November 2009
Counterterrorism's rise


In the wake of 11 September 2001 and the ensuing Western 'war on terror', extraordinary measures have been brought into play in the four corners of the world, in the name of fighting terrorism.

These have resulted in widespread human rights violations and the curtailment of civil liberties. But have they made us any safer?

Once democracies begin to accept torture and the various perversions of the judicial process, do they have any moral authority left to confront the despots who are using counterterrorism as an excuse for cleaning up their enemies?

The November edition of the New Internationalist includes a powerful essay by security guru Bruce Schneier decrying the often pointless counterterrorism theatrics against movie plot threats indulged in by our elected leaders. Find out what he thinks will actually work against terrorism.

From Peru, documentary film-maker Stephanie Boyd exposes the draconian antiterrorism measures that are silencing dissent, and the alarming privatization of 'security' services.








2 Letters

3 Letter from Cairo
Perceptions of efficiency - and cleanliness - can differ, Maria Golia discovers.

4 In the name of fighting terror
Dinyar Godrej on the damage done.

8 World of counterterror
A snapshot of the continuing spread of counterterrorist measures - real and unreal.

10 Beyond security theatre
Expert Bruce Schneier argues for security measures that actually work instead of theatrics.

12 You couldn't make it up
The lunatic fringe of planet terror.

14 The ticking bomb
Peru's rash of unlikely terrorists. Stephanie Boyd reports.

16 And justice for all?
Ajit Sahi's account of the scandalous record of the Indian State.

18 The ultimate rendition
A poem by Hubert Moore + ACTION directory.

19 View from Santiago
Sixty years on from the publication of 1984, the neoliberals in Chile are still spouting Newspeak, reveals Lezak Shallat.

20 Tears & justice - Rape in DR Congo
Women in the DRC suffer the worst sexual violence in the world. But more and more of them are speaking out and taking action to bring their violators to justice. Photojournalist Jean Chung has been documenting their struggle.

24 Love in a grey zone
In Bangladesh, homosexuality is illegal. Delwar Hussain talks to Suleman, a gay imam, about what this means for him and his partner.


26 Currents
The catastrophic effects of 'bloody oil' in Canada; the ugly face of World Cup fever in South Africa; and how to make the most of solar energy's potential.

27 Only Planet
Time for food to fight back, in Marc Roberts' cartoon.

29 NI Prize Crossword
PLUS: No room for grey matter in Polyp's cartoon.

30 Mixed Media
Common humanity revealed in Ramin Bahrani's new film; Yoko Ono alive and kicking ass on her new album;
and a haunting novel about Angola's troubled history.

32 Making Waves
Helen Gray has helped to clear 100,000 mines from Mozambique. She talks to Janet Nicol about what her all-female team has achieved.

33 Worldbeaters
President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka's slick reputation comes unstuck.

34 Essay: The not so Special Court for Sierra Leone
The trial of Charles Taylor has left an unhappy judicial legacy, argues Sulakshana Gupta.

36 Country profile: St Lucia





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From this month's theme

- In the name of fighting terror (NI p4-7)

- You couldn't make it up (NI p12-13)

- World of counterterror (NI p8-9)
- Beyond security theatre (NI p10-12)

From Special Features and other articles
- Tears & justice - Rape in DR Congo (NI p19-23)
- Sweeping the streets (NI p28)
- Water shortage: the real thing (NI p28)
- Female de-miners in Mozambique (NI p32)

This month's Japanese organizations at a glance
Amnesty International Japan
Kanshi Syakai wo Kyohisuru Kai (No to Surveillance Society)


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