Hooked on commodities
The economies of the South were warped by colonialism. The colony's role was to ship raw materials to the imperial 'centre' - and to provide a market for manufactured exports from the centre. Eduardo Galeano, in his classic Open Veins of Latin America, described this dynamic as 'the endless chain of dependency'.
Stories making the news this month
6 TTIP-ing point
6 Fridge fatigue in Ghana
6 15 years ago... in New Internationalist
7 Reintroducing Sheikh Hasina
7 Pastries against poverty
7 Lock up your genitals
8 Nuns, ministers, priests and babies
8 South Sudan war-torn again
9 Sexism movie ratings
9 Oil-free art
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and
Reasons to be Cheerful.
The Big Story
10 The pitfalls of resource wealth
Natural resource wealth isn't always a blessing. As Wayne Ellwood discovers, sometimes it can be just the opposite.
14 Sticky business
Canada has put all its eggs into one big basket full of tar sands. That's a major mistake, argues Andrew Nikiforuk - for the country and the planet.
17 A tsingular beauty
Kara Moses reports on plans to dig bitumen in Madagascar.
18 Commodities and dependency - THE FACTS
20 No joy in soy
Demand for genetically modified soy is changing the face of Argentina. And not for the better, says Eilis O'Neill.
22 Touch the earth
The global conflict between indigenous rights and mining companies. By Jen Wilton.
24 King coal runs amok
Alex Scrivener guides us through the coal-ravaged landscape of East Kalimantan.
28 Music reviews
Soutak by Aziza Brahim; Coin
Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile by Matana Roberts..
29 Film reviews
The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt; Bastards, directed by Claire Denis; Stranger By The Lake, directed by Alain Guiraudie.
30 Book reviews
Baghdad Central by Elliott Colla; Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor; Invisible Women of Prehistory by Judy Foster with Marlene Derlet; The Poverty of Capitalism by John Hilary.
PLUS: Also out there...
33 Chris Coltrane
Money-making and morality are seldom bedfellows.
PLUS: Polyp's Big Bad World cartoon.
37 Mark Engler
The winter of the climate denier.
5 Letter from Bangui
Local interpretation of the war is more nuanced than that of Western journalists, says Ruby Diamonde.
26 Country Profile: Iran
38 And Finally
Investigative journalism is a dangerous, but essential, job in El Salvador, Oscar Martinez tells Graeme Green.