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Articles from No. 435, September

ACTION on SEEDS
1 SaveYou can save seeds from window-boxes, gardens, allotments, smallholdings, roadsides - almost anywhere. Just collect mature seeds from the healthiest plants at the end of one growing season, dry them out completely, store them in a labelled envelope,...
A Deadly Drought
The world's first armed conflicts due to climate change may be just beginning. In a remote and arid part of northern Kenya, the Turkana nomadic community today brandish Kalashnikovs, ready to kill in defence of their depleting water sources. The district...
A Very Short Natural History of SEEDS
In the beginningIn water, green algae reproduced sexually by releasing spores - sperm that swam. It's unclear how, some 450 million years ago, plants were able to move from water to land. The earliest land plants were also sporebearing, chiefly mosses...
A World Wide Web of Change
I can remember clearly the first time I ever used the internet. It was on my Commodore 64 - one of the earliest mass-market consumer PCs - and I had just received my shiny new whizz-bang modem. It was a beastly thing - one of those old-fashioned devices...
Bangladesh
Bangladesh will be 40 years old next year. Back in 1971, its civil war and declaration of independence gained global notice thanks to the Concert for Bangladesh, which drew over 40,000 to Madison Square Garden in New York. Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Ravi...
Cook Feels the Heat
In January 2007, Canadian doctoral student Steven Schnoor made a short documentary video that chronicled human rights abuses in Guatemala as a result of forced evictions carried out by military police on behalf of Vancouver-based mining company Skye...
Crops of Truth
The first thing that catches the eye is their colour. Next, a fascinating variety.As she neatly arranges beautiful clay pots filled with seeds, one by one, on the mudlittered floor of her house, Chandramma Molikeri's face lights up. 'These are our seeds...
Don Blankenship
Taking aim at the rich and powerfulStatus: CEO of Massey Energy, US energy patriot, funder of the Tea Party Movement.Reputation: Union-buster, polluter, and climate change denier.When sirens started to wail outside the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia's...
Hacked Off
Frustrated by the prevailing fixation on carbon trading as a solution to the climate crisis, digital direct activists have taken matters into their own hands. In July, they hacked into the public website of the European Climate Exchange (ECX), with the...
Historic Yasuní Deal Signed
The idea that oil should be leftin the ground was given a boost in August, when the Ecuadorian government finally signed a deal to preserve the Yasuní rainforest by locking up a fifth of its oil reserves indefinitely. This extraordinarily biodiverse...
India's Mass Mobilizer: PV Rajagopal
'What happened to this country?'It is clear that PV Rajagopal ponders this question daily. 'India could have followed a development model which would now be a good example for African and Latin American countries, if not for the West. But instead, the...
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...
Merchants of DEATH!
In June of this year some 10,000 peasant farmers took part in a protest march in Haiti's central plateau. At the end they symbolically burnt several bags of seed, part of a 60-tonne donation made by the giant US-based biotech company, Monsanto. After...
On the Web
www.newint.org/featuresFocus on ColombiaSomos pacifico!Esme McAvoy meets Choc Quib Town, a rap trio putting Colombia's Pacific on the (music) map. The Chocó is a dense jungle region hugging Colombia's Pacific coast where over 80 per cent of the population...
Poisoned Hills
Beyond the dusty streets of Mae Sot, a border town on the edge of Thailand's frontier with Burma, Lway Dang Jar shows me into a small yard surrounding the headquarters of the Palaung Women's Organization (PWO).For the last two years, PWO has been carrying...
Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution
Resistance The Essence of the Islamist Revolutionby Alastair Crooke (Pluto Press, ISBN 9780745328850)Alastair Crooke's elegant and measured book is a much-needed response to the viewpoint that equates Islam with mindless violence and terrorism, encapsulated...
Season of Uncertainty
As the Cairo summer wears on, people's health and energy levels noticeably drop. Eating becomes difficult. It's not only the price rises that have transformed even the modest tomato into a costly delicacy, but the toxic blend of putrefying heat and lung-blasting...
Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam
Secret Affairs Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis (Serpent's Tail, ISBN 9781846687631) *** PW www.serpentstail.comBritish troops are in Afghanistan, we are told, to forestall terrorist attacks on UK soil. This post hoc justification...
Seed Savers
Wakehurst Place is a stately house set in majestic grounds; the rural offshoot of Kew Botanic Gardens, London. On a working day in summer, pensioners driftthrough the shade of exotic trees, sniffscented blooms, sip tea, gaze out over bucolic bliss.'Minus...
Surviving Climate Change
'It was believed that whoever feeds on seed opens doors to poverty,' says Abraham Okatsio, a 72-year-old farmer from western Kenya. 'It was a shame for one to beg, or even to buy common seed from the neighbourhood. However, farmers could borrow particular...
The Seeds of Sovereignty
Why did Vía Campesina start a campaign to defend seeds?It was started by the women. When Vía Campesina stated that food sovereignty was the right of peoples to develop and maintain their own food systems, our discussions focused on what was needed to...
This Month's Main Theme Focuses on Seeds - the Real Things, That Is
In their bounty, however, they also offer a lazy metaphor for almost anything that flourishes. So here goes.The next time you see New Internationalist magazine it will have grown. For the past few months a fresh variety has been germinating in the fertile...
Working Together
Much has been made of the shared origins of the co-operative and labour movements. Both emerged in response to the social upheaval of the industrial revolution and both have sought to empower working people - albeit in different ways. Trade unions have...
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