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
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
Clockwise from top left: A queue at a food market in Caracas where prices are subsidized and regulated by the government; an armed guard in front of storage tanks at the world’s largest oil refinery in Punto Fijo; a fishing boat steers through the Anacystis algal blooms on Lake Maracaibo; a Cuban doctor measuring blood pressure in Caracas – one of thousands of Cubans employed out of oil revenues to improve healthcare for the poor; a family reads while awaiting relocation from a house in Ciudad Ojeda damaged by subsidence following oil exploration.

Country Profile: Venezuela

The national government’s prioritizing of the poor and working majority over business elites remains consistent, if less effective – lately with more talk than action.

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NI 497 - Peace in Colombia? Hope and fears - November, 2016
Clockwise from top left: Portrait of a boy from San Nicolas, to the west of Santa Barbara; an orphan from San Pedro Sula, holding photos of his parents; young footballers, also from San Pedro Sula, representing various health threats; children and cows picking through a rubbish dump in the capital, Tegucigalpa; and the cook is Elvira Garcia, from the indigenous Maya Chorti community in Copan province, bordering Guatemala.

Country Profile: Honduras

Hondurans are not searching for the American Dream, they are fleeing from the nightmare of violence and repression in their country.

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NI 496 - World Fiction Special - Exquisite short stories - October, 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

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
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
Clockwise from top: The iconic view of Rio and the Lagoa da Zona Sul; the beautiful game outside a church in Providencia, Rio’s oldest favela; 15-year-old belles from the Cerro-Korah favela attending a debutante ball organized as a good-will gesture by the Pacifying Police Unit; Zumbi da Silva, a former rubbish-picker in Esqueleto who now works in a new recycling co-operative.

Country profile: Brazil

Jan Rocha on the challenges and paradoxes in one of the world's most unequal countries.

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NI 491 - Last stand - Saving the world's forests - April, 2016

Country profile: Cameroon

The central African country's long sleep continues, says Ben Shepherd, but the clock is ticking.

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NI 490 - Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West - March, 2016

Country profile: Djibouti

David Styan on life in continental Africa's least-populated state.

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NI 489 - Humanity adrift: why refugees deserve better - January, 2016
Top left: A view of the capital, Pyongyang, showing schoolchildren practising for the National Day parade in Kim Il-Sung Square, with the Juche Tower and a large new LCD screen in the distance.  Top right: A woman from a rural workgroup just north of Pyongyang. Bottom right: Performing for foreign visitors in a rural kindergarten. Bottom left: A typical propaganda image – most North Koreans retain the sense that their leaders are admired abroad as well as at home.

Country profile: North Korea

Aidan Foster-Carter looks beyond the clichés of the secretive state.

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NI 488 - 10 economic myths - December, 2015
Clockwise from top left: Gang leader Carlos Tiberio Valladares mirrored in his prison cell in Ciudad Barrios. At the time photographed, while the truce (see opposite) was still in operation, this prison was not only reserved for members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang but was even run by them without guards. As the photo top right shows, 70 inmates live in cells designed for 20, with beds hanging from the ceiling due to the lack of floor space.  The photo bottom left shows police in the capital, San Salvador, searching members of the rival Barrio 18 gang. Bottom right: Valeria Michel Hercules is supported by friends on the way to the funeral of her stillborn child in the Las Victorias district of San Salvador.

Country profile: El Salvador

Louisa Reynolds on a country of great inequality still struggling with a legacy of civil war.

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NI 487 - Paris climate summit - November, 2015
Top left and bottom right: Girl washing clothes and boy waiting for porting work at Segou, on the Niger River. Centre right and bottom middle: Concertgoers and a dancer in Timbuktu. Top right: Looking north across the old bridge across the Niger in the capital, Bamako. Bottom left: Camel riders at the Festival in the Desert held at Tin Essako in the northeast.

Country profile: Mali

Mali was once renowned amongst African nations for its calm, its culture and its welcome.

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NI 485 - Syria’s good guys - Inside a forgotten revolution - September, 2015
Clockwise from top left: A container ship navigates Miraflores Lock, the first of three locks on the Panama Canal. A woman looks out from a doorway in Panama City’s old quarter, Casco Viejo. A worker at the Cigarros Joyas de Panama factory in La Pintada rolls a cigar. Wooden houses along the seashore of the island of Bocas del Toro. Fishers board their boats in Panama City’s harbour; the city skyline is visible in the background.

Country profile: Panama

Despite the recent boom, the country is still one of glaring inequalities, writes Louisa Reynolds.

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NI 484 - Capitalism is spinning out of control - July, 2015
Clockwise from top left: Burmese schoolchildren enjoy a visit to a temple complex in Mrauk U, Rakhine State; night traffic races around the golden Sule Paya in downtown Ragoon, increasingly dwarfed by new buildings; a Naga woman stands in front of her home in San Ton Village, Nagaland; a woman prays at a temple in Mrauk U, Rakhine State (recently the site of violent ethnic clashes); dusk falls at Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most important Buddhist sites in Burma.

Country profile: Burma

Facts, figures, photos and a short history of Burma.

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NI 483 - Fundamentalism - Power, politics and persuasion - June, 2015
Marina, nine months pregnant with her third child, is on her way home from tending her crops near the village of Yapleu in the west of the country.

Country profile: Côte D'Ivoire

Tom Sykes considers a west African country full of contradictions.

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NI 482 - Global banking now - May, 2015

Country Profile: Malawi

Richard Carver's insights into a country struggling with poverty, floods and corruption.

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NI 481 - Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? - April, 2015

Country profile: Dominican Republic

Tourist impressions of the country can be deeply misleading, says Russell White.

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NI 479 - Democracy in the digital era - January, 2015

Country profile: Chad

Facts, figures and photos from Chad.

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NI 478 - NGOs - Do they help? - December, 2014
Clockwise from top left. A boy releases his racing pigeons from the high walls above the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir; a young shepherd tending his flock near the Iraqi border; a shop on the outskirts of Istanbul selling clothes bearing the logo of ISIS/Islamic State; a passionate moment during the filming of a popular TV drama, with the Bosphorus Bridge illuminated in the background; a demonstrator poses in front of a burning barricade built to stop police reaching Taksim Square during the anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul in 2013.

Country profile: Turkey

Samantha North assesses a country with a volatile mix of cultural, religious and political influences.

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NI 477 - Big oil RIP? - November, 2014

Country profile: Mexico

Facts, figures and photos from Mexico.

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NI 476 - Cuba - October, 2014

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
African village January, 2017
The coming war on China December, 2016
Peace in Colombia? Hope and fears November, 2016
World Fiction Special - Exquisite short stories October, 2016
Trade unions - rebuild, renew, resist September, 2016
Smiley-faced monopolists July, 2016
Love in the time of Ebola June, 2016
Technology justice May, 2016
Last stand - Saving the world's forests April, 2016
Blood brothers - Saudi Arabia and the West March, 2016
Humanity adrift: why refugees deserve better January, 2016
10 economic myths December, 2015
Paris climate summit November, 2015
The transgender revolution October, 2015
Syria’s good guys - Inside a forgotten revolution September, 2015
Capitalism is spinning out of control July, 2015
Fundamentalism - Power, politics and persuasion June, 2015
Global banking now May, 2015
Total control - is Monsanto unstoppable? April, 2015
The great green energy grab March, 2015
Democracy in the digital era January, 2015
NGOs - Do they help? December, 2014
Big oil RIP? November, 2014
Cuba October, 2014
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