October 2004


NI (No.372)


2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
A historic resistance picture from Japan, by 'The Milk Photographer'
- Shinzo Hanabusa.

5 View from the South
There's Hollywood and Bollywood. Now there's Nollywood too: Nigeria's video movie industry is the third most vibrant in the world, as Ike Oguine explains.

6 Currents
Transnationals fight compensation for banana workers; latest offensive in Asia's longest war; fat workers lose out in Japan; flourishing wildlife in Korea's DMZ.
PLUS: WordPower - war language.
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

9 A human balance
Adam Ma'anit yearns for the release of Jews from the strangling vines of stereotype and bigotry.

13 Famed Jewish violinist and human rights activist Yehudi Menuhin on the origins of his name and its meaning.

14 The longest hatred
The history of antisemitism makes for grim reading, but understanding is crucial in the fight against it.

16 Fear and loathing
Peace activist Lucy Michaels describes how Judeophobia impacts on her life and her work.

18 Judeophobia - THE FACTS

20 ZOG ate my brains
Chip Berlet picks apart popular conspiracy theories and their seductions.

22 Spreading the stain
Palestinian writer Asma Agbarieh confronts both Arab antisemitism and Israel's use of antisemitism as moral cover for its policies.

24 Portrait of the artist as an antisemite
Artists, writers and musicians have often given credence to hatred of Jews.

25 The world according to Judeophobes
Many charismatic leaders have found in the Jews the perfect scapegoats.

26 Demagogues in denial
Holocaust denial is the gravest of insults to Jewish memory. Nick Ryan meets the naysayers.

28 Action
Anti-racist action and resources.

29 Worldbeaters
Links to cocaine cartels? Paramilitary connections? No problem for Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez.

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
New horizons for fair trade, by Polyp. PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Defending the forests entails challenging aid and NGOs as well as local governments, says Indian campaigner Pandurang Hegde.

34 Essay - Master of the moment
A tribute to the great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson by Indian writer Sadanand Menon.

36 Country Profile -Bosnia & Herzegovina


NI-Japan (No.60)


It has been nearly 60 years since the end of the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel. Today the global population of Jewish people is estimated to be 13 million of which most live in North America, Israel and Western Europe (though substantial communities exist in over 100 countries worldwide). With public sympathy and widespread awareness of the atrocities committed against the Jewish people in the Second World War and the mass exodus of whole populations to the relative safety of Israel and North America, the decades since have seen some of the lowest incidences of antisemitism in over two millennia.

But antisemitism may be on the rise again. Some even go so far as to describe a 'New Antisemitism' which is gaining a foothold in the Left and Muslim communities worldwide as opposed to the traditional Far Right tendency. Others feel antisemitism is overblown and Jews and the Israeli Government use it as moral cover.

Is there a resurgence in antisemitism? Are Jews becoming more vulnerable to violent attacks and hate crimes? Is there a 'New Antisemitism' or is it just age-old Jew hatred? Is anti-Zionism antisemitism?

<This month's article>
-Translation of "A human balance" (NI p9-12)

<Reporting from Japan>
- Teaching about the Holocaust
by Ishioka Fumiko (Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center)

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - Bosnia & Herzegovina" (NI p36)

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