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Can workers reset the system?

Coronavirus has closed factories and workshops across the world, spelling disaster for millions of people who subsist on poverty wages. Tansy Hoskins reimagines a garment industry where workers are better protected.

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NI 527 - Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic - September, 2020
A shopping mall in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, displays neoliberal modernity and ruling-elite spending habits.Photo: Michael Runkel/Alamy

A shot at statehood

Lorraine Mallinder gets inside the proto-petro-state of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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NI 526 - The Kurds - betrayed again - July, 2020
Children protest against climate impacts of fast fashion in Montreal on Black Friday, November 2019.Photo: Lucy EJ Woods

Young climate heroes

Skipping meals to talk to the media, aiming to get arrested – and still making it to your hockey game. These are just some of the tasks found on the to-do lists of campaigners in Canada who are putting everything on the line to fight for a liveable, just future. Lucy EJ Woods went to meet them.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Night passage – migrants from many parts of Central America jump on a freight train leaving Irapuato in central Mexico, after waiting for more than 10 hours, en route to the Mexico-US border.

To ride The Beast

Images from the migrant route through Mexico, where desperate people risk a journey fraught with danger to try to make it to the US. Text and photos: Pablo Allison.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
People from the various villages in Baram district demonstrate against the proposed dam.Photo: Samban Tugang

Saving rivers, saving lives

An epic struggle has been playing out between islanders defending their land, rivers and livelihoods and the Malaysian government’s vision of ‘development’. Veronique Mistiaen spoke with Peter Kallang, the campaigner in the thick of it.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Illustration: Pete Reynolds

We can’t grow our way out of poverty

For more than half a century, economists and policymakers have focused fanatically on growth as the only feasible way to end global poverty and improve people’s lives. But in an era of planet-wide ecological breakdown, that comfortable conventional wisdom is crashing to an end. Jason Hickel lays it on the line.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Photo: David Mercado/Reuters

A living wage for the world?

Dinyar Godrej ponders what a global minimum wage might look like.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Heads down and with not a moment to spare: women workers stitch garments for fast-fashion foreign brands at a factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.Photo: Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto/PA

For a few cents more

The globalized garment industry is as ruthless as they come, creaming off huge profits while paying workers a pittance. Trade unionist Anannya Bhattacharjee from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance is pressing the case for a living wage. She explains to Dinyar Godrej that the changes needed are surprisingly small – yet vehemently resisted.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Daiana Borges says she gained dignity after she started to sell her products: ‘Before, I could not look people in the eye.’Photo: Vanessa Martina Silva

Can cash hand-outs cure poverty?

Vanessa Martina Silva considers the track record of Brazil’s flagship Bolsa Família, the world’s largest conditional cash transfer scheme.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Illustration: Yeyei Gómez

Who’s the thief?

Tax havens in the Global North enable the systematic looting of the Global South. John Christensen explains how their activities impoverish the world.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, a critic of Western influence over his country, meets with US President John F Kennedy. There may have been smiles all around but Nkrumah’s cards were marked.Photo: Abbie Rowe/Wikimedia Commons

A brief history of impoverishment

Poverty between – and within – nations doesn’t just exist. It is created and needs constant maintenance. Warning: extremely violent content. Words: Dinyar Godrej.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Protesters against Argentina’s hunger crisis gather for a brew, 5 September 2019. They had camped out overnight in front of the Ministry of Social Development in Buenos Aires.Photo: Carol Smiljan/NurPhoto/PA

Argentina’s big squeeze

Why is hunger growing in a country known as an agricultural powerhouse? Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.

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Action on Poverty

Links for campaigning and more reading on poverty.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Wary looks: Ntombekhaya Sobuza and little sister Asanele outside their shack constructed from packaging materials from a Volkswagen plant, on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.Photo: James Oatway/Panos

Shut out

Poverty is not down to chance or bad choices. It’s hard wired into a deeply unequal economic system. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Dinyar Godrej.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Illustration: Marco Melgrati

Progress and its discontents

The world has never been better. From global poverty to inequality between nations, all the indicators are showing progress. This is a comforting narrative – popularized by the likes of Bill Gates and Steven Pinker. But is it true? Jason Hickel examines the rise of this so-called ‘New Optimism’, with its ‘battle cry for the status quo’.

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NI 520 - The right to the city - July, 2019
Left out of the big bash: children from Mangueira favela watch fireworks over Maracana Stadium during the closing ceremony.Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images

Spectacle and reality in Rio

Anne-Marie Broudehoux punctures the bombastic narrative of civic pride and prosperity that accompanies sporting mega-events to reveal how they actually remake the city upon the backs of the poor.

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NI 520 - The right to the city - July, 2019
Winter wind blows from Bedzin’s coal-fuelled electricity plant, stoking clouds of smog, while a woman visits the city’s municipal cemetery. Photo: Violeta Santos Moura

Dark clouds

Violeta Santos Moura reports from Poland, where air pollution claims some 45,000 lives annually. The country’s reliance on coal is the main culprit but it’s an issue bound up in national pride and political manipulation.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
White saviours

White saviours

Norwegian activists are challenging ‘white-saviour’ attitudes that over-simplify poverty writes Tom Lawson.

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NI 510 - Black Lives Matter - March, 2018

Black Lives - THE FACTS

The impacts of racism can be seen in almost all aspects of everyday life. Black and indigenous people are more likely to be jailed or unemployed – that’s if they make it past childhood.

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NI 510 - Black Lives Matter - March, 2018
Grief and guilt post-mudslide

Grief and guilt post-mudslide

In August hundreds died in a landslide in Sierra Leone. Dumbuya Mustapha reports on the arguing over who was responsible that has followed – and the efforts to hold the government responsible to ensure the tragedy is not repeated.

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NI 507 - Humans vs robots - November, 2017

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Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic September, 2020
The Kurds - betrayed again July, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
How we make poverty March, 2020
The right to the city July, 2019
The right to the city July, 2019
A better media is possible June, 2018
Black Lives Matter March, 2018
Black Lives Matter March, 2018
Humans vs robots November, 2017
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