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New Internationalist

New Internationalist November - December 2018

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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deep disconnect

DINYAR GODREJ for the New Internationalist Co-operative newint.org I once had the misfortune to meet someone who claimed that he found buying a stack of t-shirts from the uber-cheap retail giant Primark to wear for a couple of days each and then discard easier than going through the bother of actually washing his clothes. I don’t know if it was one of those things said just for effect, but there is a deep disconnect between the image of affordable abundance that fast fashion relies upon and the damage done. From the environmental ravages of growing cheap cotton to the batteries of workers in exploitative conditions, there is a chain of misery behind the bargain. The costs remain mainly in the Global South, the ‘benefits’ mainly in the wealthy countries. A recent newspaper report…

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this month’s contributors include:

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga is a 27-year-old painter from the Democratic Republic of Congo. His artwork explores the shifts in the economic, political and social identity of the DRC since colonialism. Rohini Mohan is a journalist based in Bangalore, India. She’s the author of The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War (Verso, 2014). Adam Liebman has a PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California-Davis and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. His research focuses on waste politics in China. Elsie Eyakuze is a Tanzanian writer with a column in The EastAfrican weekly. She blogs at The Mikocheni Report when online regulations allow, and leans heavily to the Left.…

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Routes to security Making Peace in a World at War (NI515) was brilliantly done. I was moved and inspired by its accounts of what local people are doing to build peace in the midst of extreme violence and loved its brief introductions to individual peacemakers. I thought the policy-related articles about the crucial question of gender and the importance of diplomacy were excellent, too. War is no route to human security. Rather, it is an all-out assault on it, destroying lives, homes and infrastructure, polluting the environment and driving forced migration. As former US President Dwight Eisenhower famously said: ‘Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not…

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touched by the future

Valdir claps his hands four times at a discrete distance from our little Florianopolis cottage overlooking the Atlantic. I lower the screen of my laptop and descend the winding path of stones to meet him. His greeting places him from the rural interior, where communities still have no electric bell, though few now leave their doors open. He lays his huge knife at the foot of our papaya tree and shakes my hand. The handle of another knife pokes out of his belt, like all peasant workers across Brazil. ‘When did you arrive?’ he asks, his accent locating him near the Santa Catarina-Argentinian border. ‘Last night,’ I smile, tightening my scarf. His leathered face breaks into a map of wrinkles. ‘My brother lives near you. Just past Eldorado dos Carajas.…

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Security experts and ecologists are quick to claim that climate change will be the greatest driver of forced migration over the coming century. But social scientist Carol Farbotko has documented a different response from indigenous people in low-lying Pacific islands: not trying to migrate, but staying put. Despite a collapsing ecosystem and rising sea levels, leaders, elders and activists are increasingly expressing their intention to remain in their homelands. Their concern is not simply, ‘Where will we go?’, but how to hold on to their identities. For some, the loss of being connected to land, sea and ancestors is of such existential magnitude that they say they would rather die than relocate. Farbotko argues that the international community must not shrink from the ethical complexity of socalled ‘voluntary immobility’ and instead start to pay…

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china uyghur plight

News from the northwest region of Xinjiang is increasingly dire. Some 21 million inhabitants live in this vast territory, which is almost the size of Iran. Until recently, the Muslim Uyghur population were the majority; now they account for 45 per cent. According to several reputable sources, including Amnesty International, the Chinese government has constructed huge re-education camps that are holding Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. Estimates for numbers inside range from 500,000 to over a million. The Uyghurs are a Turkic people, closer linguistically to central Asian Turkmens, Azeris, and Kazakhs than China’s majority ethnic group, the Han Chinese. Since the Chinese Communist Party asserted state control over Xinjiang in 1949, there have been waves of repression: from the destruction of Muslim religious institutions during the Cultural Revolution to ongoing restrictions…