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Articles from No. 498, December

Acts of Conscience on Bended Knee
On 26 August, just as his team was about to take the field for an American Football game against the Green Bay Packers, Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, made what has become a famous decision - he opted not to stand during the...
Advertising Shits in Your Head
Advertising shits in your head by Anonymous (Dog Section Press, ISBN 9780993543517)Coming in at only 48 pages, this is a brilliant primer for those who have not caught up with the growing global movement of 'subvertisers' - people who reclaim public...
Ali Bongo Ondimba
The 're-election' of Ali Bongo (on 27 August) to a second Presidential term in Gabon is an all too familiar story for an African continent consistently betrayed by an autocratic and corrupt political class. Bongo held on to power through a highly controversial...
Also out There
MUSIC Digital connectivity is great, but its downside is the human solitude that it sometimes reinforces. Journalist and folk musician respectively, George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan's Breaking the Spell of Loneliness (Fellside Records) is an album designed...
And Finally. Moby
Have you mellowed with age?I don't know about mellowing, but the concerns I had 10 or 20 years ago I don't have any more: wanting fame, or wanting people I've never met to have good opinions about me. The world is filled with people who've lost a degree...
Bikini Was Just the Beginning
I was recently in the Marshall Islands, which lie in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, north of Australia and south of Hawaii. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, ?Where is that??When I mention Bikini, their reference is the swimsuit....
Chi-Raq
Chi-Raq (127minutes)directed and co-written by Spike LeeEmotionally turbulent, intellectually demanding, sometimes physically overwhelming, this is a maelstrom of a feature. It blazons a political manifesto to stifle the distress and pain of African-American...
Creating Freedom
BOOKS Creating Freedom by Raoul Martinez (Canongate, ISBN 9781782111818)As the author says in his introduction to this thought-provoking book, the idea of freedom is everywhere in society. From free trade to free speech, free will to free thought, the...
Ending the Offshore Bonanza
August this year saw one of few precious victories in the fight against the offshore economy. A European Union special commission ruled that Apple Inc has been paying an illegally low level of tax to the government of Ireland for the past 25 years, and...
Fox in Charge of the Hen House
Experts in the employ of financial institutions and tax firms like to make a clever distinction between tax evasion and tax avoidance. Failing to report income on a tax return or falsifying accounting records is tax evasion and it's illegal, but tax...
Freedom on the Horizon?
After nearly half a century of Indonesian occupation, the West Papuan people's dreams of freedom are starting to look like they may come true. The last few months have seen unprecedented diplomatic activity supporting the region's right to independence....
Land of My Fathers
Land of my Fathers by Vamba Sherif (Hope Road Publishing, ISBN 9781908446497)This admirable novel from one of Liberia's foremost writers is certainly ambitious in scope, beginning shortly after the establishment of the Liberian state by freed American...
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...
Posting for Peace
After travelling to Pakistan for a conference for young parliamentarians, Divya Spandana, a former Indian legislator, was charged with sedition. Her 'crime' was to publicly praise the hospitality of Pakistanis, and say that the country was 'not hell'.The...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Trophy hunting banBrown bears, wolves, lynx and wildcats will be able to rest a little more easily since a government ban on hunting for sport. Though protected under European law, a loophole had allowed hunting to become a multlmllllon-euro Industry....
Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers and Radicals in Britain and the United States
Rebel Crossings New women, free lovers and radicals in Britain and the United States by Sheila Rowbotham (Verso, ISBN 9781784785888)In February 1897, over a vegetarian lunch in Boston, three women formed a rebel cell called The Sensible Skirt Vindicators...
Roma Homes
After Cristian was evicted from his shack in La Samaritan, a Parisian slum, he slept in front of the local town hall for two months - partly in protest and partly because he had nowhere else to go.'It was cold,' he says. 'And there were lots of children...
School Census Boycott
Parents have boycotted a school census to protect against administrators being 'turned into border guards' by the government.Questionnaires asking for country of birth and nationality data came home in the book-bags of children across Britain in October....
Sexism A and Sexism B
Being a feminist comedian and activist, I can say with absolute certainty that a lot of people hate me. There are times when the internet can feel like a burst drain spewing vitriol of every possible kind. Usually before I've even had breakfast.It's...
Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection
MUSIC Singles: The Definitive 45 Collection by Sun Ra (Strut/Art Yard CD, LP + digital)In 1972, Sun Ra - the brilliant and entirely singular African-American musician - released a film called Space Is the Place. The plot, roughly, is this: Ra and his...
Slow Justice
Thousands of families whose loved ones died or disappeared during Peru's two-decades-long war with Maoist Shining Path guerrillas are one step closer to finding closure and compensation.Justice Minister Marisol Pérez Tello announced in August that the...
Tax Cheating, Easy Living
Should I declare it? It's a question many of us ask as tax time rolls around. Aside from the fear of getting caught, why do we actually pay taxes? After all, anyone's individual taxes don't amount to very much in the overall scheme of things. Who would...
The Coming War on China
A major US military build-up - including nuclear weapons - is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. JOHN PILGER raises the alarm on an under-reported and dangerous provocation.When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967,...
The Damage Done
A worker from Peru's state-run oil company tries to hammer a piece of wood into a gaping hole in the country's northern pipeline. He fails. Repeatedly. The oil continues to gush with alarming speed and force. Dead fish float belly-up in the black slime.By...
The Dictionary of Deceit /Dísi:t/
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)The arcane language associated with the offshore world can seem daunting to newcomers. This is no coincidence - those involved in high stakes tax avoidance use this specialized language to disguise and...
The Dissimulation Game
IRELANDFamous for the 'double Irish', an aggressive form of transfer pricing used to cut effective corporate tax rates to single digits, Ireland is a favourite among US tech giants like Apple, Facebook and Google. The recent dust-up with the EU over...
The Kind and the Curious
If you really want to understandCochabamba, take a walk down Calle Lanza. Go to the northern end and you'll be greeted by German institutions in spacious, whitewashed houses and upmarket night clubs populated by young Bolivians fresh out of European...
Uncertainty for Refugees
The Burmese government has begun discussions with Thailand about repatriating refugees from camps across the border.On the face of it, this is good news. The hundreds of thousands of civilians - mostly from Karen and Karenni ethnic minority groups -...
Whose Money Is It Anyway?
In an interview with The Guardian last year, the head of Google's charitable arm, Google.org, Jacqueline Fuller, insisted that 'Google is paying all the tax that is legally required, so we are a good citizen here'. Facebook, similarly, tells us that...
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