Dissent is viewed as illegitimate. Rule of law matters less than edicts purported to reflect popular opinion.

You will agree: escalating repression

Mandeep Tiwana sorts through the many cloaks of authoritarianism donned by the political class as repression becomes the rule rather than the exception.

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NI 508 - Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent - December, 2017
Papuan and Indonesian students from People's Solidarity for Democracy (SORAK) create a street performance for West Papuan human rights in Bandung, West Papua, December 2016; Indonesian police at a West Papuan freedom rally, 2016; A busy highway in Jayapura. Two-thirds of the city's population is now non-Papuan.

Voices from the ground

How does living under the occupation affect the lives of ordinary West Papuans? Veronica Koman spoke to five current residents of West Papua to hear their stories.

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NI 502 - West Papua - Freedom in sight? - May, 2017

The populist moment

Don’t just think of it as a dirty word, says Richard Swift; a genuine populism of the Left is long overdue.

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NI 501 - Populism rises again - April, 2017
A newly prosperous family: Oumarou (centre) with his wife Bintu and (from left to right) Kadijamila, Abdul Gani Rayan, Muhammad and (in his grandmother’s arms) Issa Arif. Oumarou’s younger brother Ousmane is on the left.

Great Expectations

Mariama’s sons are all trying to make their way in the wider world. But how do you explain to Africans that the rich world is now shutting its doors to migrants?

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
(Below) Rasinatu as she is now... (Opposite) ...and as she was in 2005, with Mariama, Zakariya and a determinedly contrary Zahara.

The Perils of Charity

When rich and poor worlds collide, money is inevitably a problem.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
Clockwise from top left: FSLN supporters celebrate the 37th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution on 19 July 2016; fruits and vegetables grow well in Nicaragua’s tropical climate; despite harsh criticism, Rosario Murillo’s ‘trees of life’ (see main story) have multiplied over the past three years; separating rice grains from chaff is often children’s job in indigenous communities; Miskito people use artisanal methods to extract gold from rivers and mountains on the Caribbean coast.

Country profile: Nicaragua

Mira Galanova uncovers a country at a crossroads.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
(Bottom right) Adama today, now aged 73. (Bottom left) His granddaughters are set to work – with a little help from a friend. (Top) Adama’s four wives with an assortment of their children and grandchildren. Meryam, Zenabou and Bintu are at the back on the left, with Kadiguiatou third from the right. Mwadisa is in the middle, with red on her headdress, and Alimata is on the far right. A full range of photos of this family from 1985 to 2016  is available at nin.tl/villagehub

Autumn of the Patriarch

The latest instalment in the lives of Adama, his four co-wives and their 26 children.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017

An Audience with the Chief

Former military pilot François Moné has taken on the traditional role of Chief. He explains how he is using this to pursue the development of the village.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017

Then & Now

A photographic account of changes over the years in: housing; water; education; health; sanitation; food and farming; technology; and women.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017

Map of Sabtenga - and 30 years of change in Burkina Faso

How the village has grown - and some facts about how things have changed.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017

Journey's End

Chris Brazier returns to the village in Burkina Faso that he has visited every 10 years since helping to make a film there in 1985.

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NI 499 - African village - January, 2017
Clockwise from top left: A song-and-dance group prepare to perform at a church in the Mingkaman camp for internally displaced people (IdPs), which has often held as many as 100,000 people during the conflicts of the past few years; villagers in Unity State in the north watch a plane drop sacks of food aid; the boys looking after African-longhorned cattle are also from the Mingkaman camp, in Lakes State; the dinka women drumming have just had a training session aimed at making them aware that gender-based violence is a crime; Amer Agoot is pictured at the river port of Bor, having been forced to flee an IdP camp when men invaded her hut and robbed her of the little she had left.

Country profile: South Sudan

Eleanor Hobhouse considers the state of Africa's newest nation, five years after independence.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016

The kind and the curious

Amy Booth finds her feet – and friends – in Bolivia.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016

Sexism A and sexism B

There's accidental sexism, and then there's persistent misogyny, writes Kate Smurthwaite.

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NI 498 - The coming war on China - December, 2016

Country profile: The Bahamas

Kelsi Farrington on the truth behind the holiday-brochure image.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016

'The Republic of Possibilities'

Ruby Diamonde bids farewell to the Central African Republic.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016

Can search engine rankings swing elections?

Research psychologist Robert Epstein on how the new technologies invisibly shape public opinion – and what we must do about it.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg  (centre) and friends play with virtual reality gear at a high-level gathering earlier this year.

Smiley-faced monopolists

Does it matter that Google, Facebook and Amazon are so successful? Vanessa Baird examines what their domination means for all of us.

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NI 494 - Smiley-faced monopolists - July, 2016
People cast their ballots during a vote on whether to give every adult citizen a basic guaranteed monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,560), in a school in Bern, Switzerland, June 5, 2016.

The Universal Basic Income is an idea the left must embrace

This is an exciting idea whose time has come, writes Paul Donovan.

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

The most forgotten

Ruby Diamonde travels to the bush in search of an answer to a difficult question.

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

Country profile: Ecuador

Greg Wilpert reports on a country diverse in geography, politics and people.

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

Love without touch

Bankolay Turay’s story of student romance on ice.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016
‘People were just buried with sticks for markers’: Mariama Jalloh despairs of finding her father’s grave on arrival at the overgrown burial site for Ebola victims in the southern city of Bo.

Where my father lies

Mariama B Jalloh’s quest to find her father’s grave.

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NI 493 - Love in the time of Ebola - June, 2016
Clockwise from top right: A young woman from an animist community listens to a visiting Christian preacher in Maiduguri, Borno state; a boy who lives by a river that has burst its banks in Wase, Plateau state; two men ride a motorbike through Plateau state in rather more comfort than their hen; Pastor Fred Adda addresses his congregation in the International Praise Cathedral in Kaduna; a market scene in Lagos.

Country profile: Nigeria

Samuel Malik considers life in the self-styled 'giant of Africa'.

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NI 492 - Technology justice - May, 2016

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
Clampdown! Criminalizing dissent December, 2017
West Papua - Freedom in sight? May, 2017
Populism rises again April, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
African village January, 2017
The coming war on China December, 2016
The coming war on China December, 2016
The coming war on China December, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
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