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Lessons from the pandemic

How can we transform the calamity that has befallen us and create healing? Vanessa Baird on the change we can be.

As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc across the world, it seems crass and insensitive to speak of any good that can come out of this pandemic.

For those who ...

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A note from the editor

Vanessa Baird

Vanessa Baird

Out of the turmoil

When, back in March, we first discussed doing this issue on ‘the world after Covid-19’, there was some concern that the pandemic might have passed by the time we published. If only!

Today, as some countries see the infection rate rising in their populations for the first time, others are bracing themselves for ...

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NI 527 - Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic - September, 2020 Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic Vanessa Baird 1 September 2020 NI 526 - The Kurds - betrayed again - July, 2020 The Kurds - betrayed again Vanessa Baird 1 July 2020 NI 525 - The fight for clean air - May, 2020 The fight for clean air Amy Hall 1 May 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.

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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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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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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Students in Britain protest proposed increases to university tuition fees, 9 December 2010.Photo: Guy Corbishley/Alamy Stock Photo

Arrested Development

Millennials have been condemned to a life of permanent adolescence. Despite the obsession with all things shiny and new, Yohann Koshy argues that young people are using old-fashioned ideas to chart a way forward.

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In the US, police often decide who has the right to demonstrate and who doesn’t. In this case riot police in Durham, North Carolina form an armed phalanx to control people attempting to protest against a white nationalist rally.Photo: Jason Miczek / Reuters

Whose streets?

The current clampdown on popular rights mirrors a profound malaise with our system of top-down political representation, argues Richard Swift.

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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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From the archives

A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

And f**k off they did

And f**k off they did

In May 2018, a group of 15 mostly Peruvian workers decided enough was enough...

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Happy feet for Chilean penguin campaigners

After concerted campaigning, the Chilean government has turned down a proposal for two open-pit copper and iron mines – that would have sat right next to the nature reserve sheltering the endangered Humboldt penguin. Lydia Noon reports.

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Creative commons

Introducing... Emmanuel Macron

Macron won more than twice the number of votes than he was expected to win, writes Richard Swift

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Mixed Media: Film

Mixed Media: Film

The Uncertain Kingdom; The Australian Dream; The Happy Family; Bicycle Thieves

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Mixed media: books

Sophia; A People’s History of Heaven; Nudibranch; Guest House for Young Widows.

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Mixed Media: Music

Mixed Media: Music

Songs from the Bardo; At the Party with My Brown Friends.

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The city in public

The city in public

Yewande Omotoso moves through the unknowable city, looking and listening.

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Photo: Goldman Environmental Prize

Making Waves: Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo

He puts his life on the line to protect the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national parks. Veronique Mistiaen talks to the dedicated conservationist.

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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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Waste - The Facts

Waste - The Facts

How much; disposal; food; plastic; electronic waste; the facts and figures.

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A security guard protects a stationery shop on Fifth Avenue in Guatemala City; ‘No more violence against women, no more beatings, no more deaths, no more abuse’, reads a sign during the International Women’s Day march; Mayan women sell corn tortillas in Zone One of the capital; ‘Cucuruchos’ carry a float with the image of Christ through the historic centre during Guatemala’s world-famous Easter celebrations.All photos: Mira Galanova

Country profile: Guatemala

The photos, facts and politics of Guatemala

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Only Planet

Protecting the vulnerable, by Marc Roberts.

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