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New Internationalist March - April 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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something bigger

An HSBC advert recently caught my eye on the London Underground. ‘We are not an island,’ the billboard read. ‘We are a Colombian coffee-drinking, American movie-watching, Swedish flat-pack assembling, Korean tablet-tapping… wonderful little lump of land in the middle of the sea. We are part of something far, far bigger.’ I groaned. Naturally, this insipid pitch by a transnational bank, trying – in the Brexit era – to position itself as enlightened, failed to mention its own border-crossing record of laundering money for Mexican drug cartels and helping Swiss clients evade tax. But it still begs the question: has internationalism been so drained of meaning that it refers to nothing more than a diverse credit card history? In this Big Story, we return to a different way of relating to ‘something far,…

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this month’s contributors include:

Sujatha Fernandes is a writer and professor of political economy and sociology at the University of Sydney. She is the author of four books, including Cuba Represent! and Curated Stories. Vijay Prashad is a Marxist historian and journalist. He is the Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, a movement-driven research institution based in Argentina, Brazil, India and South Africa. Lucia Benavides is a Barcelona-based radio and print journalist. She has written for various publications including: National Public Radio, al-Jazeera and Teen Vogue, among others. Nick Dowson is a local reporter and freelance journalist with an interest in investigations, technology and the environment. From 2017-2018 he worked as part of New Internationalist’s online editorial team.…

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Ducking the question Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik’s lyrical essay (The Long Read, NI 517) is brilliantly written so I was disappointed that it ended in bland optimism and the fluffiness of the ‘we’. This ducks the key political question of who are ‘we’ and who are ‘they’. People are doing all sorts of good things, yes, but a clearer account is needed of the goals to be achieved and the ways to achieve them. Some of this is in Hazel Healy’s excellent endpiece, (What if…) but I look forward to reading more in future issues of NI. PETER SOMERVILLE MANCHESTER, ENGLAND Charade? The Big Story (NI 516) on waste could not have come at a better time for me. For some time I have been trying to decide if I will carry on with the…

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why i… campaign for legal regulation of all drugs

I have long understood that the ‘War on Drugs’ is in fact a war on the users of drugs, those who suffer the most. I’m an activist for Anyone’s Child, an international group of families who have suffered or lost loved ones and now campaign for the regulation of drug sales. We want pharmacists, doctors and licenced retailers instead of criminal dealers. It does not mean cocaine or cannabis is suddenly available in your local supermarket; it means that the government, not dealers, can decide appropriate controls, and invest taxes on sales back into the health service to prevent and help problematic use. Let’s reclaim a sensitive drug policy, protect the young, the vulnerable and prevent crime. JOHN HIRST BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM To share your passion, please email…

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the bachelors of bashundhara

This particular apartment complex in central Bashundhara has no distinguishing features. But it has a reputation in the neighbourhood as being ‘bachelor friendly’. In local parlance the term ‘bachelor’ can sometimes apply to single women, not just single men, or even married individuals living away from their families. This particular building houses no women; just men in double, triple and quadruple occupancies. When it comes to bachelor residents, mixed-gender apartments and buildings are rare. For safety, single women prefer renting in buildings with families where landlords may begrudgingly accept them, but single men are unwelcome in most family-occupied buildings. Better not to sully a building’s reputation, and its rent prospects, with single men. Once a building has the taint of ‘men live(d) here’, it’s not easily scrubbed off. So if…

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Psychologists have demonstrated how photos that depict migrants as large, faceless groups can influence the political behaviour of the people who view them. During the Syrian refugee crisis of 2015-16, the Western media was saturated with images of people on the move: huddled on beaches wrapped in foil blankets, crammed on to dangerously overloaded boats or tramping across Balkan fields. The majority of these photos were medium- to long-view shots of large groups of people, according to analysis of the mainstream media in Australia, UK, US and Germany. The authors of a recent study point out that these long-range photographs fulfil an ideological role, portraying refugees as ‘being a crisis’ that could overwhelm host nations, rather than people who find themselves ‘in a crisis’. After conducting a series of experiments with over 3,000…