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Articles from No. 408, January/February

A Bag of Lemons
During holidays in Cairo, whether Muslim feasts or Christian ones, there's a phrase you're bound to hear repeatedly, which roughly translates as 'may your every year be good'. However genuine the sentiment, the saying often carries a well-known subtext...
A Little Plot of Earth
In the same week that India celebrated the emergence of home-grown entrepreneur Mukesh Ambani as the world's richest person, landless labourers and socially marginalized groups marched into its capital by the thousand, demanding a piece of the country's...
Bitter Crop
'I heard Strange Fruit for the first time as a teenager when a girlfriend brought over a Billie Holiday album... I remember hearing these words: "Blood on the leaves, blood at the root..." It was too much. I pulled the needle off the record before it...
Breathless in Beijing
The news was met with spontaneous jubilation. The streets of Beijing came alive on a scale that had not been seen since the democracy protests of 1989. The trigger was the International Olympic Committee's 2001 decision to host the 2008 Games in the...
Can Do in Kathmandu
Clean water is such a basic human need that the right to life itself is rendered meaningless without it. Yet, for the past two decades and more, 'structural adjustment' and 'poverty reduction' policies have been imposed as a condition of loans from the...
Correa Kicks out the Dimwit
US officials have been left frustrated by news that Ecuador intends to kick the US Air Force off Manta airbase on the country's Pacific coast, according to Inter Press Service (www.ipsnews.net <http://www.ipsnews.net>). The US has used the base...
Country Profile: Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan hi a nation of extremes. Temperatures in the Central Asian steppe peak at 50 degrees celsius in summer, plummeting to minus 50 in winter. Clapped-out Lada cars with broken air-conditioning are standard and long journeys by road quickly become...
Devlet Bahçeli
Turkey has long been haunted by the spectre of a fascist-tinged nationalism peculiar for a largely Muslim country. The politics of the nationalist Right claim legitimacy and roots in the legacy of Ataturk's Young Turkey movement that united the country...
Fishy Carbon Credits
To solve climate chaos we need to pollute the oceans on a grand scale, according to a new crop of geo-engineering companies. With names like Planktos, Ocean Nourishment Corporation and Atmocean, these companies are hoping to make a great deal of money...
For the Happiness of Individuals
If there were medals for bizarre homophobic statements, Poland's recently ousted Law and Justice Party Government probably deserves gold. The party, led by the notorious Kaczynski twins, declared in its bulletin Right Turn! that gay people are 'animals'...
'Francanola' Threatens Aussies
Polls show that a huge majority of Australians - up to 90 per cent - support the ban on genetically modified (GM) crops. But this did not stop John Brumby, State Premier of Victoria, bowing to pressure from big agribusiness and announcing in November...
Human Rights in a Time of Terror
If the torture of a single person could save the lives of a thousand others, would it be justified? Difficult to say no'. But that must be said all the same, because torture has never saved anyone from anything; not from a single suicide bomb, not from...
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'Maroon the Gays'
In August radio presenter Gaetano Kaggwa was suspended for hosting a talk show that included lesbian activist Victor Mukasayet another development in the widespread crackdown on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community sweeping Uganda....
Off the Buses
Most employers would rather not have to deal with trade unions. Some will go to great lengths to keep them out. In extreme cases, others will combine with governments to suppress them entirely - despite the explicit right to form them enshrined in numerous...
Roma Then and Now
The Roma originally came from northwesternIndia - a fact originally discovered through linguistics, because the Roma language is Sanskrit-based, but more recently confirmed through DNA analysis. They were not a particular ethnic group. Rather, they came...
Rwanda - Why I Support the Abolition of the Death Penalty
The decision by the Rwandan Government to abolish the death penalty came as a surprise to many. After the 1994 genocide of one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus, it seems unthinkable. But, following a vote by Parliament in June 2007, President Paul Kagame...
Seriously.(TM) True Tales of a Mixed-Up World Belgian Blues
Belgium rarely makes it into world news, and is often stereotyped as being, well, rather dull. Belgian politics certainly elicits a gaping yawn from most observers in and out of the country. In fact, it would seem the whole government is so bored, they...
The Blood of Bhopal
Astonishingly, not all the violations resulting from Union Carbide's business in Bhopal, India, stem from the release of 27 tonnes of methyl isocyanate gas that killed an estimated 8,000 people in 1984 alone. The right to life and security, the right...
The Eternal Minority
A tiny girl stands giggling in the entrance to a hovel at the edge of town. Her copperstreaked hair shines in the bleak afternoon. Her name is Gruia Georgiana and she is seven years old. Behind her, a dirty mattress lies on the mud Hour. There is no...
The Left's Betrayal
Buddhudeb Bhattacharya, the Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, is a troubled man today. For 30 years his party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has enjoyed uninterrupted rule in this state. Time and again it has been returned...
'The Power of Love Can Conquer the Love of Power'
Chaos and repression in Zimbabwe have spread fear and despondency, leading many to flee the country. But a remarkable group of women has refused to concede. 'WOZA was formed as a litmus test,' they say, 'to prove that the power of love can conquer the...
Too Late for Martha
Martha Solay spent Mother's Day in pain, knowing her life would soon be over. As her eldest daughter Yenny injected her with painkillers, she coiled into a fetal position, cupped her face in her hands and screamed. Daniela, her two-year-old daughter,...
Tunisian Association against AIDS
In a small, unassuming building In a quleti Tunis, a group of young men busily discuss the day ahead. Some, standing by the open, sun-filled doorway, gesture animatedly, their arms flailing, their bodies shaking with laughter. Others sit hunched over...
Who Killed Maksim Maksimov?
Rimma Vasilievna Maksimova, a retired professional interpreter who lives in a beautiful downtown district of Potsdam, Germany, is deeply depressed. She has no desire to live. Her depression started in the summer of 2004, when her only child disappeared....
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