November 2005
Disability in the Majority World

Disabled people all over the world have been treated with hostility, pity, patronization, fear and exclusion. In western countries, and to some extent in Japan, their demands to be treated simply as equal human beings have met with some success, leading to at least surface changes in society and more social resources. But what about in developing countries, where resources are much more limited to begin with? In this month's NI, meet some of the people with disabilities who are educating us all on the true meaning of respecting diversity.


NI

No.384

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2 Stuff pity!
People with disabilities in the Majority World want equal rights. Dinyar Godrej on why there is still much to be done.

7 Body blows
Disabled women bear the brunt of extreme prejudice in Zimbabwe. Gladys Charowa has seen it all.

10 The tips are my toes
Mosharraf Hossain on how childhood polio made him determined to shake the complacency of Bangladeshi society.

11 Revolucion rampista!
When local government had to move out of the way of activists on a mission. Tomas Hernandez explains.

12 Disability in the Majority World - THE FACTS

14 First person
Pili Akili from Tanzania and Amarakoon Disanayaka Piyasena from Sri Lanka talk about living with mental illness in village communities.

16 Learning curve
Latha Janet on teaching from experience.

18 Bright sparks
A visual celebration of the right to education.

19 Power struggle
Uganda has the highest proportion of disabled people in government. Joseph Walugembe and Julia Peckett explore what this means.

20 Out of the shadow
Beatriz Satizabal rejects the macho baggage of Colombian society.

22 Currents
Worker-run hotel in Argentina a hit; anguish of Chechens in exile; Iran's shift away from the petrodollar may hurt the US; Nestle Fairtrade mockery.
PLUS: Wordpower - the language of film.
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

25 Worldbeaters
It's a family affair. At least, that's the way Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra would apparently like the business of governing his country to be. And that would make him Big Brother.

26 Mixed Media
MUSIC, BOOKS, FILM review

28 Southern Exposure
The image that irked Coca-Cola, by Indian photographer Shared Haksar.

29 View from Delhi
Urvashi Butalia visits a friend in Tokyo who is besieged by Japan's punitive new recycling legislation. Back in Delhi she wonders if the Indian approach to rubbish is any better.

30 Essay - The North Caspian: what am I bid?
A visit to the new oil frontier in Kazakhstan leaves Horatio Morpurgo wondering where on earth we go from here.

32 Big Bad World
Watch out for Hurricane Condoleezza in Potyp's latest cartoon.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Grassroots organizer Damu Smith has spent his life battling against the odds. Now he's taking on his two biggest challenges: the US healthcare system (or lack of it) and his own cancer.

34 Letters
Greenpeace responds to the Bingo issue; luxuary as addictive as heroin; why we are all links in the chain; women in Black.
PLUS: Letter from Lebanon Gentrification has hit the oldest areas of Beirut, to Reem Haddad's great charging.

36 Country profile - Morocco

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NI-Japan

No.72

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<This month's article>
-Translation of "Stuff pity!" (NI p2-5)

<Reporting from Japan>
-Stuff 'normal'! - Disability's challenge to Japan
*Interview with Yamazaki Tadashi(Japan Council on Independent Living Centers: JIL)
-Partnership of JIL and LIFE Independent Living Center in Pakistan

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



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