At the heart of most struggles for justice is the desire for a better world – immediately, and for future generations. That second part is the most challenging. As prison abolitionists Mariame Kaba and Kelly Hayes have written, we often need a ‘jailbreak of the imagination’ to be able to see our transformation and escape from the ‘false sense of inevitability’ that can stop us achieving it.
As New Internationalist turns 50, we’ve set our sights on 2073 – what kind of world do we hope to see when we hit our centenary? And what are the pathways to get there? This edition offers some glimpses of that future, with one foot firmly in the present.
We’ve also been mining the archive for some of New Internationalist’s best bits, of which we will bring you a selection throughout the rest of 2023. This time it’s a prescient piece from the Global Warming magazine, published in 1990 – a time when much of the conversation around climate change was focused on whether it was real, and whether humans had anything to do with it.
Also in this edition, Tarushi Aswani on the Indian Right’s attempt to erase the country’s Islamic history, and Rahila Gupta explores Jineolojî – the precepts of gender equality that inform the Kurdish women’s freedom struggle.
We’ll leave you with the much-quoted, but ever-hopeful words of writer Arundhati Roy: ‘Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.’
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Faced with monumental change, we all tend to convince ourselves that our lives will continue unscathed. In the first of our new series, with picks from the New Internationalist archive, we go back to 1990 when Anuradha Vittachi explained why, in the case of climate change, denial – that basic human trait – could bring about our downfall.
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.