Note from the New Internationalist Co-Operative

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Note from the New Internationalist Co-Operative


Swift, Richard, New Internationalist


Told ye si! There, I said it - but for these of us long sceptical of corporate power and the money machine, it's hard to resist the temptation. As stock markets tumble, banks plead for public bailout and predictions of a gloomy future cloud the neoliberal sky, we're no longer prophets in the wilderness. And as usual, the real losers will not be those 'who can't afford to fail' but those for whom failure has been preordained from birth.

This issue deals with the series of crises that have hit so hard this year. The first part concentrates on the hunger crisis provoked by escalating food prices. This is followed by a special section dealing with the debt and credit situation that has plunged the world into the most serious economic downturn since the 'Dirty Thirties'. In both parts we take an initial stab at what alternatives based on a fairer future might look like, and how to seize this vital moment.

Over the years, the NI has spilt a lot of ink drawing out the common strands of experience (and often exploitation) that link people in the Global North to those in the Global South. …

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