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Articles from No. 395, November

21st Century Consumers
The CommunicatorThe goods we consume - clothes, cars, jewellery, holidays, meals, gifts - can be seen as a way of communicating things about ourselves: our social status, our values, our emotions. People consume things not simply because they need them...
Between the Desert and the Sea
MusicBetween the Desert and The Seaby El Tanbura (World Village/Harmonia Mundi 450002 CD)Hymns of praise can be - and often are - addressed to all manner of beloveds, but it's possible that 'The Canal Song' of Port Said group El Tanbura is the first...
Buy Now, Pay Later
When I was growing up, I remember my parents used to drink something called 'Campaign Coffee'. Its name was always accompanied by a slight shudder because it was: a) quite expensive and b) pretty foul. Heroically purchased by a committed clique of clergy,...
Country Profile: Thailand
In September 2005, Thailand expanded its list of tourist attractions with one of the world's most laid-back military coups. Tourists and local residents alike posed for photos alongside the tanks and cheerful soldiers. Thais are typically easy-going...
Don't Believe the Hypermarket
If you believe the hype, supermarkets the world over are going all green and cuddly. The British giant Tesco has announced that it is bolting renewable electricity generation on to its stores and rewarding customers for re-using plastic bags. French...
Everything Must Change
Everything Must Changeby Orange Blossom (Wrasse Records WRASS 175 CD)Patterning programmed beats, scything guitars and the majestic curves of chanteuse Leïla Bounous's Arabic vocals, there's a fantastic flamboyance and verve about Orange Blossom's début...
Fair Enough?
When I came into fair trade ten years ago, the market researchers told us we would not get more than two per cent of consumers buying our 'niche' products. We refused to accept such limitations, and pioneered models of producer ownership where small...
Farce as Reality
A 1930s vision of the future stuns Lindsey Collen with the shock of the new.The film club that Ram and I are in, not at all a highbrow one, varies its choice of monthly film so that members get to watch and discuss newish films with a difference and...
Fouled Coastline
THE sea off the coast of Jiyyeh gleams azure blue in the late summer sun, inviting war-weary Lebanese to dip in and forget their troubles. But hidden beneath the shimmering surface is another deadly legacy of Israel's war with the Lebanese Shi'a group...
Freedom Next Time
Books Freedom Next Time By John Pilgtr (Bantam Press ISBN 0593055535)The wider perspective of world history, and the recycled lies it can reveal, is scarcely visible in the mainstream media. John Pilger is a rare beacon. And the longer he keeps writing...
FREE Software!
When you turn on your computer, you're making a political statement.If, like most people, your computer boots Microsoft Windows, the statement you're making is that transnational corporations should control access to the most powerful public media that...
From This Month's Editor
Irony officially died when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobol Peace Prize, but it twitches back to life with alarming frequency.'This is how Ian Nixon (no relation to Kissinger's former boss), who designed this magazine, reacted to my discovery that...
Gulag for Journalists
Five years after Eritrean authorities launched a massive crackdown on independent journalists and media outlets, 13 journalists continue to be held in secret jails according to Reporters Without Borders.Eritrea is the fourth leading jailer of journalists...
How to Be an Ethical Consumer?
There are no easy answers - but here are some questions that can help point the way1 Do I really need it?No, I can do without it.Yes, I do need it.2 Can I avoid buying a new one?Yes.* Perhaps I can borrow from or share with someone I know? (Car-shares/pools,...
Interview with Sharla Musabih as She Builds the City of Hope
Dubal leaves little to the Imagination.Oozing class and prosperity, this Gulf city is an undisputed Arab capital of cool. The largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it is a haven for both tourist and expatriates alike. For this is a city that...
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 Nl office. Please remember to include a town and country for...
Murder in Moscow
The death of a courageous womanRussia's most outspoken opposition journalist, Anna ' Politkovskaya, was brutally gunned down in the lift of her Moscow apartment building on 7 October, leaving many in Russia's democratic and human rights community in...
News, Views & Voices
22 CurrentsThe international round-up continues on Page 24 with the crisis surrounding the return of refugees to post-war southern Sudan.PLUS: Seriously...25 WorldbeatersFor years a sceptical Canada was left out of the worldbeating love-in between George...
Punk Rock Capitalism?
Product Red is 'a constellation of some of the world's most iconic global brands' (American Express, Gap, Converse/Nike, Motorola, Armani) who have created special 'Red' products. A proportion of the profits go to the Global Fund' to buy anti-retroviral...
Seriously. True Tales of a Mixed-Up World
Chocolate and child slavesSeriously readers will be delighted to hear that Nestlé - the world's most boycotted company - has been taking its corporate social responsibilities very 'seriously'.This is good news for those of you who've been concerned about...
Stephen Harper
Status: Prime Minister of Canada's Conservative minority government.Reputation: Right-wing ideologue, control freak, George Bush North.When Stephen Harper's Conservative Party eked out a victory in the last Canadian federal election, the bareminority...
Stopping the Shopocalypse
As the Devil's logos force us up on to the Interstates, we'll be damned if we can tell - hey, am I just driving home from work again or is this the FINAL MOMENT OF HUMAN HISTORY? It's so hard to know, because the Shopocalypse is coming through the dash...
Sudan's Other Crisis
THE turmoil in the Darfur region of west Sudan has received too little international attention. Yet the plight of the southerners has been neglected even more in recent months. In early July 2006, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)...
Sweating over Sweatshops
When confronted with the reality that so many of our garments are produced under abysmal working conditions, the first question on many consumers' lips is: 'Where can I buy clothes that weren't made in sweatshops?'The question is far trickier than it...
The Star of Algiers
Books The Star of Algiers by Aziz Chouaki Translated by RM Schwartz and Lulu Norman (Serpent's Tall ISBN 185242 924 0)Aziz Chouaki's novel, first published in France in 2002, is an eloquent and scathing attack on the damage done to the fabric of society...
Walls
The Berlin Wall made the news every day. From dawn to duck we read about It, heard about It, and saw It: The Wall of Shame, the Wall of Infamy, the Iron Curtain.Eventually, this wall, which deserved to fall, fell. But other walls have sprung up, and...
What Else Can I Do?
Resist the supermarkets' drive for world domination!As the supermarkets have grown in power and reach, so resistance and alternatives have blossomed.* Anti-Wal-Mart campaigning in the US is widespread. This summer the 'Wake-up Wal-Mart' bus travelled...
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