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New Internationalist

New Internationalist

March - April 2020

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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levelling up

Poverty is a downer, no two ways about it. It refuses to be made history, though, mercy knows, it should have been consigned to it long ago. And it resists jollying up – narratives of the ‘we were poor, but we were happy’ type notwithstanding. Sure, one can talk about ‘breaks’. How the woman running ragged doing four different jobs on the periphery of an Indonesian city got hers via a small loan and now runs her own successful business doing x. In reality, such stories of ‘making it’ are not commonplace (we have an example in our report from Brazil on page 29). It defies logic that inside every hardworking poor person is an entrepreneur waiting to emerge. Or that the deprived communities in which they operate have the cash to…

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this month’s contributors include:

Anannya Bhattacharjee is the founder President of Garment and Allied Workers Union in India and the International Co-ordinator for Asia Floor Wage Alliance. Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist, author and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has taught at the London School of Economics and Goldsmiths, University of London. John Christensen trained as forensic auditor and economist. He chairs the board of the Tax Justice Network and has been widely published on the subject of offshore finance. Vanessa Martina Silva is a journalist based in Sao Paulo. She is an editor of the Dialogos do Sul website and a Masters student in Latin American Studies.…

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Polish border guards are refusing entry to Chechen asylum-seekers, many of whom have faced persecution and torture. According to multiple reports, Chechens who apply for asylum are routinely mocked and humiliated, before being herded onto trains to the Belarusian city of Brest. Thousands of people have reportedly been subjected to these ‘pushbacks’ – which contravene EU asylum law – despite pressure from the European Court of Human Rights and numerous NGOs. The Polish-Belarusian border was once an accessible entry point into Europe for refugees fleeing the Chechen Wars (1994-96 and 1999-2009) and more recently for those escaping the oppressive regime of Chechnya’s strongman president Ramzan Kadyrov. But since the populist Law and Justice Party came to power in Poland in 2015, the door has slammed shut. Once Chechens are dispatched to Belarus – where…

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bolivia democracy in peril

Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Ánez has scheduled new elections for 3 May. But with members from former ruling party the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) facing intimidation and repression the polls are unlikely to be free and fair. Bolivia last held elections on 20 October 2019, but allegations of fraud from the Organization of American States’ observers and civil-society groups sparked weeks of conflict, which ended in a hard-right orchestrated coup against MAS president Evo Morales on 10 November. Morales was Bolivia’s first indigenous president. After he came to power in 2006, his government drastically reduced poverty and inequality and took steps to end discrimination against the indigenous majority. But Morales was facing mounting criticism after his decision to ignore a referendum defeat and run for a fourth consecutive term in office. Forced into…

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reintroducing… zoran milanović

These days the victory of a centre-left politician anywhere in Eastern Europe is somewhat anomalous. The scene is dominated by either traditional conservative nationalists or fire-breathing rightwing populists. But on 22 December, when Croatian voters decided to buck the trend by electing the former prime minister and social democratic leader Zoran Milanović to become president, it proved a welcome change of pace. The choice between a nationalist or a moderate in power in either of the former Yugoslavian states, Serbia and Croatia, is crucial to whether a delicate peace will continue to prevail – in the years since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in 1991 the Balkans remain fraught with tension. The unified state of Yugoslavia muted the militant Croat and Serbian nationalism, which, after the collapse of what non-Serbs…

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Who knew even filtered air could be commodified? Entrepreneurs have seized on Delhi’s smog-filled skies to open some of the city’s first ‘oxygen bars’, which charge around $4 to $7 for a 15-minute inhalation of filtered air. One establishment, OxyPure, even throws in a choice of luxury fragrances: lavender, eucalyptus and lemongrass. OxyPure’s individualistic business model is a response to toxic levels of smog in India’s cities in recent months. New Delhi in particular saw around 20 times the air pollution levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization. Making fresh air the preserve of the rich looks ever more dystopian when considering a 2018 study that linked 10,000 to 30,000 annual deaths in the city to air pollution. It’s also a useful foil for an Indian government which is largely failing…