A caring economy

A note from the editor

Amy Hall

Home truths

An innocent question: ‘How are you feeling about the care magazine?’ my housemate asked me over coffee. ‘Angry’ was my answer. In fact, I’ve spent a large part of the Covid-19 pandemic feeling this way, with the issue of care a major focal point of my rage.

I’m vexed about the glaring inequality in who does care work and domestic labour – in the ‘wider world’ and in my personal life. I’m enraged about the lack of recognition and the disrespect often displayed for the (mostly) women and/or racialized people doing this work and how they, along with people who may need their care, are treated as expendable.

But there is hope; 2020 has demonstrated our interdependence and plenty of people have shown up to make sure people are cared for – friend or stranger. There has also been an outpouring of public appreciation. Over the peak of the pandemic here in Britain, Thursday evening’s ‘clap for carers’ was a highlight for my nurse housemate and her three year old, who would bang on everyone’s bedroom doors to remind us. Although many key workers loved it, for others the applause was hollow without concrete changes to their pay and working conditions.

This issue’s Big Story explores care in its widest sense and its, often conveniently ignored, relationship with the wider economy. In the magazine we hear from people who are navigating this in a system which too often treats them with contempt.

Elsewhere in this edition, Stephanie Boyd reports from the Peruvian Amazon on how indigenous people, especially hard hit by the pandemic, are fighting for survival, Rahila Gupta makes the case for ‘political blackness’ and our food justice series questions the rise of food banks as a solution to world hunger.

Amy Hall for the New Internationalist co-operative.
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The big story

Albertina is 15 and the oldest of three sisters. When her mother died she took over responsibility for raising her younger siblings. Now she wants to become a nurse. Photo: Chris de Bode/Panos

Albertina is 15 and the oldest of three sisters. When her mother died she took over responsibility for raising her younger siblings. Now she wants to become a nurse.

Photo: Chris de Bode/Panos

The hidden debt of care

Covid-19 has pushed the world’s caregivers to the limit and beyond. Amy Hall explains how their work continues to be undermined and undervalued.

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The Big Story

Action & info

Action & info

Action, information, and advocacy groups to support on health care.

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Keeping the world cared for

Keeping the world cared for

Three workers tell their stories. Interviews by Iris Gonzales, Audrey Simango, and Jada Steuart.

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Profit over the planet: A care-based economy would do the opposite.Photo: Musiime P Muramura/Unsplash

Embedding the economy – with care

Why does the current market economy not serve the best interests of the people? The problem has deep roots, writes Richard Swift. But there is another way...

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Illustration: Sindu Sivayogam

Passing it on

Keeping children fed and houses clean is part of a global care chain that can be lonely and emotionally conflicted, with the burden disproportionately carried by women. This story by Amy Hall shows how it works.

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Photo: Ally Bruener

My ass and the oceans

Let down by the state and in-home care companies, Ally Bruener struggles to balance care for the planet with her own vital needs.

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Defiantly demanding change in Brooklyn, New York.Photo: Saanya Ali/Majority World

Care not cops

Amy Hall on why defunding police departments could lead to more caring communities.

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A volunteer at the West End Food Bank in Byker, Newcastle. Over 1.9 million in Britain are now reliant on food handouts in the UK. Photo: Tessa Bunney

How food banks went global

The rise of food charity in some of the most affluent countries is surely a sign that something has gone badly wrong. So why is this broken model being exported to the rest of the world? Charlie Spring investigates.

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War and peace

War and peace

Dan Smith offers a snapshot of world trends from the 2020 State of the World Atlas.

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A woman at breaking point as she queues along with other relatives of Covid-19 patients to try to recharge oxygen tanks for their loved ones at the regional hospital in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon.Photo: Cesar Von Bancels/AFP/Getty

‘You’ve done nothing!’

Stephanie Boyd reports from the Peruvian Amazon on the fight to get adequate healthcare that respects indigenous tradition.

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What remains: inhabitants of Aldeia da Paz, a village in Cabo Delgado, after a 2019 attack by Islamist militants.Photo: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty

Explosive mix

Big international players are moving in to exploit Mozambique’s vast natural gas resources – but to whose benefit? asks Sophie Neiman.

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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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Opinion

View from Africa

View from Africa

Governments need to pull their weight.

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View from Brazil

View from Brazil

QAnon has a lot to learn from Brazil.

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View from India

View from India

Schoolchildren fall through the digital divide.

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Currents

Women have played a leading role in protests against dictator Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus.Photo: Svetlana Lazarenka/Alamy

Dreaming together

Report from Belarus by Natalia Kaliada.

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Illustration: Emma Peer

Introducing... Irfaan Ali

Richard Swift introduces us to the President of Guyana.

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Iran's #metoo moment

Iran's #metoo moment

Iranian women are using the hashtag #tajavoz to call out sexual violence.

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Hatebook

Hatebook

Facebook contravening its own hate-speech policies.

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Newly displaced people waiting by the side of the road after fleeing attacks in Barsalogho, in north-central Burkina Faso.Photo: Tom Peyre-Costa/Norwegian Refugee Council

Coming undone

Report from Burkina Faso by Sam Mednick.

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Regulars

Letters

Letters

Praise, blame and all points in between? Give us your feedback.

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Illustration: Sarah John

The city inside you

Letter from Johannesburg. Yewande Omotoso ponders how belonging to a city goes beyond the bald fact of living in it.

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Inequality Watch

Inequality Watch

Psychiatrists per million people.

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Photo: Sibylle A. Möller/Alamy

Sign of the times

Solidarity for refugees in Lesbos, via a sticker in Potsdam, Germany.

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Country Profile: Namibia

The photos, facts, and politics of Namibia.

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Photo: Lebo Thoka

Southern Exposure: Lebo Thoka

An iconic self-portrait by South African photographer Lebo Thoka.

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Photo: Artur Widak/PA Images

Hall of Infamy: Andrzej Duda

Indiscriminate hater Andrzej Duda divides Poland.

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Photo: Jan-Peter Westad

The Interview: Iyad el-Baghdadi

Palestinian activist Iyad el-Baghdadi, a leading intellectual of the Arab Spring, talks fighting disinformation with Jan-Peter Westad.

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Only Planet

Only Planet

Protecting protesters, by Marc Roberts.

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Photo: Alwin Kroon/Unsplash

Temperature check

Endtimes for Big Oil. Danny Chivers and Jess Worth have some good news from the frontlines

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Big Bad World

Big Bad World

You can't possibly be serious?! - by P J Polyp.

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How much does politics matter in a good partnership?

How much does politics matter in a good partnership?

Ethical and political dilemmas abound these days. Seems like we’re all in need of a New Internationalist perspective. Enter stage: Agony Uncle.

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Illustration: Andy Carter

What if…

What if we dealt with our own rubbish instead of sending it abroad, Vanessa Baird suggests.

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The Puzzler

Crossword Puzzle, Association Words and Wordsearch

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Film, Book & Music Reviews

Mixed Media: Books

Mixed Media: Books

Anatomy of a Killing by Ian Cobain; Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah; United We Are Unstoppable edited by Akshat Rathi; The Pride of an African Migrant by Mossocki ma Massocki.

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Mixed Media: Film

Mixed Media: Film

Luxor directed and written by Zeina Durra; Shirley directed by Josephine Decker.

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Mixed Media: Music

Mixed Media: Music

Uprize! by Spaza; Zan by Liraz.

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Spotlight: Abduweli Ayup

Spotlight: Abduweli Ayup

Uyghur poet and teacher Abduweli Ayup talks to Jan-Peter Westad about language, cultural survival and the unspeakable.

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