When, back in March, we first discussed doing this issue on ‘the world after Covid-19’, there was some concern that the pandemic might have passed by the time we published. If only!
Today, as some countries see the infection rate rising in their populations for the first time, others are bracing themselves for a renewed surge. Or not. Social-media platforms like Facebook and Twitter remain abuzz with conspiracy theories – born in the US but gaining traction from Peru to Pakistan – that this is all an elaborate hoax.
Misinformation could rarely be so lethal, which makes the work of serious news media more essential than ever. Hope is also vital. In this edition’s Big Story we not only analyse what we have learned from the pandemic, but also share positive ideas of how to create a better, fairer future out of this world in turmoil.
Elsewhere in the issue, we interview Flavia Mutamutega, Rwanda’s only agony aunt for teenage girls. Meanwhile, our cartoon historian ILYA turns his attention to a history that is often ignored, that of indigenous people, in his poignant retelling of the story of the Inuit Minik Wallace’s fight to have the bones of his father returned from a showcase in a New York museum.
We are excited to announce that this edition also sees the launch of Food Justice, our year-long reporting series – funded by the European Journalism Centre – which will explore how to up-end our food systems in favour of the least-nourished people worldwide.
Vanessa Baird for the New Internationalist co-operative.
As Covid-19 spread across the world, greenhouse-gas emissions plummeted, thanks to a reduction in human activity. But meanwhile, writes Amy Hall, some of the world’s most polluting companies and industries have been using the pandemic to maintain and even ramp up their environmentally ruinous activities.
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.
Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter stage: Agony Uncle.