‘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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Philip Miriori stands over the gaping wound that is Panguna Mine – the largest open-cut copper mine when in operation.All photos by Ian Neubauer

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.Photo: David Ramos / Getty Images

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.Photo: Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto via Getty

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.Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

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.Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

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.Photo: Reza/Getty

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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Pigeons outside Damascus’ Umayyad Mosque take flight at the sound of nearby bombing in besieged suburbs Jobar and Eastern Ghouta.Photo: Sally Hayden

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.Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty

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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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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Where is home? A Rohingya refugee takes a moment’s pause, shortly after arriving in a makeshift camp at Teknaf, Bangladesh, last September. She is one of over 670,000 people to have fled over the border from Myanmar since August 2017. The high numbers and sheer rate of arrivals make this the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.Photo: Enamul Hasan/Drik

Rest for Rashida

The treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya people has been seen as a genocide in the making. Parsa Sanjana Sajid visits those trapped on the Bangladeshi border.

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‘Them, the governments’

Is the UN still capable of keeping the peace and protecting civilians? Was it ever? Ian Williams inspects the record.

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Catch! Will delivery drones really get aid to those who need it most?Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters

The rise of the cyber-humanitarians

Aid-by-drone, what’s not to like? Plenty, as Nick Dowson explains.

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Three-year-old Kholod is admitted to hospital in Hudaida, Yemen suffering from severe acute malnutrition.* One of five children, her father is a teacher but he has not been paid for a year. Extreme hunger and disease are killing around 130 children every day in Yemen, according to Save the Children. [*We would not normally use a picture like this one in New Internationalist, but we felt that at a time when humanitarianism is under attack, it was important to show what is at stake, especially in an article that makes clear that famine is not just bad luck, it's political – ed.]Photo: Giles Clarke, UN OCHA / Getty Images

How can famines be ended?

Mass starvation is making a comeback as a weapon of war. To tackle this great evil we must stop talking about food and over-population, and engage with the politics, argues Alex de Waal.

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Special relationship: Turkish President Recep Erdoğan and his wife are welcomed to Mogadishu by then-President of Somalia, Sheikh Mohamoud in 2016.Photo: Kaylan Ozer Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

How Turkey is winning hearts and minds

In 2011, Western donors sat back while 250,000 Somalis died of starvation. Then Turkey stepped in. Jamal Osman reports on the rise of aid from the Muslim world.

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These three Yemeni girls are among the 3.1 million people displaced by the war. They stand by the shredded remains of their tents in Abs settlement, which is regularly damaged by passing sandstorms.Photo: Giles Clarke, UN OCHA / Getty Images

Who cares?

Hazel Healy investigates the challenges facing 21st century humanitarian action.

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Better off? Forestry companies took fertile lands  but gave little in return in the way of opportunity.Photo: Pascal Vossen

What the land grabbers did next

In 2013, New Internationalist travelled to Mozambique to meet communities pushing back against expanding forestry plantations. Five years on, Nils Adler finds foreign companies have yet to deliver on promises to local farmers.

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'The goal should be to encourage people to think for themselves'

Noam Chomsky is a renowned linguist, the author of an abundance of books and arguably the most famous dissident intellectual in the United States. He talks to Andy Heintz about US exceptionalism, the best way to approach North Korea and the truth about ‘free trade agreements’.

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A communal bunk for Sudanese refugees who have taken shelter in south Tel Aviv, Israel.Photo: Edward Kaprov/ASAblanca via Getty Images

No promised land

As of February, Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers have begun receiving deportation notices from the Israeli government. What awaits them is either a prison sentence or a journey to Libya’s ‘brutal’ camps, as Nishtha Chugh reports.

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Six ways to be a better ally

Are you a non-black person unsure of how to support black struggles? Kristina Wong has some ideas for you.

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Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
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Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
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Black Lives Matter March, 2018
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