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Articles from No. 473, June

Afghanistan's Theatre of the Oppressed
After more than 30 yearsof war, Afghanistan is a country synonymous with suffering, its people facing a crippled economy and infrastructure as well as bereavement on an unimaginable scale..Amid the continuing turmoil a participative theatre initiative...
Also out There
MUSIC Lovely Difficult, (Sterns Music), the fourth album from Havana-born, Cape Verderaised Mayra Andrade is more the first than the second adjective of its title. Singing in English, Cape Verdean, Portuguese and French, Andrade has produced a breezy...
America after Piketty's Charge
As of this writing, if you go to bookstores in the United States in search of one particularly hot title, you will be told to add your name to the waiting list. The volume is sold out, and getting your hands on a copy will take at least two weeks.The...
Are Riots Good for Democracy?
StephenAre riots good for democracy? In general, I believe that they are. But let me immediately clarify. Riots are complex, unco-ordinated crowd activities. No-one defends every act committed by every rioter. Even in riots motivated by egalitarian and...
Big Tobacco Takes a Tumble
SENEGALHealth campaigners in Senegal are celebrating the passage of tough new anti-smoking legislation.The law makes Senegal the sixth African nation to ban smoking in almost all public places, and also includes a total ban on advertising along with...
Corporate Whore, Moi?
This month's column takes the form of a confession. I have committed a crime against the Leftand need to clear my political conscience. I haven't been eating in McDonalds or telling dodgy jokes, and I promise the sad passing of Tony Benn had nothing...
Electronic Battlefield
SYRIAWhen a selection of Bashar and Asma al-Assad's emails were hacked, then leaked, in 2012 we regarded them in awe. The democracy activists' choice to reveal the Assads' luxury shopping list exposed their extreme consumption and, as is always the case...
From Bins to Bellies
'The chips aren't very popular, so we'llhave the potatoes,' says Lorraine, a worker at a homeless shelter in Oxford, England. On offer today in the Oxford Food Bank's van are crates of Christmas pudding, lettuce, bananas, avocados, cookies, eggs and...
'How Did Our Community Survive This?'
The Missing Children Project, part of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is investigating the deaths, disappearances and burial places of more than 4,100 aboriginal students who died in government-funded residential schools.From the 1870s...
I Am China
I Am China by Xiaolu Guo (Chatto & Windus, ISBN 9780701188207)In 2013, Xiaolu Guo was named as one of Granta Magazine's Best of Young British Novelists and, on the evidence of this striking novel, the judges made a wise choice. The book concerns...
I'm a New Internationalist
Glitter MoreñoFounder/Director, ALDCwww.awagohldc.orgTo paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning, how do I love New Internationalist? Let me count the ways...I love NI from the clarity of the past, to the depth of the present. I became familiar with the...
Israel
Israel's Founding Fathers (and a few Mothers) sought to find a safe haven from European antisemitism. The international community, which had good reasons to feel guilty towards Jews, granted them what was never given to anyone else: an authorization...
Jimmy's Hall
Jimmy's Hall (108 minutes)directed by Ken LoachFor what may be his last feature, Loach dramatizes the story of Jimmy Gralton, the only Irish citizen deported from Ireland as an illegal alien. Gralton was one of a group of socialists who, in the 1920s,...
Languages Big and Small - the Facts
WHOSE LANGUAGE?* A country's official language often has more to do with colonial or historical legacies and geopolitics than with what most people actually speak.* 90% of Africans have no knowledge of the official language of their country.2* At least...
Letters
Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.The New Internationalist welcomes your letters. But please keep them short. They might be edited for purposes of space or clarity. Letters should be sent to letters@newint.org or to your...
Marni Naa Pudni Kaurna Yarta-Ana (Welcome to Kaurna Country)
Some linguists argue that allowing languages to die or go extinct is a natural process. But the demise of Kaurna - my language, the language of the indigenous peoples of the Adelaide plains - came about not through natural change, but through globalization...
Of Speech and Species
Animal and plant species are now being lost at a rate 1,000 times greater than historic background levels. At the same time, half of the world's languages are at risk of disappearing within the next century.The two may not immediately seem connected,...
Our Trespasses
A hold-up at the airport sets Ruby Diamonde to thinking about the state of siege under which Central Africans have to live.Travelling around the CentralAfrican Republic (CAR) is a risky business. And so is travelling the few kilometres from Bangui city...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Vermont's victoryThe northeastern US state of Vermont will now require warning labels for genetically modified (GM) food. The bill takes effect in July 2016 when it will also become illegal to describe GM food products as 'natural'. It is a bold move...
Reintroducing. Abdelaziz Bouteflika
The electoral victory in Algeria of Bouteflika for his fourth term as president of Africa's largest country is a non-event of major proportions. The enfeebled 77-year-old politician barely appeared in public during his campaign and is reported to be...
Slavery Reparations Sought
Caribbean countries are calling for reparations from European states for the crimes of the slave trade.Reparation campaigns date back 100 years, but this is the first time countries have united under CARICOM, a grouping of 15 Caribbean nations.On 10...
Speaking in (Many) Tongues
'I think they might be backward.'This was the damning verdict of the health visitor on discovering that my twin sister and I, aged two, were resolutely refusing to speak a proper language (ie English), and were instead babbling away in some incomprehensible...
Talking about a Revolution
Under the benign gaze of King Juan Carlos, I am listening to three Galicians speaking animatedly about their language and what it means to them. There is a certain irony in the fact that we are gathered beneath a portrait of the king, at the Spanish...
The Hunt for the Golden Mole
The Hunt for the Golden Mole by Richard Girling (Chatto & Windus, ISBN 9780701187156)In this fascinating book, subtitled 'All Creatures Great and Small and Why They Matter', nature writer Richard Girling has set himself a seemingly impossible task....
'They Nicknamed Me Terrorist'
At the end of last year, the Turkishambassador to the US asked people to submit pictures of people, places and things that they considered part of Turkey's cultural heritage. Most of the contributions contained beautiful landmarks, gorgeous sunsets and...
Toumani & Sidiki
Toumani & Sidikiby Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté (World Circuit Records, WCD 087, CD and download)Class acts don't get much better than this. It's well known that kora maestro Toumani Diabaté descends from a 700-year-old dynasty of Mandé griots...
Unlikely Squatters
SPAINTo a casual observer, the apartment blocks look much like any other. Well maintained, adequately furnished and with a reliable supply of power and water, few would guess the buildings are squatted by families who lost their jobs and homes to Spain's...
Up & Down
Language survival is a rollercoaster ride. The fate of the world's mother tongues is often dependent on a combination of factors, including grassroots activism, political will and simple chance.HEBREW Hebrew is touted as the major success story. Used...
Valeria's Story
About a year ago, a 25-year-old womannamed Valeria went to a motel looking to rent a room. She lived in the city, and would only need it a few hours. Valeria hadn't dated anyone in five months, but she brought her old boyfriend with her. After she spoke...
Voices under the Ice
'As I look back on my youth and childhood, I realize how much songs and music formed a good part of our lives. My extended family and my father and aunts all composed Tlingit songs. Lullabies were an early part of our lives. When we were old enough to...
Xiaolu Guo
What's your earliest memory?Standing on the beach of my fishing village, by the East China Sea. After a typhoon, when the seas were quiet, you could hear the anti-communist campaign propaganda from Taiwan coming through the loudspeaker.What was your...
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