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What makes people brave? Vanessa Baird takes a look at an under-examined quality that can change the world.

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They pop up in all cultures, traditions and eras. From shepherd-boy David facing giant Goliath, to Gilgamesh defeating the mon...

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New Internationalist invites readers to become co-owners in £500k campaign

We are reviewing our ownership model to become a community-owned cooperative, and are launching a £500k share offer today – the largest of its kind by a media organization globally.

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The last house to be bulldozed at the Vila Autodrom favela.

Both hands on the spotlight for Rio’s favelas

A small NGO is trying to link local communities and international networks to help Rio’s worse-off neighbourhoods, Ann Deslandes reports.

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The Chief with his traditional bonnet (2016).

Sabtenga: modernisation knocks on the gates of tradition

Chris Brazier's full interview with François Moné, the village's latest Chief.

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Recent feature articles

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

Colombians cling to the glimpse of peace offered by the historic accord between FARC and the government.

Peace in Colombia?

Another shock referendum result – this time in Colombia. Tatiana Garavito assesses the chances of ending the longest conflict in the western world.

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Unlikely godmother: Beyoncé, seen here performing ’Freedom‘ in California, has helped some African writers to reach a wider audience.

What exactly is ‘world fiction’?

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

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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad  bin Salman (left) is responsible for bombing Yemen; his cousin Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef (right) is in charge of executions.

'Our friends'

Why is the West still cosying up to an ever-more repressive Saudi Arabia? asks Vanessa Baird.

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Syrian artist Tammam Azzam celebrates the power of creative protest in this digital artwork titled ‘Demonstration’.

A resilient revolution

Nonviolent activists are holding out in Syria, despite the destruction. Do not abandon them, says Daniel Adamson.

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Contested territory: a Hindu nationalist raises a saffron flag atop a church in Muniguda in India’s Orissa state. Minority communities in India are regularly targeted by politically instigated Hindu groups, and churches have been burned and defaced.

The lure of the dead-end

How do oppressive ideologies take hold despite the devastation they cause? Dinyar Godrej looks behind the news headlines.

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Under the influence: a protester makes his feelings felt during demonstrations in Hong Kong, October 2014.

The big bank boondoggle*

Big private banks have been resurrected by the crisis they caused, says David Ransom.

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From the archives

A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

Bangladesh's smashing pumpkins

Bangladesh's smashing pumpkins

Bangladeshi farmers employ a new tool in their struggle against poverty and climate change... pumpkins. Kelsi Farrington reports.

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Domestic slavery persists in India

The system of slavery remains alive and well in India. Nimisha Jaiswal reports.

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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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Arquímedes and son, up to no good in The Clan.

Mixed media: Films

The Clan, directed and co-written by Pablo Trapero; Urban Hymn, directed by Michael Caton-Jones.

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Mixed Media: Book reviews

Under the Almond Tree by Laura McVeigh; Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood; Radicalized by Peter R Neumann; Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg.

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Bitori – bringing the banned music back.

Mixed Media: Music

Hopelessness by Anohni; Legend of Funaná by Bitori.

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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: Maryam Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Bahraini activist Maryam Abdulhadi al-Khawaja smiles in the face of adversity.

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Narendra Modi

Worldbeater... Narendra Modi

The self-aggrandizing Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

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Ebola - the facts

Statistics and more on the spread of the virus through West Africa.

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Clockwise from top: The iconic view of Rio and the Lagoa da Zona Sul; the beautiful game outside a church in Providencia, Rio’s oldest favela; 15-year-old belles from the Cerro-Korah favela attending a debutante ball organized as a good-will gesture by the Pacifying Police Unit; Zumbi da Silva, a former rubbish-picker in Esqueleto who now works in a new recycling co-operative.

Country profile: Brazil

Jan Rocha on the challenges and paradoxes in one of the world's most unequal countries.

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