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Issue 516 of New Internationalist

Reader-owned global journalism

October 2018

The dirt on waste

We talk of trashing our planet – taking more from nature than it is able to renew, speeding headlong towards climate chaos. But much less attention gets focused on the fact that we’re often doing this to create things that will themselves, in very short order, be trash.


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Should the West stop giving aid to Africa?

Is aid just an extension of colonial economics? Or a lifeline for imperfect but necessary support systems? Firoze Manji and...
Exploitation by tech firms and social media firms is not inevitable, suggests Vanessa Baird.

What if social media firms paid us?

Exploitation by tech firms is not inevitable, suggests Vanessa Baird.
French law forbids food waste by supermarkets ... France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing ... In December a bill on the issue passed through the national assembly, having been

When it is illegal to waste food

By supermarkets, that is. Timothy Baster and Isabelle Merminod on the progress of a much-lauded French law.

Agony Uncle: Will I traumatize my child by taking them to a migrant detention protest?

A reader asks New Internationalist's very own Agony Uncle about whether or not to take their young son to a protest outside an...
A Massacre in Mexico by Anabel Hernández​ Talking to North Korea by Glyn Ford Russia Without Putin by Tony Wood Crimson by Niviaq Korneliussen, translated by Anna Halagar​

Mixed media: books

Peter Whittaker and Jo Lateu review the latest selection of non-fiction radical book releases

Laibach: the politics of music

Laibach have produced a version of The Sound of Music that you can march to, writes Louise Gray for the Mixed Media section.

Dirty work: a photo essay

Dirty Work showcases the everyday lives of those making a living in the waste trade.  
In Nigeria pressure on natural resources driven by climate stress, alongside government. The link must be broken with Religion and climate change

Don’t privatize forests, educate the people

In rural Nigeria, religious leaders think sinful behaviour is to blame for climate change, writes Adesuwa Ero.
An indigenous movement in Jharkhand is reminding the Indian authorities of their constitutional duty to protect tribal lands.

Indigenous India: written in stone

An indigenous movement in Jharkhand is reminding the Indian authorities of their constitutional duty to protect tribal lands....
Disobedience Directed and co-written by Sebastián Lelio The Workshop Directed and co-written by Laurent Cantet

Mixed media: film

Malcolm Lewis reviews Disobedience directed by Sebastián Lelio and The Workshop directed by Laurent Cantet.
frightening erosion of human personality at the heart of the problem.

The personality crisis

As growth-driven consumer culture spurs on planetary destruction, why don’t we spring into action? Psychologist John F...
Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers

Country Profile: Vietnam

The Vietnam of yesteryear that many Westerners use as a reference point for the nation is long outdated, writes Bennett Murray.

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