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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.

The word ‘coup’ suggests a sudden and violent action, literally a ‘blow’.

Citizens may wake up to a coup d’état to find tanks on the streets and radio stations off-...

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Vanessa Baird

Vanessa Baird

Rebranding dictatorship in Latin America

Not so long ago Brazil was a country with both a booming economy and an enviably progressive set of social policies.

Today, almost exactly one year since Dilma Rousseff’s ‘impeachment’ (which many call a ‘...


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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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‘This is cultural genocide’

Indigenous communities in Colombia refuse to occupy an empty space in history, and believe their very cultural survival is at stake, reports Hazel Healy.

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

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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 Equality Effect

The political landscape may seem particularly bleak at present. But, if we stand back and look at the bigger picture, the dominance of rightwing populists and neoliberal policies is likely to be a temporary blip. The evidence is mounting that greater economic equality benefits all people in all societies, whether you are rich, poor or in-between. Once this is widely understood, politicians and policymakers will be forced to take note, as Danny Dorling explains.

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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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Expressing a gender spectrum on their face – a trans person takes part in the 2015 Korea Queer Festival, held in Seoul.

The trans revolution

It’s in the air – and calling for a mindset reset. Vanessa Baird tracks the course of transgender rights and their liberating potential for us all.

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Capitalism’s stormy sea

Richard Swift begins his journey through political alternatives to capitalism by looking at the nature of the beast they seek to oppose.

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A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

Dirty banking in Europe

Dirty banking in Europe

The European Central Bank (ECB) is pumping billions into the economy, resulting in a massive subsidy for oil and gas business and highway construction and car production companies.

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Burma’s refugees still don’t feel safe

The Burmese government has begun discussions with Thailand about repatriating refugees from camps across the border. Melanie Hargreaves reports.

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Mixed Media: Film

Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson; Twentieth Century Women, directed by Mike Mills.

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Mixed Media: Books

The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk; The Gurugu Pledge by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel; Walking on Lava by The Dark Mountain Project; Out of the Wreckage by George Monbiot.

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La Mambanegra – a break salsa band that will burn the house down.

Mixed Media: Music reviews

El Callegüeso y su Mala Maña by La Mambanegra; Luyando by Mokoomba.

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Standstill - Letter from Cochabamba

Her travel plans thwarted, Amy Booth reflects on a very Bolivian way of drawing attention to grievances.

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Making Waves: Prafulla Samantara

The Indian human rights defender who stopped a mining giant in its tracks speaks with Veronique Mistiaen.

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Worldbeaters: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hawkish Hillary is a friend of bankers and warmongers, despite her Democratic credentials.

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FACTS – Internet giants

This month's fact spread presents details about the internet and the corporate giants who monopolize it.

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Clockwise from top left: Children play in the street outside the ruined Italian Cathedral in Mogadishu; two young women paddle in the Indian Ocean for only the second time in their lives; new recruits training for the National Army of Somalia in the Ministry of Defence compound; President Hassan talks to the press over a bench loaded with swordfish at the opening of a new fish-processing factory.

Country Profile: Somalia

Somalia today is more like a political marketplace than a modern nation-state, writes Claire Elder.

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