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New Internationalist

New Internationalist

July - August 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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the kurds and covid-19

Usually there’s no discussion about it. The Big Story, the main theme of the magazine, is what goes on the cover. But, in the midst of the current global pandemic, it seemed strange not to give greater prominence to our coverage of Covid-19. Should that not be the cover story? The special report on the plight of the Kurds and their ongoing quest for freedom could still feature large inside the magazine. But, as one colleague pointed out, isn’t that what always happens to the Kurds? Always bumped down the agenda, or off it entirely, by some other, greater concern? It’s true too of many other issues today. So, while in this edition we are certainly giving the global pandemic special attention, including a thoughtful Long Read by Richard Swift and reports from Africa,…

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this month’s contributors include

Dilar Dirik is an activist in the Kurdish women’s movement in Europe and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Tehran-based Jalal Sepehr started out as an industrial photographer and has since worked with photography magazines and conducted workshops. He has exhibited widely. Richard Swift is a Montreal-based writer and activist and a former New Internationalist co-editor. He recently contributed to Sick of the System: Why the Covid-19 recovery must be revolutionary (Between The Lines). Mira Galanova is a freelance multimedia journalist specializing in human rights and citizen security in Latin America. Her work has been published by The Guardian, the BBC, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post and New Internationalist, among others.…

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in the next issue: a better world?

ONLINE FEATURES newint.org 29.05.20 The way out of Argentina’s debt crisis Since the early 2000s, Argentina has been forced into a cycle of debt and austerity. Nick Dearden presents solutions to this coercive, financialized system. 27.05.20 Can’t pay, won’t pay The Covid-19 crisis has triggered an international rent strike. Amy Hall reports on the housing activists hoping to build strong networks of solidarity as financial crisis and mass evictions loom. 27.04.20 The plight of Spain’s migrant workers Clare Carlile on how coronavirus is exposing the problems faced by day labourers in southern Spain, who have for many years worked in appalling conditions to supply fruit and vegetables for supermarkets in the UK. 27.04.20 The hostile environment in housing Minnie Rahman on the legal fight against the British government’s racist ‘right to rent’ policy.…

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send us your feedback

Steam and smoke Re: your striking image of a coal-fired power station in your edition on Air pollution (NI 525). Surely you should be aware that cooling towers emit only steam (as they are cooling waste steam to recycle in the process) and not smoke. The steam may alter the local microclimate around the plant but is in no way a source of the airborne pollutants that the article is rightly challenging. It is the smoke from chimneys behind the cooling towers that are the source of the pollutants in this image. JIM HOUGHTON DESFORD, UK The man, the myth I read your Cartoon History of Simón Bolívar (NI 525) with incredulity. Have you bought the myth of Bolívar the ‘Liberator’? Certainly he was an extraordinary man with exceptional talents. But what he achieved…

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ways of belonging

I had two babies inside me, the medical rationale for the unimaginable boneweariness I experienced. The pregnancy started almost in tandem with Covid-19. Before most of the mayhem had spread globally I took regular walks up from my apartment to the nearby strip mall, recently renovated and shiny. Once, as I approached the Mugg and Bean where I have cultivated some acquaintances, a woman in uniform addressed me in a friendly tone: ‘Why are you walking so slow today?’ ‘I’m tired,’ I said, not willing to elaborate. ‘You’re not sick, are you?’ I was struck both by the question and the genuine look of concern on her face. A premonition perhaps of the kind of care that soon became commonplace as the virus took hold. ‘No,’ I said, and she kept me chatting, asked me…

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In a pandemic, love can become a luxury some can’t afford. Amid the economic uncertainty brought on by Covid-19, thousands of families in the UK – in which one partner’s passport is from outside the European Economic Area – are now concerned about whether they will be split up, as they find themselves unable to meet the Home Office’s minimum income requirement of £18,600 ($21,965) for a spouse visa. These families include key workers on a low income, such as carers, who in some cases felt obliged to continue working despite the risk posed to their own health, just to keep their income above the threshold. Despite the UK government introducing unprecedented financial measures to rescue businesses and avoid mass unemployment, many low-income and precarious workers have fallen through the safety net. ‘This pandemic…