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342 Jan/Feb Another World Is Possible 343 Mar Rush To Nowhere – Turbocapitalism eats time 344 Apr West Papua – We will be free! 345 May Islam – Resistance and reform 346 June How To Crush AIDS 347 July Inside Business – Corporations 348 Aug Israel & Palestine –The occupation is killing us 349 Sept Patents on Life 350 Oct Asylum – The case for open borders 351 Nov The Other America 352 Dec Getting It Right! – Success stories from around the world
353 Jan/Feb Peasants’ Revolt – Food and farming 354 Mar Water – Every drop counts 355 Apr The Great Privatization Grab 356 May The Liberation Of Latin America 357 June The Big Switch – Climate change solutions 358 July Corporate Crime Wave 359 Aug Sounds Of Dissent (out of stock in UK)
360 Sept Reinventing Power – People take control 361 Oct Pipeline Cowboys – Rustling for oil 362 Nov Big Phama – Making a killing 363 Dec The Sugar Trap – And the way out
364 Jan/Feb Equality – Equality’s progress 365 March IMF/World Bank – More world, less bank 366 April Life After Communism – West goes east 367 May Wars For Africa’s Wealth 368 June Bite Back! – The return of the co-op 369 July Hooked On Tobacco 370 Aug In The Name of God – Uses and abuses of religion 371 Sept Mao Or Never – China’s people speak 372 Oct Judeophobia – The scourge of antisemitism 373 Nov Women’s Rights 374 Dec Free Trade
375 Jan/Feb The United Nations At 60 376 March State Of Fear – Civil Liberties 377 April Street Kids – "Our lives our words" 378 May A Photographic Celebration Of Our Endangered Earth 379 June Out Of Africa – A mirgant's story 380 July Combatting Caste 381 Aug The Challenge To Violence – The power of nonviolence 382 Sept Nuclear's Second Wind – Climate solution or illusion? 383 Oct BINGO! – Big charity bonanza 384 Nov I've Got A Right – Disability in the Majority World 385 Dec Justice After Genocide
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386 Jan/Feb Squatter Town – The South's urban explosion 387 Mar No Laughing Matter – Cartoonists take issue 388 Apr Trade Justice – Yes, but what is it? 389 May Two Decades Of Change In An African Village 390 June The Venezuelan Revolution 391 July Co2nned – Carbon offsets stripped bare 392 Aug Banks Exposed 393 Sept Advertising Overload – See right through ads! 394 Oct Europa! – Resisting corporate design 395 Nov Ethical Shopping 396 Dec Corruption – Can the rot be stopped?
397 Jan/Feb Ocean –The state of the world's ocean 398 Mar Inside Iran 399 Apr Cotton –The peril and the promise 400 May Daring To Dream – Inspiration from the Majority World 401 June Darfur – Don't look away 402 July Edible Earth – In search of Permaculture 403 Aug Another View – The South takes pictures 404 Sept Trafficked – For sexual exploitation 405 Oct Big Babies – The dumbing down of politics 406 Nov Depleted Uranium – The poisoned legacy 407 Dec Corporate Responsibility Unmasked
408 Jan/Feb Human Rights - In a time of terror 409 Mar Ethical Travel 410 Apr I Will Return - New dawn for indigenous peoples? 411 May Burma – Ripe for change 412 June Dropping The Bomb – How to ban nukes and save the planet 413 July Viva Yasuní! – Life vs Big Oil 414 Aug We Need To Think About Toilets 415 Sept Drowning In Plastic – Living in a toxic world 416 Oct Wanted! For Dodging Tax Justice 417 Nov Through Afghan Eyes – The war that won't end 418 Dec Crisis! Crisis! – Food... Money... What next?
419 Jan/Feb Climate Justice 420 Mar Mothers Who Die 421 Apr Put People First
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Am I a hypocrite? In order to put this magazine together, I flew halfway across the world, contributing to the very problem – climate change – that is threatening the Arctic’s future. Some of my colleagues felt that I shouldn’t have gone: it caused a heated discussion in the New Internationalist Co-op while I was planning my trip. They felt that the flight wasn't justified and that we risked losing our readers’ respect.
But what is the alternative? Could I have written with accuracy about this extraordinarily remote, unimaginably different part of the world if I had never set foot in it? More importantly, how can we fulfil our mission to tell the stories that are ignored and bring out the voices that seldom get heard if we do not, from time to time, venture off the beaten track to find them?
It’s a painful dilemma for anyone who is paying attention to the scale of the climate crisis – especially those of us who work on international issues. Here at the NI we will continue to wrestle with it. Don't worry, we're still all speaking to each other – but we’d love to know where you stand.
While I was breaking every rule in the Good Climate Citizen’s handbook, thankfully our Australian co-editor was Doing The Right Thing. Chris Richards attempted to survive without using her car. You can find out how she fared in this month's Special Feature.
Finally, to help you through the busy summer months we've combined the July and August magazines. We're delighted to include a special supplement we've put together with Book Aid International. It contains inspiring tales of how books are changing lives across the Majority World, and a heartwarming short story from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Enjoy!
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4 A slow earthquake
The Arctic is changing dramatically. Jess Worth finds out what it means for the people who live there.
8 The Arctic climate
Facts and figures about the planet's thermostat.
10 Slick operators
Jess Worth meets two indigenous activists battling Big Oil's dirty tricks.
13 A vanishing world
Images of the unique landscapes and wildlife under threat.
14 The Arctic: a history
16 Who owns the Arctic?
Could countries come to blows over the North's resources? Professor Michael Byers explains.
18 When the ice melts
What does the future hold? Jess Worth learns from five leading figures.
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Chris Richards goes cold turkey in her umpteenth attempt to do without her car – and fumes about the structure of modern life that makes the task so hard.
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Police breaking the law; patronizing faith schools; and Canadians’ biggest fault exposed. PLUS: Big Bad World Some people can’t see the wood for the trees, in Polyp’s cartoon. 3 Letter from Cairo
Maria Golia recalls a moment of cultural confusion. 25 Currents
Solidarity in Western Sahara offers hope; a call to boycott Uzbek cotton; Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem remembered. 27 Only Planet
Gort and Klaatu puzzle over human religions old and new. 28 NI Jumbo Prize Crossword 29 Making Waves
Hossam Bahgat is one of Egypt’s most prominent and effective human rights campaigners. He explains why things are getting worse in his country. 30 Mixed Media
A Hot Docs film festival special from Toronto; Comrade Fatso raps in the cause of righteousness; and one woman’s account of her struggle to expose the evil of honour killings. 32 Worldbeater
If you’ve heard of Ponzi Schemes, it could be thanks to Bernie Madoff. About time he got his comeuppance… 33 View from Montevideo
In an upside-down world, there are many questions to be asked, writes Eduardo Galeano. 34 Essay: Obama’s Cuba challenge
Previous US policy towards Cuba failed. Leonardo Padura Fuentes considers what needs to happen next. 36 Country profile: Qatar
Front cover: Francois Lenoir / Reuters Magazine design: Andrew Kokotka. All monetary values are expressed in US dollars unless otherwise noted.