Agenda Making the news this month
8 Johnson & Johnson turns its back on poor people with HIV 9 Is India’s anti-graft push off-target? 10 The Occupy movement goes viral
11 Zambia vs China? 12 Time to explode myths of the Eurozone crisis
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The Unreported Year
44 Stories and photos that didn’t make the mainstream media in 2011.
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Analysis Special feature: the Arms Trade 14 Anxieties of influence The arms industry tends to have government’s ear. Why, wonders Dinyar Godrej, when it is so counter-productive?
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17 Arms trades – THE FACTS 18 Washington’s white elephant William D Hartung on the world’s most expensive
(pretty obsolete) combat aircraft and the unholy battle to keep producing it
20 The shadow world Andrew Feinstein examines the corrupt networks of arms deals. His own political career got choked in one.
22 Rise of the drones The Terminator tendency to the fore as countries rush to acquire weapons that can be steered from half a world away. Chris Cole reports.
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Also in Analysis 24 God is my alarm clock
Meet Dona Maria Brás – a hero of the streets and one of the founders of a movement spreading across Brazil, giving the country’s waste-pickers back their dignity. By Deia de Brito.
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4 ● N ew I n t e r nat i o nal i s t ● d e c em b e r 2 011 Argument 34 The Euro debt crisis: bailout or default? Stergios Skaperdas and David Olive debate the best strategy for Greece and beyond. What do you think? Join the debate by visiting newint.org/argument/448 Plus: your feedback on last month’s debate, ‘Are religious schools bad for society?’
Regular Features 6 Letters Cargill’s role in food price spikes;
population woes; and the plight of Iraq’s Christian minority ignored. Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon
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Federated States of Micronesia 50 Letter from Cairo Maria Golia experiences beautiful music and blunt talk at an impromptu gathering.
53 Mark Engler Why America’s 99 per cent have rebelled.
Arts 39 ‘I’ve not got a nice one for fracking...’ Poet and activist Nnimmo Bassey on mobilizing
resistance through the arts. PLUS: Bosnian love songs from Amira; an inspiring documentary recalling the AIDS epidemic in 1980s San Francisco; and, 50 years after his death, Susan Williams asks Who Killed Hammarskjöld?
Alternatives 56 Gardening in the margins Plus: Get a warm glow with an eco-friendly log fire.
Action 57 Don’t just sit there! Events to tempt you off the sofa this month. PLUS: a round-up of the anti-cuts protests.
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54 Cartoon Corner
Polyp’s Big Bad World, Marc Roberts’ Only Planet and guest cartoonist Farhad Foroutanian, an Iranian living in the Netherlands.
55 Puzzle Page 61 Anna Chen Big business turns TV toxic.
62 And finally… Sculptor Antony Gormley’s works pose as many questions as answers about the human condition, discovers Libby Powell.
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