An official stands at the door of an Israeli airliner after it landed in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 31 August 2020. A few months later the first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the UAE landed near Tel Aviv, cementing the normalization deal between the two regimes.Photo: Nir Elias/Associated Press/Alamy

The betrayal

From arms deals to surveillance tech exchanges, Yara Hawari explains how alliances have been – and continue to be – fostered between Israel and various Arab governments.

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NI 548 - South Africa 30 years later - March, 2024
from left to right: Jerome Kendricks Okiror, Quin Karala, Joan Amek, Ashley Karungi, Eunice Maltego pose for a photo on 4 April 2023 in in Kampala. Amek is an LGBTQI+ rights activist and executive director of Rella Women’s Empowerment Program, Uganda.Photo: Abubaker Lubowa/Reuters

‘They want to erase us’

After the government introduced one of the harshest anti-gay laws in the world, LGBTQI+ Ugandans have been living in an increased climate of fear. Amid preparations for a landmark case challenging the law, Sophie Neiman speaks to the people who are promoting the legislation, and the human rights activists putting everything on the line to get it overturned.

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NI 547 - Climate capitalism - January, 2024
A resident walks past photos from French photographer JR displayed on a wall in Clichy-Sous-Bois, outside Paris. The photos were an attempt at presenting a more positive image of the inhabitants of the banlieues in the wake of 2005 riots.Photo: Associated Press /Christophe Ena/Alamy

Paris isn’t dead yet

The urban areas surrounding Paris are often considered a symptom – or cause – of the failure of France’s social policies. Cole Stangler speaks to residents of the banlieues, and finds exploitation and division – but a spirit of resistance too.

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NI 546 - Spying on dissent - November, 2023
Elder Taharakau Stewart (in the middle with cane), is joined by other Māori people during a ceremony in Berlin, Germany on 29 April 2019. The event marked the handing back of the remains of ancestors which had been held as part of Charité – Berlin University of Medicine’s former anthropology collections.Photo: Jörg Carstensen/DPA/Alamy

‘They are my ancestors’

For centuries, museums have held human remains as artefacts – including those sold, looted and smuggled out of colonized countries. Hana Pera Aoake explains how New Zealand/Aotearoa has become a world-leader in repatriation. What can be learned from the Indigenous-led programme driving the push to bring ancestors home?

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NI 543 - Loneliness - May, 2023
The tagline of Iran’s recent pro-women’s movement is translated from a Kurdish slogan which neatly captures the ideology of the region’s feminist politics. Here a mural displays the Kurdish original.Photo: Herzi Pinki/Creative Commons

The science of women

Around the world, people are chanting ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ in solidarity with the women’s uprising in Iran – dubbing it the ‘first feminist revolution in the world’. Not so, argues Rahila Gupta, as she examines its precursor: a Kurdish feminist revolution in Rojava.

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NI 542 - A world to win - March, 2023
Top left: Forty years after the original Greenham Women’s Peace Camp was established, activists marched to the site ahead of the anniversary celebrations in September 2021. Commemorations also took place at Faslane this year, where a peace camp was established in 1982 and has continued to this day. Top right: the sign marking the entrance to the camp; Bottom right: an activist uses a stencil to mark slogans on a nearby road; Bottom left: activists participate in a ‘die-in’.Photos: Top left Maggie Sully/Alamy, all others Denise Laura Baker

Hear us roar

It’s 40 years since the establishment of peace camps at the British atomic weapons bases of Greenham Common and Faslane. Speaking to the women at the centre of four decades of resistance, Denise Laura Baker asks what keeps them going.

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NI 540 - Land rights - November, 2022
Residents of Loznica, a small city in western Serbia located in proximity to the lithium-mining project, gather on 20 July 2021 to make their voices heard against it. By November the protest would go countrywide.Photo: Marko Zamurovic/Shutterstock

Once upon a Rio Tinto mining project

When the transnational giant decided to dig for lithium in Serbia it was met by widespread protests. But beyond the people’s rebellion lie deeper questions of imperialism, environmentalism and ‘green’ tech. Andrej Ivančić and Sergey Steblev inspect them in this cautionary tale.

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NI 539 - Railways - September, 2022
Illustration: Andy K

Pants of protest

Humorous yet shocking, mundane yet intimate – underpants have proved a useful tool for change. Katie Dancey-Downs examines the power of political undercrackers.

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NI 538 - Rivers of life - July, 2022
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season exhausted the designated 21-name list of storm names, the third time this has happened and the second such season in a row after 2020. The total damage was estimated at over $80 billion.Images of hurricane Bill and hurricane Nicholas by Theaustinman using a Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 4.0; Hurricane Ida by NOAA (Public Domain); All others by NASA (Public Domain).

Is it too late?

As climate change stretches human fragility towards breaking point, should we be preparing for societal collapse? This is the existential question behind ‘deep adaptation’, a theory that is rapidly gaining adherents. Richard Swift assesses how far, if anywhere, it will take us and what better paths we could go down.

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NI 537 - How we stop big oil - May, 2022
Illustration: Shutterstock/Andy K

The politics of futility

Our deep desire for change is continually thwarted by the limiting political choices on offer. Political theorist and philosopher Neil Vallely digs into the roots of apathy and polarization.

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NI 536 - Abolition - March, 2022
Who will protect the land?

Who will protect the land?

Hazel Sheffield explores how the history of failed land reform in Colombia threatens both people and planet. Illustrations by Léo Hamelin.

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NI 535 - Romani lives matter - January, 2022
Illustration: Tomekah George

Lloyd’s of London’s debt

When it comes to the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade and ongoing support of fossil fuels, what would be the cost of financial reparations? Through exploring the history of a prominent player in the insurance marketplace, Sahar Shah and Harpreet Kaur Paul have an idea of where to start.

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NI 534 - The future of work - November, 2021
Illustration: Thewet Nonthachai/Shutterstock

Shadow courts

Juliet Ferguson investigates the Energy Charter Treaty, an international agreement which could be very bad news for energy policy across the Global South.

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NI 532 - Courage and terror in Myanmar - July, 2021
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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NI 531 - Vaccine equality - May, 2021

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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NI 530 - Democracy on the edge - March, 2021


Danny Dorling and Annika Koljonen explain how Finland has come to be so equal, peaceful and happy – and sketch out the lessons we might learn from its example.

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NI 529 - The biodiversity emergency - January, 2021
At a Black Lives Matter protest in London, following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, US, in June 2020. The demonstrator is standing in front of a monument to the women of World War Two.Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Why Black matters

Rahila Gupta examines the history of the contested idea of ‘political blackness’ and makes the case for retaining it in today’s ongoing fight against racism.

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NI 528 - A caring economy - November, 2020
Jalila Khamis Kuku.Illustration: Yasmin el-Nour and Duha Mohammed

Mothers of the Revolution

In 2019, Sudanese strongman Omar al-Bashir was brought down in a revolution orchestrated largely by women. But while the dictator might have gone, the divisions wrought by his 30-year rule endure. Lucy Provan and Alice Rowsome meet the women who helped bring down Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir and discover a movement for change in full swing.

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NI 527 - Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic - September, 2020
Back to work: garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, after factories re-opened in May.Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

The trouble with normal is it always gets worse

A clamour to return to the status quo after Covid-19 would be bad news for people and the planet, argues Richard Swift. We may never get a better chance for a new normal.

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NI 526 - The Kurds - betrayed again - July, 2020
Photo: Ryoji-Iwata/Unsplash

Hitting the population brakes

Popular wisdom has it that everything is speeding up, including population growth. Danny Dorling shows just how wrong that is – and argues that we are actually in a time of slowdown.

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NI 525 - The fight for clean air - May, 2020

Articles in this category displayed as a table:

Article title From magazine Publication date
South Africa 30 years later March, 2024
Climate capitalism January, 2024
Spying on dissent November, 2023
Loneliness May, 2023
A world to win March, 2023
Land rights November, 2022
Railways September, 2022
Rivers of life July, 2022
How we stop big oil May, 2022
Abolition March, 2022
Romani lives matter January, 2022
The future of work November, 2021
Courage and terror in Myanmar July, 2021
Vaccine equality May, 2021
Democracy on the edge March, 2021
The biodiversity emergency January, 2021
A caring economy November, 2020
Covid-19 lessons from the pandemic September, 2020
The Kurds - betrayed again July, 2020
The fight for clean air May, 2020