Amidst all the fashionable frenzy about global warming and the end of the world as we know it, we take a calm look at one of the more positive options for a durable, sustainable future. No, not a deep-green gardening cult, the lifestyle of Siberia or an extreme haircut; permaculture proposes that we make our peace with nature, abandon misplaced faith in the technological fix and connect through `intelligent design' to a freshly Edible Earth. NI co-editor David Ransom avoids the airmiles and becomes an innocent at home in Britain. He steps onto unfamiliar territory in his own backyard and explores what some remarkable people are doing to reshape the ugly patterns of unjust, unsustainable consumption.
4 Edible Earth
21 SPECIAL FEATURE
The Islamophobia debate
When is it fair to criticize Islam and when is it not? Reader Amatullah Matthews protests at recent NI articles; Peter Tatchell argues that critics of fundamentalism are being silenced; while Sharif Gemie and Patricia Clarke offer a new context for the discussion.
Thailand takes on Big Pharma; Latin America says 'Bank off!'; why girlpower has a long way to go.
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously
28 Big Bad World
Polyp on tourism's final frontier.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword
Pakistan's Intelligence Agency, the ISI, finds out what it is like to be in the firing line.
30 Mixed Media
A special report from Toronto's HOTDOCS film festival, featuring movies on Darfur, Abu Ghraib and climate change. Also, Jewish music and new folk, plus a book on lesbians in India and a novel about a Nigerian in Berlin.
32 Southern Exposure
Boy with bike and gas mask in Ramallah, Palestine, photographed by Osama Silwadi.
33 View from Kutama
Why does the West think Robert Mugabe has changed? Mthulisi Mathuthu argues that he hasn't.
34 Essay: Much ado about oil
Hugo Chavez's new foreign policy makes sense, according to Alex Sanchez Nieto...
36 Country Profile - Burundi
<This month's translation>
- Edible Earth (NI p4-5)
- The ethical heart of permaculture (NI p6)
- The problem is the solution (NI p7-9)
- Tasmanian roots (NI p10-11)
- 10 DIY permaculture ideas (NI p16-17)
- Country Profile - Burundi (NI p36)