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New Internationalist

New Internationalist May-June 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

in this issue

1 min.
exit apocalypse

My nine-year-old son, Laurie, looked up at me from the sofa the other day. ‘I know!’ he said, apropos of nothing. ‘What if we found something to put into cars that didn’t make the world too hot?’ I’d been talking to him about climate change while working on this magazine; he tends to absorb things quietly and it’s only later you realize that he’s been working them through. I felt slightly embarrassed or ashamed – it’s hard to place the emotion exactly – as I answered, crushing his light-bulb moment: ‘Well, the thing is, we already know how to make cars run on clean energy. In fact there’s a way to do almost everything we do now using clean energy. We are, um, just not doing it.’ It’s like the good news…

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this month’s contributors include:

Rahmat Alizadah is based in Kabul and works as Chief Photographer for Xinhua News Agency, specializing in ‘showing beauty from wartorn countries’. Husna Rizvi is a journalist from London who currently works on New Internationalist’s editorial team. Sam Adler-Bell is a writer in New York City. His reporting on surveillance and economic justice has appeared in The Nation, The Intercept, The New Republic and Commonweal. Ilvy Njiokiktjien is an award-winning photographer and multimedia journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Der Spiegel and Telegraph Magazine.…

3 min.
send us your feedback

Size matters ‘How to be an internationalist’ (Building a new internationalism, NI 518) needs an important addition to [the seventh point] on climate change. Climate change is driven by climate changers, you and me and the other 7.7 billion of us, increasing at 81 million new souls each year, or 9,000 every hour. Project Drawdown work by Wynes and Nicholas both point to smaller family size as being the most effective route to lowering climate-changing gas emissions. Our burgeoning population is doing much more than driving climate change. It’s driving extinction of other species, unprecedented rates of forest and soil loss, and pollution of land, sea and air and much more. Several countries have successfully reduced family size with non-coercive policies, including equal education opportunities for girls and boys, and women…

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why i… work with the homeless

I first got involved as a teenager – it seemed unfair that I had a comfortable bed to sleep in while others slept rough. Even on the affluent offshore world of the Isle of Man there is poverty on many levels and a need for transformation. Over the years, meeting people at the margins of society has opened my eyes to the pain and beauty of humanity, and the structural injustices of the status quo. Above all, I have seen something of God’s kingdom of peace and justice among those who society has discarded. MICHAEL MANNING, ISLE OF MAN To share your passion, please email letters@newint.org…

3 min.
the careful image

Moments pass. You go in and the seasoned instructions come at you from behind the dust-encrusted canvas curtain hung for heft, but also to block the light. ‘Move right, turn your face to the left, slightly to the left, look at me, look slightly at a right angle…’ These precise and familiar injunctions are also an opening of sorts for a fleeting camaraderie among those queueing up to get snapped. ‘Bhai (brother), where are you going?’ ‘Student?’ ‘Berate jacchhen?’ (Going on vacation?) ‘Do you have relatives there?’ Inside, it feels stuffy. Less than 10 minutes away from the embassies at a brisk walk, Quick Photo Studio welcomes visitors with blown-up wedding pictures taped askew on its glass front entrance and trades mainly in passport-sized photos. Having shared fragments of their stories,…

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Family matters In the popular imagination, migrants are young men and women, setting out to seek their fortune. But there’s another category of traveller: migrant grandparents. Singapore and Sydney are two popular destinations for young Chinese families who want to settle abroad, partly prompted by policies to encourage migration, drawn up with ageing populations and declining birth rates in mind. But young Chinese parents – writes Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho of the National University of Singapore – struggle to balance work and childcare abroad and enlist their parents to help out. She reports how, in the face of restrictive family reunification rules, grandparenting migrants have to use a range of visas and strategies to reach their child – usually their only offspring, a legacy of China’s one-child policy. It’s a similar story in the US,…