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Articles from No. 508, December

1947 – When Now Begins
1947 – when now begins by Elisabeth Åsbrink, translated by Fiona Graham (Scribe, ISBN 978-1-911344-42-1)What can a single year teach us about our past, present and future? How can a snapshot of people (from George Orwell to Eleanor Roosevelt), places...
40 Years Ago
Sometimes this column leads me to pieces from the magazine's first decade that I had never come across before. In the main theme on changing values in childcare from December 1977 I unexpectedly found, for example, an article by Margaret Mead, the most...
Against Mother Nature
Last month, two indigenous Bolivians, Fabian Gil and Marqueza Teco, travelled to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany to denounce their government.In front of the International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature - a symbolic court held on...
Also out There
MUSIC From a Niger village close to the Malian border, Les Filles de Illighadad's first studio album, Eghass Malan (Sahel Sounds) is a beautifully resonating piece of work. Certainly among the first Tuareg women musicians to come to wider acclaim, the...
Are We All Terrorists?
Terrorist! Yes, this means you.Please open your Old Testament to Numbers, 14:1-25 where God tells Moses to spy on you Canaanites who were up to no good, and later slaughters you.Skip ahead to the Declaration of Independence, a magnificent achievement...
Arms Trade Loophole
UK/ SOUTH SUDANShell companies are aggravating some of the world's worst conflicts through the role they play in illicit arms deals, according to human rights group Amnesty International.A recent investigation has revealed that UK-registered company...
Bahrain
Last month, some 10,000 visitors funnelled through the Bahraini capital, Manama, for the country's inaugural international arms fair, organized by the British company Clarion. The event included US and Russian pavilions, with representatives from the...
Confronting a Culture of Sexual Violence
On 5 October, a New York Times exposé revealed Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's long record of unwanted sexual advances toward young women, particularly aspiring actresses. Subsequent reports, which included first-hand testimonials from targeted...
Defame, Criminalize, Murder
Latin America has the highest rate of murders of environmental and land defenders in the world. According to the organization Global Witness, at least 200 defenders were killed worldwide in 2016 and 60 per cent of those were in Latin America.1Defenders...
Dolores
Dolores (95 minutes) directed by Peter BrattArdent, direct, down-to-earth, Dolores Huerta was a pioneer organizer of Latino agricultural workers in California in the 1960s. She coined the motto Si se puede - 'Yes we can' - that 40 years later expressed...
Economic Partnership Agreement
Economic Partnership Agreement by Sven Kacirek and Daniel Mburu Muhuni (Pingipung Records, Pingipung 59, LP and digital)This record about global trade and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from the viewpoint of Kenyan farmers and others is an...
Every Signature Represented an Act of Courage
Smuggled under the cover of darkness. Hidden among innocent-looking deliveries. Carried by people not known to the authorities, by volunteers along jungle paths, to highland villages unreachable by motor vehicles. Thousands risked their freedom - and...
From Lectern to Prison
I am a professor of law and politics and have dedicated most of my academic career to analyzing the relations between religion, state and society. I grew up in an almost nonreligious family; I guess this is the source of my fascination, since I was a...
Guerrillas Gamble for Peace
A year ago, despite rightwing attempts to scupper the peace process, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sealed an historic accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).There followed months of demobilization, disarmament and reinsertion...
Homage to Catalonia
Now it's Catalonia's turn. Mahatma Gandhi once said, 'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.' In many places it seems like 'they' are done laughing, and have started fighting. Perhaps the wave of growing repression...
How Turkey's Citizens Lost Their Rights
The last straw came this summer when well-known human rights activists, including Amnesty International (AI) Turkey Director Idil Eser and founding member Özlem Dalkiran, were taken into custody during a training workshop in Istanbul. They are still...
Introducing.: João Lourenço
Angola has its first new president in nearly 40 years. The ailing José Eduardo dos Santos has stepped aside to turn over the reins of the MPLA (People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola) to the 63-year-old João Lourenço, a man with a solid MPLA...
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...
Nitin Sawhney
The acclaimed British-Indian musician talks to SUBI SHAH about colonialism, music as a passport to possibility and why he wants to be known as 'someone who gives a shit'.2017 marks 70 years since India's partition and independence - what does that mean...
Of Women – in the 21st Century
Of Women – In the 21st Century by Shami Chakrabarti (Allen Lane, ISBN 978-0-241-29634-9)Campaigning lawyer Shami Chakrabarti has penned her crisp, contemporary treatise on the rights of women in the first person. Consequently, Of Women reads much as...
...Port Augusta Gives Coal the Boot
'Now, there will be something for the children,' thought Ursula Meese, an elderly and committed member of Repower Port Augusta, as she danced around her living room. She had just heard the news that the world's biggest solar thermal tower with storage...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
A breath of fresher airMillions of homes across northern China will be heated by gas for the first time this winter as part of a massive government effort to reduce the country's dependency on smogproducing coal. Although gas is still a polluting fossil...
Resisting the Squeeze on Public Space
It's hard sometimes to get the balance right.At the New Internationalist we strive to tell the unvarnished truth which can be dauntingly negative. But we try to leaven it with positive news. When it comes to the subject of December's Big Story on the...
The Alternative World Cup
As the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers come to an end, teams like Tibet, Matabeleland and Northern Cyprus will be getting ready to play each other next year. Except, they won't be playing in the official World Cup in Russia. Instead, the 16 squads denied...
The Death of Homo Economicus
The Death of Homo Economicus by Peter Fleming (Pluto Press, ISBN 9780745399409)There is a corrosive fiction at the heart of today's workplace, says Peter Fleming. We are sold the lie that if we work harder and longer, we will be rewarded with increased...
Toys from Trash
On a bright October morning in Bangalore, India, the activity room of Purnapramati School is buzzing with excitement, curiosity and the occasional shrieks from primary and middle school students.Each child has been handed a drinking straw, some neatly...
When Comedy Sides with Tyranny
'Triggered' is such a weird insult, isn't it? 'Sorry, snowflake, did I trigger you? Did I make you feel an emotion in response to an event? Did my awful actions make you react with sadness or empathy, like you're supposed to when you're not made of pure...
When the Post Doesn't Come
One thing that has amazed me about Bolivia is how easy it is to forget completely the existence of things I once considered commonplace. When I last visited the UK, I rediscovered with amazement passenger trains, takeaway meals and paying by card.Yet,...
While the World's Largest Coal Mine Gets the Go Ahead
Australia is already the world's biggest exporter of coal. Now the Queensland Government has made plans that will double its output - by opening up the remote Galilee Basin to mining.The Carmichael mine planned for north Queensland will be the country's...
Whiteness Is Not Rightness
GERMAN YWhen activists from the Asylum Seekers' Movement (ASM) held a protest-camp in Dresden to demand equal rights, they were disappointed by the lack of support they received from Germany's liberal and left-wing activists.'They are used to talking...
Whose Streets?
It beggared belief - a line of armouredSt Louis police chanting 'Whose streets? Our streets!' But that's exactly how they trumpeted their power in September as they cleared the streets of people protesting against police brutality.The officers were celebrating...
With Ash on Their Faces – Yezidi Women and the Islamic State
With Ash on their Faces – Yezidi Women and the Islamic State by Cathy Otten (OR Books, ISBN 978-1-682191-08-8)The world woke up to the plight of Iraq's Yezidi community in August 2014, when an estimated 130,000 people were left stranded on Sinjar Mountain...
You Will Agree
On 5 September, Gauri Lankesh, editor of an outspoken weekly newspaper was gunned down outside her home in Bangalore, southern India. A staunch critic of Hindu nationalist politics, she had been convicted of 'defamation' last year for an article implicating...
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