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Articles from No. 481, April

Alexis Tsipras
Greece's new Prime Minister, from antiausterity party Syriza, will need all his considerable political skills and a good deal of luck too.Tsipras' party holds a near-majority in the Greek parliament after voters in January acted with a refreshingly clearsighted...
Also out There
MUSIC Nearly 20 years after the global success of the Buena Vista Social Club album and its various solo spin-offs comes Lost and Found (World Circuit). The outpouring of songs by the veteran Cuban stars in those initial Nick Gold sessions was such that...
BA Power
Ba Powerby Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (Glitterbeat Records, 023 CD/LP/download)'Ba', in Bassekou Kouyaté's native Bambara, means 'power' and that is what surges through the Malian musician's fourth album, which is also his debut for the innovative...
Beating the Blacklisters
The files were held in an office sheltering behind an anonymous green door in a small town in England.There were just over 3,200 of them and each gave, to varying degrees, a little history about a person. It had their National Insurance number, a home...
Cosying Up to the Saudis
If you live in a country - and chances are that you do - your head of state no doubt recently paid a cringe-worthy tribute to K ing Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, aka the psychopath's psychopath, who died in January.From 1,000 lashes for running a secular...
Electoral Cliffhanger
In January 2015, popular outrage over a proposed electoral law drove the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) onto the streets. The law would have reduced the 2016 elections to a general census and delayed proper presidential elections by...
Growing Upside Down
Imagine the world upside down. Imagine tomorrow, 8am. You're getting your son or daughter ready for school. All of a sudden you notice that your child is not carrying a backpack but a lead pickaxe and shovel. Not a play one for the beach: a real, heavy...
Illegal Dam Blockaded
For over 14 years the residents of Los Caimanes have fought against Latin A merica's largest tailings dam, constructed by mining transnational A ntofagasta Minerals' subsidiary, Minera Los Pelambres (MLP).Declared illegal before it was even built, the...
Indigenous Eviction Resisted
ECUADORThe government of Ecuador wants to evict the country's largest Indigenous organization from its historical headquarters. President Rafael Correa accused the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) of using the building for...
Is Monsanto on the Side of Science?
When Australian scientist Judy Carman decided to carry out an animal feeding study with GM crops, she asked three GMO companies to supply seeds. One company didn't reply; another wanted the details of her study first. Monsanto sent her a legal document...
Is There a Pathway to Ending Corporate Rule in America?
More than a decade ago, former Senator Russ Feingold described US politics as a system of 'legalized extortion and legalized bribery'. Running for federal office is so expensive that politicians invariably grow beholden to the millionaires and corporate...
Letters
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Malawi
Malawi entered 2015 with much of the country under floodwater. As ever, the real disaster results not from the weather - the low-lying south has always been flood prone - but the continued lack of resilience on the part of Malawi's people, more than...
Monsanto. Coming to a Field near You?
As the conflict in Ukraine erupts, subsides, erupts, subsides, there seems to be one entity that cannot lose.Biotech-giant Monsanto has an office in Ukraine. In 2013 a proposed $17-billion IMF loan to Ukraine would, as a condition, have opened up the...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Youthful victoryYoung Peruvians took to the streets in early 2015 to protest against a law that would have slashed their labour rights - and they won! The 2014 Youth Labour regime Law was seen by them as an attack on their rights, in the interests of...
Saud Alsanousi
What are you politically passionate about?What really bothers me is when people are labelled, when they're put into categories. We see around the world that thousands are dying and people pay no attention to that, but sometimes one or two people die...
Should Voting Be Compulsory?
MathewDemocracies across the world risk becoming gerontocracies: government, increasingly for the grey vote, by the grey vote. In the recent US mid-term elections, for example, 18 to 29-year-olds constituted just 13 per cent of the electorate; while...
The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón
The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón by Carlos Gamerro, translated from the Spanish by Ian Barnett (& Other Stories, ISBN 9781908276506)Carlos Gamerro's splendid, high-octane novel is set in Buenos Aires in 1975. Argentina is fast descending into...
The Dark Horse
The Dark Horse (99 minutes)directed and written by James Napier RobertsonIntense, involving, often uneasy - probably not what you'd expect of a film based around a chess club. But its coach and mentor, the wonderfully named Genesis Potini, a Maori chess...
The Farmer's Friend
Farming was the only life that Dhanraj Pawar, a farmer from Maharashtra in central India, had ever known. His farm had been handed down through several generations of his family, and his life and aspirations were firmly rooted in his land. But last year,...
The Four Books
The Four Books by Yan Lianke, translated from the Chinese by Carlos Rojas (Chatto & Windus, ISBN 9780701186975)This sprawling, ambitious novel takes place in a labour camp in the late 1950s, during China's Great Leap Forward, a massive drive to industrialize...
The People vs Monsanto (and Other GM Giants)
1 The bee all and the end allA small group of Mexican beekeepers inflicted a blow on biotech giant Monsanto, halting the company's ambitions to plant thousands of hectares of GM soybeans. A district judge in the state of Yucatán overturned a government...
The Racket
The Racket by Matt Kennard (Zed Books, ISBN 9781780329888)This timely and readable book is a distillation of Matt Kennard's investigative reports, over four years, as a journalist for the Financial Times. The Racket of the title is the global scam that...
The Reason Why Vol 2
The Reason Why Vol 2by Goran Kajfes' Subtropic Arkestra (Headspin Recordings, HEAD 021 CD/LP/download)Hot on the heels of its much-lauded predecessor comes The Reason Why Vol 2, from Swedish trumpeter Goran Kajfes and a tight band of heavy woodwind and...
The Spice Box Letters
The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis (Sandstone Press, ISBN 978-1-910124-08-6)April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the Medz Yeghern (Great Crime) when the Ottoman Empire banished its Armenian minority population, resulting in...
Total Control
Lisa Safarian seems a caring kind of person.'As a mom and member of the team at Monsanto, I'm focused on food pretty much 24/7, whether I'm thinking about meals with my family or working with farmers to help us produce better harvests,' she writes in...
Towards an Understanding of the Psychopathy of Patient Monsanto
An Evaluation of Psychopathic Traits in Patient MONSANTO (NYSE: MON)From my confidential clinical records of psychoanalysis conducted with highprofile clients, password protected, for reference only.Patient Monsanto (NYSE: MON - the 'Entity') was analysed...
TTIP: We Are Winning!
TRADEThese are exciting times for the global justice movement. A mass campaign is building against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the corporate trade deal being negotiated in secret between the EU and US. And if official concern...
Victory for Autonomy
It was a day that made another world seem possible. As Greece took to the streets to celebrate Syriza's electoral win, with its promise to end austerity, Kurdish fighters in Syria announced victory in their epic resistance against ISIS. On 26 January,...
When a Sanctuary Is a Prison
Aziz used to be a pharmacist.In fact, he still is - but he lost his small pharmacy and his house when anti-Balaka rebels descended on his hometown, Carnot, just over a year ago.'When they first arrived here, they held a public meeting,' he says. 'They...
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