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Articles from No. 239, January

1992 World Events & Magazine Index
The central themes for 1992 were:January 227 Feminism in the 1990s We've only just begun February 228 Changing Charity 50 years of Oxfam March 229 Human Rights The second NI Olympics April 230 Green Justice...
A Plague of Heroes: The Gold Rush to Serra Pelada in the Early 1980s Created Biblical Scenes in a Gigantic Pit Gouged out by Hand, and Brought to the Surface the Violent Conflicts in Brazilian Amazonia (Photographs)
ONE day in 1980 a cowhand found a gold nugget in a stream. He took it for sale in a nearby town. Within two weeks 10,000 garimpeiros -- prospectors -- had descended upon the place that became known as Serra Pelada, 'Bald Mountain'. Within a year there...
Constructing Destruction: Women at Work on the Great Concrete Cliffs of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in India Are Building a Giant That Will Swallow Up the Narmada River Valley (Photographs)
ACONSTRUCTION site. Landscapes of concrete, cranes, cables. Heavy lifting, earth moving, hard labour by fragile forms in flowing robes, thin - limbed and upright, treading gently over the rubble. At first sight this is a place of paradox.But there's...
Country Profile: Israel
THE biblical Hebrew name 'Israel' means 'a person who struggles with God'. Modern Israelis struggle not only with God but also with the Arabs. They struggle too amongst themselves, for they are divided between religious and secular, left and right, between...
Flying Pigeons Forever: Bikes Are Best, in China They Are a Way of Life, at the Hub of a Wheel That Reaches Round the Third World (Photographs)
Pedal, chain, wheels and frame -- the basic design of the bicycle is as near perfect as a machine can be. And bikes are good for you, too. For every person who takes a trip by bike rather than by car there is less pollution, less fuel used, less space...
(Gaye, Marvin. What's Going On)
WITH What's Going On Motown soul traded its songs of innocence for songs of experience. The famous black record label had enriched the Sixties with a vast array of three - minute jewels, each created according to the strict house rules of owner - dictator...
Hard Work: Pictures of Work Are Hard to Find: David Ransom Detects a Blind Spot in Our View of Working Life and Imagines What Might Lie Behind It
I RECKON I've worked pretty hard all my life. Never harder, in fact, than when I was out of a job. To fend off anxiety, frustration and questions about what I was doing I told my friends I was writing a novel. Then, because they kept asking me what it...
Inside the Volcano: The Sulphur-Breakers of the Kawak Idjen Volcano, on the Eastern Tip of the Island of Java, Indonesia, Work in an Inferno at the Extreme of Physical Endurance, and It's All for Sugar (Photographs)
THEY wake in the village of Licin at one in the morning. Then they begin the 12 - kilometre ascent to the summit of the volcano. Their path takes them through plantations and tropical rainforest to a small hamlet of huts where a group of about 10 miners...
I Rigoberta: Nobel Prize Brings Media to Attention
THE awarding of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize to Guatemala's Rigoberta Menchu sets the seal on a new international concern for the indigenous population of Latin America.The world's media and politicians had been steadily warmed up to the cause by controversy...
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The hard - realism cop drama is a staple genre in French cinema. In recent years there's been no shortage of downbeat depictions of Parisian policing methods, the most notable being Bob Swaim's glossy La Balance and Maurice Pialat's lugubrious Police.Bertrand...
Maids and Madams: African Women Suffer in Unexpected Ways from the Malady at the Heart of Work in South Africa
I WANT to be a millionaire when I grow up!' pipes the innocent voice of a child at the beginning of an anti - drugs commercial. In my mind the voice paints a picture of a confident white child, a child who would dare to have a dream like this so young.An...
My Pictures Look like My Life: Sebastiao Salgado Talks to David Ransom about How He Works and What Goes into Creating His Photographs
MY pictures look like the light I saw when I was a child in my village in Brazil, like all my friends and relations, the people I trust, like the ideology I developed and the political change I want to see in my country. In the end I believe that my...
Qualms Becalmed: Recession Prompts Sales Drive
THE curtain is down on the Cold War drama. But there is a growing fear that weapons of mass destruction are changing hands more freely than ever. It is focused on the former Soviet Union, which has dissolved into a handful of highly - militarized states...
Rush to Point Zero (How Juley Howard Is Trying to Stop the British Government Using Native American Land for Nuclear Tests)
WE first met the Western Shoshone Native People two years ago, a few days into what might be considered a crazy adventure to stop the British Government from exploding a nuclear bomb on Native land in Newe Segobia, US.Greenpeace had flown two of us out...
Soul in the Soil: Farmers Face Ruin
THE Palestinian farmer raised his hands and shrugged his shoulders when asked why he no longer looked after his almond trees. 'My land is all loss for me,' he explained.Hassan ari Sawalha lives in Ben Na'im village, close to Hebron in the Israeli - occupied...
The Wages of Work: Work Makes Us Do Strange Things, Eduardo Galeano Casts a Quizzical Eye over the Results
WHEN do people earn the Per Capita Income? More than one poor starving soul would like to know.In our countries, numbers live better than people. How many people prosper in times of prosperity? How many people find their lives developed by development?The...
Ways of Seeing, Ways of Working
LOOK at an image of a woman ironing. Is this work or is it leisure? And if it is work, what kind of work is it? She could be a full - time wage worker making garments as a domestic outworker. If she is hired on a piecework basis she could be trying to...
Work: The Facts
Say 'worker' and what picture springs to mind? Men like miners in dungarees and hard hats? Production lines and construction sites? Chances are the people who do most of the world's work don't look much like what you imagine.FEMALE(f.1)When housework...
(Young, Neil. Harvest Moon)
Neil Young continues to be the most erratic of North American heirs to the folk tradition. One moment he'll be exploring his R&B roots and taking a satirical swipe at corporate sponsorship (This Note's For You); the next he'll be rooted in a pure...
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