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Articles from No. 241, March

(Adams, John. the Death of Klinghoffer)
Conflicts of a musical nature aside, opera has not hitherto been known for its combative nature. Indeed, with most operatic composers choosing their characters from a genepool of Figaros and fairy queens and their storylines from legend or folk history,...
A Tale of Two Naxalites: A Cup of Tea with the Revolutionaries Who Were a Thorn in the Side of Both Landowners and the Communist Party
Mandakini and Ajitha are mother and daughter. They also share a political past -- as members of the notorious Maoist Naxalite movement. But Ajitha is the better known: she was the 19 - year - old who took part in a guerilla attack on a police station...
Corporate Rap Sheet: Ten Worst Corporations of 1992
A SMALL but feisty US publication, Multinational Monitor, has given its awards for the world's ten worst corporations of 1992:Absolute Vodka (Sweden):Absolute Silence': To this vodka giant for spending huge sums of money on promoting vodka despite the...
Crossed Wires in Calicut: Meeting a Mullah in Malabar Does Not Prove That Easy
FIRST it's the increase in headscarves; then the Arabic colleges; then the pink, blue or green mosques; then the men rather than women selling fish along the roadsides. All these things tell me we are getting into Malabar, the northern part of Kerala...
Desecration: Philippines Power Project Threatens Ancestral Lands (Mount Apo, Mindanao)
MOUNT Apo on the Philippines island of Mindanao is the most sacred site for the indigenous people of the rainforest, the Lumads. More than 100,000 Lumads hunt and farm on its slopes, as they have since records began. It is the burial ground of their...
Developmania: Which Is the Best Route out of Poverty? Here Are Five Main, and Mainly Conflicting, Theories
APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGYMany advocates in environmental movements. Barefoot doctors and inexpensive biogas plants using animal waste are good -- high - tech medical centres and large dam projects are bad.RADICAL REFORMA modified version of revolutionary...
Ferry to Revolution: On the Backwaters from Quilon to Alleppey and into Kerala's Communist Heartland, Where It All Began
THREE loud, bad - tempered crows are strutting up and down on the roof of the wooden ferry moored at Quilon jetty. It's the backwater bus and it's gradually filling with locals wanting to get from A to B -- and tourists hoping to experience Kerala's...
Hills of Shame: Up into the Highlands to See the Tribal Peoples of Wynad, and Another Kerala Altogether
THE bus driver is an even - handed psychopath. As he speeds up through densely inhabited areas or around mountain - clinging hairpin bends his hatred seems to be equally distributed between pedestrians diving for shelter and passengers mentally preparing...
Kerala: The Facts
KERALA is a poor state in a poor country. Yet its people have a quality of life that is better than the rest of India or almost any other low - income state. In fact, the quality of life in Kerala is closer to that in the West. But they have achieved...
Life on the Edge: A Trip to Vizhinjam to See the Fisherfolk, and Nearly Cause a Fight
TRIVANDRUM, Kerala's capital. 10.15am. A fan whirs hypnotically overhead. I'm waiting for Mary John, administrator of the Fishermen's Federation for Trivandrum District. Good, I think. My first interview in Kerala and it's with a woman in a position...
Malcolm X
It seems fitting, maybe even inevitable. Malcolm X and Spike Lee, two of the most uncompromising figures in recent Afro - American history, meet on celluloid to do what they always do best -- encourage resistance and inspire debate. Malcolm X is over...
Model or Muddle? Journey's End: Time to Ask If Kerala Really Is the Success Story It's Cracked Up to Be, and to Do a Bit of Star Gazing
IT'S easy to be critical in Kerala when you are there and listening to the criticisms of Keralites. It is outrageous that land reform has excluded so many native people. Women's liberation should mean a lot more than access to health, education and jobs....
Paradox in Paradise: Vanessa Baird Goes to Kerala in Search of the Radical Paradise She Has Been Told Exists There
THE plane takes a sudden dip. Then it follows the line where the thin band of amber sand meets the blue - brown waves of the Indian Ocean, lashed by the tail - end of the monsoon winds. Beyond the fringe of sand is a thick canopy of coconut trees that...
Reds
WHEN Reds was released in the early 1980s, it was fashionable in radical circles to deride it. How could it possibly be a good thing? Ageing Casanova Warren Beatty, one of the most privileged people this planet has ever contained, portraying stalwart...
Respect and Respectability: Our Women Are the Most Respected and Most Liberated in India, and That Is Probably the Most Repeated Phrase in Kerala, but Not Everyone Agrees
BULLSHIT,' says Nata Duvvury, quietly. She is responding to the theory which holds that Kerala's women are more sexually liberated than others in India and that this is thanks to the customs of the Nair caste. This traditionally dominant caste was matrilineal...
School for Nobodies: Improvised Classroom under Rio's Metro
BRAZIL still has the largest foreign debt of any Third World country. 'Structural adjustment' programmes imposed by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are devastating essential public services. The effects are now all too visible on city...
Simply: Kerala Old and New
Few parts of the world have undergone such a speedy and dramatic social transformation as Kerala. Here we contrast the old Kerala with the new.CASTETHE OLDKerala had the most cruel and rigid caste system in India. From 800 AD on wards the elite Hindu...
The Gambia (Country Profile)
A mid the storms and turmoil of modern Africa, the mini - state of The Gambia provides an interesting tale of survival. Its origin was an accident of history. As a British colony it grew along the two banks of the River Gambia, up from the old port of...
The Mat Unravels: Consorting with an Industrialist Produces Some Unexpected Insights into Kerala's Labour Problem
BLUE, yellow, red. Primary colours vibrate in the old port of Fort Cochin. Shipping agents and traders do deals in small open - fronted shops in the narrow winding streets by the sea's edge -- talking over neat piles of rice, spice and bidis.This place...
Time of Fear // Review
It is indeed a time of fear for the shanty - town dwellers of Lima and the Indian peasants of the High Andes who together make up the majority of Peru's 22 million people. They are caught in the middle of a vicious war between the Government and the...
Who's Hiding? Just before Her Untimely Death Homelessness Worker Carolyn Ye Myint Produced a Report That Left No More Room for Excuses
WE used to believe -- or was it just hope? -- that uncovering evidence of injustice was the first essential step towards getting it put right. When I worked at No Fixed Abode with the disregarded homeless single people of the East End of London we told...
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