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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.

Gingerly, I took my feet out of my slippers and felt them squelch into the riverside mud. Then, leaning over into the flow as far as I could, I upended the plastic b...

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Dinyar Godrej

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One river, many stories

A river brims with tales. Take our cover star, barefoot and beaming, as she rows her boat on the Mekong in Vietnam’s delta region. Is her life still in sync with the river or is she now among the masses of people leaving the area?

The delta marks the end of the Mekong’s journey to the sea, and there is a w...

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Recent feature articles

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

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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A Romani mother and daughter in Hajduhadhaz, eastern Hungary, 22 March 2011. The town’s Romani population has been subjected to vigilante patrols at the hands of Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, which came second in the 2018 parliamentary elections. Photo: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Do Romani lives matter?

When Stanislav Tomáš died in police custody in similar circumstances to George Floyd, the world quickly moved on. Conrad Landin goes to the Czech Republic in search of answers.

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Get out! Young Kurds confront a Turkish military vehicle on patrol in northern Syria after Turkey’s invasion. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty

Betrayed again

Under the cover of Covid-19, Turkey is hammering the Kurds. Again. Should the world care? Vanessa Baird offers several good reasons why it should.

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A young boy wears a gas mask to protect himself from the fumes during a fire in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: Donwilson Odhiambo/Sopa Images/Lightrocket via Getty Images

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?

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The rubbish that’s visible near the surface is just part of the problem of ocean abuse – and planned future exploitation. Photo: Justin Hofman/Greenpeace

Who owns the sea?

The coming months are critical if we are going to stop the damaging free-for-all that is the current status quo and save the world’s oceans for our common future. Vanessa Baird examines the prospects.

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 Illustration: Steve Munday

Is trade in turmoil a chance for justice?

The global free trade system is being battered like never before. Can any good come of it, asks Vanessa Baird in the first of an eight-article exploration?

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From the archives

A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

Oregon trumps the Fed

Oregon trumps the Fed

The state of Oregon has expanded access to abortion, birth control and post-natal medical care for women, writes Amy Hall

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Nigeria: No slick deal

Nigeria: No slick deal

In the first case of its kind, a small Nigerian community is taking on oil giant Eni in the Italian courts. By Francesca Gater

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Mixed media: Books

Mixed media: Books

Things They Lost; This World Does Not Belong to Us; Come to This Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Ends; Aftermath.

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Mixed media: Music

Mixed media: Music

Strike; РАЗОМ ЗА УКРАЇНУ/Together for Ukraine;

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 Illustration: Sarah John

Holding out for a hero

Why do Filipinos get so starry-eyed when choosing their leaders? wonders Iris Gonzales.

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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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 Photo: Gage Skidmore/Alamy Stock Photo

Worldbeaters: Donald Trump

Ego? Tick. Money? Tick. Power-hungry? Tick. A disaster for the world? Tick.

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Crime and punishment - The Facts

Exploding population; Start 'em young; Health hazard; Covid-19.

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(clockwise from top left): Rubberneckers view the damaged vehicles following the crash of a fuel tanker on the Kara Bridge in Lagos; a runner poses with students during the Lagos Women Run; 10-year-old Ruth Bitrus, whose parents were killed by Boko Haram following the invasion of her hometown, Michika; women from waterfront communities under threat of eviction for property development confront Lagos police. Photos: Majority World: Adeyinka Yusuf; Adeyinka Yusuf; Immanuel Ofolabi; Osakpolor Omoregie.

Country profile: Nigeria

The photos, facts, and politics of Nigeria.

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