Elevating African cuisine. A selection of dishes cooked by pioneering Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam.Photo: Sara Costa

Freedom food

Rebel chefs are on a mission to decolonize diets across sub-Saharan Africa. Kareem Arthur goes in search of new ingredients.

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NI 530 - Democracy on the edge - March, 2021

Action & info

The topic is vast, the aspects covered in this issue limited, but there are many ways to take action on democracy.

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NI 530 - Democracy on the edge - March, 2021
Citizens take part in the high-profile 2020 French climate assembly, whose proposals should help shape their country’s policies towards a zero-carbon future.Photo: Katrin Baumann

Defibrillating democracy

Rich Wilson and Claire Mellier explain how citizens’ assemblies have the potential to restart the beating heart of democracy.

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How we are gulled

We must be able to see the secret, algorithmic methods of Google, Facebook and other digital titans if we are to tackle disinformation and toxic polarization, says propaganda expert Peter Pomerantsev.

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Opposite page: Activists in New York City protest against the influence of ‘dark money’ from the billionaire Koch brothers on many areas of political decision-making, including healthcare.Photo: Erik McGregor/Sipa USA/PA Images

Dark money

Funds from hidden sources are warping democracy with increasing and devastating effect. Peter Geoghegan follows the money.

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The space invaders

Our privacy and freedom of thought is routinely and pervasively breached by the masters of surveillance capitalism. What is this doing to us as humans and to our democratic choices in life? Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips talks to Vanessa Baird.

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NI 530 - Democracy on the edge - March, 2021
Hadiya, in the red dress, appears at the Supreme Court in New Delhi to defend her marriage to her Muslim husband Shafin in one of India’s alleged ‘love jihad’ cases.Photo: Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times Via Getty

Love and other conspiracies

India is not short of divisive and harmful conspiracy theories. Now one, called ‘love jihad’, has been given legal teeth. Laxmi Murthy reports.

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Information and democracy - The Facts

We make our political judgements based on the information we get – and the internet is brimming with it. That can be part of the problem...

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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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Illustration: Andy Carter

What if…

We had binding quotas for women in politics? Vanessa Baird looks at what gender parity can do.

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NI 525 - The fight for clean air - May, 2020
A member of the security forces in Sacaba, Cochabamba, on 15 November 2019, the day that nine people were massacred at a march in support of ousted president Evo Morales.Photo: Danilo Balderrama/Reuters

Democracy in Peril

Update from Bolivia by Amy Booth.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Illustration: Andy Carter

What if…

A socialist became president of the USA? Richard Swift ponders a pipedream – or a possibility.

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NI 523 - Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone - January, 2020
Bahraini activist Ali Mushaima has described upcoming elections as a ‘big joke’.Photo: Penelope Barritt/Alamy

Sham vote

Report from Bahrain by Phil Miller.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
Isaias Afwerki

Worldbeater: Isaias Afwerki

We put the track record of Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea – and a liberation fighter turned ruthless dictator – under the spotlight.

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018
Clockwise from top left: Students at the University of Botswana in the capital, Gaborone; Nthompe Rosinah Mothata selling her snacks in Gaborone’s bus station; looking out over the main pit of the Jwaneng mine in the Kalahari – the richest diamond mine in the world; and the Three Dikgosi (Chiefs) Monument depicting the leaders of the Bangwato, Bakwena and Bangwaketse ethnic groups – a set of bronze figures cast by a North Korean company and located in Gaborone’s Central Business District.All photos by Marc Shoul / Panos Pictures.

Country Profile: Botswana

Wame Molefhe profiles Botswana, where prosperity has morphed into corruption and inequality. But will the country’s future see it regain the sparkle its diamonds offer to the rich?

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018

The selfish giants

So many voices online. Surely that means more diversity and media democracy? Not really, explains Laura Basu.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
Fighting for their livelihoods: Puerto Rican teachers come out against the government’s drive to privatize public education.Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

The case for public ownership

After decades of denuding privatization policies, the green shoots of a public takeback are finally appearing. Dinyar Godrej on the promise and the threat.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
Where is home? A Rohingya refugee takes a moment’s pause, shortly after arriving in a makeshift camp at Teknaf, Bangladesh, last September. She is one of over 670,000 people to have fled over the border from Myanmar since August 2017. The high numbers and sheer rate of arrivals make this the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.Photo: Enamul Hasan/Drik

Rest for Rashida

The treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya people has been seen as a genocide in the making. Parsa Sanjana Sajid visits those trapped on the Bangladeshi border.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018
Three-year-old Kholod is admitted to hospital in Hudaida, Yemen suffering from severe acute malnutrition.* One of five children, her father is a teacher but he has not been paid for a year. Extreme hunger and disease are killing around 130 children every day in Yemen, according to Save the Children. [*We would not normally use a picture like this one in New Internationalist, but we felt that at a time when humanitarianism is under attack, it was important to show what is at stake, especially in an article that makes clear that famine is not just bad luck, it's political – ed.]Photo: Giles Clarke, UN OCHA / Getty Images

How can famines be ended?

Mass starvation is making a comeback as a weapon of war. To tackle this great evil we must stop talking about food and over-population, and engage with the politics, argues Alex de Waal.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018
Clockwise from top left: Smallholders forced off their land who have taken refuge in makeshift roadside huts; a street scene on Calle Mallorquín in Encarnación; giant otters on the Paraguay River; the Panteón de los Héroes at dusk in the capital, Asunción; a Mbya-Guaraní woman in her herb garden. All photos by Alamy Stock Photos: imageBroker; Thomas Cockrem; Barry Chapman; robertharding; Westend61GmbH.

Country Profile: Paraguay

Paraguayan democracy may have come a long way since the end of dictatorship, but terror is sweeping its agricultural heartlands where farmers and indigenous communities are resisting attempts to take away what little land they have left.

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NI 510 - Black Lives Matter - March, 2018

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Democracy on the edge March, 2021
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Democracy on the edge March, 2021
Democracy on the edge March, 2021
Democracy on the edge March, 2021
Democracy on the edge March, 2021
Democracy on the edge March, 2021
Democracy on the edge March, 2021
The fight for clean air May, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
The dirt on waste November, 2018
The next financial crisis July, 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
Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
Black Lives Matter March, 2018
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