Illustration: Pete Reynolds

The age of development: an obituary

Wolfgang Sachs wrote a seminal series of essays for the New Internationalist in 1992 called ‘Development: a guide to the ruins’. The concept of development lives on – and takes on new shapes as it is reframed by the UN, reinterpreted by the Vatican or hijacked by authoritarian populists to serve their own nationalist agenda. But, he argues now, we need to move beyond its misguided assumptions into a new post-development era based on eco-solidarity.

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Fifi, with her daughter Mia, bemoans the slow pace of reconstruction.Photo: Tamzin Forster

Barbudans are resisting disaster capitalists

Ever since Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017, residents of Barbuda have been trying to defend themselves against those who would cash in on their misfortune. Gemma Sou hears what they have to say.

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View of Ferizaj.Photo: Arianna Pagani

After Isis

Thousands of former ISIS foreign fighters and their families are held in Kurdish camps in Syria. Hundreds have escaped during the recent Turkish offensive. Most European countries refuse to repatriate them, but Kosovo is bringing its citizens home. Sara Manisera reports.

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Bad tech

Bad tech

Data-snatching, AI and eye-spy: some of the new technologies undermining migrants’ rights.

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Jose Caceres, a migrant who was deported back to Honduras, holds up a picture of his sons. He was separated from his 11-year-old Brayan (right) five months ago as they tried to enter the US. Brayan is now living in a shelter in Maryland.Photo: Jim Wyss/Miami Herald/PA images

Deported by Silicon Valley

Governments are increasingly using surveillance and big data to track immigrants. Gaby del Valle reports from the US, where activists are trying to hold data-mining firm Palantir to account.

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Throughout history, migrants have often been treated as a source of disease and 'contagion'. (Left) Immigrant children are examined on arrival at Ellis Island, New York, 1911.Photo: Bettmann/Getty

How fear infected the border

Ruben Andersson traces the roots of a Freudian fixation.

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Illustration: Denise Nestor (figures) and Amel al-Zakout (background scene)

Who do you save?

Syrian artist Amel al-Zakout nearly drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after her boat capsized en route to Greece. Volunteer lifeguard Gerard Canals was part of the rescue operation. Hazel Healy put the two in touch with each other to speak for the first time since the shipwreck.

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Previous page:  Students perform Irish dancing at the Queens Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, New York. For people from ethnic minority backgrounds living in Ireland, the friendly image of the ‘invisible border’ does not apply – racial profiling by police and immigration officials takes place at crossing points and in-country.Photo: Richard Levine/Alamy

Ireland’s invisible frontier

The threat of Brexit has caused great anxiety about the return of a ‘hard border’ in Ireland. Yet it’s minority communities who have the most to fear, writes Luke Butterly.

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Illustration: Nick Taylor

Open borders, 2050

Alex Sager imagines a time when all people are free to move.

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Free entry

Free entry

Planet earth is not the same size for everybody. This infographic shows where you can travel to without a visa, depending on your nationality.

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Speak out

Speak out

A network of solidarity exists among and alongside those who move, and stay, without permission. Hazel Healy profiles three initiatives. ‘Is it fair that Europe walks as it wants in Africa but not the opposite?’ ‘Once you help, you cannot close your eyes’ ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.

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Action on Borders

Links for campaigning and more reading on Borders.

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Europe-bound. Migrant travellers from Togo en route to Italy after being rescued by Spanish rescue NGO Open Arms, February 2017.Photo: David Ramos/Getty

The right to move

People have always moved and cultures have always mingled. So why the myopic obsession with borders, asks Hazel Healy.

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Illustration: Nadia Akingbule

‘I didn’t want to be a mother’

In a groundbreaking new work, Trifonia Melibea Obono has sought out and recorded the unheard stories of lesbian and bisexual women living in the small West African state of Equatorial Guinea.

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No room for dissent

With a year to go until Myanmar’s next general election, political activism is being pushed to the periphery. Charlotte England reports.

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Bulu Bari is a regular at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation complex – but work is scarce.

Dhallywood dreams

Under a tree in the studios of Bangladesh’s struggling film industry, women extras in the shadows of glamour wait for work. They tell Sophie Hemery and Alice McCool their stories.

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Looking the very picture of a traditional way of life, mathematics teacher Phunchok Angmo, photographed at Thiksey monastery, near Leh, Ladakh, is observing startling changes among her pupils. ‘The children here no longer care about the culture and they spend less time talking to each other,’ she says. ‘They spend their free time on laptops.’Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Globalization and extremism – join the dots

Insecure people can be highly susceptible to false narratives purporting to explain their precarious situation​, argues Helena Norberg-Hodge.

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A still from the music video for ‘Room Service’, via the record label 88rising, by hip-hop sensation Higher Brothers.nin.tl/higherbrothers

(Don’t) fight the power

Amy Hawkins surveys the cultural landscape in the world’s second-largest economy.

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(Previous page) A guard at the Mombasa terminus of the Chinese-financed SGR railway. Saturday is one of the busiest times on the line, as Kenyans travel from Nairobi to the coast to visit family.Photo: Luis Tato/Bloomberg/Getty

The Beijing connection

China is Africa’s largest trading partner and has become deeply involved with the continent’s politics in recent years. This has not been without its controversies. Christine Mungai reflects on the past, present and future of the relationship between these two powerhouses.

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Uyghur men in Xinjiang pray during the Corban festival (Eid) in 2016. Public displays of religiosity are now considered signs of extremism.Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty

Living in a ghost world

Since 2016, at least a million people have been sent to re-education camps as part of the Chinese government’s persecution of the Uyghur people. Yohann Koshy speaks to anthropologist Darren Byler to find out what is going on in China’s northwest province.

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Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
China in charge November, 2019
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