‘I stopped demanding a reaction a long time ago’

Syrian reporter Zaina Erhaim on training citizen reporters and the importance of documenting the Assad regime’s atrocities. Interview by Anton Mukhamedov.

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A freight train that originated in Duisburg, Germany arrives in Dazhou, China.

One belt, one road

China’s dazzlingly ambitious international investment programme – the Belt and Road Initiative – is well under way, with designs to bring infrastructure to half the planet. Wayne Ellwood on the scale of this juggernaut and its economic and political ramifications.

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Winter wind blows from Bedzin’s coal-fuelled electricity plant, stoking clouds of smog, while a woman visits the city’s municipal cemetery.

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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Malware for humans

Wars in cyberspace are wars on our minds. JJ Patrick on the murky underworld of big data, social media, espionage and the spread of chaos through disinformation.

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Facebook’s all-powerful Mark Zuckerberg dodged awkward questions, citing unfamiliarity with the law.

Who elected Facebook?

We’re increasingly relying on social media companies to act like governments and censor dubious content. Jillian York on the failures of this approach – and how to fix it.

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Media - The Facts

Changing habits; Tech takeover; Trust in media; Who owns it?

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The selfish giants

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

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Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies…

Vanessa Baird writes on the strange mutations of ‘fake news’

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Fighting Mr Fake

Trump has a precursor – and maybe even a mentor – when it comes to waging war on media he does not like. Iris Gonzales reports from the Philippines.

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Blueprint for a better media

There is no one magic remedy – but lots of strategies. Vanessa Baird writes.

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A better media is possible

Trust in tatters. Business model busted. And journalism under attack from all sides. So why does Vanessa Baird think that the news media has a bright future?

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‘One of the most hated words in Pakistan is “liberal”’

Pervez Hoodbhoy is one of South Asia’s leading nuclear physicists and an eminent Pakistani academic and intellectual. He talks to Andy Heintz about growing religious extremism and the troubled legacy of international actors in the region.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
Philip Miriori stands over the gaping wound that is Panguna Mine – the largest open-cut copper mine when in operation.

This land is my land

Nearly 30 years after eco-rebels sent mining company BCL fleeing from Bougainville for wholesale environmental carnage, it is planning its return to the mineral-rich island. But, as conflicts of interest and intrigues develop, locals are less than pleased. Ian Neubauer reports.

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The people united: Ada Colau arrives at a municipal elections rally. She was voted in as Mayor in 2015.

Reclaiming the city

Progressive city governments in the Barcelona area have showed the world how turning back privatization is achievable at a local level. But there remain obstacles to be overcome, says Luke Stobart.

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The almighty investor

Trying to take back failing privatized public services exposes governments to the risk of being sued for gargantuan amounts by foreign corporations. Lavinia Steinfort reports.

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Displaying a traditional water jug, these women join a rally against corporate control of the water supply in Jakarta on International Water Day.

An end to Jakarta's water woes?

A court victory has rewarded civil society efforts to end water privatization in the Indonesian capital but many questions remain unanswered. Febriana Firdaus reports.

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The people strike back

With the failures of privatization all too evident when it comes to public resources and services, there is a global upsurge of interest in running things differently.

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Waiting in vain: passengers at Clapham Junction, south London. According to a 2017 Legatum Institute poll 76 per cent of British passengers want the railways in public ownership.

The efficiency myth

Heard the tale about the private sector always doing things better? Nick Dowson wonders why it still has believers.

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Unhappy 70th birthday NHS?

The British National Health Service is seen across the world as a beacon of medical provision. But, hollowed out by privatization by stealth, it needs a radical prescription to restore it, explains Youssef El-Gingihy.

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Fighting for their livelihoods: Puerto Rican teachers come out against the government’s drive to privatize public education.

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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In the vicinity of Tamgut, Kabylia, every flat piece of land is used as a football field.

The away team

Alessio Perrone reports on Algeria’s marginalized Kabylia region, where the politics of identity has spilled over into football.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018
Pigeons outside Damascus’ Umayyad Mosque take flight at the sound of nearby bombing in besieged suburbs Jobar and Eastern Ghouta.

What remains

As president Bashar al-Assad’s regime tightens its grip on war-torn Syria, Sally Hayden reports from three government strongholds on life for ordinary citizens, who are seeking normality, even if rubble and memories are all they have left.

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Health Ministry employees empty a shop selling fake medicine in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

When the drugs don’t work

There has been a dramatic rise in heart disease in Africa over the past 25 years – a situation made worse by fake medicines on the market. Now doctors are beginning to fight for change, as Lea Surugue reports.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018

A new universalism

It is not rationality that unites us, but the fragility of our physical bodies. Tom Whyman finds a germ of optimism in the philosophy of the Frankfurt School.

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Public ownership rises again May, 2018
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