April 2004

Life after Communism

NI (No.366)


9 The Wild East
Richard Swift takes the pulse of post-communism and finds the patient in a weakened condition.

12 Armenian lives
Onnik Krikorian's photo essay.

14 We expected better
The hopes of the post-communist young have been dashed on the shoals of transition realities. Irena Maryniak tells their story.

16 Revolution of roses
Voices - both optimistic and sceptical - from the frontlines of Georgia's democracy movement.

18 Life after Communism - THE FACTS

20 Hungarian soufflé
Alex Bandy draws up a balance sheet of winners and losers as Hungary knocks on the door of the European Union.

22 Reinventing Russian socialism
An interview from Moscow with Boris Kagarlitsky.

24 Theatre of the absurd
Ioana Baetica's survival guide for young theatregoers in Bucharest.

26 Democracy - beyond the market
Profiles in activism from the former Soviet Union.

<Regular Features>

2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
The infinite joy of childhood, by Bangladeshi photographer Shafiqul Alam Kiron.

5 View from the South
A young man's death forces Urvashi Butalia to come to terms with corruption.

6 Currents
Pacific tuna extinction threat; West Africans dying to get to Europe; Rwanda survivors targeted; Uganda death row debate.
PLUS: Word Corner - Carpet/Rug
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

29 Worldbeaters
Indian film star turned demagogue: Selvi J Jayalalithaa

3o Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
Global warming: a matter of opinion in Polyp's cartoon.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
The ultimate poor person's publisher profiled: Eloísa Cartonera from Argentina.

34 Essay - Smoke
There's a killer in the kitchen, as Hugh Warwick explains.

36 Country Profile - Tonga

NI-Japan (No.54)


Life after Communism
Broken Promises-capitalism has not provided the life that people in the former Soviet Block had hoped for. The lives, the hopes, the struggles and the alternatives...

<This month's article>
-Translation of "The Wild East" (NI p9-12)
-Translation of "Revolution roses" (NI p16-17)

<Reporting from Japan>
-Another world Altogether: Reinventing communism in the post-communist era.
---Interview with Ogata Yasuo (Communist Party of Japan)

-Establishment of Oxfam Japan.

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

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