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Articles from No. 367, May

Calmer Waters: Nile Basin Countries Co-Operate in Water-Sharing Treaty
THE threat that the wars of the 21st century will be fought over water may be receding, at least in East Africa.The abundant waters of the longest river in the world, the Nile, could be about to be shared more equitably among the 10 African countries...
Caressing the Cortex
So you thought the Stalinist Soviet Union was the last word in attempts at mind control? (Double) think again.The charmingly named BrightHouse is a US company based in Atlanta, Georgia, which specializes in advertising, consultancy and general corporate...
Decolonization and Us: The Continuing Military Dictatorship in Pakistan Raises Profound Questions about the Nature of Law and Legitimacy. Aasim Sajjad Akhtar Argues That the Answers Can't Be Found in the Legacy of Colonial Institutions and the Elites Who Still Benefit from Them
Every once in a while it is worth pausing to reconsider certain facts of life that we have almost always taken as given. Particularly because of the conflict over Pakistan's Legal Framework Order (LFO) recently, there have been numerous 'liberal' voices...
Diamonds in the Rough: The World Now Recognizes the Need to Control Conflict Diamonds. Janine Roberts Welcomes the Progress but Argues That the Poor Are Still Paying the Price
[Graph Not Transcribed]DUST swirled across razor wire over the vast shantytown and engulfed me. It encrusted my lips, got into my eyes. The dust was kimberlite, a grey rock from which diamonds are extracted and named after the town in which I stood:...
Dollar Diplomacy: US Undermines Initiative to Provide Poor Countries with Access to AIDS Antiretrovirals
IN May 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it would provide the technical and organizational support to provide three million people in poor countries with antiretroviral treatment by the year 2005. A meeting convened by the US only...
From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers
[Graph Not Transcribed]by Southall Black Sistersedited by Rahila Gupta(Zed Press ISBN 1 84277 441 7)Feminism is alive, well and fighting fit. Well, at least in Southall, a West London suburb. Southall Black Sisters (SBS) is an Asian feminist group which...
Fuellng the Fire: The Flow of Liberian Lumber Has Played a Key Role in Fuelling Conflict
[Graph Not Transcribed]YOU probably haven't heard of 'conflict timber', but it was the fuel for war in Liberia. Former President Charles Taylor, now in exile, used the logging industry to prolong regional violence, traffic arms and boost his personal...
Interview with Daud Sharifa Khanam
DAUD SHARIFA KHANAM - a village woman from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu - appears unpretentious. But her intentions are audacious, revolutionary and disarmingly simple. She wants to create a mosque for women in Pudukkottai District, complete...
Liberation
by Trans Am(Thrill Jockey THRILL144 CD/LP)[Graph Not Transcribed]Police sirens, guns, rotor blades: for Washington DC's Trans Am it's the sound of their homeland gone mad. Liberation is loaded with such sounds, collaged into a soundtrack that resonates...
Making a Killing: Private Military Firms Say They Are the Future of Humanitarian Intervention in Africa. the Mercenary Behaviour of Some Suggests Otherwise
In November 1998, the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front were conducting an orgy of looting, murder and decapitation in 'Operation No Living Thing'. Sierra Leone's demoralized and under-equipped army was bolstered by Nigerian troops flying the...
Migrants Demand Equality in South Korea
The South Korean Government is cracking down on undocumented migrant workers with new labour laws introduced in June 2003 to restrict employment rights. These have been met with civil unrest and almos daily protests.Thousands of migrants have gone into...
Mirrors
by Kev Carmody(Song Cycles CD)[Graph Not Transcribed]Being described as Australia's Bob Dylan could be a hard tag to live up to, but singer-songwriter Kev Carmody has the vision and the versatility that's always marked the American's career. It was 1990's...
Nobody Can Do Everything but Everyone Can Do Something: As the Poet and Musician Gil Scott-Heron Said. around the World New Initiatives and Proposals Are Emerging to Stop Those Making a Killing out of Conflict. Together, with Political Will, These Initiatives Might Become a Future Model for an International Framework to End the Trade in Conflict Resources
CLEAN UP TRADEGet a receipt[Graph Not Transcribed]'If we hadn't discovered oil we would have been better off today.'(1) Perhaps a surprising sentiment to hear from the lips of Nigerian Finance Minister Nedadi Usman when 90 per cent of her country's wealth...
Pint-Size Visionary: A Farewell to Activist and NI Contributor Tooker Gomberg
[Graph Not Transcribed]ONE of Canada's leading environmental activists is dead at the age of 48. Tooker Gomberg was a vibrant, pint-size visionary who believed passionately in social justice and environmental sanity. In the midst of his relentless activism...
Rainbow Warriors: Among All the Pleasures Worthy of Hell, Homosexual Love Is Still the Most Ferociously Repressed
RICHARD NIXON, that eminent historian, in 1972 delivered to his closest collaborators the following crash course on the decadence of Greece and Rome: 'You know what happened to the Greeks? Homosexuality destroyed them! Aristotle was a homo, we all know...
Songs for a Raggy Boy
directed by Aisling WalshSong for a Raggy Boy follows The Magdalen Sisters as the second Irish feature in recent times about the suffering of children in reform 'schools' run by the Catholic Church. Set in 1939 and based on events in Cork writer Patrick...
The Arms Smugglers: Gold, Gems and Other War Loot Are Smuggled out of Conflict Zones and Swapped for Guns and Cash. Wairagala Wakabi Exposes the Networks of Arms Dealers, Smugglers, Merchants, Warlords and Governments in the Great Lakes Region
[Graph Not Transcribed]FOR many decades the small, dusty northeastern Congolese town of Aru thrived largely on trade with Uganda. Its rich farmlands supplied cassava and beans to the Ugandan town of Arua, which is just 10 kilometres over the border and...
The Bleeding of the Stone
by Ibrahim al-Konitranslated by May Jayyusi and Christopher Tingley(Arris Books ISBN 184437 015 1)This deceptively simple tale by one of Libya's foremost novelists has the power and qualities of a myth, blending elements of magical realism, mysticism...
The Looting of the Congo: The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Perhaps the Richest Concentration of Precious Metals and Minerals on Earth. Colette Braeckman Describes How Their Exploitation by Warring Factions Has Fuelled the Worst Conflict Anywhere since the Second World War
[Graph Not Transcribed]ONLY the tiny planes that sit on Kamituga's bare earth runway link this mining town in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to the rest of the world.The last time Europeans visited Kamituga was over five years ago, before the...
The Naked Pioneer Girl
[Graph Not Transcribed]by Mikhail Kononovtranslated by Andrew Bromfield(Serpent's Tail, ISBN 1 85242 835 X)On a desolate battlefield, 15-year-old Midge, a Soviet Pioneer, plods to her execution whistling a jaunty tune. The siege of Leningrad is at its...
The Scramble for Africa: Africa Is Endowed with an Overwhelming Abundance of Gems, Metals, Minerals and Other Natural Resources, but Katharine Ainger Asks Whether This Wealth Is a Blessing or a Curse
[Graph Not Transcribed]TILBURY dock, on the sea-reach of the Thames, is a bizarre industrial landscape patrolled by strange beast-like machinery: trucks lift sea-containers in their jaws and place them on railway wagons and lorries. Towering over them...
The Trots [World Beaters]
Job: Promoting Worldwide Trotskyist Revolution Wherever PossibleReputation: The Real Revolutionaries[Graph Not Transcribed]WHENEVER tragedy strikes, one thing can be counted on - the media will descend on the location like a plague of locusts. Then,...
The Way Back: Reem Haddad on the Return from Israel of Lebanese Detainees
The old man couldn't stop crying. 'My boy is coming home today,' he repeated. 'I can't believe it. It's finally over.'Behind him, a woman was holding a bouquet of flowers. 'They're for my husband,' she said, trembling slightly. 'We're going to be a family...
War Crimes: Medic Helen Clarkson Reports from Baraka by Lake Tanganyika Where Sexual Violence Is a Weapon of War
[Graph Not Transcribed]THE town of Baraka sits on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the South Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It ought to be a prosperous town. The lake is full of fish, the land between the edge of the lake and...
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