The parents of one-year-old Thin Thawdaw Tun carry their injured daughter, who received treatment from volunteer medics. A rubber bullet fired by the security forces hit her in the eye, while she was inside the family home.Photo: Panos Pictures

No place for children

Their slaughter has marked a new era of horror by a junta notorious for its cruelty. Maung Moe reports on three young lives cut short on the deadliest day of violence since the coup.

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Myanmar after the coup - The Facts

Myanmar after the coup - The Facts

The military has unleashed near-daily terror across Myanmar since seizing power in February. Through the figures, we examine the brutality as well as the fightback.

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We shall not be moved! Anti-coup protesters remain seated in front of a line of riot police trying to clear roads in Yangon. Partially visible is a poster urging citizens to join the Civil Disobedience Movement.Photo: Panos Pictures

Courage and terror in Myanmar

Lives and livelihoods have been laid down for democracy. The economy is on the brink of collapse. The world must support the people’s quest to end military rule once and for all, writes Preeti Jha.

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The expansion of fast-food brands in Africa is backed by powerful advertising such as this billboard on Kenyatta Avenue, a major street in the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya. The country is now home to 22 KFC outlets, which have paved the way for other international chains - Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery - that are expanding into East Africa.Photo: Brian Inganga

When KFC came to Kenya

As Big Food spreads throughout the Global South using the tobacco playbook, Kabugi Mbae investigates the rise in obesity – and non-communicable diseases – in Kenya.

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A local art group, art360, painted this mural dedicated to the fight against the virus in the settlement of Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya.Photo: Gordwin Odhiambo/AFP/Getty

A silver lining

Despite the challenges of ensuring equal access, health expert Christopher Morgan is hopeful that the Covid-19 vaccine push is helping to shape a better future for global immunology. He speaks to Amy Hall.

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Yewande Oyetade, a medical laboratory technician in Lagos, Nigeria, collects samples for Covid-19 testing at the Agege Primary Health Centre.Photo: Andrew Esiebo/Panos

Scientific internationalism

It is thanks to scientists collaborating across borders that vaccines against Covid-19 have been developed so fast, argues Rajni George.

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Making a point: Bill Gates addresses the media after his address to the World Health Assembly at the UN in Geneva.Photo: Reuters/Alamy

The Gates factor

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has a key role in shaping the global response to the pandemic. And it’s not good news for health equality. Nick Dowson investigates why.

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French biochemist Louise Pasteur in his laboratory, where he developed pioneering vaccines against chicken cholera and rabies using ‘attenuated’ or weakened bacteria.Photo: GL Archive/Alamy

A history of vaccines

Swagata Yadavar traces the ups and downs in the history of vaccination.

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Illustration: Westend61 GMBH/Alamy

Dreams of magic bullets

Richard Swift warns against vaccine fantasy and kneejerk technophilia.

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Illustration: James Thew/Alamy

The nuts and bolts

Covid-19 vaccines explained by Thomas Abraham.

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Covid-19 vaccine drugs purchased by country-income level, as of mid-March1 *UN-backed global purchasing scheme

Vaccine equality - The facts

Who gets it? What's needed? What's on order? Who profits? Who lives?

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Action & info

Action & info

Links and information for taking action on vaccine inequality.

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Join the New Internationalist co-owner community

Husna Ara probes co-editor Amy Hall on why now, and what next…

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Government officials pray over a storage box containing Covid-19 vaccines before they leave for various vaccination centres in Mumbai, India, in January this year. India is one of the countries that is calling for patents on Covid-19 vaccines to be waived during the pandemic.Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg/Getty

Who gets it?

Access to life-saving Covid-19 vaccines should not be reserved for the rich. But that is what’s happening on a global scale today. Heidi Chow calls for technology to be shared and patents to be suspended in order to unlock vaccine production for all.

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Barefoot surgeons

In the absence of enough trained doctors, reliance on other, less-qualified, health workers is growing in the Global South. Physician Neil Singh’s exploration begins with a surprising personal encounter.

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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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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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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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Photo: Javier Rodriguez/Pixabay

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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Courage and terror in Myanmar July, 2021
Courage and terror in Myanmar July, 2021
Courage and terror in Myanmar July, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 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
Democracy on the edge March, 2021
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