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Articles from No. 343, March

American Karoshi: Karoshi, or Working Yourself to Death, Was Thought to Be a Uniquely Japanese Phenomenon
ATHIN, 40-something man with scattered white hair and wan complexion looked up from his notebook in a church basement on Manhattan's Upper West Side.`Hi, I'm Emerson,' he said, `and I'm addicted to work.'`Hi, Emerson,' answered his companions.Emerson...
Black Hawk Down
Ridley Scott's latest movie is a gory portrayal of the 3 October 1993 battle in Mogadishu that marked the climax of the disastrous US `humanitarian intervention' in Somalia. A raid against warlord Muhammad Aidid goes badly wrong, leaving US elite forces...
Boo to Captain Clock
`WE do not recognize history, patriarchy, matriarchy... or lollipop men/ladies... Our currency is to be based on the quag barter system. We do not recognize the Gregorian calendar: this day shall be known as One...' Thus spake British road protesters...
By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Abdulrazak Gurnah's sixth novel tells the interwoven stories of two men and their families. Set in two seaside towns half-a-world apart, the book opens as Saleh Omar arrives in Britain on a dank November day to claim asylum. He has with him a mahogany...
Dominican Republic
The brand-new 27-storey Acropolis tower is the latest addition to the rising skyline of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital. Headquarters to the US giant Citibank and a cluster of other financial firms, the building looms over a glitzy 20,000-squaremetre...
Enclosing Time
Enclosure Then and NowIN his The Needs of Strangers, Michael Ignatieff borrows from Shakespeare the notion of `the heath'. The heath is wildness itself, the fearsome place where all security ends, the right place for Lear to go mad. In Shakespeare's...
Feminist Sweepstakes by le Tigre
`Feminists, we're calling you. Please report to the front desk. Let's name this phenomenon. It's too dumb to bring us down.' This isn't the opening salvo to Le Tigre's second album (that distinction goes to the catchy `Tour Theme', with its dedication:...
From This Month's Editor
ONE should be careful when doing an issue of the NI not to climb on too high a horse. The very things you criticize in the wider world are often things that you are guilty of yourself. This issue, about our desire to go ever faster - a desire shaped...
Global Citizens Movement: A New Actor for a New Politics
THE global citizens movement has made a momentous discovery and revealed a dangerous truth: the corporate coup d'etat, the triumph of rich over poor, market over society, rapacity over nature is not inevitable.It put this lesson to good use at the World...
In the Dock: WTO 'Development Agenda' Rings Hollow
`WE are too beholden to trade' a trade official of a developing country told me at the ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Doha, Qatar last November.The meeting was a bizarre affair. The last WTO ministerial meeting in Seattle...
Monsoon Wedding
The Indian diaspora's gaze at the world it left behind has two opposing traits: the mainstream one, an unproblematic romanticization of the homeland's `glorious traditions'; and the marginal one, a desire to distance oneself from one's past in order...
Rock It to the Moon by Electrelane
Anyone inspecting the sleeve illustrations to Feminist Sweepstakes for clues on where to get more of the Le Tigre ethos, may be interested to see a little drawing of a record by Electrelane. That's not to say that this precocious young band from the...
Rush to Nowhere: Richard Swift Says It's Time We Slammed on the Brakes
THE Titanic and its sad fate have become a metaphor for human foibles and arrogance towards the power of nature leading to disaster. What is less well known is that the White Star Line built the ultramodern Titanic in part to compete in an obsessive...
Scars of Safety: The Plight of Afghani Refugees
ON a balmy Brisbane afternoon I am sitting in a bare-walled, inner-city flat as Ahmad tells me of talabe bakhshish - the exchange of forgiveness before dying. Ahmad describes the guilt he felt when, with a bowed head, he asked his wife Masuma to forgive...
Sharp Focus on Acoustic Ecology
Phil England on listening to our sonic environment - from pond life to protest.`Noise is a much bigger problem today than it was ever before. And so it is in the midst of the present cacophony that we've begun to listen very carefully to what is taking...
Suffering and Smiling
WHILE capitalism has speeded things up for some, others are clearly on another track. For many in developing countries, some of the tools that should enable speedy communication are themselves sources of frustration.This frustration comes in many shapes...
The Hurried Child
Once upon a time there was a baby who was happy to sit in her bounce-chair, sucking her fingers, kicking her legs and watching the leaves flapping in the breeze. But her parents thought she needed something to jump-start her development, so they bought...
The Mystery of Capital by Hernando De Soto//Private Planet by David Cromwell
`Capitalism appears increasingly as the leitmotif of a self-serving guild of businessmen and their technocracies.' This is not the sort of assertion you'd expect to read in a book that comes with fulsome praise from Margaret Thatcher, The Economist and...
The Voice of the Majority
In a world committed to universal democracy, human rights and freedom, it should perhaps come as a surprise that the voice of the majority of the people in the world remains unheard. That voice is, of course, the faltering voice of the poor, uttering...
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH: Why Africans Should Reject Robert Mugabe's Tactics
Some black Africans may be tempted to approve of the attacks being carried out on white Zimbabwean farmers and their black employees by so-called war veterans, with the support of Robert Mugabe's government. There is, all over the continent, deep frustration...
Worldbeaters.Taking Aim at the Rich and Powerful: Vladimir Putin
When Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin first rose to prominence in Russian politics the question on everyone's lips was: `Who is Putin?' With astonishing speed, Putin went from Prime Minister, to Acting President - after his patron, Boris Yeltsin, resigned...
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