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Articles from No. 466, October

117 Million Females Are Missing
Misogyny doesn't get much more basic than this: taking steps to make sure that females are not born.I'd heard about the 'missing millions' but had not fully appreciated the sheer scale of pro-male sex selection or the collective and individual harm it...
Also out There
Also out there...MUSIC 'Singing for dancing, dancing for singing' is the motto to JigJaw's Doodle I Doe (Doodle I Records), a hugely happy album from four women with a taste for acappella songs and clogs. Drawing their material from various traditions,...
Betrayal
Betrayal by Adriaan van Dis translated from the Dutch by Ina Rilke (MacLehose Press ISBN 9780857051844)Adriaan van Dis's latest novel is a harrowing depiction of broken dreams and lost idealism. Mulder, an ageing Dutch radical, returns to South Africa...
Blue Dragon to the Rescue
It's mid-morning. A light rain is falling over Hanoi. The car I'm in weaves through chaotic traffic. Sitting in front and to my left are two teenage girls.Laughter fills the car. I'll call the girls 'Qui' and 'Phong'. One is 17 and the other is 19. They're...
Daughters Are More Caring
Twenty-six year old Hong Hong married last year and is now ready to have a baby. But contrary to centuries-old Confucian tradition Hong does not want a boy. She wants a girl.'My father's generation wants to have boys due to the old view which values...
Denfila
Denfilaby Donso (Comet 056 CD)Dance music of all types has always played around with the creation of trance states: not "trance" in a strictly anthropological way, but as a way of harnessing a musical energy and transmitting it to a participant audience....
Depart, Visitor
On an ordinary day, crossing the border from Botswana into South Africa takes about half an hour. It is a simple, painless exercise. On the Botswana side: register your car in order to be given a gate-pass, have it stamped by the customs people, give...
Digital Discrimination
It is now easier than ever to part with your money - especially online. But an increased reliance on modern payment methods is further isolating already vulnerable groups.'Traditional' arrangements, such as cash, are becoming harder and more expensive...
Fair Enough?
An alternative certification and labelling system, the Small Producers Symbol (SPP), is keeping farmers at the heart of fair trade.Latin American producers set up the scheme in reaction to Fairtrade International (FTI)'s way of doing business. Farmers...
From Our Website
On the Argument 'Should 16-year-olds get the vote?' NI 465Hmm... let me see? Do they pay tax? Yes! So YES, they should get to vote, or else they pay taxation without representation.Ged ByrneOn the Argument 'Are exams bad for children?' NI 464When I look...
Girls Not Allowed
There's a moment in the documentary film'It's a Girl' that is at once chilling and heart-rending.A woman smiles nervously as she starts to describe the methods she used to kill her eight new-born baby daughters.Then she puts her hand up to her own neck,...
Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt (113 minutes) directed and co-written by Margarethe von TrottaNearly 40 years on from her feature début, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, von Trotta again confronts her lead character with a ferocious media campaign and social hostility....
Has the Arab Spring Failed?
MyriamIn August, the Egyptian military reintroduced the state of emergency which had kept [former President] Mubarak in power for over three decades - and the largest Arab state slid back from the promising hope of Tahrir Square. The Egyptian military...
Interview with Maha Alasil
For the half a million Syrians who have fled to Jordan, the struggle to survive is far from over. Nigel WilSoN meets an ordinary woman making an extraordinary effort to help those in need.'I just decided to go. Everyone told me not to, that it was too...
Keeping Prerna
Draped in a yellow, blue and magenta sari, hands full of bangles, Kajri is busy cuddling her four-month-old daughter, Prerna.'I have named her Prerna, meaning inspiration in Hindi, because she gave my life a new meaning,' she says confidently as she...
Keeping the Peace
Ashin Issariya appears unassuming, but the quiet demeanour quickly changes when he has something to say. In the pre-dawn light of Burma's nascent reform process the Buddhist monk and former Saffron Revolution leader isn't afraid to say what others won't,...
Letters
Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.The New Internationalist 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...
Missing Girls - THE FACTS
1 Sex ratio at birth1Biological norm - 105 boys born for every 100 girlsHighly suspect! - 110 boys for every 100 girlsExtreme cases! - 150 boys for every 100 girls (found in some pockets of central China and northwest India)Data comes from different...
Muslim Activists Defy State Power
Anti-government demonstrations across Ethiopia are presenting a rare challenge to the ruling party's authority and giving rise to what some are labelling an 'Ethiopian Spring'.Opposition activists are frustrated that the government is not doing enough...
Narcoland the Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers
Narcoland The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers by Anabel Hernández translated from the spanish by Iain Bruce. (Verso ISBN 13 978 1 78168 073 5)This is one of the most daunting books I have read.It has a vile tale to tell, and does so unsparingly,...
Night Flight
* ONE: A Jordanian soldier waits for Syrian refugees to approach the border. They are whisked here by the opposition Free Syrian Army, traumatized and exhausted, preferring the cover of darkness for their risky journey with only the moonlight to guide...
Only the Best. It Has to Be a Boy
Overseas travel and medical procedures are no longer a luxury for Indians who hanker for a male child. Like many Indian couples, the Guptas fly to Bangkok, Thailand, four hours from the Indian city of Kolkata, to undergo the procedure for gender selection.Pre-implantation...
Patriarchs Flex Their Muscles
Towards the end of July, a small group of Georgian women gathered outside the country's National Forensics Bureau to protest against the introduction of a paid service to certify a prospective bride's virginity.The protesters saw the service as yet another...
Pink Sari Revolution
Pink Sari Revolution by Amana Fontanella-Khan (One World Publications ISBN 978-1-78074-312-7)Heroes are usually 'nice'. Sampat Pal, founder of the Pink Gang - a 20,000-strong group of women who have taken India by storm, demanding justice and judicial...
Racists, Go Home
Readers in Britain may be familiar with the now- withdrawn #RacistVan*, whose billboard declared: 'In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest. Text HOME to 78070 for free advice.'Now obviously, this is a genius idea. Because if you lived in a country...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Meatless in VancouverGreen Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to embrace 'Meatless Mondays'. It follows in the footsteps of cities around the world such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ghent in Belgium, where the idea originated. By encouraging...
Rise of the Killer Robots
Irrespective of intelligence, no machine is capable of morality. So, if you thought drones were bad, you are likely to take an even dimmer view of their successors: 'lethal autonomous robotic weapons'. Unlike remote-controlled drones, 'killer robots'...
Rokia Traoré
On your new album, Beautiful Africa, you call yourself an 'Afro- progressive'. What does that mean?There's a generation in Africa now who no longer wants to think in simple ways, like 'Africa is a victim and Europe is guilty'. We've thought like that...
The Girls Are Back in Town
Oh-Han is an advocate for women's rights in South Korea. The 53-year-old recalls the pouches of traditional medicine you could easily get, not so long ago, that were supposed to help you conceive a son or abort a girl.But all that has changed, she tells...
There's Always Money for War
In good economic times and bad, there's always money for war.Recently, political analyst Paul Waldman made a list of US military actions since 1964. Excluding proxy wars, drone strikes and covert operations, he nevertheless counted 15 significant, direct...
Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
At the end of June, Democratic Party candidate Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj saw offa former wrestler to win re-election as president of the landlocked central Asian republic of Mongolia. Unlike many of the 'democratic' states that emerged from the post-1989...
What Kind of Peace?
Twenty years have passed since the signing of the Palestinian-Israeli Oslo Accords. Lauded as the first step to a lasting peace, they in fact leftIsrael with control over 60 per cent of the West Bank. Palestinians have defined Oslo ever since as a dark...
Yasuní in Peril
Environmentalist and civil society groups are scrambling to protect the Ecuadorean Amazon from Big Oil after the government scrapped its ambitious Yasuní compensation plan.Ecuador's 2007 Yasuní ITT initiative called for $3.6 billion from the international...
Zimbabwe
The internationally renowned dub poet Albert Nyathi's song 'Welcome to Zimbabwe (Land of contradiction)' aptly explains why the Southern African nation is misunderstood even by its own citizens. It says: 'Once colonized in 1890, uncolonized in 1980......
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