We are able
The language of disability is a political nightmare. Is it something you 'have', 'suffer from' or 'were born with'? Are you 'different', 'special' or exactly the same as everyone else?
Stories making the news this month
6 Eyes peeled on Vedanta
6 Ending the book hunger
7 Hair thieves on the prowl
7 Introducing Tony Abbott
7 Cyber-dissidents jailed
8 Tierra y libertad
8 Tax haven stand-off
9 Challenge to Walmart
9 Climate set-to
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.
32 Music reviews
Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, by Leyla McCalla; Mortissa by Cigdem Aslan.
33 Film reviews
The Selfish Giant, directed by Clio Barnard; Gloria, directed by Sebastian Lelio.
34 Book reviews
Helium by Jaspreet Singh; Snake Dance by Patrick Marnham; The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed; and The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman.
PLUS: Also out there…
The Big Story
10 Rolling towards progress
Jody Mcintyre takes the notion of disability to task with a personal exploration of difference and defiance.
14 Out of the ruins of the Rana Plaza
Photographer Suvra Kanti Das meets survivors of the garment factory collapse in Dhaka.
16 Why does abuse persist in Romania?
Luke Dale-Harris reports on the ongoing battle to improve the rights of disabled people locked away in secretive Romanian institutions.
18 Disability – THE FACTS
20 From hero to zero
Maysoon Zayid explores the challenges facing those disabled by war, occupation and prejudice.
22 Nobody is 'normal'
Jody Mcintyre speaks to comedienne Francesca Martinez about growing up 'wobbly' and resisting austerity in Britain.
24 In our own words
Citizen journalists Sheku Feika and Anoop Kumar tell the remarkable tales of three disabled young people from Sierra Leone and India.
Western responsibility for sex-selective abortion; making war on any pretext.
PLUS: I'm a New Internationalist.
5 Letter from Botswana
It’s time for the nation to shake off its lethargy, says Wame Molefhe.
26 Country Profile: Bolivia
38 And Finally
Investigative journalist and filmmaker John Pilger tells Hazel Healy about his new film, and explains why Australia is still on an international 'shame list'.
28 'Everybody preferred children'
Combating child prostitution in Brazil is more urgent than ever - especially with the expected influx of foreign tourists for the 2014 World Cup, writes Olivia Crellin.
30 Desperate measures
Why Bangladeshis are selling the only asset they have - their organs. By Sophie Cousins.
36 Steve Parry
Mandela, my hero!
PLUS: Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon.
37 Mark Engler
Even if you have nothing to hide.