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Articles from No. 383, October

Ask before You Give!
PrinciplesIf you want to support an organization, rather than a specific appeal, have you considered:* Searching out small rather than big ones?* Making modest contributions regularly - 'committed giving'?* Donating not just hard cash but time, skill,...
Baghdad Bulletin
Baghdad Bulletinby David Enders (Pluto Press ISBN 0 7453 2465 7)When he graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003, David Enders made what many saw as a foolish or just plain suicidal decision. Having viewed - and opposed - the US invasion of...
Bingo Babble
As global inequality grows, so does official tenderness for the unequal. Every international agency is concerned with the disadvantaged, the left-behind, the sad laggards of globalism. A formidable jargon has been generated. Billions of dollars have...
Charity or Justice
Are bingos part of the solution or part of the problem? I have long pondered this question while working in the British development sector for the past 12 years. I think the balance sheet is mixed, and that many bingos have a lot of explaining to do.To...
Culture for Pigeon
Culture for Pigeonby Tracy + the Plastics (Too Pure 170CC CD)Tracy's the one who sings; Nikki, who plays keyboards, has brown hair too, but her body language - she likes flashing, peace signs a lot - is totally different; Cola, the blonde on the drum...
Disarming Politics
SINCE 1975, the people of Aceh, Indonesia's easternmost province, have claimed freedom from the Indonesian Republic. The resulting civil war has lasted 30 years and claimed over 20,000 lives. In an historic agreement signed on 15 August 2005, the leaders...
Doubters and Dreamers
Sometimes memory can be short and forgetting long, as Reem Haddad discovers.I STOOD there at the airport waiting for him to arrive. I even carried his picture around my neck. I didn't have a choice - it was a press card. After 11 years of imprisonment,...
Green Imperialism
Once upon a time, in the not-too-distant past, a bingo decided to do nature conservation in the Wasi river basin, Papua New Guinea. The place was an environmentalist's dream. Lots and lots of bush filled with a multitude of flying and biting things....
Interview with Sultan Kurash
'Don't sell your land!' Sultan Kurash's words are so powerful that you can hear the lyrics of his popular song echoing from one end of the disputed territory of Xinjiang to the other. In their attempts to silence him, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)...
Invisible Fields
Invisible Fieldsby Iarla Ó Lionáird (EMI/Real World CDRW 126 CD)Surprise time for anyone more accustomed t'o larla Ó Lionáird in his guise as singer for dance outfit Afro-Celt Sound System. With its acoustic instruments, fresh atmospherics and soaring...
Letters
Publicizing nonviolenceThank you for your timely issue on nonviolence (NI 381). Too often we only hear about the violent 'solutions' despite the increasing successes of nonviolent campaigns. Your readers might like to know about a new project from the...
Old Failures Feed New Famines
WITH more than three million of its people now at risk of starvation, Niger has become the third African country to face a famine in the past five years. Ethiopia suffered famine in 2000 and Malawi in 2002. All three cases violate Amartya Sen's law on...
Pop without Frontiers
In the age of globalization and post-globalization and post-postglobalization (which is sort of like post-globalization but the postal service has been re-privatized), is there a more potent symbol of our interconnectedness than the phenomenon that is...
Rwanda [Country Profile]
In Rwanda, though, where skeletal remains from the 2oth century's last genocide continue to be found, a visitor naturally seeks signs.The horrors of April-July 1994-when almost a million ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were massacred in...
Silent Revolution
The seeds of Chipko - popularly known as the 'tree huggers' - were sown in the early 1980s in northern India and the forests of the Himalayas, For three years Sunderlal Bahuguna and other activists, with the support of the village people, undertook a...
The Big Charity Bonanza
If giving to charity were a mark of virtue then we'd be living in uniquely virtuous times. More money is being donated to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - nonprofits' in the US - than ever before. Vast areas of humanitarian or environmental endeavour...
The Big Smack
'IF you really step out of line, the staff form a corridor at night. They each pick up a piece of wood and the kid has to pass through the tunnel [while being beaten]. The name of the piece of wood is Kelly Key. She had a pop song that went: "Dribble,...
The Greening of Larry Mahon
The Greening of Larry Mahonby Dave Duggan (Long Tower/Guildhall Press ISBN 0 946451 81 8)Dave Duggan's impressive début novel inhabits two seemingly very different worlds; the violence-torn streets of Derry, Northern Ireland, and the remote logging camps...
The Poverty of America
The human toll of Hurricane Katrlna Is still being counted as the fetid waters that drowned a city recede or evaporate In the hot sun. Much has been written about how the'war on terror' diverted spending from the defences of New Orleans. The absence...
The Stain in Sustainability
If the thought of The Nature Conservancy drilling for natural gas on the last known breeding ground of the Attwater prairie chicken strikes you as incongruous then you are behind the times. Gone are the days when environmentalists laid down their bodies...
Thunderbolts from the Sewer
Windswept Winestead Hall, eight miles east of Hull in northern England. My 60 days' engagement with the College for International Co-operation and Development (CICD) started with an unfussy payment of $2,800 into the private bank account of the Principal,...
Tsunami Business
What to write and when to hold back? As a writer, my instinct is to tell all, do the exposé, go for the jugular. After 20 odd years in the NGO world, I wonder though: will this help or hurt thé communities I write for?Through the 1970s, many bingos in...
Why the World Is Ignoring Darfur
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has made it plain that if the genocide in Rwanda were to happen again, Britain would have a duty to act. In 2001 he told the ruling Labour Party's annual conference that there was a moral duty to prevent such carnage...
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