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What exactly is ‘world fiction’?

Chris Brazier interviews Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English at Oxford University.

When we talk about ‘world writing’, what exactly does that mean?

It’s becoming quite an established term now in literary studies, particularly in comparati...

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Stories that surprise

This issue of New Internationalist is rather different from the magazine you normally expect, in that its central section is devoted to four short stories. There is one from each of the anthologies of stories from around the wo...


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The Nauru Files: It’s time to close Australia’s abusive detention regime

When faced with overwhelming evidence of systemic abuse, the country's prime minister shifted responsibility, writes Mark Isaacs.

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Turkish military stand guard near the Taksim Square as people wave with Turkish flags in Istanbul, Turkey, 16 July 2016.

Turkey in turmoil

Turkey’s president exploits the recent attempted coup against him to crack down on opponents. Chris Brazier reports.

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Recent feature articles

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

On high alert, post-Ebola: Nafisatu Jabbi (centre right) at the Koindu community clinic, accompanied by a newly replenished staff team, including Community Health Officer Alfonsus Vandi (centre left).

Did we learn the right lessons from Ebola?

And will Sierra Leone be ready, should the virus return? Hazel Healy travelled there to find out.

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Charge your phones here: this man displays the board of sockets which helps him earn his livelihood in Nigeria’s Katsina city. Many vendors invest in small solar units to generate the power.

Technology as if people mattered*

The world's poor are still losing out. They need a better deal, argues Dinyar Godrej.

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10 economic myths we need to junk

Dinyar Godrej and David Ransom introduce this month's main theme.

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On 23 May protesters worldwide will be taking to the streets to ‘March Against Monsanto!’ They accuse the biotech giant of both poisoning and controlling the food supply.

Total control

Monsanto has a mission. But where will it lead the rest of us? Vanessa Baird begins this month's investigation into one of the world's most powerful and hated corporations.

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Not today: a girl walks past a school in Kibera, a nairobi slum without running water or electricity, where 800 aid organizations operate.

NGOs - do they help?

There are more NGOs today than ever; some are bigger than ever. Yet, discovers Dinyar Godrej, questions persist about their role.

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Behind the vintage taxi is one of Havana’s new Japanese-made co-operative buses. And behind that – the city’s iconic Capitolio, also being renovated.

A new Cuba in the making

The communist island is opening up for business. Vanessa Baird begins an investigation into what's going on - and what it means.

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From the archives

A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

Reasons to be cheerful

Youth sue over climate; Jobs for refugees; Dam slams to a halt; King coal deposed.

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Trouble in the pipeline

Trouble in the pipeline

Bringing gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, the Southern Gas Corridor would fortify Baku's autocratic regime, says Ido Liven.

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Carol – a groundbreaking story of lesbian love in McCarthy-era US.

Mixed Media: Films

Carol, directed by Todd Haynes; The Lesson, directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov.

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Mixed Media: Books

Human Acts by Han Kang; Martin John by Anakana Schofield; What’s Yours is Mine by Tom Slee; Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Peril by Paul Aarts and Carolien Roelants; Muted Modernists by Madawi Al-Rasheed.

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Malawi Mouse Boys in emotive action – beats selling roasted field-mice.

Mixed Media: Music

Forever Is 4 You by Malawi Mouse Boys; Wa Di Yo by Lakou Mizik.

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David Ransom, 2 December 1946 – 14 February 2016.

David Ransom: a tribute

2 December 1946 – 14 February 2016

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Making Waves: Desmond D'Sa

The South African environmental justice crusader has taken on the industrial giants despoiling his community. He tells Veronique Mistiaen of the strength of a people united behind a cause.

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The lowdown on Viktor Orban

The Hungarian Prime Minister is put under the spotlight.

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Transgender – the facts

This New Internationalist fact spread looks the number of trans people around the world, the violence and discrimination they face, health, education, work, legal protections and vulnerabilities.

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Top left: A view of the capital, Pyongyang, showing schoolchildren practising for the National Day parade in Kim Il-Sung Square, with the Juche Tower and a large new LCD screen in the distance.  Top right: A woman from a rural workgroup just north of Pyongyang. Bottom right: Performing for foreign visitors in a rural kindergarten. Bottom left: A typical propaganda image – most North Koreans retain the sense that their leaders are admired abroad as well as at home.

Country profile: North Korea

Aidan Foster-Carter looks beyond the clichés of the secretive state.

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