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Issue 515 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

September-October 2018

Making peace in a world at war

The city centre felt safe, once you got used to the soldiers on patrol. But as we drove out to a former stronghold of Boko Haram on the edge of Maiduguri – where I travelled for this month’s Big Story – the houses and tents gave out to arid scrubland and the feeling of safety drained away.

The land was flat as a pancake, but for a split second I felt dizzy, like I was looking out over a precipice. That fleeting sensation of insecurity was just a hint of the constant danger facing millions living in conflict zones.


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A youth is escorted by Kenyan police officers as dozens of houses are being demolished to make way for a new road in the Kibera slum in Nairobi.

View from Africa: Progress without people

Nanjala Nyabola on Kenya’s embrace of the Chinese development model.

10 steps to world peace

Hazel Healy examines the ways in which humankind can ditch the military habit - and tackle conflict at its roots

Colombia’s peace deal, two years on: ‘We can’t stop now’

Women fought hard for recognition in their country’s peace agreement. Now they must defend it from a deadly backlash. Maria...

Mixed media: Music

Sound the People by Red Baraat;Crave by Léonie Pernet.
The Incendiaries by RO Kwon;  Betraying Big Brother by Leta Hong Fincher; A Radical History of the World by Neil Faulkner; Rupture by Manuel Castells, translation by Rosie Marteau​

Mixed media: Books

New Internationalist editors review the latest in book releases.

What if ... people could migrate freely?

Vanessa Baird looks at how things would be if we could migrate freely. 

Diplomats – who needs them?

Frances Guy makes a plea for traditional diplomacy in the age of the Trumpian tweet.
The road to peace in Colombia: the funeral in April 2017 of indigenous leader Gerson Acosta, among the hundreds killed since the peace deal of 2016.

The slow and bloody road to justice

Colombia’s peace deal promised the return of stolen lands. But it isn’t so easy to achieve, Mira Galanova discovers.

View from India: When viral hashtags promote religious extremism

Nilanjana Bhowmick takes apart the latest viral hashtag campaign for the religious takeover of secular India.

How Trump’s migration policies are linked to a violent national legacy

Mark Engler argues that US foreign policy historically has helped give rise to the current administration's migration policies.

Is nationalism ever a force for good?

Dalia Gebrial and Thomas Jeffrey Miley go head to head on this complex and topical issue.

Mixed media: Film

Tehran Taboo written and directed by Ali Soozandeh;The Heiresses (Las Herederas) written and directed by Marcello Martinessi.

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