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New Internationalist

New Internationalist July-August 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.
city limits

Once the cold of winter has retreated, weekends in Rotterdam, where I live, are no longer safe for those who value peace and quiet. The city hosts free festivals and sporting events in quick succession, drawing huge crowds of both inhabitants and visitors to rejoice and be one. The most ethnically diverse city of the Netherlands, with over 170 different nationalities represented, there’s a justifiable pride in how people get along here. Citizen collectives are making active use of what the city has to offer. And yet, there’s a counteractive force in play. In the centre, chichi boutiques selling goods bearing tiny tags with enormous prices are steadily elbowing out more modest establishments. Many parts of the suburban tundra have undergone gentrification against the wishes of those who live in them, many…

1 min.
this month’s contributors include:

Anne-Marie Broudehoux is Professor at the School of Design of the University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada and the author of Mega-events and Urban Image Construction (2017). Snigdha Poonam is national affairs writer with the Hindustan Times and the author of Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing the World (2018). Jason Hickel is an anthropologist, author and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has taught at the London School of Economics and Goldsmiths, University of London. Laith Kharus Whitwham is a political campaigner with an interest in housing and urban policy. He most recently worked as New Internationalist’s Campaign Coordinator.…

4 min.
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Agitate for change Mike Berners-Lee advises us (‘Footsteps disappear’, NI 519) to avoid pension and savings schemes that invest in fossilfuel companies. Our choices must be to leave the banks and insurance companies for those with ethical policies without such investments – in each case telling them why we are leaving. In the case of pension schemes to which we are tied, we have to question their policies and agitate for correction. Unity is strength: the actions of many individuals taking their money out of the hands of the offenders will be effective. BILL ALLEN OXFORD, ENGLAND Ways of seeing I enjoy NI immensely. Your articles, features, writers and topics are on the mark, told within our truths, inspire the wish to act, and sometimes, only sometimes, take action for one’s self. This last…

3 min.
the bangle seller

Surrounded by metal and glass bangles glinting in the afternoon sun sits a woman of indeterminate age, with sturdy hands and a green bindi on her forehead. ‘Those are too big, see if these will fit you’ – she hands me a half-dozen striated glass bangles in tangerine and coral. But I want another colour, so she pulls several more plastic bags from under the shelves of her light beige pre-fab cupboard, trying to find my size, half a smile skating across her face. ‘It’s been a while since I last saw you.’ I don’t know her name, nor does she mine and I suspect she doesn’t really recognize me because at one point she recalls me as a child, an impossibility, because I have sporadically visited her bangle stand…

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Criminalizing kindness A US volunteer is facing up to 20 years in prison for giving food and water to migrants crossing the Arizona desert. Scott Warren, a geographer, denies the charges of ‘conspiracy to transport and harbour migrants’. He explains his motivation simply: ‘People are dying on the edge of our town.’ Whatever the final ruling on Warren’s case, which entered the courts in late May, his prosecution is emblematic of the Trump administration’s ramped-up, over-the-top policing of the US border with Mexico. Pro-migrant volunteers are facing harassment and intimidation outside the US too. A new dataset of cases compiled by openDemocracy reveals that hundreds of Europeans have been arrested or investigated for helping refugees and asylum-seekers over the past five years. People targeted by the laws include an Italian priest nominated for the Nobel…

2 min.
france why settle for an apple?

The Gilets Jaunes – or Yellow Vests – who have been shaking up France since November have a new focus: the G7 summit taking place in Biarritz this coming August. Not only is the G7 being hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, their primary hate-figure, it will also receive – in the words of the Bayonne branch of Gilets Jaunes in the Basque region – ‘world leaders who defend an ultra-liberal economy which offers us nothing’. Macron has tried everything in the political handbook to bring the uprising to an end, including the feel-good rhetoric of his televised ‘great debate’, draconian anti-protest legislation and police repression. Over 2,400 protesters have been injured in the first six months of protests. Of these, 24 lost an eye and 5 had a hand blown off by…