December 2003



NI (No.363)


9 The trap - and the way out
It was the first 'consumer' product. Now it lies behind the very first epidemic diseases of corporate globalization. David Ransom suggests a cure.

13 Perilous pleasure
What sucrose does to your body.

14 Sugar daddies
India is the world's largest producer. As Dionne Bunsha reveals, it hasn't make a sweet confection.

16 Hungry ghosts
Anita Ferruzzi examines the troubled relationship between sucrose and eating disorders.


20 Sweet nothings in Cancún
Katharine Ainger reports on deadly trade negotiations in Mexico.

22 Tales from Tagalog
Villagers in the Philippines had their land expropriated by sugar. Now, report Devlin Kuyek and Andrew Skinner, they're determined to get it back.

23 Cattail country
The Florida Everglades have been endangered, says Mark Engler, by the power of 'Big Sugar' in the United States.

25 Dirty business
Almaz Mequanint grew up in a sugar-refining town in Ethiopia. Clemens JM Rolink is the General Manager of the Dutch company that built it. They exchange two very different views of the same place.

26 Slave sugar
How slavery and sucrose grew up together - a brief history.

28 Refined white
Michael Berry tells the untold story of the South Sea Islanders who built the sugar industry in Australia.


<Regular Features>

2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
When the children of the poor came to protest, by Thai photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom.

5 View from the South
The murder of women should never be excused or dressed up as 'culture', argues Urvashi Butalia.

6 Currents
Iraqi women still waiting for liberation; alternative Nobel winners; the lowdown on life in the slums; women's garment co-op in Nicaragua offers hope.
PLUS: Word Corner - Guerrilla/War
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

29 Worldbeaters
The exceedingly murky past of exiled Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky.

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
Polyp presents Pollution Incarnate.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Meena Menon talks about the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India.

34 Essay - Star struck
The election of Arnold Schwarzenegger is only the tip of the iceberg in this celebrity-obsessed world, argues John F Schumaker.

36 Country Profile - Somaliland

NI-Japan (No.51)


We all know that sugar is not really good for us, yet it seems we are addicted. Obesity, tooth decay, diabetes and other disorders that are caused by sugar are on the increase. Sugar has also long been the cause of economic and social ills-from sugar slaves of the 18th century to majority world producers who today face debt and environmental destruction. Find out just how bad for us sugar really is....

<This month's article>
-Translation of "The trap - and the way out" (NI p9-12)

-Translation of "Perilous pleasures " (NI p13)

-Translation of "SUGAR - THE FACTS" (NI p18-19)

<Reporting from Japan>
-Sugar in Japan - The Facts

<Contact Points>
-To get to know more about sugar - places to visit, website information and fair trade.

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - Somaliland" (p36)

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