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Articles from No. 420, March

50 Years from Home
It was one ef the most important moments of his life and the Dalai Lama couldn't see a thing. His thick glasses would be a real giveaway. He was given casual civilian clothes to replace his usual maroon robes. And then, on 17 March 1959, the leader of...
Beyond Witchcraft
Stella Kawelama is only 21 years old but she has experienced one of the most demeaning medical nightmares any woman could suffer from. For a year, she has been failing to control the flow of urine and faeces from her body due to a medical condition called...
Both Sides of the Wire
Chris Arendt is not your conventional Guantánamo guard. Pale and gangly with a Mohican haircut and a shabby hoodie, he's a proud vegetarian and a self-declared anarchist. Yet this rebellious antiestablishment 19-year-old was let inside the gates of one...
Country Profile: Malaysia
Visitors to Kuala Lumpur could be forgiven for thinking that they have landed in a highly developed nation. From the gleaming steel and glass of the international airport to the Petronas Twin Towers, once the highest skyscrapers in the world, the trappings...
Facing History in Cambodia
Pol Pot and his victorious Khmer Rouge army marched into Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia in April 1975 - Year Zero. In a few short days the Khmer Rouge turned back the clock, driving people out of the cities, transforming Cambodia into a vast network...
Friday Fracas
Downtown Cairo is preternaturale quiet on Fridays, at least until the imams rev up for their earsplitting weekly sermons. I was out walking when confronted with a fairly typical scenario: police rounding up an unlicensed sidewalk vendor, a scrawny kid...
Going Public
'Today we are all Aerolíneas Argentinas,' exclaimed Hugo Moyano, Secretary General of Argentina's labour federation, from the steps of the National Congress. The crowd responded with a cacophony of triumphant cheers and drum-pounding. Moyano's proclamation,...
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Making Waves
Interview with Brazilian squatter activist Nete AraujoNeto Araujo is no conventional grandma. At just 34 years old, she wears sweetheart purple nail varnish and bright white trainers. And instead of spending her days making tea and handing out cake,...
Note from the New Internationalist Co-Operative
This month's main theme has been put together with the support of UNICEF. It actually emerges out of research and writing that I did last year for the UN agency, which has been doing its utmost in recent months to raise awareness of the unnecessary deaths...
'Not in Our Name!'
It was a snowy morning on 7 January 2009: the tenth day of the Israeli Defense Forces' assault on Gaza. The death toll had already exceeded 600 - most of them civilians including many children. To divorce themselves publicly from this most recent abuse...
Not Such a Natural Disaster
Described as 'the first great natural disaster of the year', the wave of flooding that hit the Asia-Pacific region in January 2009 led to the displacement of at least 100,000 people, reports United Press International. Although tropical storms are a...
Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth by Margaret Atwood [Bloomsbury ISBN 97807 47598497)Every year the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation hosts a series of lectures by a well known thinkerMartin Luther King, John Kenneth Galbralth, Doris Lessing,...
Remembrance of Things Past
Some time ago I spent a week in South Africa. It was an exciting time: Thabo Mbeki had just brokered the Zimbabwe accord and Jacob Zuma had just won the legal case that was to unseat Mbeki. The newspapers were full of these major political events. But...
Seriously.(TM)
CIA enlarge their presence In AfghanistanFacing an impasse in their intelligencegathering activities in Afghanistan, the CIA have resorted to more potent methods for acquiring Bin Laden's whereabouts. Having found that traditional methods of bribery...
Sharing the Sunshine
He's launched one of the largest green business initiatives in the world; now the mayor of one of Portugal's smallest and poorest municipalities is spearheading an eight-country project to create communities run entirely on renewable energy.José María...
The Heartbreak
Habibu is lying on matting on the mud floor of her hut. The contractions are coming thick and fast now. The pain is intense, but she draws comfort from the memory that, the previous three times, this agony gave way to the peaceful, exhausted bliss of...
The Last Supper
The Last Supper By Pawel Huelle translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Serpent's Tail ISBN 9781852429805)Pawel Huelle's novel takes the reader on a switchback journey which is, by turns, dizzying, exhausting and exhilarating. Set in near...
Those We Lost
Afghanistan has the second highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Here we tell the stories of three women, two of them in words (their families did not wish to be photographed) and the other in pictures.My sister's storyMy sister was called Rahima....
Tibetan Timeline
629 King Songtsen Gampo begins his reign in Tibet. Nomadic groups first come together under his leadership to form a unified society.763 King Trisong Detsen forms an alliance with Siam and defeats the Chinese army. He installs a puppet Emperor in China...
Victor Victorious
Gay rights activists celebrated victory In the most unlikely of settings in late 2008, when a Kampala court ruled that the suppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations was unconstitutional. Uganda has long been one of Africa's...
Wonderful Town
Wonderful Townwritten and directed by Aditya Assarat (90 minutes)A young woman works in a quiet hotel in a sleepy Thai seaside town. She mops floors, airs rooms, hangs out washing and hovers around the reception desk. A young man checks in. He's an architect,...
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