of sand in the oyster, the irritant seed of a growing pearl. One of the reasons it irritates the American Right so much is that simply by existing it acts as a catalyst. The threat is not what it does, but what it stands for.Apart...
Humane Development
Our Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and jails for those who break them... It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead,...
In Memory of Srebrenica
AMONG the Muslim refugees in Srebrenica was Hasan Nuhanovic, who is now a friend of mine. He was with his younger brother Muhamed and their parents. He believed that the Dutch troops of the UN, for whom he had been working, would protect his family.As...
Inspracion - Espiracion
Inspración - Espiraciónby Gotan Project(Wrasse WRASS126 2CD)One of the pleasures of the Gotan Project is that their tango-based music is as slithery as the dance itself when it comes to categorization. Yes, Inspiration - Espiracion, like the 2001 La...
Letters
The New nternationalist welcomes your letters But please keep them short. They may be edited for purposes of space or clarity. Letters should be sent to letters@newint.org or to your local Nl office. Please remember to include a town and country for...
Missing the Millennium Development Goals
All the member states of the UN adopted a Millennium Declaration at a special session of the General Assembly in September 2000. They went on to agree a set of Development Goals that are now a formal priority for every relevant UN agency. Here the NI...
Pepsi and Maria
Pepsi and Mariaby Adam Zameenzad(The Maia Press ISBN 1904559 06 9)Adam Zameenzad is rapidly gaining a reputation for highly imaginative and boundary-crossing fiction. His sixth novel is set in an unnamed South American city, a place of sadism and corruption,...
Places of Death
THE two Gana men never imagined they would find themselves on other continents thousands of kilometres away from their ancestral lands in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in southern Africa. But the fight to save their homelands and their people recently...
Saving Humanity from Hell
IN March 2003, as the debates were raging in the Security Council over Iraq, a BBC interviewer rather glibly asked me: 'So how does the UN feel about being seen as the "i" word - irrelevant?'He was about to go on when I interrupted him. 'As far as we're...
Small Arms, Big Trouble
NEWSPAPER headlines sometimes pass you by. I remember reading something a few weeks ago and thinking 'how odd'. But I didn't give it more attention than that until suddenly the news began to fill the pages of all our local newspapers.The story was about...
The Sky's No Limit
ON 2 November 2004, tens of millions of people around the world were transfixed by the drama unfolding in the US elections. Many of us stayed up all night watching random states flicker blue or red on the map, hoping a change in the political direction...
Under Siege
THE southernmost provinces of Thailand, some parts of which are now reeling from the aftermath of the devastating tsunami, have been plagued with turmoil and killings since early this year. In Chana district in Songkla province, villagers are continuing...
Upside Down: The United Nations at 60
IN the baroque cavern of the San Francisco Opera House, 60 years ago, delegates assembled from the 50 nation-states that founded the United Nations. After several months of horse trading, amid comprehensive snooping by US agents, the screening of Hollywood...
What the UN Means to Alejandra Costamagna
Alejandra Costamagna- writer, Santiago, Chile'IT is impossible not to think about the UN after Bush and Iraq,' she says. The UN would be quite a different thing without that background. The UN has become Bush's toilet. The UN has become an operator dealing...
What the UN Means to Jenni Williams
Jenni Williams- women's rights activist, ZimbabweJENNI WILLIAMS is the National Co-ordinator of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), a pressure group formed in Zimbabwe in 2004. With a membership of over 1,000, WOZA has staged peaceful demonstrations against...
What the UN Means to Rafael Linares
Rafael Linares- street bookseller, Caracas, VenezuelaRAFAEL sells used books under a highway bridge in crowded downtown Caracas. All kinds of things are sold here, from books to pirate software, CDs, DVDs, clothes, food, beer. Traffic and music are heavy...
What the UN Means to Sheela Khazanchi
Sheela Khazanchi- grandmother, New Delhi, India and refugee from Kashmir.SHEELA Khazanchi's earliest experience of the UN was of blue-bereted men buzzing about in jeeps in the rugged, coniferous terrain where the Line-of-Control (LoC) divides her native...
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