Fracking - The gathering storm
Fracking for oil and gas has become smoking hot. With new technologies developed in the late 1990s opening the gates, there has been a rush of speculators and fossil fuel corporations leading politicians by the nose in a new race to burn yet more carbon.
Stories making the news this month
6 Settling old scores in Sri Lanka
6 Greece's boss-free factory
6 15 years ago... in New Internationalist
7 Re-introducing Ilham Aliyev
7 Restrictions up in smoke
7 Sinking homeland
8 Cellphone justice for sterilized women
8 Stuck in the middle in Gilgit-Baltistan
9 Iraq's forgotten refugees
9 Sperm jailbreak in the West Bank
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.
30 Film reviews
The Patience Stone co-written and directed by Atiq Rahimi;
Utopia written and co-directed by John Pilger.
31 Music reviews
Quarter to Six by The Idan Raichel Project; The Secret Sounds of Savamala by Howlround.
32 Book reviews
The Party Forever by Rowan Callick; The Sky Wept Fire by Mikail Eldin; Madam Atatürk by Ipek Calislar; Bolivia: Processes of change by John Crabtree and Ann Chaplin.
PLUS: Also out there...
The Big Story
10 The frack files
Our 13 page lowdown on fracking and why communities around the world are so against it. The myths, the science, the history, the empty promises, the facts – all in this handy primer written by environmental researcher Danny Chivers.Includes What The Frack...? The fracking process explained visually.
23 'We cannot have democracy without freedom from fossil fuels'
Interview with Gasland director Josh Fox.
24 The people's campaign
Reports on the fightback from Argentina, Australia and South Africa.
Changing aid; the significance of the red cross; and where does resistance come
PLUS: I'm a New Internationalist.
5 Letter from Botswana
What is the accommodation between tradition and modernity, wonders
27 Making Waves
Dean Peacock, the director of Sonke Gender Justice Network, is determined
to engage men and boys in women's rights. By Janey Stephenson.
28 Country Profile: Central African Republic
38 And Finally
Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri tells Frank Barat why fame will not change
him – or his passion for justice for his people.
34 The end of the line
Indian railway stations are a magnet for impoverished children looking for a better future. What usually awaits them is abuse and exploitation. Terina Keene on an initiative helping them find a way out.
37 Chris Coltrane
Success should be measured in chocolate-chip muffins.
PLUS: Poly's Big Bad World cartoon.