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New Internationalist

New Internationalist

March - April 2020

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

2 min.
levelling up

Poverty is a downer, no two ways about it. It refuses to be made history, though, mercy knows, it should have been consigned to it long ago. And it resists jollying up – narratives of the ‘we were poor, but we were happy’ type notwithstanding. Sure, one can talk about ‘breaks’. How the woman running ragged doing four different jobs on the periphery of an Indonesian city got hers via a small loan and now runs her own successful business doing x. In reality, such stories of ‘making it’ are not commonplace (we have an example in our report from Brazil on page 29). It defies logic that inside every hardworking poor person is an entrepreneur waiting to emerge. Or that the deprived communities in which they operate have the cash to…

1 min.
this month’s contributors include:

Anannya Bhattacharjee is the founder President of Garment and Allied Workers Union in India and the International Co-ordinator for Asia Floor Wage Alliance. Jason Hickel is an economic anthropologist, author and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has taught at the London School of Economics and Goldsmiths, University of London. John Christensen trained as forensic auditor and economist. He chairs the board of the Tax Justice Network and has been widely published on the subject of offshore finance. Vanessa Martina Silva is a journalist based in Sao Paulo. She is an editor of the Dialogos do Sul website and a Masters student in Latin American Studies.…

4 min.
send us your feedback

Imagine… The Contents page of NI 523 stated that Alex Sager’s article ‘imagines a world where borders have finally been banished’. But that’s not really what it did, as it referred to a system of open borders and free movement, which assumes that the borders still exist. A real borderless world would have no nations and no passports, with the very idea of migration being meaningless. It would also have to be a classless world, with no division into rich and poor. PAUL BENNETT MANCHESTER, UK Restoration required Re: ‘What if… a socialist became president of the USA?’ (NI 523). It would go a long way towards restoring my faith in humanity… which has taken a beating because of capitalist cynicism. MARK MARTIN VIA SOCIAL MEDIA Stop pretending Re: ‘What if… cities became car-free?’ (NI 522). What if…

3 min.
race and the city

Johannesburg is the only city I have ever lived in by my own adult design. All other cities I was either born to – Bridgetown, Barbados – or moved to by my parents – Ile-Ife, Nigeria and Cape Town, South Africa – but Jo’burg I chose, bundling myself from a good job in Cape Town to my father’s spare bedroom to write. When luck and hard work paid off and I was able to get my own place, I chose to stay on. Almost six years have passed. When I decided to remain, it took a while to find a place I could afford that I also liked. My criterion was simple if whimsical – natural light. After much looking, I found 70 square metres of space, not including the…

1 min.

Polish border guards are refusing entry to Chechen asylum-seekers, many of whom have faced persecution and torture. According to multiple reports, Chechens who apply for asylum are routinely mocked and humiliated, before being herded onto trains to the Belarusian city of Brest. Thousands of people have reportedly been subjected to these ‘pushbacks’ – which contravene EU asylum law – despite pressure from the European Court of Human Rights and numerous NGOs. The Polish-Belarusian border was once an accessible entry point into Europe for refugees fleeing the Chechen Wars (1994-96 and 1999-2009) and more recently for those escaping the oppressive regime of Chechnya’s strongman president Ramzan Kadyrov. But since the populist Law and Justice Party came to power in Poland in 2015, the door has slammed shut. Once Chechens are dispatched to Belarus – where…

3 min.
bolivia democracy in peril

Bolivia’s interim president Jeanine Ánez has scheduled new elections for 3 May. But with members from former ruling party the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) facing intimidation and repression the polls are unlikely to be free and fair. Bolivia last held elections on 20 October 2019, but allegations of fraud from the Organization of American States’ observers and civil-society groups sparked weeks of conflict, which ended in a hard-right orchestrated coup against MAS president Evo Morales on 10 November. Morales was Bolivia’s first indigenous president. After he came to power in 2006, his government drastically reduced poverty and inequality and took steps to end discrimination against the indigenous majority. But Morales was facing mounting criticism after his decision to ignore a referendum defeat and run for a fourth consecutive term in office. Forced into…