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Articles from No. 459, January/February

A Ferocious Sense of Entitlement
A revealing set of studies in the US has got URVASHI BUTALIA thinking about how the rich in India behave.My office is located in an urban village in the heart of Delhi. Originally surrounded by fields where people grew crops, these areas now house apartment...
Also out There
MUSIC Headed up by vocalist Dominic Appleton, Breathless has been around for a long time and the London band has built up an international following for its dark, poetic indie rock, to the extent that one wonders: what next? Well, it's here - the achingly...
Amazon Lawsuit
PERUIndigenous organizations say they will take legal action to halt the expansion of the Camisea gas project in the Peruvian Amazon.They are seeking to block deeper penetration into the Kugapakori- Nahua-Nanti Reserve, which was established for indigenous...
A Nation of Immigrants Speaks
For white supremacists in the US, the apocalypse predicted in the Mayan calendar came true: in 2012, for the first time, more than half of all babies born here belong to ethnic minorities. If trends hold, white people (or 'non- Hispanic whites', to be...
Best of 2012
MUSICThere were some hugely powerful album releases last year - Songs for Kommeno (Intak, NI 457) from a group headed by Günter 'Baby' Sommer; Ramzi Aburedwan's Reflections of Palestine (Riverboat, NI 455); and Bishi's really groundbreaking Albion Voice...
Civil Society Crackdown
ETHIOPIAOn 1 January 2013, Ethiopia took up its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. The uncontested election . Africa put forward five countries for five seats . has raised some eyebrows, given the country's own poor rights record. Elected...
Colombia - the Riven Land
Sideshows aplenty have emerged during peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government, from the intrigue surrounding the participation of FARC's Dutch national Tanja Nijmeijer, to the antiimperialist...
Cruel Britannia
Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain(Portobello Books, ISBN 978 1846273339)This meticulously researched history begins with the torture of German prisoners during the Second World War and takes us through its use to help suppress rebellions in Kenya, Cyprus,...
Delinquent Justice
Greetings, shouted messages and tears fill the Silivri high-security court near Istanbul as the judges depart in the moments before the defendants are led out. In this brief space about 150 men, women and children in the public gallery try to communicate...
Falling in Love with Tax
There's a buzz in the air about tax.Bestselling authors JK Rowling and Mark Haddon have talked publicly about paying their fair share, while billionaire investor Warren Buffett says the rich should be paying more.Independent booksellers are displaying...
Forty and Still Fighting
Recently I read a quotation attributed to Winston Churchill, in which he said: 'If a man is not a socialist at 20 he has no heart. If he's not a conservative at 40, he has no brain.'Now, I'm no Churchill aficionado, but I'm pretty sure the sweaty old...
Gov't Aid for Mines
CANADAHe is not widely read or a brilliant public speaker. But Canada's Conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has a definite game plan. He wants to take his northern nation down a small government, free market-loving route. And he's succeeding.The...
Help the Rich, Hate the Poor
There's a global war against poor people. And it's getting worse - not only in the West, but in a country like China too. OWEN JONES examines how and why it's happening.In a society ridden with inequality, the demonization of poor people is not accidental....
Ilham Aliyev
Job: President of AzerbaijanReputation: Pompous kleptocraThe Aliyev family has been having its way with the Azerbaijanis for decades. Heydar Aliyev, the family patriarch, was a Communist Party boss in the best of Stalinist traditions from the 1960s,...
Jon Snow
You have spent much of your career travelling - do you ever find it hard to leave home?Once the plane door shuts, I am just hungry to go. But I do sometimes dread leaving. I may have things planned and then suddenly I'm offto Egypt. Part of me is thrilled...
Land Rights Clash
'If the bullets don't kill you, then hunger will,' says Yoni Rivas starkly before going on to list fellow campesinos killed in a bitter, drawn-out conflict over land in Honduras. Among the dead he names the lawyer Antonio Trejo Cabrera, a prominent human...
Letters
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No
FILMdirected by Pablo Larrain (118 minutes)Director Larrain's unforgettable earlier features, Post Mortem and Tony Manero, ferreted into the lives of sociopaths during the Pinochet regime in Chile. No follows on with the story of the oppositional media...
Puzzle Page by Axe
The crossword prize is a voucher for the New Internationalist online shop to the equivalent of $30. Only the winner will be notified. Send your entries by 20 February to: Puzzle Page, 55 Rectory Road, Oxford OX4 1BW, UK; email a scan to: puzzlepage@newint.org...
Ready or Not
Botswana operates a dual legal system: customary and common law. The majority of Botswana's two million people continue to choose customary or traditional law over common law courts. No legal representation is required by customary law courts. It is...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Anti-poaching dronesNepalese park rangers are fighting poachers using drones - not of the targeted assassination variety, but as 'eyes in the sky' to help patrols view areas previously out of reach. Wildlife charity WWF is training rangers to use the...
Showdown in the Amazon
This February, Ecuador's president Rafael Correa is expected to win a third term in office. But unlike the elections in 2006 and 2009, this time the leaders of Ecuador's biggest indigenous organizations - the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities...
Stitched Up
Garment workers in Cambodia are supposedly protected by an independent factory-monitoring programme. But the country does not live up to its 'sweatshop-free' reputation. HEATHER STILWELL reports.When it comes to the way our clothes are made, there are...
Swaziland
There is loud cheering and whistling as King Mswati III enters Ludzidzini Royal Cattle Byre, about 20 kilometres south of the capital, Mbabane. This is no purely ceremonial visit. The King is one of those few hereditary monarchs around the world who...
Ten Days in Jamaica
Ten Days in Jamaicaby Ifeona Fulani(Peepal Tree Press ISBN 9781845231996)In the opening to the aptly titled 'Coming Home' -one of eight short stories in this collection -a papier-mache banana tree sits in a Brooklyn flat-This sense of not-quitebelonging...
The Feral Rich
Now here's a puzzle. The world economy is in a fix. Most people are getting poorer. Household income is down by more than five per cent on last year. That's the global average; in some countries it's much worse. We need 80 million new jobs to get us...
The Feral Rich How Can We Help Them? a 10-Point Action Plan for Policymakers
Few people would disagree: the undeserving rich are a menace. But what are we to do with them? Illustrated by Kate Charlesworth.1 GANG CULTUREBreak up their vicious, criminal gangs by arresting the ringleaders and locking them up.2 PARENTINGProvide parenting...
The Good of Small Things
Even after securing billions in loans from the so-called 'Troika', the Greek economy continues to shrink at an alarming rate. Jobs are vanishing. Unemployment is double the eurozone average and 55 per cent of people aged between 15 and 24 can't find...
The Unreported Year
Stories that didn't make the mainstream media in 2012East Asia & PacificCHINA: A light-footed kindergarten teacher shows his charges his moves during a ballet lesson. In recent years, kindergartens in China's big cities have started recruiting male...
Ways of Going Home
Ways of Going Homeby Alejandro Zambra. Translated from theSpanish by Megan McDowell(Granta, ISBN 9781847086266)Chilean author Alejandro Zambra's latest novel is an examination of life under dictatorship . specifically that of the Pinochet regime . and...
We Need to Talk about the Rich
'Exclusive', 'discreet', 'private', 'bespoke'. The words used to describe goods and services aimed at the rich - who are increasingly the super-rich - speak volumes.So, we found while putting together this issue, do agency photos of the wealthy. If you...
XI Jinping
Introducing...He has all the right credentials to be the new head of the People's Republic of China and to manage its odd brand of capitalist socialism. The quintessential team player, Xi Jinping is a consensus politician at ease in the West, but a staunch...
You Are Not a Loan
Occupy progeny Strike Debt has an ambitious scheme to deliver 'a bailout for the 99 per cent'. Its members plan to abolish millions of dollars in personal debt, in a 'Rolling Jubilee'. How will they pull it off? By buying up bundles of distressed debt...
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