Extravagant and colourful wide-eyed Manga characters may abound in Japan, but social preferences are for cultural uniformity. Picture from the Akihabara district, Tokyo.Photo: Batchelder / Alamy

Japan’s firewall against populism

In a world buffeted by populist tides, Japan has avoided turbulence. Are there lessons to be learned? asks political scientist Tina Burrett.

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Copwatch has also developed an app that can be used to record and store interactions with the police, as well as to alert a user’s contacts if that person is in a potentially dangerous situation and where.

Catching the cops

A new app that helps Aboriginal people in Australia record police abuse is the latest intervention in a growing movement that uses filmed evidence to demand accountability. Ian Lloyd Neubauer reports.

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Crew members celebrate the Thai festival of Songkran with the Moken.Photo: Julian Sayarer

Do we fetishize indigenous people?

Working on a documentary in the Andaman Sea prompted questions for Julian Sayarer about the way indigenous and nomadic peoples are represented in the West.

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Cartoon History: Toussaint Louverture

Revolt to Revolution - Art and Story by ILYA and Yohann Koshy.

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Action on Trade

Action on Trade

International and local action resources and reading suggestions on Trade.

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Illustration: Steve Munday

Just, open and green

Vanessa Baird concludes with 14 ways – at least – towards a better global trade.

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Illustration: Steve Munday

Winners and losers

How the Global South is affected by the current trade turmoil – and old patterns of power.

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Illustration: Steve Munday

Pigs that cross...

In talks about trade, something vital is omitted: the environment.

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Illustration: Steve Munday

Open China?

China is making promises, but keeping them may be hard...

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Illustration: Steve Munday

Brexit and the dark arts

Lobbyists, chlorinated chicken and tricksy business in the fog of Brexit.

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Illustration: Steve Munday

Investor rex

The beast that won’t lie down and die – the ISDS ‘investor protection’ racket is still with us, in all but name.

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Illustration: Steve Munday

A rustbelt romance

Enter the ‘new protectionism’ – and Trump’s trade wars.

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Illustration: Steve Munday

Is trade in turmoil a chance for justice?

The global free trade system is being battered like never before. Can any good come of it, asks Vanessa Baird in the first of an eight-article exploration?

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Between the devil and the deep blue sea

In 1987, the British government contracted a passenger ferry to act as a floating immigration detention centre for Tamil refugees. Later that year a storm set the ship loose from its moorings. Felix Bazalgette reports on the the little-known story of exodus and empire that paved the way for the Windrush scandal.

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Keeping women in their place

As 25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Joni Seager maps the stark reality faced by women in every corner of the world – from Belarus to Brazil.

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The personality crisis

As growth-driven consumer culture spurs on planetary destruction, why don’t we spring into action? Psychologist John F Schumaker situates a frightening erosion of human personality at the heart of the problem.

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Illustration: Olivier Kugler

Written in stone

An indigenous movement in Jharkhand is reminding the Indian authorities of their constitutional duty to protect tribal lands. But the government is persecuting tribespeople for standing up. Rohini Mohan reports.

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Left: Rumani, a Coptic Zabaleen, pulls his cart full of garbage outside his home in Manshiyat Naser (or Garbage City) in Cairo.Photo: Marco Bulgarelli/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

Pick of the heap

Attempts to solve Cairo’s garbage problems come up against a community whose livelihoods depend on refuse. Hisham Allam reports.

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A river of bin bags snakes down the road  in Jdeideh, Beirut, at the height of the rubbish crisis in February 2016.Photo: Hasan Shaaban/Reuters

Fighting the big burn

The mismanagement of Lebanon’s trash has brought citizens onto the streets – and the latest plans are also stoking outrage. But, as Fiona Broom discovers, there are also optimists.

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Unsaleable fruit at the wholesale food market of Rungis, Paris, gets sorted so that what is still usable can go to food banks.Photo: Martin BUREAU/AFP/Getty

When it is illegal to waste food

By supermarkets, that is. Timothy Baster and Isabelle Merminod on the progress of a much-lauded French law.

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A young girl stands defiantly amid the Agbogbloshie dump’s burning fields near Accra – clouds of toxic smoke rising behind her. From dusk until dawn, workers – usually young, male migrants from Ghana’s northern Tamale region – burn automobile parts and electronic waste in order to reveal their copper components in exchange for money for food. According to the Seattle-based NGO, Basel Action Network, millions of tonnes of e-waste from industrialized nations are ‘processed’ at Agbogbloshie each year.Photo: Benjamin Lowy/Getty

Dirty work

Around the world, 15 million people – including children – have little choice but to earn a living from the waste polluting their surroundings. They often work in dangerous conditions, risking their health, sometimes their lives; and are usually relegated to the bottom of the social pecking order, struggling to improve their working conditions.

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the packaging industry is not taking responsibility waste is not just an issue for the individual

It’s all down to you

Dinyar Godrej explains why the packing industry loves shunting the blame on individual consumers.

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The face of plastic recycling that China wants to change. A worker sorts plastic in Dong Xiao Kou, a 'scrap village' on the outskirts of Beijing where poor migrant families survive from recycling rubbish.Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty

No more of your junk

Last year, China announced a ban on imports of ‘foreign garbage’. The result? Western stockpiles of used paper and plastic have reached crisis proportions. Adam Liebman on why we need a less rosy notion of what actually happens to our recycling.

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