New Internationalist

Explores world issues and the relationships between the worl.'s rich and poor. Advocates for ethical governing in developing nations and communities. Presents in-depth coverage of a given topic, interviews with grassroots activists, book and music reviews

Articles from No. 380, July

Anjamma: A Servant of the Gods
My mother died when I was three. When I was seven, my brother got polio and was paralyzed. My father had to take out a loan and I went to work rolling bidis (cigarettes) to help pay it back. But it was not enough and the landlord to whom my father owed...
Ao Toa: Earth Warriors
Ao Toa: Earth Warriors by Cathie Dunsford (Spinifex Press, ISBN 1 876756 43 8)This is the latest in Cathie Dunsford's series of novels concerning the exploits of Cowrie, her exuberant eco-warrior. After travelling to San Francisco, Hawaii, the Orkneys,...
A Test of Wills [Bombings in Beirut]
IT didn't take long for onceboisterous Beirut to become a ghost town in the evenings. We were petrified. Night after night we sat at home dreading what might come.And it came. The explosions ripped through an unsuspecting neighbourhood. Our windows shuddered...
Between a Rock and a Hard Place [Dalits of Nepal]
I come from a very remote part of Nepal; in the western region of the country bordering Tibet. My family belongs to the blacksmith caste - my father and grandfather made agricultural tools for the upper-caste people. I was the first generation in my...
Bjork: Army of Me
Björk: Army of Meby Various Artists(One Little Indian TPLP 467 CD)Björk has always been an enthusiast of the remix. Versions of her work have abounded to the extent that she devoted an entire album, 'Telegram', to invited remixers: 'Army of Me', an electropowered...
Bolivar's Broom [Protests in Argentina]
ARGENTINA'S left-leaning President, Nestor Kirchner, has only just repaired the largest-ever default on national debt in his country with a swap that leaves bondholders with 35 cents in the dollar. Now he faces an unprecedented wave of strike action...
Buried Alive [Factory Collapse]
It was 1:00am on 11 April this year and the 250-worker night shift was hard at work in the factory housing the Spectrum Sweater Factory and Shahrair Fabrics Industry in Savar Dhaka, Bangladesh. Without warning the factory crumbled onto their heads. After...
Caste/ACTION
INTERNATIONALAnti-Slavery International is the world's oldest international human-rights organization and works to eliminate all forms of slavery, including that based on caste. Thomas Clarkson House, The Stableyard, Broomgrove Road, London SWp pTL Tel:...
Caste out [Caste System in the West]
DAVINDER Prasad is very proud of his daughters. His oldest, Rena, works in the media; the second is doing a degree in fashion and the youngest, Indira, named after India's former Prime Minister, is still at school. Davinder works as a laboratory manager...
Combatting Caste
'IN the rainy season,' the woman began, 'it is really bad. Water mixes with the shit and when we carry it (on our heads) it drips from the baskets, on to our clothes, our bodies, our faces. When I return home I find it difficult to eat food sometimes....
From This Month's Editors
THIS has been a very high-tech magazine - what with the two of us in Oxford and South India editing, writing and commissioning, and teleconferences spanning four continents and five countries.At the same time, it has been hard just to find ordinary photographs...
Hearts of Darkness [Military Build-Up in West Papua]
THE Indonesian military recently unveiled plans to increase their presence in West Papua - its mineral-rich eastern province - by up to 15,000 new troops. This will bring the total number of Indonesian military personnel in the territory to 50,000 -...
I, a Brahmin [Pragnemattuparisara or Consciousness and Environment]
AS a Brahmin, I have not enjoyed the distress and even anger that my stories have caused to other Brahmins. I remember once a mild-mannered, hospitable woman who had served me lunch, beckoned to me as I was preparing to leave.'Nobody likes us any more....
Interview with Israel's Refuseniks
Haggai Matar, Adam Maor, Matan Kaminer. These names may not be familiar to the world at large, but in Israel they are part of a well-known group of five young men who banded together to take a stand against the country's compulsory military service....
La Juderia
La Juderiaby Yasmin Levy(Connecting Cultures CC 50024 CD)If Jewish diasporic music now has a strong international presence - think of the late Ofra Haza's Yemenite pop or the international klezmer bands - there's one significant form that's so far remained...
Letters
The New Internationalist welcomes your letters. 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 NI office. Please remember to include a town and country for...
Mariammma's Shame [Sangati: Events]
'No matter what you achieve, your village will never f allow you to forget you're a Dalit. Everyone is born f the same. It is only society that makes people Dalits or Brahmins.'PANCHAVARNAM, THE VILLAGE SERVICE TRUSTTHE naattaamai, the headman of the...
On Football
In 2002, Clint Mathis, US soccer star, announced that his team was going to win the World Cup. It was only logical and natural, he explained, because: 'We're pretty much the lead country in everything.' The leading country in everything finished eighth.In...
Pope Benedict XVI
HE was Pope John Paul ll's sidekick, his confidant and his enforcer. So when the feeble prelate met his maker it was not a huge surprise that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger assumed the Fisherman's Ring to become the world's top Roman Catholic, the supposed...
Raiders of the Lost Park
If a tree falls in a forest and Arthur Andersen isn't around to hear it, do we cost it under a general depreciation budget or should it be recorded as a debit in the current accounts' register of our special tax-exempt entity in the Cayman Islands?That's...
Riding for Their Lives
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is widely regarded as one of the most pro-Western countries in the Gulf region. It's become popular as a venue for an increasing variety of international sporting events. Yet few realize that for nearly 25 years it has...
Shell Shock: The Secrets and Spin of an Oil Giant
Shell Shock The Secrets and Spin of an Oil Giant by lan Cummins and John Beasant (Mainstream Publishing ISBN 184018941 X)Shell Shock is a timely and valuable history of one of the three remaining oil giants. The authors start with the company's recent...
Somalia
SOMALIA is the ultimate in 'imagined communities', the failed state whose fissiparous character is unique even in today's splintered world. Situated in the dusty Horn of Africa, this is a country whose Transitional Federal Government (TFG) exists only...
Stop the War: The Story of Britain's Biggest Mass Movement
Stop the War The story of Britain's biggest mass movement by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German foreword by Tony Benn (bookmarks publications ISBN 1905192 00 2)Someone, in this story of the remarkable mobilization of outrage that brought two million protesters...
The Blacksmith and the Noble [Caste System]
IN the Yatenga region in Burkina Faso, it is still common to see people refusing to drink from the same calabash or sit on the same mat as a blacksmith. The reason lies in an old tale. If goes: 'In the beginning blacksmiths and nionnonses (the rulers...
The Caste System
The caste system ensures that between 250 and 300 million people worldwide continue to suffer from segregation, exclusion, modern day slavery and other extreme forms of discrimination, exploitation and violence.The Indian caste system is probably the...
The Choice [Baraku Class in Japan]
I first encountered the Buraku issue when I met my future husband. After he told me that he was of Buraku origin, I told my family. Then, they changed their attitude quite abruptly. They said that I should not go out with him any more, although they...
Tied to the Job [Caste System]
CASTE first appeared in Africa in the 18th century, in what was then the Malian empire. It depended on a social stratification which distinguished the 'griots' (traditional musicians) and other artisans (blacksmiths, shoemakers, carpenters) from the...
View from the Top [Caste System]
THE contradiction confounds you. A Dalit elected to the highest post in the land in a country where every day Dalits are humiliated, raped, tortured and killed. Of course, governments are notorious for tokenism; showcasing their support for minorities...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.