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Contents a g e s

I m i a t i o n

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Agenda Making the news this month 8 Is there life beyond Lula? A look at the options when Brazil’s

11 Climate action back charismatic president steps down.

on the agenda Campaigners get moving after post-Copenhagen hiatus.

Analysis Special feature: democracy 14 The beauty of Big Democracy Vanessa Baird celebrates the joys of disenchantment and the birth of hope.

20 Arundhati Roy – princess to pariah Arundhati Roy’s fierce critiques of


Indian democracy have made her public enemy number one. But, argues Shoma Chaudhury, her story is that of contemporary India itself.

23 We preach democracy yet befriend dictators We only have ourselves to blame for the

Middle East’s cynicism, says Robert Fisk.

24 10 ways to kickstart democracy

12 Micro-dosing could end famine A good example from Niger.

26 The rising power of slum democracy ‘Democracy from below’ is sweeping Latin

America, with dramatic results, reveals Raúl Zibechi.

29 We don't really have a democracy Tony Benn, Caroline Lucas MP and

Agent Bristly Pioneer reflect on this year’s UK election.

Also in Analysis 32 I put a spell on you… Zuhra Bahman gives the inside story on how male sorcerers are keeping women down in Afghanistan.

34 Country profile: Ethiopia 46 Curfew in the Vale Anger is hurt turned inside out, explains

Dilnaz Boga, as protests and killings escalate in Kashmir.

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4 ● New Internationalist ● OCTOBER 2010 Argument 36 Is it right to buy or sell human organs? US psychiatrist Sally Satel goes head-to-head with

Jeremy Chapman, President of the Transplantation Society. What do you think? Join the debate by visiting

argument – we’ll print a selection of your views next month.

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40 The many worlds of

Chicks on Speed Naked art-piles, wireless guitar shoes, and jackets that turn into tents... Also: a controversial comedy about farmer suicides (yes, that’s right) from Indian filmmaker Anusha Rizvi, and a special focus on a new generation of exciting and talented African writers.


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48 Nature bounces back Wildlife-friendly farming is getting results.

Action 57 Don’t just sit there! Campaign news and October listings for UK-wide action.

59 Climate activists break the bank

Regular Features 6 Letters Why curbing economic growth will mean more –

not less – work. Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone.

12 Letter from Cairo Maria Golia meets the man with the eyes of a caged god.

50 Southern Exposure

Special We showcase the winners and runnersup in a global cartoon competition.

53 Puzzle Page Axe’s classic crossword is joined by a wordsearch and ‘Sudokey’ - a brand new puzzle, exclusive to New Internationalist!

56 Applause Nestléd in controversy:

the babymilk boycott saved many babies’ lives. But there’s still a way to go…

60 Cartoons Big Bad World, Only Planet, and a new ‘Open Window’ slot, given to a different Majority World cartoonist every month.

61 Anna Chen Why do we swoon over cuddly animals?

62 And finally... Benjamin

Zephaniah on inspiration, regret and the inadequacies of twitter.

Cover photo: An Iranian girl protests outside the Iranian embassy in London, following the 2009 election which many claimed was rigged by President Ahmedinejad. Front cover photograph: Simon Kimber

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