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Articles from No. 269, July

Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN'S capital, Kabul, is now little more than a pile of rubble. Gunshots and explosions are almost as regular as the call of the muezzin to prayer. There are still over four million refugees inside and outside the country, up to ten million...
A Waste of Hope: There Are No Adequate Answers to Genocide, but, Argue Rakiya Omaar and Alex De Waal, the UN Response in Rwanda Has Been Counter-Productive
As the people of Rwanda struggled to come to terms with the catastrophe visited upon their nation by the genocide of April-July 1994, the creation of the United Nations Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda (HRFOR) represented a moment of hope.Formed...
Bruce Harris (Interview)
HE was the first kid I've ever seen dead.' Bruce Harris draws a slow breath and says, only half seriously, that if he knew then what he knew now he might never have continued his risky work with Guatemala's street kids. The death of Jorge Nahaman marked...
Catch and Kill: Bleak, Outlook in Kashmir
KASHMIR has the unfortunate distinction of hosting the largest occupation force in the world: 600,000 Indian troops-one-sixth of the entire Indian Army--crammed into an area half the size of Belgium. As the Indian Government struggles to maintain its...
Conlan, Evelyn. "The Box & I" // Short Story
I WOULDN'T normally think of my mother so much, but I'm having a small problem managing at the minute, so I'm going to the Therapy Box in the Library next week. I've just picked up my Box Link at the Central, and I need to do this list to key in. Last...
El Saadawi, Nawal. "The Will to Live" // Short Story
EVERY morning when I go for my usual walk I meet her face to face. Like me she walks deep in the forest, follows the narrow trail as it rises and falls, twists and turns. On either side there are tall slim pines, conical cedars, flowering dogwood and...
Ermo
Set in contemporary China, this story of a rural woman's attempts to make some changes in her life is a smart comment on the transformations that the country is going through as it catapults into the late twentieth century. The fact that Xiaowen has...
Frontal Assault: Threat to the Forest in Honduras
Twenty thousand poverty-stricken Honduran farmers are packing their guns, chainsaws, machetes and belongings and preparing to move home--into the heart of virgin rainforest. Their arrival will not be welcome. The forest is already home to some 40,000...
Funny Boy
This is an engaging book by a young Sri Lankan author now living in Toronto. Shyam Selvadurai offers us a set of simply-crafted stories portraying the coming-of-age of Arjie Chelvaratnam, a sensitive boy growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Tamil...
Galeano, Eduardo. "The Right to Dream" // Poem
Who knows how the world will be in 2025! But one thing is certain: if we are still around, all of us will be people of the last century. However, although we cannot divine the world that will be, we can well imagine the one we would like there to be....
House of Winds: Tokyo Restaurant Gives Voice to Ainu People
In 1986 Prime Minister Nakasone characterized Japan as a 'monoethnic' society. The idea lives on in the present Government's view that the Ainu people are a withering minority rather than an indigenous group.There are few public places in Tokyo where...
In Hot Water: In Her Vain Attempt to Keep Clean, Olivia Ward Faces Big Brother and Undergoes a Personality Change
NAZRAN. The dirt in my hair is shifting to my fingernails everytime I run my fingers through it. Half the dust of Chechnya has migrated west to Ingushetia via my person. Three days of choking travel through the arid conflict zone has left me as gritty...
Mahjoub, Jamal. "A History of Amnesia: A Man Writes to His Son on the Search for Memory Lost" // Short Story
YOU may remember that it took me 30 years to write this story. Thirty long years, I might add, during which time it was one of the few things in the world which I could rely upon. It was a tangible constant, unlike other things I might mention, such...
Namjoshi, Suniti. "When the Lion." // Short Story
IN her extreme old age when the one-eyed monkey had become a citizen of many countries and had won wealth, fame and even international stature, a cub reporter-yes, literally a cub, this was the age of genetic intermingling and the very notion of tolerance...
Padmanabhan, Manjula. "The Future Imperfect" // Short Story
OUTSIDE, the palm trees bent and snapped in a blizzard of pale green snow. Inside, Prof Saraswati Ali was warming to her point. 'He's not a bad student,' she was saying to her colleagues, Professors Zuleikha O'Brien and Christine Krishnaswamy. 'But...
(Rhythm Activism. Blood & Mud)
From out of Montreal's lively, artistic, anarchist underground comes Blood and Mud. Inspired by the Zapatista uprising, it's a stunning mix of violins, grating guitars, quirky sound effects and humour. Norman Nawrocki's growl-speak (he isn't a great...
Sale, Kirkpatrick. "An Ecosterian Conundrum" // Short Story
The following pages of a hand-written diary were found a few weeks ago in a desk in a large mansion 40 miles north of New York City, under circumstances which remain a mystery...21 MARCH 2025This day, the day on which Saint Benedict expired, seems an...
Techno-Passion: New Technology Arouses Strong Passions. Will It Solve Our Problems, Create New Ones or Make Very Little Difference at All? Here's a View or Two on the Technology That's Likely to Be Shaping Human Life in the Year 2025
EASY DRIVINGLean, clean, lightweight vehicles powered by hydrogen or electricity and which can drive themselves will get the 2025 traveller from A to B. Hydrogen cars have already been developed by several companies and vehicles can be equipped with...
The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, & Its Prospects // Review
DID YOU KNOW that what is currently the world's third most populous city is a mere 30 miles from the ruins of what used to be the world's sixth largest? I didn't myself until I recently made the one-hour bus trip from Mexico City to Teotihuacan. From...
Whose Future?
Five minutes to four. A bit ahead of myself. Time to kill. Check the door. No 70. Look out for tell-tale signs. A small totemic figure hanging from the doorbell. Seems promising. Feeling nervous.She leads me into her consulting room, apologizing...
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