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Freeing abortion

The global trend towards liberalizing abortion is being overshadowed by a newly emboldened anti-rights movement that wants to erode bodily autonomy. Bethany Rielly learns how feminist movements are organizing to put abortion back in the hands of the people – and keep it there.

On a narrow street deep in Barcelona’s Raval district is a building with an inconspicuous oval hole in its facade. Above the wooden door is the faint lettering ‘Casa...

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The abortion myth

Abortion is ancient. Some of the first references to the practice can be found in an Egyptian papyrus which dates back around 3,500 years. The text recommends herbs, vaginal douches and suppositories to ‘empty out the conceived’.

Anti-abortion activists today paint legal abortion as a historical aberration. Howe...

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A selection of feature articles from each of the latest New Internationalist magazines.

A woman plays the cello amid riot police at a demonstration for safe and legal abortion to mark International Safe Abortion Day in Mexico City, on 28 September 2023. Earlier that month Mexico's Supreme Court decriminalized the procedure. Photo: Raquel Cunya/Reuters

Freeing abortion

The global trend towards liberalizing abortion is being overshadowed by a newly emboldened anti-rights movement that wants to erode bodily autonomy. Bethany Rielly learns how feminist movements are organizing to put abortion back in the hands of the people – and keep it there.

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A protester faces off with riot police at an attempted eviction of an occupied building in the Poble Sec neighbourhood of Barcelona. In recent years it’s been revealed that undercover officers in the Spanish National Corps infiltrated several activist groups in the city, including housing rights. One took part in at least four anti-eviction protests during his deployment. Photo: Pau de la Calle/NurPhoto/Alamy

Spies, damned spies

Bethany Rielly explores the chilling impact of the Spanish state’s intrusive surveillance tactics against Catalan civil society. Is there a chance of justice?

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Activists from Debt for Climate and Extinction Rebellion shut down traffic in front of the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Washington DC on 13 October 2022. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The long goodbye

Confronting the impact of empire is not about getting stuck in the past, writes Amy Hall. It’s vital to how we build a better future.

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At Chattogram, Bangladesh, kids take to the water in the Karnaphuli as if it were a part of them. Photo: Ihsaan Eesa/Alamy

Holy waters

We need thriving rivers in order for life on Earth to flourish. But often how we treat them shows little understanding of this basic principle. Dinyar Godrej ventures into the maelstrom.

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We shall not be moved! Anti-coup protesters remain seated in front of a line of riot police trying to clear roads in Yangon. Partially visible is a poster urging citizens to join the Civil Disobedience Movement. Photo: Panos Pictures

Courage and terror in Myanmar

Lives and livelihoods have been laid down for democracy. The economy is on the brink of collapse. The world must support the people’s quest to end military rule once and for all, writes Preeti Jha.

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 Another chunk of the Amazon rainforest goes up in smoke. In the last 10 years alone, 38,600 km2 (equal to 8.4 million football fields) has been deforested for ranching, logging, soy and oil-palm cultivation. Photo: Loren McIntyre/Stock Connection Blue/Alamy

The case for nature

We have brought the natural world and its diversity to a breaking point. Dinyar Godrej surveys the damage and explores how we need to act to repair it.

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From the archives

A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

Introducing... Carlos Alvarado Quesada

The election on 1 April gave Carlos Alvarado Quesada’s National Action Party (PAN) more than 60 per cent of the vote and makes him one of the under-40 club of victors in presidential elections (France, New Zealand and Iceland).

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

A highland welcome; Rhino forensics; Good sex in Rwanda.

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Mixed Media: Film

Mixed Media: Film

If Only I Could Hibernate; Tomorrow’s Freedom.

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Mixed Media: Books

Mixed Media: Books

Bluebeard’s Castle; Traces of Enayat; Austria Behind the Mask; Standing Heavy; To the Lighthouse.

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Mixed Media: Music

Mixed Media: Music

No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin; Ukouk: Round Singing of the Ainu 2012-2024.

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 Illustration: Sarah John

A new beginning

Stephanie Boyd opens her series from Peru in a remote Amazonian village, where a little human miracle arrives

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Jamila Afghani

Making Waves: Jamila Afghani

A profile of Afghan campaigner for women’s education and rights Jamila Afghani, who started by persuading the imams. Beena Nadeem talks to the unassuming trailblazer

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Rivers - The Facts

Vital statistics about the life support, biodiversity, pollution, and damming of rivers.

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Country profile: Egypt

The photos, facts, and politics of Egypt.

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Only Planet

Trivial Pursuit, by Marc Roberts.

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