April 2013

Why is housing in such a state?



Beyond the speculation and scandal of the property market, what's the state of shelter? Is it safe?

In this issue, we also discuss the amazing Venezuelan project to build three million homes - public housing to shelter the most vulnerable. Its future will depend on Venezuela's political leadership after Chávez.

And Jeremy Keenan offers an alternative explanation for what happened at the Tiguentourine gas plant in Algeria in January - with Algeria's secret service heavily implicated in both the kidnappings and the bloodbath that followed.



そしてJeremy Keenanは、アルジェリアのイナメナス近郊のティガントゥリンのガス施設で1月に起こった人質事件について、新たな角度から検証を試みる。それは、アルジェリアの秘密情報機関が、誘拐とその後の大量殺人に関与していることを示唆するものである。







Stories making the news this month
6 Chris Hani remembered
6 Israeli drone crimes
7 Bikes for guns in Uruguay
7 Introducing John Mahama
7 FGM rates cut
8 Ill winds in Mexico
8 Extreme trade threat in Egypt
9 Indian copyright clash
9 Fair freight ahoy!
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by Simon
Kneebone, and Reasons to be cheerful.

Mixed Media
32 Film reviews
Good Vibrations, directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn; 7 Stones, directed by Conor McCormack; and Spirit of '45, directed by Ken Loach.

33 Music reviews
Mala by Devendra Banhart; and Mo7it Al-Mo7it by Jerusalem in My Heart.

34 Book reviews
Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh; The General by Ahmed Errachidi with Gillian Slovo; The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu; and The Second Arab Awakening by Adeed Dawisha.

35 Also out there...

The Big Story
10 Safe as houses?
Beyond the scandal and delusion of property bubbles, Dinyar Godrej looks at ways to turn houses into homes.

14 Sparks from the Spanish crucible
The movement for housing justice gathers pace. Melissa García Lamarca reports.

16 Housing – The Facts

18 Dreams deferred
China's property boom leaves workers out in the cold, finds Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore.

20 Beyond the barricade
Unity is survival in Manila's slums. Iris C Gonzales meets some survivors.

22 Joining hands
Housing models to beat the tyranny of the marketplace explored by Samir Jeraj.

Regular Features
4 Letters

5 Letter from Botswana
Wame Molefhe considers the rituals of death - and of life, as she bids farewell to a friend.

36 Southern Exposure
Miguel Araoz Cartagena looks to the stars.

38 And Finally

Film director Ken Loach on drawing inspiration from those who fight back against oppression.

26 The real story behind the terrorist attack on the Algerian gas plant
There is strong evidence of Algerian secret service complicity in the attack, says Jeremy Keenan.

37 Steve Parry Why can’t the one per cent play nicely?
PLUS: Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon.




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