September 2004


NI (No.371)


2 Letters
Of codswallop and smokers' rights; stereotyping and the fear of God; Italy's co-op model, how men could live longer.
PLUS: Letter from Lebanon - Reem Haddad celebrates the remarkable life of a British woman who became a local legend.

4 Southern Exposure
Youth culture in South Africa, by the first woman CNN Africa Photographer of the Year, Neo Ntsoma.

5 View from the South
What prompted a group of middle-class Indian women to protest by stripping naked and marching to an army barracks? Urvashi Butalia explains.

6 Currents
Monsanto victorious in Canada; warlords and Taliban rear their heads in Afghanistan; $25 million to police 250 G8 protesters; Kentucky Fried Cruelty in Tibet.
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously.

9 'Let us speak!'
New political spaces are opening up in China. Chris Richards turns up the volume on what's safe to say in public... and what's not.

13 Boxed in
What the world's largest TV audience sees on its screens.

14 The big tree catches wind
On the world stage, China speaks for both the rich and poor world. Nicola Bullard translates.

16 A single spark starts a prairie fire
Large-scale farmers' protests are sweeping the countryside. Yu Jianrong investigates.

18 A look at the sky from the bottom of the well
Poetry, prose and FACTS from Falun Dafa, Tibet and Gay China.

20 When the tide goes out, the rocks are revealed
Transnationals say they'll bring free speech to China. Yuezhi Zhao explains why they won't.

22 A short history of free speech in China
by Rana Mitter

24 Where the broom does not reach, the dust will not vanish
Who now has the ear of the Communist Party: the capitalists or the workers? Chris Richards eavesdrops.

26 Let a hundred flowers bloom
Brave voices that have achieved change.

29 Worldbeaters
All bow down before the glorious rule of Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov.

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
From tax cuts to more golf, George W Bush's top priorities revealed by Polyp.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword.

33 Making Waves
A life spent in pursuit of human rights: Philippine campaigner Marie Hilao-Enriquez.

34 Essay - The onion fields
Playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah visits Senegal and discovers the shocking truth about free trade.

36 Country Profile - Philippines


NI-Japan (No.59)


Most media reports tend to focus on China's burgeoning economy, or it's appalling human rights record, but this month NI introduces you to another side of China-its NGOs and activists who are growing in number despite the repressive government. How much influence do these people have? And what can Japanese NGOs do in terms of joint projects with China?

<This month's article>
-Translation of "Let us speak!" (NI p9-12)

<Reporting from Japan>
- Communities Cooperating --- Grassroots connections between China and Japan.
by Higashikawa Takako (Green Earth Network)

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

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