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New Internationalist

September - October 2019

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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groundbreaking titles from new internationalist

‘The story of the 2009 war in Sri Lanka in which tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were brazenly and brutally killed, is rapidly being buried by powerful countries with strategic and business interests in the region. This book seeks to unbury those terrible, sordid secrets and place them in clear view for the world to see.’ Arundhati Roy The all-new, illustrated Women of the World Calendar – a celebration of remarkable and inspiring women who rewrote the rules – will inspire the current and next generation who go against the grain. This year features: Angela Davis, Frida Kahlo, Malala Yousafzai, Zadie Smith and others. 20% discount on all New Internationalist books from ethicalshop.org…

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new ways of seeing — international fiction from myriad

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sea fever

‘I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,’ we would belt out, in ragged unison, aged 10. ‘And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by.’ Our teacher’s idea of imparting English literature was to get the class to learn by heart her favourite poems. This was one of our favourites too, judging by the decibel level at which we would deliver it. John Masefield’s lines speak to the pull of the sea, that elemental compulsion that makes the time it takes between spotting that distant stretch of blue and getting into it or riding its waves far too long. My great-grandfather most likely felt it – running away to sea not once but twice during his teens, according to…

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this month’s contributors include:

Aïda Grovestins is a Senegal-based journalist and filmmaker covering West Africa and beyond. Her latest co-produced documentary film, The Trial of Hissène Habré, will appear in 2020. Diva Amon is a deepsea scientist and marine biologist from Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently a research fellow at the Natural History Museum, London. Grace Blakeley is a political economist and the author of Stolen: How to save the world from financialisation, published by Repeater Books in September 2019. Bruno Carachesti is a journalist and photography professor at the University of the Amazon and specializes in documenting everyday life in Belem do Para, Brazil.…

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Small steps I found the article ‘Progress and its discontents’ by Jason Hickel (NI 520) very informative in its discussion of global poverty and inequality. Although Hickel references Hans Rosling and Steven Pinker, neither of them are primarily concerned with income distribution and he does not give a fair representation of their main points. Hans Rosling was all about having accurate data and highlights various facts that he has found that most educated people do not appreciate. Here are a few examples: In all low-income countries worldwide, 60 per cent of girls finish primary school. Over the past 100 years the number of deaths from natural disasters has halved. Eighty per cent of the world’s one-year-olds have been vaccinated against some disease. Eighty per cent of the world’s population has some access to electricity. The point is…

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a language of friendship

Friendships and (be)longing are woven through Shamim Zamanvi’s poem Faslon ki Qurbat (Destiny’s Nearness): ‘The shadow of my memory will be with you / Yours with me / The pulse of our friendship will vanquish this distance.’ He likens fate to a magician-gambler, but trickier still. Each move, each gamble, isn’t one you wanted to play, but instead were played – that dice was never yours to throw. Zamanvi, an Urdu poet and translator, knows what that feels like. Born in the vortex of mid-20th century metamorphoses of empires to nations, one of which was the 1947 partition of India, his has been a splintered reality. His family is from Zamania, a town near Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India. The surname, Zamanvi, a trace of that attachment like driftwood settled…