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Articles from No. 414, August

A Lifetime in Muck
In India, large numbers of those working in human waste disposal do what is euphemistically known as 'manual scavenging'. We are not talking about Western-style lavatories here. The women - they are mostly women who clean shit do so in horrific conditions.Gowriamma,...
Body Shopping: The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood
Body Shopping: The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood by Donna Dickensen (One World, ISBN 9781851685912)Donna Dickensen's fascinating overview of the complex world of medical ethics begins with the seemingly simple question: Do we own our own bodies?'From...
Country Profile Dominica
When Hollywood wanted to Him the Pirates of the Caribbean they yachted and limoed Johnny Depp to the 'unspoiled' Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica to do his thing. Reportedly there was no place fancy enough on the island for Depp and his fellow stars...
Dignity and the Decent Facility
'We didn't have anywhere to defecate as there is nowhere private. When we went outside, the boys used to follow us and we felt shy and afraid. We used to end up going inside our houses, on the floor, just like children, and then cleaning it up.' It took...
For Our Convenience
We use many names for the place where we perform our daily business. Snobs prefer the old-fashioned 'lavatory', and Americans the 'restroom' - suggesting a place where one might lie down and doze.Despite its supposed vulgarity, 'toilet' is the word that...
Getting Fair Treatment
Brazil has a success story to share with the world. It was the first developing country to provide free antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to its HIV-positive citizens, leading to a dramatic cut in AIDS deaths. By manufacturing its own cheap generic versions...
Jail Babies
'They make you feel guilty for just being there. They search you and make you take your shoes off and you feel ashamed.' Like 14-year-old Clare, who is visiting a member of her family in prison, thousands of children throughout the world are being punished...
Letters
Beyond oilYour issue on oil in Ecuador (Viva Yasunl, Nl 413) examines a very important dilemma. For many countries extracting oil, coal and minerals is vital in terms of growth, trade and employment. Yet at the same time such an economic model is unsustainable:...
Making Waves: Interview with Teófilo Acuña
on the costs of confronting Colombia's paramilitariesAsked about his family, Teófilo Acuña's expression saddens. 'I have a small family. They are very worried about me and I'm obviously very worried about them. But I also have a very big family - my...
Maldito Tango
Maldito Tangoby Daniel Melingo (Manana WN145147 CD)With a sideways lurch of an accordion sigh, it becomes immediately clear why Daniel Melingo, musician and Buenos Aires bohemian, has titled his second album Maldito Tango, 'Accursed Tango'. This collection...
Mandela's No Tourist
As the world celebrates the poth birthday of the Nobel laureate and freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, the United States is hastily rushing through paperwork to repeal the elder statesperson's appearance on the US Government's official Terror Watch List....
Rights for Albinos
Albinos in some African countries have always struggled to overcome the superstitions that surround them. They face daily discrimination and are often shunned by their community. They are also vulnerable to skin cancer - which kills many of them before...
Stand Up, Stand Up for Toilets
Bills Clinton and Gates, Matt Damon and Chris Martin have all associated their names with campaigns for clean water. But do they mention the faecal contamination and lack of toilets, which make 'dirty' water a threat? Never.'Goodwill Ambassadors' are...
Technofixes: Climate Solution or Corporate Scam?
The Technofix DebateDear PaulLet's start with an agreement: we have to deal with humanmade climate change. The ridiculous fight over whether it is real is long over. What society faces now is a more serious conflict over how to deal with the problem....
Thabo Mbeki
Job: President of South Africa (though not for much longer).Reputation: ANC's Crown Prince Charming, Ethereal intellectual, Compromised African nationalist, Wannabe father of the nation.There was general agreement In South Africa that May's ugly attacks...
The Drugs Don't Work
The depression afflicting Indian farmers is filtering down a generation to disillusioned village youths. A survey conducted by the Punjab State Department has found there is an addict in over two-thirds of households in the 24-million-strong population....
The Eighth Commandment - Lies
Until a short while ago, the mainstream media were regaling us daily with cheery statistics about the international war against poverty. Poverty, it was reported, was beating a retreat, though the poor, ill-informed, didn't hear the good news. Now, however,...
The Hangman's Game
The Hangman's Gameby Karen King-Aribisala(Pepal Tree Press, ISBN 9781845230463)Guyanese writer Karen King-Aribisala is a regional winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and her early work, combining short stories and poetry, has shown a willingness...
The Pen Is Messier Than the Sword
Research took me to the headquarters of MmAl-Ahram ('The Pyramids'), an Arabic daily founded in 1875. When I reached the ninth floor, it was deserted; everyone was in a hallway praying. Not so Paris, the editor I'd come to see, a rotund elder who sat...
Tortured for 'Refusing to Kill'
Turkish conscientious objector Mehmet Bal was arrested in June, reports campaigning group Payday (www.refusingtokill.net). Having been held in custody at Besiktas Military Prison, where he was beaten by duty officers, Bal was later sent to the Hasdal...
To Sewer or Not to Sewer
FOR THOSE OF US who think the only decent toilet is one that flushes our wastes out of sight and out of mind, sewers seem essential - and in many countries, flushing with water is mandatory. But in the 19th century there were many advocates of 'dry conservancy'...
Virtual Leisure
Virtual Leisureby Anat Ben-David(Chicks on Speed Records COSRO]Armed with a battery of cheap electronics and a surplus of friendly theory, comes Anat Ben-David. Her mission is not only to entertain but to ask us, her audience, what we are really doing...
We Need to Talk About. Toilets
Exactly 150 years ago, an exceptionally hot summer reduced the Thames flowing through London to a disgusting trickle. The 'Great Stink' off the river was so excruciating that Parliament at Westminster could barely sit. The terrors of cholera were relatively...
What about Us?
Is there any way of opting out of water-profligate 'flushing', and instead composting our wastes for garden use? Yes, there is - if you live in a place where you can be flexible in your toilet arrangements and have space.The Centre for Alternative Technology...
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