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To protect life

Covid-19 has shown us that swift action on global health is possible, even if it still falls short. What could we achieve, asks Amy Hall, if we took an urgent approach to air pollution, another widespread killer?

A global health crisis can come in different forms. It can sweep across countries, stalling economies, paralysing health services and killing far too many people bef...

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Amy Hall

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A world of change

As I’m sure is the case for everyone reading this, a lot has changed at New Internationalist over a very short span of time. We are all now working at home, some of us with young children also at home full time or trying to support those around us on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Magazine archive

Here are the most recent magazines we've published.

NI 525 - The fight for clean air - May, 2020 The fight for clean air Amy Hall 1 May 2020 NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020 How we make poverty Dinyar Godrej 1 March 2020 NI 523 - Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone - January, 2020 Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone Hazel Healy 1 January 2020

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017 Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent Richard Swift 1 December 2017

Recent feature articles

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

Wary looks: Ntombekhaya Sobuza and little sister Asanele outside their shack constructed from packaging materials from a Volkswagen plant, on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.Photo: James Oatway/Panos

Shut out

Poverty is not down to chance or bad choices. It’s hard wired into a deeply unequal economic system. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Dinyar Godrej.

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Since the 2008 economic crisis, China has invested heavily in infrastructure. The largest radio telescope in the world, for observing outer space, was completed in 2016 in southwest China.Photo: Liu Xu/Xinhua/Alamy

China in charge

From a poor agricultural nation to the second-largest economy in the world: the rapid rise of China is one of the most remarkable facts of this era, as Yohann Koshy finds out. But how did it happen? And what comes next?

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Like a scene from a blockbuster epic on trash: people search for pickings in the Indonesian capital Jakarta's Bantar Gebang dump. Over 60 per cent of the waste is organic and could be composted, but there is no large-scale sorting of refuse, making it much harder to manage.Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty

Modern life is rubbish

The dirt on waste. Dinyar Godrej argues that the problems with our throwaway society add up to much more than the sum of individual actions.

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J’accuse: protests and riots rage for days after Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 2016.Photo: Sean Rayford / Getty Images

A challenge to power

Black Lives Matter and a new generation of activism has the potential to reawaken the global fight for black liberation, argues Amy Hall.

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The Equality Effect

The political landscape may seem particularly bleak at present. But, if we stand back and look at the bigger picture, the dominance of rightwing populists and neoliberal policies is likely to be a temporary blip. The evidence is mounting that greater economic equality benefits all people in all societies, whether you are rich, poor or in-between. Once this is widely understood, politicians and policymakers will be forced to take note, as Danny Dorling explains.

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A resistance gathering in the West Papuan highlands.Photo: Dominic Brown

Morning star rising

After 54 years of struggle under Indonesian rule, is freedom finally in sight for West Papua? Danny Chivers investigates.

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From the archives

A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

Here comes the sun

Here comes the sun

Latin American countries are seeing unprecedented growth in clean, cheap solar power writes Emily Earnshaw.

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Grief and guilt post-mudslide

Grief and guilt post-mudslide

In August hundreds died in a landslide in Sierra Leone. Dumbuya Mustapha reports on the arguing over who was responsible that has followed – and the efforts to hold the government responsible to ensure the tragedy is not repeated.

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A Muslim boy inspects a broken window after a mosque was vandalized in Kandy, Sri Lanka on 10 March 2018.Photo: CrowdSpark/Alamy Live News

Fears for Muslim communities

Phil Miller on fearing for Muslim communities in Sri Lanka.

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Mixed Media: Books

Mixed Media: Books

The Sun On My Head; Conspiracy Theories; This Land is Our Land; Kitchen Curse.

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Mixed Media: Music

Bush Lady by Alanis Obomsawin; Under Frustration, Vol 1 by Arabstazy.

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Illustration: Sarah John

Race and the city

Yewande Omotoso reflects on why no-nonsense Johannesburg is the place that suits her best.

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Divyanshu Ganatra

Making waves: Divyanshu Ganatra

Blind outdoors enthusiast, Divyanshu Ganatra, on the importance of inclusion through adventure sports in India. Profile by Priti Salian.

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Photo: Elvis Barukcic / AFP / Getty

Hall of infamy: Milorad Dodik

Bosnian Co-President from Republika Srpska.

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 Education for all – The facts

Education for all – The facts

A snapshot of progress, setbacks and future prospects

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Photos, clockwise from top left: A woman transports containers of raw latex on a motocycle in a rubber plantation in Kon Tum; preparing fishing nets on Vung Tau beach; spinning in a silk factory in Dalat; counting banknotes at a fruit market in Ho Chi Minh City.Photos: PASCAL DELOCHE/PANOS

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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