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Articles from No. 483, June

10 Years Ago
The politics of migration is becoming ever more ugly in Western countries. Concern about the impact of migrants on local communities is understandable but there is generalized fear and suspicion of an influx of people from poorer countries. The contribution...
Also out There
MUSIC Beirut's Yasmine and Zeid Hamdan (above) were once Soapkills, a late 1990s duo that drew from Arabic musics, trip hop and electronica. They released three albums before going their separate ways: The Best of Soapkills (Crammed Discs) is exactly...
An Open Wound
If you visit any of the communities along a lonely stretch of highway in northern British Columbia (BC), you will eventually hear about the chilling fate of several missing and murdered women - mostly indigenous - over the past two decades.These stories...
A Sharp Kick in the Ballots
As election season came to an end in Britain last month, it was just starting up in the US. Given the billions we spend every year using everything from drones to cluster bombs to 'bring democracy' to the rest of the world, shouldn't we sometimes ask...
Burma
The village of Laing khin in Nagaland - one of the remotest areas of northwest Burma - has no electricity or running water. Yet here the grandchildren of the Naga headhunters wear T-shirts showing Korean popstar Sy, and play football pretending to be...
Can Eating Meat and Dairy Products Be Sustainable?
SimonEating too much meat is unsustainable: industrial livestock farming is an inefficient way to produce food and has a heav y impact upon the environment.But a proportion of the meat and dairy products we eat is a by-product of agricultural systems...
Captive to Their Own Myths
'Call me after 9,' a professor friend at Jadavpur University in Kolkata texted me a few days ago. 'Right now, we're all going offto the beef fest.' A sort of 'eatathon', a beef fest involves the public eating of beef in protest at its government-supported...
Cementing Gaza's Suffering
Misery was etched on the face of Rami Zaanine from Beit Hanoun village in northern Gaza. The 16-year-old sat in a small hut made of tin and nylon fabric. Pointing to the debris of his family's house, he said, with tears in his eyes: 'These little tin...
Dirty Games
On the evening of 12 June, the Baku 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan will begin. Fireworks will burst out of the National Stadium into the city sky. The roar of the spectators and music from the athletics ground will be heard across the hot metropolis...
Farrukh Dhondy
When you came to England to study, was it a culture shock to swap India for Cambridge?I wasn't shocked by England or its culture. Reading everything I could lay my hands on, from Shakespeare to PG Wodehouse to Woman's Own, had prepared me for most of...
Global Frack-Down
The anti-fracking struggle in Europe will heat up this summer with an international camp in Spain's Basque Country (Euskal Herria).Local anti-fracking group Fracking Ez launched in 2011 to fight plans to extract an estimated 180 billion cubic metres...
How Politics Makes Us Sick
How Politics Makes Us Sick by Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra (Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 9781137463098)This short, densely argued book by two academics is a study of the impact of neoliberal political policies on the general health and wellbeing of the...
Let's Stop 'Playing Indian'
The time may soon be coming whenAmericans are finally ready to stop 'playing Indian'.But it hasn't come easy.In the past year, efforts pressuring the Washington Redskins professional football franchise to change its name have made significant headway,...
Letters
Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.The New Internationalist welcomes your letters. But please keep them short. They might be edited for purposes of space or clarity.Letters should be sent to letters@newint.org or to your local...
Maryam Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja
Two frogs fall into a bucket of milk and can't jump out again. One gives up paddling and drowns; the second one refuses to do so and keeps paddling until the milk turns into cream and it is able to get out.This is a story Bahraini activist Maryam Abdulhadi...
Muhammadu Buhari
The most significant factor in the presidential electoral victory of Muhammadu Buhari and his Nigerian All Progressives Congress, against Goodluck Jonathan and his People's Democratic Party powerhouse fixers, is that it took place at all. In a country...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Malaria hopeA viable malaria vaccine might be available in just a few months. The vaccine has a 75-per-cent success rate when tested on children aged between 18 months and 5 years. With no vaccine currently available, malaria is still one of the world's...
Sámi's Diamond Win
Indigenous peoples across the Arctic are experiencing increased pressure from extractive industries on their land. The Finnish Sámi have recently won a victory, but the fight for recognition and self-determination still has a long way to go.In early...
Solar Comes to Shatila
Sunglasses are surplus to requirements when walking through the labyrinth of alleyways that make up much of Lebanon's Shatila refugee camp. High buildings locked in an embrace conspire with low-hanging electricity cables and water pipes to shield the...
Take Your Pick
Junaid Jamshed was a rock star in Pakistan during the 1990s. As the adored lead singer of Vital Signs, the band that laid the foundation for the country's thriving rock-music industry, he was responsible for a string of hits, including the unofficial...
The Anti-Gay Gospel
Pafla Basuza rides a boda boda, a motorcycle taxi, by day and preaches at his village Pentecostal church by night and on Sundays. Like most evangelists in Uganda, the themes of his gospel are recurrent - abortion is murder, homosexuals have an assured...
The Arctic Carve-Up
On a chilly Monday morning in March, Russian troops awoke to a surprise week-long military drill ordered by President Vladimir Putin. The aim? To test the readiness of 38,000 paratroopers, 41 ships, 15 submarines and 110 jets and choppers to counter...
The Lure of the Dead-End
Consider the perplexing tale of a mass murderer who once went by the sniggerinducing name of General Butt Naked. That is perhaps the only funny thing about Joshua Blahyi, whose role in the first Liberian civil war in the early 1990s is marked by atrocity.Claiming...
The Miseducation of Jonny Scaramanga
When I was 15, I knew I was right. The world was 6,000 years old, I had a personal relationship with God Almighty, and I knew his opinions on such diverse matters as sexuality, economics and literature. When anyone presented me with a counterargument...
The School of Hard Knocks
`Thank you!' I say, hopping off the motorbike taxi. `Now, can you please sign this receipt for me?'I need receipts to keep track of my expenses and, knowing few local taxi drivers have paper and pens, I usually carry receipts with me.The young driver...
The Supreme Price
The Supreme Price (75 minutes) directed by Joanna LipperIs Nigeria inescapably corrupt, violent and undemocratic? Joanna Lipper's doc challenges cynicism by showing that, simmering under, there's a committed women-led movement to overturn the old ways...
The Value of Doubt
India, the country I grew up in, experiences fundamentalism in tides. Upsurges are not spontaneous. They tend to be orchestrated by a particular party's bid to gain and hold on to political power.But then the tide goes out a bit, when the populace tires...
The Whale House
The Whale House by Sharon Millar (Peepal Tree Press, ISBN 9781845232498)Sharon Millar's lyrical debut short-story collection gives us achingly pin-sharp snapshots of contemporary Trinidadian life, both urban and rural; from the affluent and pampered...
Worshippers of the Almighty Invisible Hand
In the religion cleverly mislabelled as neoliberal economics, it is an article of faith that clearly assigned property rights, along with fully flexible prices, will allow the Invisible Hand - aka the glorious God of all neoliberal economists and their...
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