Magazine article New Internationalist

20 Years Ago

Magazine article New Internationalist

20 Years Ago

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Congratulations to those of you sharp enough to pick up on the error in this column last month. I was writing about the very first issue of the New Internationalist from March 1973 and describing its cover featuring Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda. But the design studio placed there instead the cover of the first issue of our predecessor The Internationalist, which was distributed to student members of Third World First in 1970 and featured Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere.

By 1997 the magazine was approaching its peak in terms of worldwide subscriber numbers - around 75,000 - though its website was still in a pretty primitive state. Vanessa Baird's magazine on Ethics - How are we to live? - was an audacious attempt to encapsulate the essence of a vast subject in 20 pages or so. Somewhat unusually for us, it featured an impressive array of big-name contributors - the eminent and controversial Australian thinker Peter Singer, the radical sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and the Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, who was writing from Sweden under the shadow of the fatwa that threatened her life (nin. …

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