Across the globe, migrants - men and women, the old and the young - are routinely deprived of their liberty.
Stories making the news this month
6 Migrant worker abuse in Saudi Arabia exposed
6 Kenya: Somalis out!
7 Songlines app in Australia
7 Introducing Juan Orlando Hernández
7 Professor Dumpster
8 20 years of Mexico's Zapatistas
8 Kept in slavery in Mauritania
9 72 hours to death in Indonesia
9 Norway's TV slowdown
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.
The Big Story
10 Foreigners behind bars
Detaining migrants is costly, pointless and inhumane - and on the rise. Time to turn the tide back, argues Hazel Healy.
15 Detaining migrants - THE FACTS
16 Making a killing
Outsourcing detention to private companies is a recipe for a disaster says Antony Loewenstein.
18 Inhospitable Israel
Tel Aviv is taking it to the next level with plans to hold African asylum-seekers in desert camps indefinitely, reports Joseph Cox.
20 Tough Guide to the World's Detention Centres
Tim Baster & Isabelle Merminod offer a satirical round-up of the insalubrious accommodation awaiting travellers from the Global South.
22 Thinking outside the fence
Campaigners debate the merits of NGO-led alternatives to custodial detention.
25 Take it futher
Campaigns, action and resources
29 The best of 2013.
30 Film reviews: Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick.
31 Music reviews: The Huambo Musica Sessions by Tsikaya and Victor Gama; Gentle Men by Roy Bailey et al; The Enchanted Mesa by Stefan Zeniuk and Gato Loco.
32 Book reviews: Ripper by Isabel Allende; Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives! by Richard Ned Lebow; How to Win the Class War by Susan George; and Lethal Allies by Anne Cadwallader. PLUS: Also out there...
34 Argument: Is flying still beyond the pale?
Climate researcher Kevin Anderson and business adviser Brendan May go head to head.
28 Mark Engler The great Monsanto food prize fiasco.
36 Steve Parry Please, sir, I want some more schools!
PLUS: Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon.
5 Letter from Bangui
There is more to life in the Central African Republic than bad news, says Ruby Diamonde.
26 Country Profile: Turkmenistan
37 Puzzle Page PLUS: Marc Roberts' Only Planet cartoon.
38 And Finally
Anthropologist, author and activist David Graeber talks to Jo Lateu about Occupy Wall Street, living like an anarchist . and the mystery of British masochism.