New Internationalist

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Articles from No. 296, November

[Ali Khan, Nursat Fateh & Michael Brook. Star Rise]
People tend to remember the first time they heard the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Whether he was singing qawwals-the mystical Sufi songs that the Pakistani singer was so famous for-or working on collaborative projects with the likes of Peter Gabriel...
[Alternative World]
When it comes to ambitious tasks, Nares Craig could not be faulted for timidity. In Alternative World he casts his net extremely wide, with mixed results.His encyclopaedic grasp of the world's ills and injustices provides a useful, fact-packed reference....
Better Than Batman: Local Heroes Triumph in Social Crusade [Super Barrio and Others in Mexico City]
BATMAN and Robin hover in the shade of City Hall, surrounded by children pleading for autographs. Across the street, another 'superhero' leads a delegation of angry housewives, protesting the authorities' failure to deliver promised housing. But 'super...
[Breaking the Silence: Human Rights Violations Based on Sexual Orientation]
Being 'alternative' can be dangerous in many parts of the world - and if that difference has to do with sexual orientation, chances are it will be shrouded in silence. In Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran, homosexuality is still punished by execution....
Choked by P&O: Locals Fight to Save the Lungs of Mumbai [Australian Company Wants to Build New Port on Ecologically Fragile Land]
DAHANU, located on India's west coast, is known as the fruit and vegetable basket of Maharashtra state, and the 'lungs' of Mumbai (formerly Bombay). It was designated an 'ecologically fragile' area by the Supreme Court of India, and is supposed to be...
Dancing in the Snow [A Group of Dockworkers in Liverpool Who've Renewed Their International Connections]
It's taking a while for labour -- and an inert labour bureaucracy - to catch up with footloose capital. Anne-Marie Sweeney recounts the remarkable story of a group of dock workers in Liverpool who've renewed their international connections.All around...
Gene Sharp [Profile]
FOR a pacifist, Gene Sharp pulls no punches. 'We need to remember that the word "peace" is not magical,' he says. 'Peace activism will not bring total peace, the end to dictatorships, preventing all genocide and lifting all oppressions.' Strange words...
Globalization: An Alternative View. You Don't Have to See the World through the Eyes of the Market
TANNERIES are pretty filthy places. To make leather from the hides of cattle they use chemicals which combine to form a toxic sludge that is virtually impossible to make harmless. Tanneries are common in southern Brazil, where cattle graze on grasslands...
Green Gotham [the Greening of New York]
OUT of the glitter, graffiti and asphalt a new face of New York is emerging. Slowly, the Big Apple is turning green.It's hard to notice, what with the careening taxis and the towering skyscrapers. We discovered the city's green sheen at a leisurely,...
Gunning for the Veil: Women Lead the Resistance [Iraqi-Based Opposition Movement to Iran's Islamic Regime]
WHEN Kobra Tehmasbi speaks, men in Camp Ashraf listen. She is a division commander of the National Liberation Army (NLA) and has hundreds of men and women under her command. The NLA is the armed wing of the Paris-based Iranian opposition party, the National...
Homeworld [Globalization and Search for Individual Meaning Can Lead to Psychological Disorders]
THE phrase 'it's a global village, you know' is more than a depressing cliche - it's the call-sign of our times. Once there was just the odd radio ham, talking to some other chattering soul from the Yukon, the Yemen or Yokohama. Now people climb on planes...
Just Do It! [Governments Can Balance Budgets by Raising Certain Taxes]
It's old news by now. A new government is elected on some vague platform of happiness and security for all- and the unsuspecting voters are in for a surprise.The Finance Minister proposes lowering capital-gains and company taxes to help attract investment....
Monkey Business: An Unplanned Adoption Brings Jenny James More Than She Bargained For
THE first time we saw Cirilo, he was chained to a crate of Coca-Cola in a dark shop in the little market centre of Guayabal being fed on biscuits and chocolate.The children gave me no peace from that moment until I gave them the exorbitant 50 dollars...
No Requiem for Rajkumari [Commemoration of the Life of a Woman in India Who Lived and Died without Recognition]
I HEARD about Rajkumari's death the day after Princess Diana's. The coincidences were so remarkable. Rajkumari was about the same age as the Princess. She was married in the same year; her two sons were similar ages.But she was not born into a noble...
Perilous Pesticides: Banana Workers Speak Out
BANANAS are one of the most popular fruits on the market. Yet the people who work on Latin America's vast plantations see little profit. Transnational plantation owners keep wages low by banning independent unions, and jeopardize the health of their...
Reclaim Your Street! A Practical Guide to Local Alternatives in a Global Economy
Step 1: Shop localOk, you may not always have the choice and convenience that you get from a supermarket, but things are not going to improve until you start to value a convivial neighbourhood more highly. You don't see the effect on the local economy,...
Reform and Transformation
THERE are thousands of popular initiatives aimed at seeking improvements in the chaotic and oppressive cities of the South. But because the rapid growth of the cities is, at least in part, a consequence of globalization, most of these movements are reactive....
[Singh, Talvin. Anokha: Soundz of the Asian Underground]
People tend to remember the first time they heard the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Whether he was singing qawwals-the mystical Sufi songs that the Pakistani singer was so famous for-or working on collaborative projects with the likes of Peter Gabriel...
Smart Citizens: Ground-Breaking Regional Initiatives Starting Up in the United States
FLYING into Miami International Airport you see the roads, power-lines and waterways that lace the land in a continuous web stretching north past Fort Lauderdale and into Palm Beach. You don't see borders between the cities, suburbs and towns.The population...
The Crunch of History, Now [Interview]
DR: Aren't all national governments now too weak to intervene effectively in the global economy?CS: First, I have to say something about globalization. I think talking about stopping it is like trying to stop the industrial revolution and keep feudalism....
[The Jackal of Nahueltoro]
MADRID. I was 13. Like most people of that age, I didn't know what I wanted to be. I liked the movies and I loved documentaries, but film-making seemed like another world. Then something happened, the significance of which I was only to realize many...
[The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions]
Here's a conundrum. You're a busy person, your time is limited. Why on earth should you read a 700-page tome on the obscure and complex science of island bio-geography which has at its heart a discussion of species-area relationships and boils down to...
Uruguay [Country Profile]
WHILE many countries have lions or eagles as their national symbols, Uruguay's coat of arms (see below) shows a fortress on top of a mountain, scales, a horse and a cow - representing strength, justice, freedom and abundance.When you realize that the...
"What If Jesus Came Back?"
IN the village, the discussion sooner or later always comes back to Jesus - there are more foreign missionaries for each Melanesian than in any other place on the planet.Maera addresses her community literacy group in her own language. She puts a question...
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