August 2004

In the name of GOD

NI (No.370)


2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
A floating hotel for the poor, photographed by Bablu Chowdhury from Bangladesh.

5 View from the South
Eduardo Galeano on the white curse that has afflicted the terrible history of Haiti.

6 Currents
Ripples of resistance in Armenia; inside the oil industry; repression cheek by jowl with tourism in the Maldives; press manipulation in Sri Lanka.
PLUS: Word Corner- Poll/Ballot
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

9 In the name of GOD
Vanessa Baird examines the special relationship between religion and violence.

13 Let's get literal
A faithful, though perplexed, listener asks for holy guidance from radio show host Dr Laura Schlesinger. Illustrated, with piety, by Brick.

14 Who needs religion?
David Boulton asks the big question.

16 Justice vs Vatican
Brazil's rebellious priests are still putting the poor first. Jan Rocha reports.

18 Alive and kicking - THE FACTS

20 Why?
Psychoanalyst Robert M Young puts fanaticism on the couch.

22 On the street
Why young Western Muslims are going abroad to fight for Islam by Shaista Aziz.

23 Saving the secular
Sadanand Menon assesses the health of Indiafs secular tradition after the Hindu fundamentalists election defeat.

24 Suffer little children
Religions often target the young. Marilyn Mason counts the human cost.

26 God - the unauthorized biography

28 Mixing it
Novelists Ben Okri and Amy Tan talk to Bel Mooney about their eclectic spirituality.

29 Worldbeaters
Oiling the wheels of corporate domination - International Chamber of Commerce head Maria Livanos Cattaui.

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
The world as a game of (American) football, by Polyp.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Few pacifists can put themselves in danger as much as David Hartsough, co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.

34 Essay - In the shadow of the torturer
Jeremy Seabrook draws an unholy line from the obscene imagery of Abu Ghraib to the growing repression in Bangladesh.

36 Country Profile - Iran


NI-Japan (No.58)


In the name of GOD
Most religions contain messages about love and compassion, but the violent side of God, has throughout history, been used to justify destruction and war, as Japan has also experienced. Should God be abandoned altogether? Can religion be a positive force? This month NI brings you a full range of opinions and facts on one of the most basic yet controversial topics - God.

<This month's article>
-Translation of "In the name of GOD" (NI p9-12)

<Reporting from Japan>
- Keeping the Gods at the Community Level --- Shinto and decentralised religion.
by Caitlin Stronell (NI Japan)

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - Iran" (NI p36)

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