What has development done for me?
the 40th anniversary of its first issue, New Internationalist looks
back over the four decades in the life of the world that the magazine
has covered. Is the 2013 of privatization, smartphones and debt crisis
caused by bankers any better in human terms than the 1970s world of
state planning, telexes and debt crisis caused by bankers? How much
progress has the human family made in terms of improving life
expectancy, challenging poverty and reducing inequality? And whatever
happened to the idea of 'world development' that inspired the magazine's
Stories making the news this month
6 Kenya: highly charged election
6 Syria's diaspora doctors
7 Idle No More in Canada
7 Introducing Park Geun-hye
7 Joining the dots in Oz
8 India: enough is enough
8 Iraq: shields 10 years on
9 Chile's Erin Brockovista
9 Britain: what IF?
PLUS: 40 years ago New Internationalist is born, Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone, and Reasons to be cheerful.
28 Film reviews
Shell, directed by Scott Graham;
Lore, directed by Cate Shortland;
and Compliance directed by Craig Zobel.
29 Music reviews
Eu Preciso de um Liquidificador by Graveola; and Celebrating Subversion by The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow.
30 Book reviews
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki;
China's Urban Billion by Tom Miller; Politics of Origin in Africa by Morten Bøås and Kevin Dunn; and The Sound of One Hand Killing by Teresa Solana.
31 Also out there - including Nick Cave;
the latest novel from Barbara Kingsolver; and stirring documentary Fire in the Blood.
The Big Story
10 A measure of progress
The founding editor of the New Internationalist, Peter Adamson, looks at how the world has changed since the magazine started – and argues for a new push against inequality.
14 World Progress 1970-2010 - The Facts
16 Where are they now?
Revisiting some of the individuals who have featured in the magazine’s pages over the years: Aminatou Haidar, from Western Sahara; Rigoberta Menchú, from Guatemala;
Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani, from Iran; Mari Marcel Thekaekara, from India; and Domitila Barrios de Chungara, from Bolivia.
20 Liberating the world from development
The idea of 'development' was given a new lease of life by globalization but Wolfgang Sachs argues that it damages both people and the planet.
26 Millennium Development Goals
Eight thematic maps showing how the world is matching up to its 2015 targets.
Wealth is an attitude of mind; more on Monsanto; and I am a New Internationalist – meet subscriber Sheila Tucker.
5 Letter from Botswana
Laughter and tolerance run dry in a land where HIV is still a swear word, says Wame Molefhe.
32 Country Profile: Egypt
38 And Finally
A civil rights activist since the 1960s, Angela Davis has no intention of slowing down now.
She tells Frank Barat what keeps her going.
34 Waiting for Chinggis
Tina Burrett and Christopher Simons travel to Mongolia, where the memory of a warrior-hero is inspiring a nomadic people to fight for their past and their future.
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