Usually there’s no discussion about it. The Big Story, the main theme of the magazine, is what goes on the cover.
But, in the midst of the current global pandemic, it seemed strange not to give greater prominence to our coverage of Covid-19.
Should that not be the cover story? The special report on the plight of the Kurds and their ongoing quest for freedom could still feature large inside the magazine.
But, as one colleague pointed out, isn’t that what always happens to the Kurds? Always bumped down the agenda, or off it entirely, by some other, greater concern?
It’s true too of many other issues today. So, while in this edition we are certainly giving the global pandemic special attention, including a thoughtful Long Read by Richard Swift and reports from Africa, Latin America and Asia, we are also featuring stories that are not being heard over the din of the crisis. It’s a delicate balance – and we may not have got it right, but trust that you will let us know if so. And, of course, the Kurds too are profoundly affected by the reality and politics of coronavirus, but without the comparative privileges and safety nets of nation-state structure and status.
Elsewhere in this edition, we interview South Sudanese artist James Aguer Garang about how he has turned his own personal trauma of war into art therapy classes across East Africa and chart the sad fall from grace of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
Vanessa Baird for the New Internationalist co-operative.