Magazine article New Internationalist

10,15,20 Years Ago

Magazine article New Internationalist

10,15,20 Years Ago

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I'm writing this the morning after our Community Share Offer reached its target. Normally in this slot I look back on one magazine that either still speaks to us now or has some historical resonance. But I have three magazines in front of me - our May issues from 2007, 2002 and 1997 - and on this day of all days it seems appropriate to talk briefly about all three of them, because the range of topics they cover seems to say something about what makes the New Internationalist unique.

This month 10 years ago we were also in celebratory mode, having reached our 400th issue. We chose to mark this by seeking inspiration from what we had by then already begun to call the Majority World, offering a rich tapestry of idealistic visions and practical activism from all over Africa, Asia and Latin America. As editor Dinyar Godrej said: 'This edition was conceived as an antidote to the "heroes" editions of more mainstream magazines, which tend to be dominated by Western gogetters. …

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