New Internationalist

New Internationalist

July - August 2021

New Internationalist tackles today's most challenging global issues, confronts inequality and injustice and reports on positive changes happening around the world. Well-known for writing about topics before they reach the wider media, it is an essential read for those who want to explore progressive ideas.

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rise up for myanmar

PREETI JHA for the New Internationalist Co-operative newint.org There’s no going back. That unflinching commitment to months, if not years, of resistance has poured out of every person I’ve spoken to from Myanmar since the coup of 1 February 2021. Friends and colleagues lost their liberty overnight. Only six years ago we were celebrating hopes for a new future after the first free elections in decades. The people of Myanmar know dictatorship. They’ve seen more starkly than most how the few profit from the many. How their schools and hospitals crumbled as the generals and their cronies hoarded wealth. The muzzling of debate. To stop a return to those days they’ve made extraordinary sacrifices. Striking workers are giving up their wages. Neighbourhoods are pooling funds to build clinics. Thousands are in hiding as activism…

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Equal rights Re: Agony Uncle, NI 531 Anything that assumes that all Jews think the same, believe the same or act the same can accurately be called antisemitic. Jewish people may belong to a wide variety of Jewish communities, synagogues, organizations or, indeed, none. I totally agree that antisemitism must always be opposed and we all must be aware of the centuries of dreadful antisemitism endured by Jewish communities which culminated in the utter inhumanity of the holocaust. However, just because it is possible that an anti-Zionist can also be antisemitic, it does not follow that an anti-Zionist is by definition an antisemitic racist. Many Jewish individuals and Jewish organizations oppose Zionism and anti-Zionism is a political not a racial perspective. I have Jewish heritage but cannot accept the Universal Declaration of Independence…

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a bloody business

Here in the Philippines, there are some things Covid-19 can’t kill. Take for instance Filipinos’ obsession with sabong or cockfighting. When the government imposed its first hard lockdown in March last year, almost everything turned virtual – from home-working to online schooling. Cockfighting, dubbed as the national pastime, was no exception. With the closure of the arenas where the bloody fights were held – usually packed with hundreds of boisterous, wild and testosterone-driven fans – the contests turned virtual. Organizers lost no time in hiring state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment, setting up websites and transforming their breeding farms into studios of sorts. I was surprised to see this when I spent some time reporting on a cockpit arena in the province of Laguna, just outside Manila. This is where the fights were held and live-streamed…

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After years of threatening to reduce aid, the UK government finally made good on its promise in March when it slashed – by a third – funding for the UN’s Syrian refugee programme. The decision came at a time when ‘the situation has never been worse’, according to Jean-Michel Grand, executive director of Action against Hunger. Ten years since the beginning of the war in Syria, the World Food Programme reports 12 million within the country are food insecure. The 5.6 million displaced in nearby countries are not faring much better. In Lebanon – where food prices have risen by 423 per cent since October 2019 – nine in ten Syrian refugees now live in extreme poverty (a figure that has nearly doubled in 18 months). In Turkey, the state with the…

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australia stolen generations

It was raining fit to flood the day Heather Alley, then aged nine, and her sister were put on a boat and sent some 700 kilometres away from their mother. ‘I remember it so clearly,’ the 85-year-old artist says. ‘I was crying and crying – we were petrified.’ Welfare officers had come to their town in a remote part of Northern Territory (NT) to inform her mother that, because she had not sent her daughters to school, they would be taken to a new home for so-called ‘half-caste’ children in Alice Springs. Their forced removal was sanctioned by the NT Aboriginals Act of 1910 which established a governmental ‘Chief Protector’ body as the legal guardian of ‘every Aboriginal and half-caste child’ until they were 18 years old. ‘They were so cruel to…

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introducing… samia suluhu hassan

With the sudden death of controversial Tanzanian President John Magufuli (aka the ‘bulldozer’), Samia Suluhu became the East African country’s first woman president in March 2021. She was vice-presidential candidate on the ticket of Magufuli’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party that won first the 2016 and then the 2020 elections. According to the constitution she will finish out Magufuli’s term and then be eligible for another fiveyear term after that. The change in leadership has come none too soon for those who value Tanzania’s reputation as a reasonably even-handed democracy – the country has never changed governments except through election. The meteoric Magufuli alarmed those both inside and outside the country with a rambunctious populism that featured both Covid denial and a cavalier approach to civil liberties. Rumours linger that the…