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Habitable Earth

There’s still time to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Can we pull it off? Hazel Healy makes the case for conditional optimism.

In 14 March 2019, Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique. It came in as people slept, at a wind speed of close to 200 kilometres per hour; by morning, 90 per cent of the...

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Hazel Healy

Hazel Healy

Exit apocalypse

My nine-year-old son, Laurie, looked up at me from the sofa the other day. ‘I know!’ he said, apropos of nothing. ‘What if we found something to put into cars that didn’t make the world too hot?’ I’d been talking to him about climate change while working on this magazine; he tends to absorb things quietly and it’s on...

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A portrait of Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) female leader Bese Hozat.

‘Freedom can’t be contained by a wall’

In an explosive interview to New Internationalist, the Kurdish female leader Bese Hozat opens up about peace, the party’s view on the region and the independence referendum in South Kurdistan, and accuses Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the West to have incubated Isis. By Karlos Zurutuza.

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Artist Jade Little touches up body paint on model Renee Somerfield, as she poses with a sign reading 'Save the Earth, Go Vegan' for an advertisement by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Sydney 3 July 2014. PETA's ad campaign claimed that animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change and a major contributor to resource depletion, pollution and world hunger.Photo: REUTERS/Jason Reed

If we all became vegan tomorrow

Emboldened by a recent study, The Guardian repeats the myth that becoming vegan is the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth. Chris Saltmarsh and Harpreet Kaur Paul disagree.

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Will new laws tame the tech giants?

The backlash against social media titans is in full swing. But are moves to bring them to heel, including new privacy laws, appropriate? Mike Morel investigates.

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Recent feature articles

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

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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Illustration: Amorim / Cartoon Movement

A better media is possible

Trust in tatters. Business model busted. And journalism under attack from all sides. So why does Vanessa Baird think that the news media has a bright future?

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These three Yemeni girls are among the 3.1 million people displaced by the war. They stand by the shredded remains of their tents in Abs settlement, which is regularly damaged by passing sandstorms.Photo: Giles Clarke, UN OCHA / Getty Images

Who cares?

Hazel Healy investigates the challenges facing 21st century humanitarian action.

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Brazil's soft coup hardens

Vanessa Baird sets out to see how dictatorship is being rebranded in Latin America’s most populous nation.

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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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Preparing for conflict: guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell patrolling in the South China Sea earlier this year.Photo: US Navy

The coming war on China

A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. John Pilger raises the alarm on an under-reported and dangerous provocation.

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From the archives

A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

Life after Putin

Life after Putin

The struggle to define Russia’s future is under way but those hoping for a more progressive post-Putin Russia shouldn’t hold their breath, writes Tina Burrett.

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Affordable London homes?

Affordable London homes?

Report from Britain by Alessio Perrone

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Bleeding veggie burger

Bleeding veggie burger

Meat without ‘murder’ might seem a worthy goal, but even if most vegans did want to eat a convincing replica of the real thing, is it safe? Yohann Koshy reports on a new vegan food product from Silicon Valley.

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Mixed Media: Film

Mixed Media: Film

Tehran Taboo; The Heiresses (Las Herederas).

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Mixed media: Books

Woman of the Ashes; Death Register; The New Faces of Fascism; The Long Honduran Night.

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A gentle, beguiling fantasy brought to you by Malphino.

Mixed Media: Music

Visit Malphino by Malphino; Universalists by Yonatan Gat.

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The university of good living

Joining his neighbours one evening, Dan Baron Cohen finds himself immersed in a spontaneous conversation about culture, justice and sustainability that would be rare inside the halls of academe.

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Anabela (right) provides shade during a participatory video session.Photo: Thor Morales via Insight Share

Making Waves: Anabela Carlón Flores

Nick Dowson speaks with an indigenous lawyer and campaigner fighting a gas pipeline in Mexico.

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Isaias Afwerki

Worldbeater: Isaias Afwerki

We put the track record of Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea – and a liberation fighter turned ruthless dictator – under the spotlight.

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New Internationalist – The Facts

We turn the focus inwards to mark our 500th edition.

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Photos, clockwise from top right: Soldiers of the Syrian Democratic Forces opposed to the Assad regime bury a comrade killed in the battle for Raqqa in September 2017; citizens of the capital, Damascus, buying food at the start of Ramadan in May 2018; and a portrait of seven-year-old Lubna, who was born in Syria but is part of the enforced exodus and now lives in a refugee camp in neighbouring Jordan.Photos: Ivor Prickett / Panos; Ammar Safarjalani / Xinhua/ Alamy; Chris De Bode / Save the Children / Panos

Country Profile: Syria

Though the conflict in Syria is often described as a civil war, most of the forces at play are exogenous. Zoe Holman writes.

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Thoughts from a Broad

Thoughts from a Broad

Climate change denial by Kate Evans.

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