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by Katherine Angel (Verso, ISBN-13 9781788739160) versobooks.com Consent is sexy. To know yourself is to empower yourself. Women want sex as much as men. These mantras proliferate in the post-2017, #MeToo moment of feminism in which we live. But they
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Dark Money
In mid-November, The Wall Street Journal published an interview with US petrochemical tycoon Charles Koch. The timing was apt: Koch, and his late brother David, had spent more than $1.5 billion over four decades to push the Republican party to the li
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Democratic Republic Of Congo Better Protected
For the first time in history the rights of indigenous groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be recognized under landmark legislation. Communities have lived scattered throughout the dense, tropical canopies of the world’s second-larg
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View From India
The Sundarbans, an island-dotted deltaic region of the River Ganges, is a confluence of an endangered mangrove ecosystem and human impoverishment. Last year it was struck by a double whammy – a deadly pandemic and natural disaster – and has been stru
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Defibrillating Democracy
‘In this time of crisis, we face two particularly important choices. The first is between totalitarian surveillance and citizen empowerment. The second is between nationalist isolation and global solidarity,’ wrote Yuval Noah Harari as the first wave
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Agony Uncle
Q: A number of campaign and community groups I am part of are struggling with questions around access to women’s spaces for trans women, and whether or not to agree with the line that ‘trans women are women’. I am biologically male and identify as a
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Michael Fakhri
Michael Fakhri took up his post as UN Special Rapporteur in May 2020, just as a global pandemic turned into a hunger crisis and three months before wildfires ripped through his home state of Oregon, US. ‘We didn’t see the sun for six days,’ he recall
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Reasons To Be Cheerful
After decades of campaigning, anti-GM environmentalists, peasant organizations and consumers have achieved a victory in Mexico. In order to protect health and the environment, the government has decreed a phase-out of the herbicide glyphosate, as wel
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Is Homeschooling Socially Harmful?
LINDSEY: When my request to be homeschooled, aged nine, was granted, I was living a childhood dream. I relished attending school in pyjamas and taking field trips on a whim. But the novelty would soon wear off. As I grew older and pushed myself acade
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Spirited Away
The 1,758-kilometre border between Nepal and India, through which nationals from both countries cross without needing passports or visas, is one of the busiest human-trafficking gateways in the world. But since the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, which kil
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Holding Out For A Hero
In the slum community in Quezon City, Metro Manila, that 54-year-old domestic worker Reynalda Veloso calls home, there are about 50 families, who, like her, mostly live a hand-to-mouth existence. During the 2016 presidential elections, Reynalda, popu
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How We Are Gulled
How would you describe the disinformation landscape today? In the digital age our assumptions about what guaranteed a democratic information environment have been turned upside down. We thought it was ‘freedom of expression’, pluralism, the marketpla
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We Banned The Intensive Farming Of Animals?
The grey blocks rising out of Yaji mountain look more like offices than farms. Pigs will spend their lives inside these 12-storey buildings, confined in pens under strip-lights, stacked 1,270 to a floor. Piglets are shuttled up and down in lifts, cor
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Action And Info
The topic is vast, the aspects covered in this issue limited, but there are many ways to take action on democracy: • Education, political and media literacy • Fact-checking and challenging untruths • Digital access, rights and regulation • Privacy, s
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Star Ratings
Nigeria is Africa’s wealthiest economy and one of the world’s largest oil producers but 40%, or 83 million people, live in extreme poverty. Each successive government has ignored the gap between rich and poor. An Oxfam global inequality index put Nig
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Western Sahara Gunshots Fired
When soldiers from Polisario attacked Moroccan military posts in the far southwest of occupied Western Sahara in November it was a highly significant moment – the first resumption of military operations since the UN-mediated ceasefire of 1991. That c
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How To Talk With Conspiracy Theorists
Some may start life as pranks – ‘how many people can we get to believe that the Earth is flat?’ – but groundless conspiracy theories can do much real-world harm. Xenophobic or racist ‘great replacement’ theories have been especially violent and drama
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Nigeria
The popular pidgin phrase ‘Naija no dey carry last’, which roughly translates as ‘Nigerians strive to finish first’, encapsulates the entrepreneurship of Africa’s largest economy. It has exported highly successful figures to other countries, particul
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India Impossible To Ignore
The full throttled roar of thousands of tractors that disrupted India’s Republic Day rally in New Delhi on 26 January only began to be properly heard across the world when the likes of Rihanna and Greta Thunberg asked why we weren’t talking about the
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The Facts
The top 10 health misinformation websites reached 4 times more people (420 million views) than the top 10 health information authorities, during the April 2020 first peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. DRINK BLEACH Health misinformation websites OFFICIAL
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The Puzzler
1 Keep quality fizz to the forefront when getting high in the Drakensbergs (9,6) 9 Sea east of Arkansas where a boa perhaps gets a following (7) 10 Half of Eton, for example, more than half elderly, make it to the river (7) 11 Female leader tipped of
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Music
by Maggie Nicols (Takuroku, DL) cafeoto.co.uk This luminous CD – astonishingly, the debut solo album from the much-recorded Maggie Nicols – touches so many emotions, it’s hard to know where to start. Takuroku is the in-house label to London’s new mus
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Film
directed by Kevin Macdonald 129 minutes A couple of weeks after al-Qaeda’s 11 September 2001 attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, Mohamedou Slahi disappears following a family wedding in Nouakchott, Mauritania. He is tran
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Love And Other Conspiracies
A visceral fear of the invader is alive and well in India. The image of the savage conqueror has evolved from a barbaric Genghis Khan thundering down the Central Asian steppe, or a Muhammad of Ghor descending from the rugged Hindu Kush to establish M
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Barefoot Surgeons
Have you ever seen a house that’s also a hospital? My paternal grandparents’ home is a large, cuboid building in a walled compound, in Bihar, India. At the front is a portico where we spent much of our time during our childhood holidays, sitting on c
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Introducing Cori Bush
Insurgent candidate Cori Bush became the first black woman ever to be elected from the State of Missouri to the US House of Representatives. The 44-year-old Black Lives Matter activist won the State’s Democratic First Congressional District in the No
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Democracy’s Edge
VANESSA BAIRD for the New Internationalist Co-operative newint.org Sometimes, no, often, it’s the thing that’s staring you in the face that you do not see; the dramatic scene being played out far away is what defines the subject – in this case, democ
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Athletics Policing Bodies
Female athletes, largely from the Global South, have been subject to decades of ‘invasive’ and ‘medically unnecessary’ testing – based on sexual and racial stereotypes – by the sport’s governing body, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Research f
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Carbon Capture – Still A Pipe Dream?
As the world gears up for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow later this year, the controversial set of techniques known as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is firmly back on the agenda. References to these ‘carbon removal’ or ‘negative-emissions tec
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