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Articles from No. 352, December

Abouna Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Set in Chad, Abouna - which translates as `Our Father' - is a small-scale study of two children searching for their father. Tahir and his little brother Amine get up one morning to discover their father is missing. When he doesn't turn up that afternoon...
An Activist's Guide to Pitching a Good News Story
JUST before I started preparing for this magazine, I met an activist from Kenya who was colourful, insightful and doing wonderful things in his community. Together with an Australian aid worker, we talked for two hours. Afterwards, the aid worker and...
Bacardi; the Hidden War by Hernando Calvo Ospina
(Pluto ISBN 0 7453 1873 8)Bacardi is one of the most instantly recognizable brands in the world; think of rum and the ubiquitous `bat' symbol pops up unbidden. Colombian investigative journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina has, however, uncovered the murky...
Bank Dictatorship [Human Development Report]
The latest Human Development Report from the United Nations focuses on democracy - or the lack of it - around the world. It turns the spotlight not just on governments but on international institutions, pointing to the crisis of public confidence in...
Brave Steps towards Peace
Scoring goals in Burundi'I was in the middle,' recalls Adrien Tuyaga. 'Each side wanted me to join them and participate in the violence. I thought I would be killing my mother if I joined the Hutus and betraying my father if I joined the Tutsis. This...
Brave Steps towards Peace
Scoring goals in Burundi`I was in the middle,' recalls Adrien Tuyaga. `Each side wanted me to join them and participate in the violence. I thought I would be killing my mother if I joined the Hutus and betraying my father if I joined the Tutsis. This...
Can't Say No: How the US Got Their UN Resolution on Iraq
November's unanimous vote in the UN Security Council supporting the US resolution on weapons inspections in Iraq was obtained through considerable political and diplomatic pressure applied in various capitals.Besides its five veto-wielding permanent...
Change the Rules
AT a recent birthday dinner, a community worker told me about her husband's mental breakdown. He was an architectural draftsman who'd worked with the same company for many years when it went bankrupt. As is increasingly the case in my country - Australia...
Change the World: To Be Truly Radical Is to Make Hope Possible, Rather Than Despair Convincinv
WHILE working on this magazine, a realization hit me like a bolt of lightening. And, like all inspiring revelations, it provides a simple but fundamental critique about where I've been directing my energy and focus in life. To date, my activism has always...
Clean the Planet
THERE are more than 540 million vehicles in the world. They have a lot to answer for. Traffic accidents kill more than a million people each year, injure tens of millions more and cost poorer countries twice as much as they receive in international aid....
Daring Democracy
Few local authorities would risk giving citizens control over municipal budgets. But that's what's happening in Brazil - with remarkable results. Rebecca Abers reports.BRAZIL is usually cited in the Western press for its formidable economic problems,...
Daring Democracy: Few Local Authorities Would Risk Giving Citizens Control over Municipal Budgets. but That's What's Happening in Brazil - with Remarkable Results
[Graph Not Transcribed]BRAZIL is usually cited in the Western press for its formidable economic problems, spiralling urban violence and dramatic environmental destruction. But it should be getting international recognition for something equally noteworthy...
Develop Sustainability [Guangzhou]
IN a country where economic growth is being pursued at a rapacious rate, Chengdu is not the only city in China that has recognized that economic development does not necessarily deliver human development. Guangzhou (formerly Canton) - a sprawling city...
EAST TIMOR; Silent Killers Still Stalk; UN Apathy over Lethal Asbestos Dust
I FIRST became aware of the terrible legacy of asbestos when my grandfather contracted mesothelioma - a fatal form of cancer - from inhaling a few tiny, virtually unseen asbestos fibres that lodged in his lung. While it takes many years for the disease...
Get It Right! Change the Rules
AT a recent birthday dinner, a community worker told me about her husband's mental breakdown. He was an architectural draftsman who'd worked with the same company for many years when it went bankrupt. As is increasingly the case in my country - Australia...
Get It Right! Change the World
WHILE working on this magazine, a realization hit me like a bolt of lightening. And, like all inspiring revelations, it provides a simple but fundamental critique about where I've been directing my energy and focus in life. To date, my activism has always...
Get It Right! Clean the Planet
THERE are more than 540 million vehicles in the world. They have a lot to answer for. Traffic accidents kill more than a million people each year, injure tens of millions more and cost poorer countries twice as much as they receive in international aid....
Get It Right! Develop Sustainability
IN a country where economic growth is being pursued at a rapacious rate, Chengdu is not the only city in China that has recognized that economic development does not necessarily deliver human development. Guangzhou (formerly Canton) - a sprawling city...
Get It Right! Invest in Partnership
Put `sustainable development 2002' into a web search engine and you'll be swamped by World Earth Summit-speak from Johannesburg, South Africa, earlier this year. It's not very helpful. But that's not really surprising. Because the very qualities that...
Get It Right! Participate Equally
WHY - in an article about the empowerment of women - has NI commissioned a male writer? Well, finding a female journalist in Malawi to do this story proved just too difficult. Apparently, sexual harassment from senior editors and male news sources is...
Get It Right! Take Control
REPRESENTATIVE democracy means decisions of `public interest' in our transport, environment, economy, education and health systems are left to elected politicians and bureaucrats. Left, then often neglected. But many ordinary people are no longer prepared...
Guns among the Olives: Palestinian Farmers Find Surprising Allies When Attacked by Israeli Settlers
[Graph Not Transcribed]HAD they been here at sunset on the last Saturday in October, most Israelis would not have believed their eyes. In the middle of Havarah, a small village south of Nablus deep inside Palestinian territory in the West Bank, 63 Israelis...
How Children Saved the River: As the Rest of China 'Develops at All Costs', Rivers and People Take Priority in Chengdu's Urban Plan. Ma Guihua Finds out How
[Graph Not Transcribed]OLD houses often hold fond memories. That is why people can become nostalgic about the places where they've spent their childhood or the prime of their life. But not 79-year-old Xiang Zhiming, a retired hardware dealer. He no longer...
If the Clothes Fit, Wear Them
Argentine workers have found a much better way of taking control of their factories than going on strike... going to work. Ivan Briscoe describes a revolution in the making.As recession slashes through Buenos Aires' textile district, one factory continues...
If the Clothes Fit, Wear Them: Argentine Workers Have Found a Much Better Way of Taking Control of Their Factories Than Going on Strike. Going to Work. Ivan Briscoe Describes a Revolution in the Making
[Graph Not Transcribed]As recession slashes through Buenos Aires' textile district, one factory continues resolutely to roll out clothing for the wealthy. Window displays at the front of the factory - where headless dummies sport double-breasted jackets,...
Interview with Raul Gatica
Raul Gatica talked to Katharine Ainger'PESSIMISM,' says Raul Gatica, 'is something I buried along with my umbilical cord.'Raul's small, stocky frame contains a humourful and expansive optimist. As an indigenous Mexican activist from the southern state...
Invest in Partnership
Put 'sustainable development 2002' into a web search engine and you'll be swamped by World Earth Summit-speak from Johannesburg, South Africa, earlier this year. It's not very helpful. But that's not really surprising. Because the very qualities that...
Islands of Hope in Hydrogen
THE tiny South Pacific island of Vanuatu has big ideas about its energy destiny. The economically depressed and climatically vulnerable island, which spends nearly as much money on petroleum-based products as it receives from all of its exports, hopes...
Islands of Hope in Hydrogen: Clean Hydrogen Energy Is Just around the Corner If Governments Have the Guts to Take on the Oil Barons
[Graph Not Transcribed]THE tiny South Pacific island of Vanuatu has big ideas about its energy destiny. The economically depressed and climatically vulnerable island, which spends nearly as much money on petroleum-based products as it receives from all...
ISRAEL/PALESTINE; Palestinian Farmers Find Surprising Allies When Attacked by Israeli Settlers
HAD they been here at sunset on the last Saturday in October, most Israelis would not have believed their eyes. In the middle of Havarah, a small village south of Nablus deep inside Palestinian territory in the West Bank, 63 Israelis - men and women,...
Liberte by Kad Achouri
(Stern's Music STCD4001 CD)The way that music may change the world, suggests Kad Achouri, is not through assault but by more gentle methods. To this end, Achouri - now resident in London after leaving France - has come up with the mellifluous, jazz-inflected...
Making Waves; Interview with Raul Gatica
`PESSIMISM,' says Raul Gatica, `is something I buried along with my umbilical cord.'Raul's small, stocky frame contains a humourful and expansive optimist. As an indigenous Mexican activist from the southern state of Oaxaca, his optimism is a form of...
Mauritius
GIVEN his ferociously radical inclinations, the writer Mark Twain has probably turned a few times in his grave to see himself widely quoted in travel brochures as saying: `You gather that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was...
Night of the Gas
It's 18 years since the world's worst industrial accident at a transnational corporation's pesticide plant in Bhopal, India - but the poor are being poisoned by it to this day. Meanwhile the Indian Government is sitting on funds intended for compensation...
Night of the Gas: It's 18 Years since the World's Worst Industrial Accident at a Transnational Corporation's Pesticide Plant in Bhopal, India - but the Poor Are Being Poisoned by It to This Day. Meanwhile the Indian Government Is Sitting on Funds Intended for Compensation and Clean-Up. Luke David Tells a Shameful Tale
Most people were at home sleeping when the tank burst out of the earth and stood shuddering on its end, emitting a stream of deadly fumes into the night. The gases came into their houses without warning. They woke choking, their eyes and mouths burning....
Participate Equally
WHY - in an article about the empowerment of women - has NI commissioned a male writer? Well, finding a female journalist in Malawi to do this story proved just too difficult. Apparently, sexual harassment from senior editors and male news sources is...
Profit from Principle
Katy Salmon goes to East Africa's largest indigenous coastal forest to find out what converted Kenyan farmers from forest vandalism to environmental activism.THE subsistence farmers complained that the forest brought nothing but suffering. At night animals...
Profit from Principle: Katy Salmon Goes to East Africa's Largest Indigenous Coastal Forest to Find out What Converted Kenyan Farmers from Forest Vandalism to Environmental Activism [Butterfly Farming under the Kipepo Project]
[Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed]THE subsistence farmers complained that the forest brought nothing but suffering. At night animals came out from behind the trees and destroyed the farmers' cassava, maize and cashew nut crops. 'Elephants...
Righteous Testosterone [the US's Christian Right]
[Graph Not Transcribed]Righteous testosteroneAmidst news from the US that the Christian right are the biggest backers of a war with Iraq, Seriously thought it was time to take a look at the other opinions of this devout bunch.Randall Terry, founder of...
Shintaro Ishihara [Worldbeaters]
'Every time Ishihara is talking to the police or the military he seems to get some kind of rush of nationalistic fervour... He stands there with eyes glowing and goose bumps running all over his body as if about to climax in the joy of the moment. Then...
Silent Killers Still Stalk: UN Apathy over Lethal Asbestos Dust
I FIRST became aware of the terrible legacy of asbestos when my grandfather contracted mesothelioma - a fatal form of cancer - from inhaling a few tiny, virtually unseen asbestos fibres that lodged in his lung. While it takes many years for the disease...
Sisters Are Tapping It for Themselves
What has gender got to do with keeping water clean and safe in rural Malawi? Everything, as Raphael Tenthani discovered.UPILE Ajibu walks gracefully to her mud-and-thatch hut balancing a tin pail of water on her head. This is the fifth the 33-year-old...
Sisters Are Tapping It for Themselves: What Has Gender Got to Do with Keeping Water Clean and Safe in Rural Malawi? Everything, as Raphael Tenthani Discovered
[Graph Not Transcribed]UPILE Ajibu walks gracefully to her mud-and-thatch hut balancing a tin pail of water on her head. This is the fifth the 33-year-old mother of four has drawn today. 'We normally use only two pails but I keep the others just in case,'...
Success Stories; FROM THIS MONTH'S EDITOR
HOPE can be a powerful tool for change. Surprising then that after 20 years of activism, I only made this discovery in March this year. It was at the Brisbane Social Forum in Australia. On a hot Saturday morning all colours and voices within the political...
Take Control
REPRESENTATIVE democracy means decisions of 'public interest' in our transport, environment, economy, education and health systems are left to elected politicians and bureaucrats. Left, then often neglected. But many ordinary people are no longer prepared...
The Have Nots: Windows 10
[Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed]BirthThe public hospital in the fanciest neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro received a thousand patients every day. Nearly all were poor or very poor.In the fall of 1993 a doctor on call remembered: 'Last week,...
The Long Way Back by Fuad Al-Takarli
(The American University in Cairo Press ISBN 977 424 646 2)This fine, complex novel from one of Iraq's most accomplished and subtle writers was first published in Arabic in 1980 and its publication in an English translation could not be more timely....
Uzbek Billiards Ban
The Uzbekistan Government appears to be distancing itself from a national ban on billiards clubs that has infuriated and baffled players. Although police and tax-service officers have closed down the Uzbekistan Billiards Federation, the Uzbek President's...
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH; Windows 10; the Have Nots
BirthThe public hospital in the fanciest neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro received a thousand patients every day. Nearly all were poor or very poor.In the fall of 1993 a doctor on call remembered: `Last week, I had to choose between two newborns. We only...
WAR ON IRAQ; Can't Say No; How the US Got Their UN Resolution on Iraq
November's unanimous vote in the UN Security Council supporting the US resolution on weapons inspections in Iraq was obtained through considerable political and diplomatic pressure applied in various capitals.Besides its five veto-wielding permanent...
What Makes the Stars Shine?
I STARTED working in developing countries as an architect and planner early in the 1970s. The urban projects that I came across were massive. So was the wasted opportunity. Many of these projects copied a Western model of urban environment and development...
What Makes the Stars Shine?: Nicholas You on What Works - and Why
I STARTED working in developing countries as an architect and planner early in the 1970s. The urban projects that I came across were massive. So was the wasted opportunity. Many of these projects copied a Western model of urban environment and development...
Worldbeaters.Taking Aim at the Rich and Powerful; Shintaro Ishihara
`Every time Ishihara is talking to the police or the military he seems to get some kind of rush of nationalistic fervour... He stands there with eyes glowing and goose bumps running all over his body as if about to climax in the joy of the moment. Then...
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