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Articles from No. 517, January/February

25live@25
25LIVE@25by Skunk Anansie (Republic of Music, 2CDs, 3LPs and 2MCs) skunkanansie.com????In the early 1990s, as the bands of the Britpop era were setting out their respective shingles, there were a few bands that truly made one's hair stand on end. One...
Agony Uncle
Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we're all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter stage: Agony Uncle.Dear Agony Uncle,I have recently learned that an aunt has left me a small cottage in her will. I have always...
Armenia: Free and Fair Poll
'Armenia has a revolutionary majority inside parliament,' declared Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan as he swept to a landslide victory in December's snap elections.The one-time political prisoner saw his My Step Alliance receive more than 70 per cent of...
A Rustbelt Romance
You can visit the steel mill town of Gary, Indiana, as a tourist. Rustbelt Ruin Tours will take you to the vestiges of Gary Screw & Bolt Factory, formerly a major employer, for example.Since 1980 more than six million - that's more than a third of...
At a Glance
LEADER: President Miguel Diaz-Canel.ECONOMY: GNI per capita figures for Cuba are meaningless: the economy is not measurable in the normal way.Monetary unit: There is a dual-currency economy, with the Cuban peso and the Cuban convertible peso both in...
Britain: Look to the Sky
In a drizzly park on an overcast day in Newcastle, a small group huddles around Matthew See as he gives a lecture about birds.'Can you hear that?' See asks, pointing towards the source of a faint chirruping from the trees.It's the sound of longtailed...
Can We Feed the World without Destroying It?
Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It? by Eric Holt-Giménez (Polity, ISBN 9781509522019) politybooks.com?????In this splendid primer on food politics, Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First, addresses the question posed in his title....
Catching the Cops
Few people in Australia tune into NITV, a state-funded indigenous TV channel. On typical days it receives just 0.1 per cent of ratings nationally. But on 9 May there was a sudden spike. NITV had just broadcast a video clip filmed with a cell phone of...
China: The Chinese Dream
Nicknamed 'Little Africa', the prosperous southern city of Guangzhou is home to Asia's largest African migrant population, who come to China for business opportunities, reputable universities and low living costs.More than 15,000 Africans, particularly...
Country Profile: Cuba
Julio, an entrepreneur in Trinidad - a touristy, colonial-era city 335 kilometres east of Havana - told me a few years ago: 'It's making me nervous - the government hasn't made any changes for a while.' Cubans have seen some momentous ones over the past...
Deviation
Deviation by Luce D'Eramo, translated by Anne Milano Appel (Pushkin Press, ISBN 9781782273882) pushkinpress.com???The cover blurb of this autobiographical novel will tell you that it concerns an idealistic young fascist, Lucie, who leaves Italy in 1944...
Do We Fetishize Indigenous People?
Looking perplexed, the executive producer turned to a translator as the Moken man leaned on the tiller of his petrol engine. 'Why don't you use sail boats?' he asked. Somewhat puzzled, the Moken man provided the obvious answer: 'Because petrol is easy.'The...
Echoes
Echoesby Farhan(Farhan Music CD and digital) twitter. com/faroutakhtar?Slightly angsty songs recorded in Milan with a big-name producer and a middle-ofthe-road rock band. Farhan Akhtar's debut album, Echoes is a competent mush of an album that is characterized...
Five Key Climate Struggles to Watch in 2019
1 California breathingIn November 2018, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and their allies succeeded in delaying California's proposed 'Tropical Forest Standard'. The scheme would allow polluting businesses in California to meet part of their...
Flowers and Flames
The flowers go for 5 or 10 taka (5 to 10 cents) a piece: red and white roses, tuberose, garlands of marigold, multihued gladioli, lilies and water lilies, carnations, a smattering of chrysanthemums and baby's breath. Bunches are made up on site, alongside...
Green Book
Green Bookdirected and co-written by Peter Farrelly 130 minutes????The Green Book was a segregation-era guide to the southern US for African Americans. The film is about Don Shirley, a great Jamaican-born pianist and composer, on a 1962 tour of the South...
Introducing. Jair Bolsonaro
The election to power of the Far-Right 63-year-old former army officer has shocked those who thought that Brazil had buried the bad old days of military dictatorship.Observers say that a tsunami of memes, hashtags and fake news stories flooded social...
Investor Rex
Imagine your government does not want you to die a horrible and preventable death. It has listened to calls for action and put in place legislation to help protect you and other citizens.But those new rules might affect the profits of a company dishing...
Is Trade in Turmoil a Chance for Justice?
I admit: I'm conflicted.Recently, I was on a march calling for a people's vote on the final deal for Britain to exit the European Union (EU).There were the usual young people, with faces painted in the blue and gold of the EU flag, and the now familiar...
Japan's Firewall against Populism
This is not another article about the spread of populism. Rather, it's an article about how to avoid it. As populism infects democracies across the globe, Japan remains perplexingly immune. What accounts for its resistance to the virus? The conundrum...
Just, Open and Green
It is often said these days that the postwar, rules-based world order, founded on liberalism and international co-operation, is unravelling. Selfish nationalism, populism and protectionism are to blame.But it can also be said that this process has been...
Letters
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Matteo Salvini
JOB: Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of ItalyREPUTATION: Refugee Drowner-in-ChiefMatteo Salvini sure is an ambitious guy. Not everyone sets themselves the task of 'saving' European values (even civilization) from the barbarian hoards storming...
Open China?
'China will not close its door to the I world and will only become more Wand more open,' said Chinese president Xi Jingping at a trade fair in Shanghai in late 2018.'Protectionism and unilateralism are rising. Multilateralism and the free-trade system...
Pigs That Cross
We've got just 12 years to avert disaster: to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees as agreed at the Paris climate summit, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently announced.Two things were highlighted that could help...
Reasons to Be Cheerful
KIDS ON STRIKEThousands of Australian schoolchildren have staged classroom walk-outs in protest against government climate negligence. Nearly 15,000 students organized strikes across 30 locations, including Melbourne and Brisbane in late November.Students...
Senegal: Ready to Vote
The youth-led social movement Y'en a marre ('We've had enough') has resurfaced to engage Senegalese citizens ahead of upcoming presidential elections.Started in January 2011 by a group of friends who were fed up with political inaction, Y'en a marre...
Should Religion Play a Role in Politics?
From religious leaders who take on political roles to the daily influence of faith on political values, Dawn Foster and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - two practising believers -find themselves on opposite sides of the debate.YESDAWN FOSTERDawn Foster is a staff...
Somalia: Shockwaves
The exact number has never been confirmed. It could be 500. It could be 1,000. What is certain is that the number of people who died on 14 October 2017 when a car bomb exploded during rush hour at Zoobe junction, a busy thoroughfare in Mogadishu, is...
Soni Sori
For her work to get justice for survivors of rape by security forces and the police, Soni Sori received the 2018 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. She talks to Dilnaz Boga about why the state wants to erase Adivasi identity.Soni...
Spotlight: Sebastián Lelio
Sebastián Lelio, one of the leading figures of contemporary Chilean cinema, makes films about love and compassion - and the limits of our love and compassion. About who is loved, and accepted, and who is deigned not worthy, and excluded.He has a personal...
Star Ratings
INCOME DISTRIBUTION | -·····Despite a widening gap between the entrepreneurial class and the rest, a basic standard of living is guaranteed for all and mega-rich Cubans simply don't exist.LITERACY | ······At 99%, Cuba has one of the highest literacy...
Tentacle
Tentacle by Rita Indiana, translated by Achy Obejas (And Other Stories, ISBN 9781911508342) andotherstories.org?????No-one could accuse Dominican author Rita Indiana of playing it safe. Her incandescent novel is a wild mash-up of science fiction, ecological...
Thailand: Fry Another Day
For decades Bangkok's technicolor and chaotic Khao San Road has been serving up mountains of pad thai, mango sticky rice and barbecued scorpion.At the heart of the market, which looks like a locale from Blade Runner, is an army of vendors - often working...
The Dark Arts
It s not often you get to see it in action: a secret video captures an almost comically sleazy fixer spilling the beans about the tricks of his trade. His name is Mark Littlewood and he heads the Institute of Economic Affairs (IE A).The run-up to Brexit...
Trade in the Era of Trump and Brexit
There was a time when trade was a slow-moving tanker of a topic - what we, at New Internationalist, would call a 'solid development issue'.Not in these times of Brexit turmoil and a Trumpian trade war with China. As we go to press, there is little certainty...
Unlearning Despair
We are made of memory. In our mother's womb, cells weave replicas of our parents' bodies: a heart, a brain, a knotwork of veins, a shelter of skin. The first breath we take, like those that will follow it, pulls particles of the past into our chest:...
View from Africa
On 6 November 2018, 85-year-old Paul Biya was sworn in for his seventh term as president of Cameroon, extending his 36-year rule. It is remarkable, more so considering that up to 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 25. It means that the...
View from America
Five years ago, in January 2014, the US lost a great patriot, musician and internationalist when Pete Seeger died at the age of 94. In a time of resurgent and reactionary nationalism, I found myself reflecting on the five-string banjo picker's example...
View from India
In October, right after a second wave of #MeToo had hit Indian newsrooms and taken down a few top editors and journalists, a post was doing the rounds. 'As long as women who accuse men of sexual attacks are believed without evidence or due process, no...
Voices of the Windrush Generation
Voices of the Windrush Generation by David Matthews (Blink Publishing, ISBN 9781788701341) blinkpublishing. co. uk????On 22 June 1948 the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. She was carrying 802 migrants from the Caribbean, responding to a call from...
...We Reduced Carbon Emissions to Zero by 2025?
In October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stark warning: enact urgent measures to limit global warming within the next 12 years or irrevocably deplete the ecosystems that sustain human life on Earth.By way of remedy,...
Winners and Losers
Olivier Adopo is a rubber tapper in the Grand Lahou forest in the West African country of Côte D'Ivoire. His is a skill that has been passed on through generations - an 'art' he says - that provides him and his community with a living. He sells the latex...
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