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Articles from No. 513, June

25 Years Ago
...we dedicated an issue to Human Rights in the run-up to the World Conference on Human Rights. In its early years the New Internationalist was much more focused on the possibilities attached to the regular UN conferences on particular themes than we...
A Better Media Is Possible
For the past few years I've been going to the Media Democracy Festival held in London. The annual gathering of activists, journalists, students and academics, is usually rich in lament and criticism of the state of the mainstream media.But this year...
A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things
A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things by Raj Patel and Jason W Moore (Verso, ISBN 9781788732130)These days world histories seem to need a big idea up on the marquee to lure in the tentative audience. Whether the story is hinged on a supposedly...
Also out There
MUSIC Arab-futurism comes in the shape of AMMAR 808 and the North African collective's Maghreb United (Glitterbeat). Taking its lift-offfrom the imaginings that have long underpinned Afrofuturism, Mehdi Nassouli, Sofiane Saidi, Cheb Hassen Tej feed instruments...
Behold, America - A History of America First and the American Dream
Behold, America - A History of America First and the American Dream by Sarah Churchwell (Bloomsbury, ISBN 9781408894804)One of the many things that chilled the blood in Donald Trump's inauguration speech on 20 January 2017 was his repetition of the phrase,...
Blueprint for a Better Media
1 Tackle ownershipNews media is too central to democracy to be concentrated in the hands of a few influential moguls and tech titans. Use antitrust legislation to break up media oligopolies with tighter limits on market share. Stand up to the smash-and-grab...
Costa Rica
Studying the history of Costa Rica, Isaac Felipe Azofeifa reached the conclusion that the country perceives itself as an island, 'a country without problems, that must stay isolated from the insanity of the world'.It has certainly stood out from its...
Dark Clouds
When worried Polish residents lament that 'winter is coming', it is not just the bitter cold they fear. It is the six months of smog caused by the mass burning of coal for domestic heating throughout the country.Some areas have been measured to be more...
Democracy in Prison
Dona Sonia hands me four cheesebreads. In her Cabelo Seco bakery, this famous savoury snack is a fifth its shopping-mall price, and served hot from the oven. But it's thin on cheese, heavy on flour, because Senhor Manoel and Dona Sonia are economizing,...
Disoriental
Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Klover (Europa Editions ISBN 9781609454517)This debut novel chronicles the lives of four generations of an Iranian family. The narrator, Kimiâ, is a firstgeneration immigrant living in contemporary Paris....
Divyanshu Ganatra
Despite losing his sight to glaucoma at 19, Divyanshu Ganatra refused to settle for the dire work prospects on offer and instead started an adventure sports not-for-profit organization open to everyone, but particularly those faced with disability-related...
Fears for Muslim Communities
Observers are worried that that Sinhalese nationalists are turning on Sri Lanka's Muslim minority in a bid to consolidate the country as an exclusively Buddhist nation.The government declared a state of emergency in March as riots against the country's...
Fighting Mr Fake
These days Maria Ressa, executive editor and CEO of Rappler, goes around the streets of Manila with police escorts. You can tell if she's in her office by the police cars parked outside the tower block in the eastern part of Metro Manila.At one point...
In Praise of White House Dysfunction
As it turns out, Donald Trump is not very good at running the US government.The question for progressive internationalists is: should we be sad about this?In recent months, Trump has faced a string of high-level departures from his staff. The New York...
In the Fade
In the Fade (106 minutes)directed and co-written by Fatih AkinA one-time drug-dealing Kurd, Nuri, who turned his life around in prison, works as a translator. He, and a tattooed student he sold grass to, Katja, are happily married and have a little boy,...
Introducing. Abiy Ahmed
Young Ethiopians, long accustomed to talking politics in hushed tones in cafés in the capital Addis Ababa, received a windfall of hope in April with the emergence of 42-year-old Abiy Ahmed as their new Prime Minister. Ahmed is the first Oromo (Ethiopia's...
I Stopped Demanding a Reaction a Long Time Ago
Syrian reporter ZAINA ERHAIM on training citizen reporters and the importance of documenting the Assad regime's atrocities. Interview by ANTON MUKHAMEDOV.Zaina Erhaim studied journalism at Damascus University and then at City, University of London. She...
Journalists and Whistleblowers at Risk
In 2017, 65 journalists were killed, 326 were detained and 54 held hostage. The number of women journalists killed doubled. They were also the largest group targeted by hate speech via social media. Syria was the most dangerous country to be a reporter,...
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...
Love Jihad
It had the makings of a Bollywood remake of Romeo and Juliet: two young people fall in love but a social divide threatens to keep them apart. Then the Supreme Court steps in.It's what happened in a landmark verdict this April, centring on a young woman's...
Malware for Humans
In the mid-2000s in Libya, a new type of conflict was first officially recognized. By 2010 the term 'hybrid warfare' was sufficiently well understood in military circles - and of such concern that doctrine was updated and plans were drawn up. In the...
One Belt, One Road
On the remote, windswept steppes of centralAsia where Kazakhstan borders China a new 'port' is being built - 2,500 kilometres away from the nearest ocean. The Khorgos Gateway is a massive transport hub, a 'dry port' rail terminal designed to process...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Amazon defendersA group of young people made history in Colombia after the Supreme Court endorsed their effort to sue the government for failing to tackle climate change. The 25 claimants maintained that Amazon deforestation rates in Colombia - which...
Remain in Light
Remain in Lightby Angélique Kidjo (Kravenworks Records, CD, LP and digital)A joyousness infuses Angélique Kidjo's Remain in Light, her reclamation of the Afrofunk heritage that the Talking Heads and their producer Brian Eno used to fuel one of the most...
Steve McCurry
US photographer STEVE MCCURRY , best known for his 1984 portrait of the green-eyed 'Afghan Girl', speaks to GRAEME GREEN about America, human nature and whether or not the world has gone mad.As someone who has reported on complex problems around the...
Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little
There's nothing new about fake or junk news or 'alternative facts'.But today's scale, speed and viral penetration of falsehood via social media is unprecedented. So is its profitability, as Macedonian teenagers from the rustbelt town of Veles discovered...
The Ciambra
The Ciambra (118 minutes)directed and written by Jonas CarpignanoSkinny, 14-year-old Pio has a lined, worn look older than his years. He's watchful, chain smokes, hangs around his older brother when he's allowed to. He doesn't go to school, can't read,...
The Empire's New Clothes – the Myth of the Commonwealth
The Empire's New Clothes – The Myth of the Commonwealth by Philip Murphy (Hurst, ISBN 9781849049467)The Commonwealth, what is it good for? It's tempting to answer: absolutely nothing. Surprisingly, Philip Murphy - director of the Institute of Commonwealth...
The Selfish Giants
The rise of the internet and social media has been accompanied by optimistic claims that the new technologies are leading to a great democratization of the media. After all, now anyone can report the news or share their opinion on Twitter. For many commentators,...
The Trauma of History
On 19 May 2004, Abola Wilson witnessed a massacre. Fourteen years later, he's sitting under the shelter of a tree, bracing himself to be asked about it yet again. Journalists, lawyers, charity workers and politicians have come and gone, each time feeding...
Voice of Resistance
Voice of Resistanceby Rim Banna (KKV/Oslo CD and digital)It was Lullabies from the Axis of Evil from 2003 that first brought the dead-too-soon Rim Banna to an international listenership outside her native Palestine and the Arabicspeaking world. Conceived...
Who Elected Facebook?
With great power comes great responsibility, but for Silicon Valley's mega-corporations, that hasn't quite set in. The companies that host the vast majority of our online expression - most only a little over a decade old - have amassed a tremendous amount...
Why You Can Teach Funny
As well as performing comedy, I've been teaching stand-up skills and joke-writing for over a decade. When I first started, a friend who is a sort of business guru nodded sagely and said: 'The people who made the most reliable income during the 1849 gold...
Zuma and the Nation
Having resigned in disgrace in February, former president Jacob Zuma is currently facing 16 charges of corruption, money laundering, fraud and racketeering. The charges relate to 783 counts of alleged wrongdoing linked to a $2.5 billion arms deal in...
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