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New Internationalist January - February 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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6 Issues


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trade in the era of trump and brexit

There was a time when trade was a slow-moving tanker of a topic – what we, at New Internationalist, would call a ‘solid development issue’. Not in these times of Brexit turmoil and a Trumpian trade war with China. As we go to press, there is little certainty about how events will pan out over the next couple of hours – let alone months. The themes, and language, being used in relation to these trade-related crises are extreme and indicative. ‘Betrayal’, ‘rape’, ‘theft’, ‘cliff-edge’, ‘crash-out’, ‘blood on the streets’, ‘economic decline’, ‘disaster’, ‘a great unravelling’, ‘war’… For this month’s Big Story, I delve into the thicket of global trade – interviewing and consulting experts and campaigners from around the world. My aim is not just to make sense of what’s going on, but…

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this month’s contributors include

Dawn Foster is a staff writer for Tribune and Jacobin magazines, and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper. She regularly appears as a political commentator on the BBC’s Newsnight and Sky News. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a journalist, broadcaster and weekly columnist for the i newspaper. She has won several awards, including the Orwell Prize and is co-founder of British Muslims for Secular Democracy. Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik is an educator, campaigner and author. His latest book, published in September 2018, is The Memory We Could Be (New Internationalist). Dilnaz Boga is a journalist from Mumbai. She has worked for Srinagar-based website Kashmir Dispatch, as well as for the Hindustan Times as chief copy editor on the International Desk.…

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Discouragement In his Editor’s Letter (NI 516) Dinyar Godrej makes the unsubstantiated allegation that charitable organizations provide coarse $2 blankets to refugees after disasters. I have a leaflet sent to me by UNHCR in which they state that they provide high-thermal fleece blankets, warm winter clothing including thick socks and shoes, tarpaulins to help families insulate their shelters, and stoves suitable for both heating and cooking. The list of all useful items is much longer. The disturbing thing about his wild allegation is that it may discourage people from making donations to such worthy causes. After all, if these NGOs are not able to help these refugees, who will? ADRIAN P WOLFIN BELLINGEN, AUSTRALIA [The point being made was in relation to the sorry state of clothing recycling rather than an attack on…

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why i… walk with refugee tales

Refugee Tales is a five-day hike through our countryside to reclaim it for welcome, not hostility; and to create connection and understanding over division and fear. Along the way, established writers and poets tell stories where they share what they’ve learned from those who have experienced migration journeys with those us of who have come to listen. We seek to publicize, in particular, that people are detained indefinitely in Britain, and to limit detention to a maximum of 28 days. If all else fails, at least we can walk alongside. SAL JENKINSON Each edition we invite our supporters to share an issue they are passionate about. To tell us yours, please email…

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flowers and flames

The flowers go for 5 or 10 taka (5 to 10 cents) a piece: red and white roses, tuberose, garlands of marigold, multihued gladioli, lilies and water lilies, carnations, a smattering of chrysanthemums and baby’s breath. Bunches are made up on site, alongside pre-made bouquets, on the southeast corner of Shahbag intersection in Dhaka. The famous flower stalls at this corner have been in business for decades. ‘Twenty years,’ each of the three stallholders I spoke to said when asked how long they had been around. Some had been there longer and 20 could just be a marker of longevity rather than actual duration. Every now and then there are calls to clear these sidewalks, to make them pedestrian friendly, as if a few feet of floral interruptions are what spoils…

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A Dutch church is holding non-stop services to prevent the deportation of an Armenian refugee family. Under Dutch law, police cannot enter a church while religious ceremonies are taking place, so Bethel Church in The Hague has enlisted hundreds of reverends from around the country to help out. By 7 December, Bethel had racked up 1,000 hours of continuous services, according to Theo Hettema, chair of the General Council of Protestant Ministers. He adds that hundreds have come to show solidarity with Sasun and Anousche Tamrazyan and their three children, who sought sanctuary after the government appealed and overturned their asylum status. Faith groups all over the world are an important source of care for forced migrants. The Forced Migration Review (FMR) lists examples that range from Baptist churches in India aiding ethnic…