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Democracy on the edge

More fragile than we thought, liberal democracy seems to be under attack from many sides. Are these death throes – or growing pains? Vanessa Baird explores.

A friend’s mother has disappeared down a conspiracy theory ‘rabbit hole’. She fears she will lose her family as they, one by one, submit themselves to the vaccine ag...

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Vanessa Baird

Vanessa Baird

Democracy’s edge

Sometimes, no, often, it’s the thing that’s staring you in the face that you do not see; the dramatic scene being played out far away is what defines the subject – in this case, democracy. As I finish this magazine, democracy’s recent big story has been the tumult around the US elections.

I was trying to think mo...

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

A mural featuring a pro-Trump protester, self-styled QAnon ‘shaman’ Jacob Chansley, appeared in Tunbridge Wells, UK, a few days after the storming of the US Congress in Washington on 6 January. Photo: Karwai Tang/Wireimage/Getty

Democracy on the edge

More fragile than we thought, liberal democracy seems to be under attack from many sides. Are these death throes – or growing pains? Vanessa Baird explores.

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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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Europe-bound. Migrant travellers from Togo en route to Italy after being rescued by Spanish rescue NGO Open Arms, February 2017. Photo: David Ramos/Getty

The right to move

People have always moved and cultures have always mingled. So why the myopic obsession with borders, asks Hazel Healy.

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Mean streets: taxi driver Mohammed Khan works a 12 hour day, six days a week in New York City just to make ends meet. Photo: ESPEN RASMUSSEN/PANOS PICTURES

Whose city?

If the future of humanity lies in cities, says Dinyar Godrej, then it follows that inhabitants of every strata must have a right to it.

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Place markers ahead of the Bandung Conference, 1955. Photo: Howard Sochurek / Getty

Worlds apart

Yohann Koshy returns to the golden age of solidarity between Global South states and asks: what should a new internationalism look like?

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J’accuse: protests and riots rage for days after Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 2016. Photo: Sean Rayford / Getty Images

A challenge to power

Black Lives Matter and a new generation of activism has the potential to reawaken the global fight for black liberation, argues Amy Hall.

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From the archives

A selection of articles from the New Internationalist magazine archives.

Hands off

Hands off

Anti-groping badges are becoming a popular tool in Japanese women’s fight against sexual harassment or chikan.

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Balfour declaration – an overdue apology

Balfour declaration – an overdue apology

The Balfour Declaration was a 67-word statement penned by Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community. Lydia Noon reports

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Mixed media: Film

Sorry We Missed You; The Report.

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Mixed Media: Books

Anatomy of a Killing by Ian Cobain; Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah; United We Are Unstoppable edited by Akshat Rathi; The Pride of an African Migrant by Mossocki ma Massocki.

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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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Environmental campaigner Claire Nouvian. Photo: Courtesy of Goldman Environmental Prize

Making Waves

The untiring campaigner and guardian of the deep, Claire Nouvian, speaks with Veronique Mistiaen about the transformative experience that led to her choosing her path – on to eventual victory.

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Riek Machar (left) and Salva Kiir (right) sit for an official photo. Picture: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images

Worldbeaters: Sava Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar

Richard Swift takes aim at Sava Kiir Mayardit and Riek Machar, once friends but now foes at the pinnacle of violent South Sudanese politics.

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Hunger - The Facts

Hunger - The Facts

Our dysfunctional food system was failing before 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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Big Bad World

Big Bad World

You can't possibly be serious?! - by P J Polyp.

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