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In OxfordOpportunities to study

International Labour & Trade Union Studies

For over a hundred years Ruskin College has provide trade unionists and political activists with the knowledge and skills to campaign for social change. The College is now recruiting to its MA in international labour and trade union studies which starts in October 2010. Ruskin attracts UK and international students from trade unions, NGOs, UN agencies, political organisations and civil society bodies.

‘The M‘The MA has broadened my understanding of union revitalisation and examples from unions in various parts of the world that have embarked on strategies and actions to confront and arrest union decline and crisis’ Ariel B. Castro (Full-time MA student 2008-09) Senior Specialist for Workers' Activities

ILO Sub-Regional Office for South Asia

The MA is available on a full-time (12 months) and part-time (24 months basis) and is accredited by the Open University (OU). This cutting-edge post-graduate course provides learners with the framework to This cutting-edge post-graduate course provides learners with the framework to critically analyse global challenges to organised labour. A stimulating and dynamic educational environment challenges learners to engage with theoretical and practical responses to these challenges and devise their own radical solutions. Full-time students are offered a placement with a trade union or NGO organisation within the UK.

To find out more about MA before applying contact MA Programme Co-ordinator Ian Manborde – For details of MA open days and to apply contact: ILTUS Administrator Liz Mathews – – 01865 517820 A highly limited number Chevening scholarships are available to overseas students. For more information go to: For the MA structure and content please go to:

School of International Development

Undergraduate Degrees in International Development

Are you interested in studying for a degree that covers poverty, globalisation, human rights, environmental sustainability, education, gender, population, health, economics and justice? The School of International Development at the University of East Anglia has a world-class reputation in the research, teaching and policy-advising of development issues. We are profoundly committed to understanding and addressing local and global problems. Our students are like you - interesting, informed, committed, energetic, creative, and wanting to know and do more. Each of our Undergraduate Degrees offer an Overseas Experience option. Students have the opportunity to gain practical skills and work in a developing country of their choice:

• BA in International Development • BA in International Development with Economics • BA in International Development with Social Anthropology and Politics • BSc in International Development with Environment and Society

For more information please contact: E: T: +44 (0)1603 592332


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You’ll have: l At least three years’ web development experience, including project management. l Exceptional coding skills with at least one web development language, preferably Perl and fluency in (X)HTML, CSS, Javascript and related frameworks. l Strong aptitude for working within a BSD/Linux/Unix environment. l Proven track record of development and / or strategic web expertise. l Desire to work in a co-operative, non-hierarchical environment. l Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with technical and non technical people. l Passion for social and environmental justice.

This post is a full-time (35 hours per week) position, based in Oxford, UK * . Salary £32,755; PHI; pension scheme; flexible working scheme; dependants’ allowance (if appropriate).

Download an application pack at: Mail: New Internationalist(Jobs), 55 Rectory Rd, Oxford, OX4 1BW Phone: 01865 811400 Email:

Closing date for application forms 31st Jan 2010 (CVs will not be read). Interviews: 5th and 8th February 2010 Start Date: 6th April 2010

* Non-EU applicants must have relevant work and residence permits. The New Internationalist is an equal opportunities employer. ContentsNew Internationalist january/february Issue 429

At a political meeting recently, one woman got up and told us what rubbish ‘the media’ was and how you could not trust it. Others agreed. It gradually became clear that their idea of ‘media’ consisted of the corporate big fish in the mainstream. Not independent minnows like the New Internationalist.

It’s no secret that print media is struggling in these straitened times. Newspapers are worst hit. But magazines too are feeling the pinch. New Internationalist is no exception. In some ways we are fortunate in that we never relied too much on the now collapsing advertising market. Nor have we had a sugar daddy or mummy in the background that could cut us off without a penny.

Our business model is based on people like you subscribing to the magazine, buying the books we publish and the fair trade and ethical products we stock in our shop ( And it’s thanks to you that the media does not consist entirely of just a few mass circulation titles in hock to corporate power. I’d love to hear from you ( if there is anything you think we should be covering or could be doing differently.

This issue’s main theme is the hot topic of population. Is the mounting panic about increasing human numbers reasonable? There’s an on-the-ground special report from the recent Copenhagen climate talks by Jess Worth. And we tell the inspiring story of an against-all-odds friendship between Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, and Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, who feature in our best-selling book Nine Lives. As usual at this time, we present The Unreported Year 2009, a round-up of the best films, music and books, and the NI Jumbo Crossword.

Vanessa Baird for the New Internationalist Co-operative i t B ek t a s / R e u t er s main FEATURE :


4 Too many people?

Vanessa Baird wonders why the demographers aren’t panicking. 8 Blame the coffee

Why tiny Timor Leste is undergoing a baby boom. 9 Ageing – 7 myths

12 Sex action i m K y u n g H o o n / R e u t er s U m

Populations are ageing.

How bad is that?

How ‘abstinence’ is pushing up the abortion rate. 14 When sperm didn’t meet ovum

China and Iran: two ways to do family planning. 15 Frontline Bangladesh

The climate refugees of tomorrow. 17 Population and climate change

10 A brief history of population Includes a murky past.

Jonathon Porritt and the Corner House offer two very different perspectives on one of the big debates of the day. 19 The missing pieces

Is hell really other people? Vanessa Baird concludes with some sobering facts and ref lections on equality.


Regular Features 2 Letters

Now is not the time to scorn socialism; boycott blood garments from Sri Lanka; and having a laugh at British law. PLUS: Big Bad World Rich World hypocrisy in Polyp’s cartoon. 3 Letter from Cairo

The dawn of a new decade has Maria Golia pondering the past. 21 Making Waves

Maryam Bibi works tirelessly to empower girls and women in Pakistan. 26 Currents

Harsh treatment of Kashmiri youths fuels conflict; a student campaign success; and one man’s mission to clear landmines in Cambodia. 27 Only Planet

Gort and Klaatu puzzle over the seamier side of life in Marc Roberts’ cartoon. 29 Mixed Media

The best of 2009; personal empowerment Hollywood-style; plus how not to run an economy, and how not to write a ‘novel’, in this month’s book reviews. 32 NI Jumbo Prize Crossword 33 Worldbeaters

Geert Wilders, the lying Dutchman. 34 Essay: Afrikaners hit bottom

22 Copenhagen: Blood on the summit floor Jess Worth witnessed the Denmark débâcle first hand. This is her report.SPECIAL Features

Front cover: Nicki Pardo / Getty Images. Magazine design: Ian Nixon. All monetary values are expressed in US dollars unless otherwise noted.SPECIAL Features

24 Brothers in peace Israeli Rami Elhanan and Palestinian Bassam Aramin forged an unlikely friendship through a terrible tragedy. They share their story.

Photo-journalist Dean Saffron documents life in a South African squatter camp. 36 Country profile: Sierra Leone

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