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Articles from No. 409, March

Alternative Tourism Groups
Tourism Concern is the campaigning organization closest to the content of this magazine, ft has a long and honourable track record in confronting the travel and tourism industry about its abuses - and in advocating for ethical, alternative approaches....
A New Internationalist TRAVELLERS' CODE
1. AVOID PREPACKAGED, ALL-IN-ONE HOLIDAYS. These might be convenient but they will swallow up almost all your money at the rich-world end and leave very little for the people of the area or country you're visiting. Pay as you go - and put as much of...
Another Way
Fer nearly a year, Wanni Ruengsamut has been receiving a flow of visitors to her simple wooden house that stands on stilts and is surrounded by the calm waters of the Phang Nga Bay. They are not lost relatives attempting to restore broken family ties...
A World Apart
Back in the 1980s, Cairo's upper class feted lavishly, as often in their flats and villas as on feluccas, the sailboats that ply the Nile, or moonlit desert caravans culminating in dinners beside the ruins of lesser-known pyramids. Nowadays outdoor parties...
Boycott Lonely Planet!
Tourism is a major source of foreign exchange for Burma, despite the military regime's brutal human rights record. The junta has been actively promoting tourism since 1995. Since then more than a million people have been displaced by 'beautification'...
Caught in the Act
The disgraceful behaviour of German car manufacturers BMW, Daimler and Porsche has won them the 'Worst EU Lobbying' Award 2007. Their joint offensive to water down and delay the CO2 emission reduction targets proposed by the European Commission (EC)...
Che Guevara: Lucha Por la Vida
Che Guevara: Lucha por la Vidaby Various Artists (Milan France 399160-2 CD)Released to mark the 40th anniversary of Che Guevara's death in 1967, Lucha porla Vida (Struggle for Life) uses the idea of political revolution as a trope for musical insurgency...
Country Profile: Brunei
There is a little hole on the wall of every office, restaurant, reception area, hotel lobby, shop - even in the humblest of the living rooms - which serves as a formidable metaphor for the vicissitudes of power, prestige and privilege in Brunei. The...
Cuban Futurology
It would be Interesting to know who first floated the idea that Cuban writers have a special gift for predicting the future. Whenever foreign journalists interview writers from the island, they are invariably asked how they see the future of the country....
'Death Would Be Better'
A bill that would make domestic violence a criminal offence in Tajikistan will go before Parliament later this year. Women's groups, including the Association for Gender Development and Preventing Violence Towards Women, drafted the law in November 2006...
Desert of Death: A Soldier's Journey from Iraq to Afghanistan
Desert of Death: A Soldier's Journey from Iraq to Afghanistan by Leo Docherty (Faber, ISBN 9780571236893)The rather melodramatic title of this memoir is the local name for a barren stretch of country in the south of Afghanistan's Helmand Province. Following...
Egypt Steps In
In early January, the United Nations and African Union finally began deploying a joint international force to Darfur. Almost immediately, the Sudanese Government attacked a UN peacekeeping convoy, leaving one man in a critical condition. With attacks...
Ethical Travel
From this month's editorWhenever we make changes to the format of this magazinewe await feedback from readers with bated breath. More often than not it doesn't arrive - even when prompted by questions in our regular readers' surveys. I guess this is...
High Water Risin'
Major floods have grown exponentially from just seven in the 1950s to thirty-four in the 1990s. But it's not just floodwaters that are on the rise - the UN projects the number of people threatened by flooding will double to over two billion by 2050....
International Olympic Committee
They are possibly the most powerful volunteers in the world. They make decisions that shape the urban landscape across the world. They receive and distribute billions. They trot the globe with luxuriant hospitality awaiting them every time the plane...
Letters
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 NI office. Please remember to include a town and country for...
Pravda's Beef with Vegetarianism
The glory days of Pravda - the infamous propaganda rag of the USSR's Communist Party - are long since gone. But even though the newspaper officially came to an end in 1991, in true communist fashion, a number of splinter groups emerged proclaiming to...
Problems in Paradise
I stood aghast: was this really the same place?The time I spent in Ubud in 1981 is one of my most cherished travel memories. This village in central Bali had a steady trickle of Western visitors even then, attracted by its reputation as a haven for artists....
Sir and Madam
It is a familiar and embarrassing scene: we five Europeans sit up on chairs while grateful children sit on the floor and applaud us. Some jump up and sing. It is genuine: these children know that we can make their futures possible.* One of the smaller...
Ten Steps to Reduce Flying
Rule out commuting by airA NO-BRAINER for most of us but Increasing numbers of people are actually commuting by air. Once almost entirely a US phenomenon, cheap air travel has now produced the equivalent in Australasia and Europe. Air commuting tends...
That Sinking Feeling
The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government recently provided $800,000 to help relocate inhabitants from its Carteret Islands. But the islanders were hardpushed to consider this anything other than a hollow victory. For 30 years they have been struggling to...
To Fly or Not to Fly?
The plane is ever the English Channel when the pilot's voice crackles over the loudspeakers.'Just to warn you that there's been a bit of trouble at Heathrow with people protesting about the impact of air travel on climate change. Nothing to worry about,...
What Is Ethical Travel?
'There was this Kenyan guy who just walked into our office,' remembers Tricia Barnett of Tourism Concern. 'He was a Maasai but also a Christian minister who'd been invited to London on a course. He said: "I want you to help me. My community's having...
Why We're Losing the War on Terror
Why We're Losing The War on Terror by Paul Rogers (Polity, ISBN 9780745641973)The analysis and perception so signally lacking in Docherty's offering (see left), is provided admirably by Paul Rogers' short, punchy book. Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies...
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