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Articles from No. 429, January/February

A Brief History of Population
1 Ups and downsBefore the development of agriculture in around 10,000 BCE the world is believed to have had a population of around a million. By 300-400 CE, the combined eastern and western Roman empire alone numbered around 55 million people. Recurrent...
Ageing - 7 Myths
The average age of the population is increasing - people are living longer. Also, women are having fewer children. But is this greying of nations really a 'crisis'?1 'It's a rich world issue'There are around 530 million people in the world aged over...
Beyond Reach?
Books Beyond Reach? by John Madeley Longstone Books, ISBN 9780955437373)John Madeley is a highly respected author and activist, specializing in development issues. His début novel is a fictionalized account of the 2005 Make Poverty History campaign,...
Blame the Coffee
Vigorously bucking the global trend is the small Pacific island of Timor Leste. At 7.8 children per woman, Asia's newest nation has the world's highest fertility rate. Some locals blame the island's coffee, which they liken to viagra. But there are other...
Blood on the Summit Floor
Millions of lives were at stake - indeed, the future of the world as we know it. Yet chaos reigned. People who hadn't slept for three days were manically running one way, then another.The final day of Copenhagen was like being in a slow motion disaster...
Brothers in Peace
RamiI think that today, after 150 years of this clash, there is a way out. Not a way out that can give justice to everyone, for there is no such thing. But there is a possibility of opening some kind of chance of being able to live together without the...
Cairo 2010
Everyone has their New Year's rituals. Mine is born of the conviction that nothing is worse than dullness, so each January I take my kitchen knives to be sharpened. My landlord used to do it for me, but he died; and for a while I relied on Cairo's travelling...
Country Profile: Sierra Leone
Every home In Sierra Leone Is well stocked with candles, gasoline lanterns and trusty flashlights. These are life essentials in the capital, Freetown, where electricity is Intermittent at best; in many of the provinces residents have long resigned themselves...
Empowering Girls and Women in Pakistan
A chief executive of a women's charity Is not usually what springs to mind when one considers dangerous professions. But when that profession is based in one of the most violent and volatile cities in the world, the dangers are all too real. Peshawar,...
Frontline Bangladesh
I remember when I first visited Dhaka it was as though the world had turned upside down. Below us a spangled galaxy of lights danced in the darkness. As we got lower and prepared to land I could see the inky darkness was water, the lights, signs of habitation...
Geert Wilders
Taking aim at the rich and powerfulJob: Chair, Party for Freedom, House of Representatives, the Netherlands.Reputation: Professional lslamophobe, 'Mozart', 'Captain Peroxide', 'the most famous bleah-blond since Marilyn Monroe'.The elections to the European...
Letters
The New Internationalist welcomes your tetters. 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 N1 office. Please remember to include a town ami country for...
Mine Hero
The 1999 Mine Ban treaty imposed a 10-year deadline on signatories to clear anti-personnel mines and destroy mine stockpiles. At the December 2009 Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World, Cambodia was granted its request for a 10-year extension. This is...
Minor Offences
Growing up in Indian-controlled Kashmir, the most highly militarized region in the world, hits children hard. Kashmiri youth view Indian soldiers as an occupational force. Some assert their dissent by throwing stones, chasing soldiers down streets, or...
Note from the New Internationalist Co-Operative
At a political meeting recently, one woman got up and told us what rubbish 'the media' was and how you could not trust it. Others agreed. It gradually became clear that their idea of 'media' consisted of the corporate big fish in the mainstream. Not...
No Way to Run an Economy
Books No Way To Run An Economy by Graham Turner Pluto Press, ISBN 9780745329/65)Oh what a tangled web it weaves, when first it practises to deceive. Anyone with blind faith in the self-correcting nature of markets is invariably left dumbfounded by their...
On the Web
www.newint.org/ features/specialTarnac and the echoesL'affaire Tarnac is a story littlefollowed outside of France. Horatio Morpurgo tracks down the collective -whose members have been accused by the police of terrorist activity - and explains why we...
Population and Climate Change: Two Points of View
Jonathon Porritt'It is our duty to the next generation to put the world on a downward population trajectory just as fast as we can.'It astonishes me that population remains such a controversial issue when there is so much to agree on from a progressive,...
Precious
Precious (209 minutes)based on the novel Push by Sapphiredirected by Lee DanielsClaireece Precious Jones is a 15-year-old AfricanAmerican with a child by her father, who lives elsewhere, and another by him on the way. Her mother doesn't work, mostly...
Sex Action
'Every sperm is sacred, every sperm is great. Any sperm gets wasted and God gets quite irate,' went the Monty Python hymn. What's been happening in subsanaran Africa is no joke, though.'We should be talking about sex!' said one exasperated family planning...
Stereocanto
MusicStereocantoby Fraser Fifield Tañar TANCD004 CD)Prepare to ditch all preconceptions about Scots trad music. Low whistle, hornpipes, kaval (this a traditional Balkan flute) and practice chanter (and this a part of the Scots bagpiping set-up) are just...
The Missing Pieces
A survey conducted in the Netherlands asked people three questions. One: 'Are there too many people in the world?' Yes, replied the majority. Next: 'Are there too many people in the Netherlands?' Yes, again came the reply. Finally: 'Are there too many...
The Population Panic
Two small boys are picking olives off a tree in the central reservation on the road leading to the Palais de Congrès in downtown Marrakech, where the weeklong international conference on population is about to begin. The boys place the olives in a bag...
To Buy or Not to Buy
Ethical shoppers in Britain face something of a dilemma - again. The giant Nestlé food corporation has been granted the fair trade label for its Kit Kat chocolate-coated wafers, while at the same time, campaigning group Baby Milk Action has added fair...
Too Many People?
When she was young, my great aunt - a tiny sprightly woman who painted vast canvasses - had wanted to become a nun. Then she met a Flemish poet and they fell in love. She agreed to marry him on one condition: that they have 12 children. True to the old...
Victory Looms
November 15, 2009 will go down in the history of workers' rights. Bowing to one of the largest-ever student boycotts, campus clothing giant Fruit of the Loom announced that it wasn't just going to reopen a factory in Honduras and give all the 1,200 laid-off...
When Sperm Didn't Meet Ovum
CHINALaunched the world's most radical population policy which is credited with bringing down the fertility rate from 5-6 children per woman in I970 to an estimated 1.5 today.How did they do it?China's national family planning programme began in earnest...
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