New Internationalist

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Articles from No. 300, April

[A Land of Stone & Thyme: An Anthology of Palestinian Short Stories]
An Anthology of Palestinian Short Storiesedited by Nur and Abdelwahab Elmessiri (Quartet Books, London, ISBN 0-7043-7092-1)In A Land of Stone and Thyme, by contrast, social isolation is aberrant. These stories are drenched in a sense of common identity...
Bad to Worse: Islanders of St Helena Demand British Citizenship [Want Crown Dependency Status]
The islanders of St Helena, a British island territory off the coast of Africa, have a phrase for the string of British Governors who have ruled them: 'The bad go, worse come.' And now they seek a change for the better.The key issue for the 5,800 islanders...
Dumped: Reactors in Russian Pacific Fleet Threaten Lives [Aging Nuclear Weapons Thrown into the Sea]
People die young in Bolshoi Kamen, a city facing Vladivostock on Russia's Pacific coast. At the local cemetery overlooking the sea, gravestones show that most people died in their thirties and forties.Bolshoi Kamen is a company town. Its business is...
[I Have Lived Here since the World Began: An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People]
An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People by Arthur J Ray (Lester/Key Porter, Toronto, ISBN 1-895555-94-9)The history of aboriginal peoples in Canada has usually been told by archaeologists and anthropologists from a Eurocentric perspective. In...
John Akomfrah, Being the Director Who Combines Politics and a Mystical Feeling for Film
John Akomfrah agreed to an interview at the British Film Institute, where he is currently editing his latest film Speak Like A Child. When I arrived he greeted me with a smile and we started chatting about Cuba, the Latin American Film Festival, the...
Macedonia [Country Profile]
In central Skopje two storeys of poured concrete and plate glass house the National Museum of Macedonia. On a Saturday afternoon the place is deserted, except for the warden and some friends who have set up a TV in the entrance hall. They slouch in front...
Martin Khor
The smiles come easily, even at the end of a long day. A sense of warm civility surrounds Martin Khor. Yet it's evident that here is a tireless campaigner for rewriting the rules of the game in favour of the Third World. I've caught up with him during...
My Body: It's Not Always Easy to Claim Your Body as Your Own, Especially If You Are Pregnant or Disabled. Micheline Mason Was Both, but She Forged a Way [Severely Disabled Woman Decides to Have a Child]
My body was mine for only four days of my life. Although my body hurt for those four days, my head and heart were happy. I had a mummy, a daddy, a sister, a home, and I was loved unconditionally.Unfortunately, my mother started worrying that something...
Of Human Bondage: Most of Us Sell Our Bodies in Some Way or Another. Jeremy Seabrook Traces the Global Intricacies and Extremes of That Bondage
The streets of Dhaka are thronged with cycle-rickshaws -- metal-framed structures with a folding canopy to protect from rain and sun, painted with bright motifs of flowers and birds. On their back panels are usually scenes from a Bengali film or an idealized...
[Roach, Archie. Looking for Butter Boy]
by Archie Roach(Mushroom, MUSH 1 5CD0)It's hard to know where to begin with Archie Roach's music. Looking For Butter Boy is the native Australian third album and it's certainly not in the music or its manifest merits that any difficulties lie: Roach...
Sacred and Profane Bodies
The body is zone of self expression. The way you use and adorn or decorate your body can express who you are and what you believe in. It is symbolic, communicative, aesthetic. It may be sacred or profane, cultural or individualistic, conformist or creative....
Stamping It Out: Asian Youth Kick off Global Protest [Global March against Child Labour]
Children from all over South East Asia have raised their voices and their feet to demand action to stop exploitative labour. The first leg of the Global March Against Child Labour began in January in Manila with youth marching, dancing and simulating...
The Genetics of Blame: A Gene for Homelessness? Is This a Joke? Not Entirely, for Those Who Subscribe to the Burgeoning New Mix of Science and Politics Called Neurogenetic Determinism
Early last December the science writer Matt Ridley contributed a column to the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph. He argued contrary to long-held common-sense views, genetic research now proved that how we are brought up and the nature of our family...
The New Cannibalism [Booming Global Market for Transplant Organs]
Chinese surgeons extracting vital organs from condemned prisoners. Indian villagers selling a kidney for a dowry. And all to feed the booming global traffic in human organs for transplant.George Soros is best known as a world-class billionaire financier....
The World Made Flesh [Social Aspects of the Human Body]
A long the white corridors are garish, coloured illustrations showing parts of the body I hardly knew existed, let alone cared about.They take on particular significance now, some organs and their functions especially so.We make our way, down one floor,...
Tiger 'Flu: When the Basics of the Communist Manifesto Appear as Analysis in the New York Times, Steve Eckardt Reckons It's Time to Take Another Look at the Economic Crisis in Asia
How ironic that opinion-makers, trying to prevent panic as Asian markets and currencies plunged to unplumbed depths, settled on the phrase 'Asian 'flu'.Bad choice. For at that very moment a 'flu virus in Hong Kong poultry was making an extraordinary...
Whatever I Feel [Pseudo-Hermaphroditism]
'Boy or girl?' tends to be the first question asked when a baby is born. And a cursory look at the genitals usually provides the answer But it's not that simple, says Zachary I Nataf.'Whatever I feel, that's the way I am. I was born a girl, and that...
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