Illustration: Sarah John

Holding out for a hero

Why do Filipinos get so starry-eyed when choosing their leaders? wonders Iris Gonzales.

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NI 530 - Democracy on the edge - March, 2021
Illustration: Sarah John

A homecoming

Iris Gonzales joins a repatriation flight bringing home Filipino workers – a bittersweet rite of passage.

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NI 529 - The biodiversity emergency - January, 2021
Illustration: Sarah John

The city inside you

Letter from Johannesburg. Yewande Omotoso ponders how belonging to a city goes beyond the bald fact of living in it.

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NI 528 - A caring economy - November, 2020
Illustration: Sarah John

Green medicine

Yewande Omotoso’s apartment is slowly being taken over by plants, much to her delight.

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NI 527 - Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic - September, 2020
Illustration: Sarah John

Letter from Johannesburg

Ways of belonging. Having travelled to the land of her birth as the coronavirus pandemic began to gather pace, Yewande Omotoso feels the tug of home.

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NI 526 - The Kurds - betrayed again - July, 2020
Illustration: Sarah John

Letter from Johannesburg

Befriending a namesake leads Yewande Omotoso down paths she hadn’t followed before.

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NI 525 - The fight for clean air - May, 2020
Illustration: Sarah John

Race and the city

Yewande Omotoso reflects on why no-nonsense Johannesburg is the place that suits her best.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
The city in public

The city in public

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

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NI 523 - Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone - January, 2020
Illustration: Sarah John

Wish fulfilment

Parsa Sanjana Sajid visits a popular shrine and witnesses the everyday mingling of the social and the spiritual.

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NI 522 - China in charge - November, 2019
Illustration: Sarah John

Letter from Dhaka: A language of friendship

Her acquaintance with an Urdu poet reveals to Parsa Sanjana Sajid the deep waters of identity and prejudice.

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NI 521 - Who owns the sea? - September, 2019
Illustration: Sarah John

The bangle seller

Parsa Sanjana Sajid has been buying her colourful wares for over a decade, but behind the fragile ornaments is a life consumed by work.

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NI 520 - The right to the city - July, 2019
Illustration: Sarah John

The careful image

What is required to be an authentic person? Parsa Sanjana Sajid ponders the answer from the bright lights of a photo studio.

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NI 519 - How to avoid climate breakdown - May, 2019
Illustration: Sarah John

Dhaka's bachelors of Bashundhara

Parsa Sanjana Sajid shines a light on the stigma faced by single men looking for housing.

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NI 518 - Building a new internationalism - March, 2019
Illustration: Sarah John

Flowers and flames

A pocket of the city, vibrant with blossoms, is the site where destiny is always taking shape, observes Parsa Sanjana Sajid.

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019
Illustration: Sarah John

Touched by the future

Spending some time away from Marabá, Dan Baron Cohen discovers unexpected solidarity with the Amazon in a country mired in violence and despair.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018

The university of good living

Joining his neighbours one evening, Dan Baron Cohen finds himself immersed in a spontaneous conversation about culture, justice and sustainability that would be rare inside the halls of academe.

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NI 515 - Making peace in a world at war - September, 2018
Illustration: Sarah John

Our time will return

The lines painted on his skin lead to the heartlands of identity, discovers Dan Baron Cohen.

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018
Illustration: Sarah John

Democracy in prison

Letter from Marabá: Anxiety, perplexity and indignation over Brazil’s political process as news of former president Lula’s sentencing breaks. Dan Baron Cohen listens to how it goes down in Cabelo Seco.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
Illustration: Sarah John

Storms and fury

Violent weather presages human violence. Dan Baron Cohen writes from a community and country on high alert.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
Illustration: Sarah John

Letter from Marabá: Toxic promises

Why does ‘accelerated development’ spell disaster in the Brazilian Amazon? Dan Baron Cohen begins his column from the Afro-indigenous community of Cabalo Seco.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
Democracy on the edge March, 2021
The biodiversity emergency January, 2021
A caring economy November, 2020
Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic September, 2020
The Kurds - betrayed again July, 2020
The fight for clean air May, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
China in charge November, 2019
Who owns the sea? September, 2019
The right to the city July, 2019
How to avoid climate breakdown May, 2019
Building a new internationalism March, 2019
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
The dirt on waste November, 2018
Making peace in a world at war September, 2018
The next financial crisis July, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
Public ownership rises again May, 2018
Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
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