April 2009
Put people first

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So, what are banks for, exactly? Not to create global turmoil and drain the public purse, surely! Come to think of it, what's money for? Or houses? Or credit? Or taxation? Or the economy? Or the environmentc or c or anything? With the global economic system in meltdown, the once booming chorus of 'Let the Market Decide' is pretty ragged and unconvincing these days.

And a good job too. Welcome, the Age of Possibility - the main theme of this month's New Internationalist. In it, we look at how to create the kind of world we want to live in. We envisage a people-centred economics that serves the majority. And we seize the opportunity for some real democracy, for a change.

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NI

No.421

Contents

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2 Letters

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SPECIAL FEATURE

4 Inside North Korea
A rare glimpse into the world's most secretive country, by French aid worker Jerome Bossuet who spent three years there.

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9 Big Bad World
Polyp tackles climate change.
The NI Crossword

10 Currents
How sex with widows helps dead men; the World Bank bulldozes an Albanian village; bad chocolate still uses child labour.

13 (i) The Age of Possibility
As the empire of international finance collapses, David Ransom finds the chance to reset the compass towards democracy, equality and the survival of our planet.

16 (iv) A month in the life of the Majority World
Recession heads South - and meets resistance.

18 (vi) Meltdown - The FACTS

20 (viii) Naked Emperors
It's time to ask some very basic questions, like: What are banks for? What are houses for? What's credit for? What's the economy for? Or, for that matter, what's the environment for? Vanessa Baird suggests a 10-point economic detox programme.

28 (xvi) ACTION - Campaigns, contacts and resources

29 Worldbeaters
Egypt's President Mubarak may have survived six assassination attempts but does not escape the NI treatment.

30 Mixed Media
Congo's amazing disabled rhythm-maestros; an horrific and repulsive Chilean take on Saturday Night Fever; and the first ever Arabic detective novel to be translated into English.

32 Southern Exposure
A haunting and sensitive glimpse into a Malaysian orphanage by photographer Abdul Rahman Roslan.

33 Making Waves
Viyakula Mary talks to Ewa Jasiewicz.

34 Essay: A Savage
Environmentalism Jeremy Seabrook on how bogus environmentalism is threatening some of India's best friends of the environment.

36 Country Profile: Ghana

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NI Japan

No.109

Contents

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From this month's theme

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- The Age of Possibility (NI p13-17)

- Meltdown - The FACTS (NI p18-19)

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- Naked Emperors (NI p20-28)

From Special Features and other articles
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- Inside North Korea (NI p4-8)
- How sex with widows helps dead men (NI p10)
- Bad chocolate still uses child labour (NI p12)

- Murdered for music(NI p11)


Japanese organizations at a glance reported for NI Japan
- Citizens' organization aiming for legislating for "Cooperative for Associated-work"
- Women's Citizen Credit Cooperative founding priparation committee




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