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Articles from No. 340, November

A Culture of Life, a Culture of Death: Katharine Ainger Travels to Bolivia to Gauge What Effect the Attacks on the US Are Likely to Have on the Movement against Economic Globalization [People's Global Action Conference]
Katharine Ainger travels to Bolivia to gauge what effect the attacks on the US are likely to have on the movement against economic globalization.It is the end of September and, as US war planes mass in dark swarms over the planet, in Bolivia it is spring....
America through Humanity's Mirror
I have been through this before.For the past 28 years, 11 September has been a date of mourning for me and millions of others. It was that day in 1973 when Chile lost its democracy in a military coup, that day when death irrevocably entered our lives...
Bhutan
A land of mountain peaks and rolling valleys in the midst of the Himalayas, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan covers just 46,500 square kilometres, a little larger than Switzerland. Never colonized, Bhutan or Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon) is still largely...
Bitter, Bitter Tears: Lebanese Journalist Reem Haddad Examines the Reasons Why Many in the Arab World Have Come to Hate the US So Much
Lebanese journalist Reem Haddad examines the reasons why many in the Arab world have come to hate the US so much.Ali Helou, 25, looked over his shoulder as he led his nine-months pregnant young wife, Amineh, over the hills leading to Lebanon. Unbeknown...
Breath of Reason, Clouds of Rage
The terrorist atrocities of 11 September had an unprecedented impact on people all over the world. They have inspired many moving passages of writing and provoked much thoughtful analysis of their implications. Here are some of the best articles we have...
Darkness Cannot Drive out Darkness
That first morning, facts led fluid and unconfined lives. The television news reported bombing on Capitol Hill, fire on the Washington Mall, eight separate planes hijacked. These assertions would stand for some time, then fade away without proper correction...
[Dogside Story]
Dogside Story by Patricia Grace (The Women's Press, ISBN 0 7043 4724 5)Patricia Grace's striking new novel takes us to a rural setting a world away from the violence and poverty portrayed in the film Once Were Warriors. The book is set in a coastal Maori...
Justice Not Terror [Organizations and Web Sites for Peace Activism in the Wake of Sept 11]
On-line Anti-war petition An internet petition, using a form instead of the usual ineffective e-mail format. It has been translated into a dozen languages and had just passed the 13,000 mark on 15th October 2001.See: http://www.flora.org/coat/appeal...
[Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats & the New Politics of Islam]
Legacy of the Prophet:Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of Islamby Anthony Shadid(Westview Press ISBN 8133 3779 8)It goes almost without saying that the prevalent Western notion of political Islam is of an ideology that is repressive, violent...
Letters to the Editor about the September 11 Attacks
We, the enlightened democratsWhile I naturally deplore this latest public display of bestiality, I cannot - unlike our moral arbiters in politics and press - single it out for special condemnation. Though such massive devastation is unusual it hardly...
My Father, the Fundamentalist: Farooq Tariq Travels to His Home Region to Find a Well of Anti-American Feeling
Farooq Tariq travels to his home region to find a well of anti-American feeling.I am writing this from Toba Tek Singh, my home town, situated in the central Punjab 300 kilometres from Lahore. It is a peasant-dominated area. There is no big feudal landowner...
No Refuge: Even If Afghanis Manage to Escape Their Country, Their Troubles Have Only Just Begun, the Trail Could Lead Them Anywhere, Chris Richards Follows It to Australia
Even if Afghanis manage to escape their country, their troubles have only just begun. The trail could lead them anywhere - Chris Richards follows it to Australia.They fled in hunger. They fled in fear. They arrived in Pakistan and Iran, in groups and...
Osama Is in Charge [Exiled Afghanistan Labour Group Leader Adil Returns to Jalalabad to Assess the Mood and to Instruct Party Activists on Strategy]
Adil is leader of the Afghanistan Labour Revolutionary Organization, a small left-wing group involved in the fight against the Taliban. He is in exile in Pakistan but in September made an illicit trip over the border to Jalalabad to assess the mood and...
Protecting the Paper Tiger
China's President Jiang Zemin was among the first world leaders to declare sympathy with and support for the US in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The occasion marked the first significant thawing of Sino-US relations since...
[Raman, Susheela. Salt Rain]
Salt Rain by Susheela Raman(Narada World 72438-50955 CD)There's a special luminosity about Susheela Raman's debut album that's hard to locate in any one aspect. Is it the way that the young singer-writer has woven traditional tunes and mantras from southern...
[Sawhney, Nitin. Prophesy]
Prophesyby Nitin Sawhney(V2 VVR1015912 CD)Now here's a paradox: an album that revels in its use of studio technology and yet warns, throughout the fascinating journey it makes, of the dangers of technology. To be sure, this is not the first time that...
Sharp Focus on Utopia: John Lee Looks at a Literary Genre with a Long Shelf-Life
John Lee looks at a literary genre with a long shelf-lifeThomas More set the tone when he appropriated the word 'utopia', suggesting Greek words meaning 'no place' and 'good place', as the title for his anonymously published novel in 1516.At the time,...
Table of Contents
The world holds its breathThe suicidal attacks on America were not acts of war but crimes against humanity. The New Internationalist argues that there can be no security without justice and equity.Exiled Sudanese artist Mohammed Bushara responds to...
The New Twin Towers
After the smoke has cleared, the dust has settled and the initial fury blown over, humankind will wake up and realize a new fact: there is no safe place on earth.A handful of suicide bombers has brought the United States to a standstill, caused the President...
The Price of Life: What Better for Our Hindu Leaders Than to Have International Validation of Muslims as Terrorists, of Islam as the Enemy
Sometimes, says Urvashi Butalia, the terrorist trail can lead to your own front door.When thousands died after suicidal terrorists struck the US on 11 September, we in India were asked to observe two minutes of silence in solidarity with the victims....
The Real Afghanis: A Third of the Population of Afghanistan, More Than Seven Million People, Face Starvation. Dominic Nutt Has Just Returned from a Country Where He Found Impoverished Farmers, Not Fanatics
The richest country in the world has the poorest in its sights - and suddenly the world has discovered a disaster already long in the making. The NI reports from inside Afghanistan just before 11 September; and on the treatment of refugees outside the...
[The Speculation Game]
The Speculation Gamedirected by Olivier ZuchuatIn 1998, following the collapse of a number of Asian economies, the international bank HSBC recorded a one- billion-dollar increase in profits - most of it arising from currency speculation on Asian money...
The Street-Smart Poor: Pakistan's Military Ruler Is Playing Ball with the Americans, but He May Well Live to Regret His Decision
Pakistan's military ruler is playing ball with the Americans. But he may well live to regret his decision, as Aasim Sajjad Akhtar and Ali Qadir explain.The decision made by General Musharraf and his close aides to give the US the green light for its...
The Theatre of Good and Evil: In the Tragedy of Errors You Can't Always Tell the Protagonists Apart
The terrorists killed workers from 50 countries in New York and Washington in the name of Good against Evil. And in the name of Good against Evil, President Bush vowed revenge: 'We will eliminate Evil from this world.'Eliminate Evil? What would Good...
[The Undiscovered Paul Robeson, Vol 1: An Artist's Journey, 1898-1939]
The Undiscovered Paul Robeson:Volume 1, An Artist's Journey, 1898-1939by Paul Robeson Jr(John Wiley, ISBN 0 471 24265 9)Paul Robeson was an iconic figure of the 20th century; not only a truly great singer and actor but also a political activist and courageous...
The World Holds Its Breath: The New Internationalist Responds to the Horror of the Attacks on New York and Washington, and to the Looming Threat of War
The New Internationalist responds to the horror of the attacks on New York and Washington - and to the looming threat of war.As we write this, little more than two weeks have passed since the tragic events of 11 September in New York City, Washington...
Two Terrors [Statistics Highlighting Deaths as a Result of Terrorist Acts and Deaths as a Result of Enduring Terror]
'There were two "Reigns of Terror", if we could but remember and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passions, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon a...
Wage War on Poverty
James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank, appeared on television in Britain shortly after the catastrophe on 11 September and concluded that poverty is now the greatest economic challenge facing the world. He is one of very few metropolitan mandarins...
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