Magazine article New Internationalist

Daring to Dream

Magazine article New Internationalist

Daring to Dream

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There's been quite a lot of struggle in this edition. I don't mean editorial toil and gnashing of teeth. Rather that the word struggle' kept cropping up in articles, wagging like a persistent tail. There don't seem to be synonyms that match its particular flavour.

Perhaps one can't expect anything different. This 400th edition of the NI is devoted to inspirational ideas and activism from the Majority World. It seems that the sapling of hope is quite partial to the soil of struggle.

This edition was conceived as an antidote to the 'heroes' editions of more mainstream magazines, which tend to be dominated by Western go-getters. It offers no spurious 'best of lists. There's no blueprint for a new Left, either. Instead we've gone for an eclectic mix of big- and small-scale visions. We hope they will continue to flower, but are aware that some may not.

Today the various paths that lead to global justice seem to be bypassing ideology. Rather there is an embrace of diversity and a belief that the right direction matters more than a detailed, hypothetical road map. …

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