There are 15,000 African traders, students and workers living in Guangzhou, China.Photo: Joerg Boethling / Alamy

China: The Chinese dream

Carlotta Dotto reports on the trials and tribulations of Asia's largest African migrant population.

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
Illustration: Steve Munday

Open China?

China is making promises, but keeping them may be hard...

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
Illustration: Steve Munday

A rustbelt romance

Enter the ‘new protectionism’ – and Trump’s trade wars.

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
The face of plastic recycling that China wants to change. A worker sorts plastic in Dong Xiao Kou, a 'scrap village' on the outskirts of Beijing where poor migrant families survive from recycling rubbish.Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty

No more of your junk

Last year, China announced a ban on imports of ‘foreign garbage’. The result? Western stockpiles of used paper and plastic have reached crisis proportions. Adam Liebman on why we need a less rosy notion of what actually happens to our recycling.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
Workers labouring on a suspension bridge across the Yangtze River in May 2018.Photo: AFP/Getty Images

China: a post-neoliberal order?

If the global financial crisis symbolized the decline of the West, it also signalled that the future belongs to China – a superpower that ‘understands’ the developing world better than the US, IMF or World Bank, according to Martin Jacques.

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018
A freight train that originated in Duisburg, Germany arrives in Dazhou, China.Photo: China Stringer Network

One belt, one road

China’s dazzlingly ambitious international investment programme – the Belt and Road Initiative – is well under way, with designs to bring infrastructure to half the planet. Wayne Ellwood on the scale of this juggernaut and its economic and political ramifications.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
Pollution struggle

Pollution struggle

Residents from a coastal village in the Gambia are suing a Chinese-owned fishmeal plant accused of pollution, writes Nosmot Gbadamosi.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
Liangzi woos Tao, with the help of  a BMW, in Jia Zhangke’s brilliant Mountains May Depart.

Mixed Media: Film

Mountains May Depart, by Jia Zhangke, and Makala, by Emmanuel Gras are reviewed this month.

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018
‘Curing’ homosexuality

‘Curing’ homosexuality

LGBT+ people are still subjected to forced confinement, medication and even electric shocks to try to change their sexual orientation, writes Alessio Perrone.

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018
Photo: Tamba Tengbeh

Reasons to be cheerful

A breath of fresher air; Hope in sight; Frack off, say Scots.

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017
China leads in industrial robots. Estimates for select countries/regions, in thousands of units.Source: nin.tl/UNCTADrobots

When the Foxbots muscle in

Industrial robots are being put to work on a massive scale in China. Taking the case of electronics giant Foxconn, Jenny Chan considers what an automated future holds in store for human workers.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017
Mistaking high test scores in China as a measure of quality, the West has adopted an exam-orientated system.Image: Song Dynasty print under a CC Licence

Fatal attraction

Why is the West racing to copy Asia’s education system as fast as the East scrambles to reform it? Yong Zhao takes to task an unhealthy and deluded romanticization of education.

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NI 505 - Bad Education - September, 2017
Feminist folk in China

Feminist folk in China

An all-woman band is using music to challenge China’s rum treatment of women migrant workers, writes Lydia Noon.

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NI 503 - Homelessness - June, 2017
A Black Friday scene in the US.Photo: © Net Watch USA

The dark side of Christmas: the impact on sweatshops

It’s not elves, but underpaid Chinese workers working around the clock that will enable you to unwrap your presents, writes Amoge Ukaegbu.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016
Preparing for conflict: guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell patrolling in the South China Sea earlier this year.Photo: US Navy

The coming war on China

A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. John Pilger raises the alarm on an under-reported and dangerous provocation.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016
Migrant workers join Hong Kong dockworkers in a protest for better working conditions. Though Hong Kong has more progressive labour laws than China, trade unionists still face discrimination and there is no law protecting the right to collective bargaining.Photo: Robert SC Kemp/Alamy Stock Photo

Taking matters into their own hands

Labour rights in post-socialist countries such as Russia, China and Vietnam are being fought for from outside, not within, official trade unions. Tim Pringle reports.

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NI 495 - Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist - September, 2016
Mr. Chak Kineesee, Program and Outreach Director at the Mekong School for Local Knowledge.Photo: © Gary Wocker

The Mekong River is not for sale!

The landscape, and the local peoples’ livelihood, have irrevocably changed, Gary Wockner reports in this photo essay.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016
Torture tactics in Tibet

Torture tactics in Tibet

Emily Korstanje reports on China's treatment of political prisoners.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016

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Article title From magazine Publication date
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
The dirt on waste November, 2018
The next financial crisis July, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
Public ownership rises again May, 2018
What's left for the young? January, 2018
What's left for the young? January, 2018
Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent December, 2017
Humans vs robots November, 2017
Bad Education September, 2017
The Equality Effect July, 2017
Homelessness June, 2017
The coming war on China December, 2016
The coming war on China December, 2016
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola May, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
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