At the service of debt
Human society is unimaginable without debt - the give and take that allowed our forebears access to a wider range of skills and goods than they could have provided individually. But it wasn't all happy reciprocity then, either. Debt slavery was pretty literal in ancient Rome.
Stories making the news this month
06 Church on the rampage in Georgia
06 Eritrea's robo-liberators
07 Guilt-free cellphone
07 Introducing Nicolás Maduro
07 Condom wars in Kenya
8 Thailand: We need bats
8 Out of the frying pan in Greece
9 Sexism's a drag in Iran
9 My hot chilli peppers
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone, and Reasons to be Cheerful.
32 Film reviews
Hot Docs special Narco Cultura, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer; Fatal Assistance; American Commune; and The Kill Team.
34 Music reviews
Droit dans la Gueule du Loup by Melissmell; and Stand Up, People: Gypsy Pop Songs from Tito's Yugoslavia by Various Artists.
35 Book reviews
Meet Me in Gaza by Louisa B Waugh; A Village Awaits Doomsday by Jaideep Hardikar; Johnson's Dictionary by David Dabydeen; and The Devil's Workshop by Jachym Topol.
The Big Story
10 Debt – a global scam
The actions of creditors are key to debt crises, argues Dinyar Godrej.
15 Let us prey
The funds that feast on countries in trouble.
16 DEBT – THE FACTS
18 It's Europe's turn
The scourge that hobbled development in the Majority World now infects Europe. By Susan George.
22 All together now!
North and South must unite, says campaigner Nick Dearden, now that the debt landscape has widened.
25 Rise up! Action and Resources.
5 Letter from Botswana
Wame Molefhe finds hope in the country's traditional community meetings.
26 Country Profile: Equatorial Guinea
36 Making Waves
Rin Simpson meets eco-village pioneer Paul Wimbush.
38 And Finally
Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano on dreams, justice, football – and his first teacher's legs.
28 In the valley of conflict
Sofi Lundin on the seldomreported plight of the Pandit minority in Kashmir.
37 Chris Coltrane Forget One Direction – we need a new direction. PLUS: Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon.