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Agenda Making the news this month
8 The Kremlin beckons, but Putin’s star is fading 9 Blue bras and mettle:
Egypt’s women stand their ground 10 Brute forces: a year of rough injustice 11 Money talks – so make yours walk 12 Positive stories this month
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Analysis Special feature: Time for a fair economy
14 Put equality first Both inequality and economic instability are growing. How deep does the connection go? wonders Vanessa Baird.
18 Economy and Equality – THE FACTS 21 Is the Green New Deal a dead duck? Zoe Cormier checks the pulse of the big idea for tackling our economic and environmental woes.
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24 What the squid did next They say that US investment bank Goldman
Sachs runs the world. Kenneth Haar investigates just how it’s wrapping its tentacles around the heart of Europe.
26 Getting there – a roadmap ...for a fair economy
30 Frontline Africans What can African migrant workers do when faced with rising unemployment and racism in Europe? Sarah Babiker reports from Spain and Argentina.
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44 Boom times in Bali Life has changed on the
‘island paradise’ – but foreign investment is not all it’s cracked up to be. Jamie James looks beyond the tourist brochures.
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4 ● N ew I n t e r nat i o nal i s t ● MARCH 2 012 Argument 34 Should assisted suicide be legalized? R ight-to-die campaigner Debbie Purdy and palliative medicine professor Ilora Finlay go head-to-head. What do you think? Join the debate by visiting newint.org/argument/450
Plus: your feedback on last month’s debate, ‘Is the European Union damaging to democratic rights?’
39 Festival of respect Claire Colley visits Rajasthan’s International Folk Festival.
PLUS: A painfully beautiful album from Herman van Veen and Edith Leerkes brings to life poems from the past; the unsentimental and unsettling film The Kid With A Bike; and a look at Libya: From Colony to Revolution by Ronald Bruce St John.
Southern Exposure Special
48 A real alternative to destroying our world Photographer Julio Etchart travels to the Yasuní rainforest, catches up on the campaign to keep the oil in the ground, and captures the good, the bad and the ugly in Ecuador’s national park.
Regular Features 6 Letters Ending conf lict in Colombia; a pacif ist in the arms trade; and why Britain’s treatment of asylum seekers makes one Scot want to up sticks. Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone.
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32 Country Profile: Kyrgyzstan 52 Letter from Botswana New columnist
Lauri Kubuitsile introduces dry and dusty Mahalapye – a town that has stolen her heart.
53 Mark Engler Obama’s broken resolutions may come back to haunt him this election year.
54 Cartoon Corner Polyp’s Big Bad World, Marc Roberts’
Only Planet, and guest cartoonist Elena Ospina from Colombia.
55 Puzzle Page 61 Josie Long The comedian and writer on her political awakening,
and why going to Glastonbury is not political activism.
62 And finally… The boys from hip-hop group Foreign Beggars on street-rooted story-telling and why they won’t dumb down their music.
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Applause 56 Our lives, our words Adam Edwards welcomes a new lifestyle magazine written by and for township residents in South Africa.
Action 57 Don’t just sit there! Events to tempt you off the sofa this month. PLUS: a round-up of campaign news.
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Front cover: Andy Kokotka.
Magazine designed by Alan Hughes and Andy Kokotka.
All monetary values are expressed in
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