November 2015

Paris climate summit - Heroes, villains and why there is still hope


The Paris climate talks are looming. What, if anything, can we hope for? One thing is certain - the summit will not deliver a plan to avert climate disaster. But we must hang on for the ride. This issue, Jess Worth and Danny Chivers look at what’s on the table at COP21, and talk to grassroots organizers looking beyond Paris.

国連気候変動枠組み条約第21回締約国会議(COP21)が、今月末にいよいよパリで開催される。この交渉に何か期待できることがあるとすれば、それは何なのか? ひとつはっきりしていることは、この会議は、気候変動危機の回避計画を実現する場ではないということだ。しかしそれでも私たちは、この会合につきあっていく必要がある。今月号では、ジェス・ワースとダニー・シーバースが、COP21で交渉のテーブルに上がる内容を整理し、市民団体にはパリ以降の見通しについて話を聞く。






Stories making the news this month
6 Moment of truth for Balkan war crimes tribunal
6 Turning the screw in Cambodia
7 Gaza unliveable by 2020
7 Introducing Jeremy Corbyn
7 Lay off the pills
8 What is killing Central America’s sugarcane cutters?
8 Azerbaijan: free Khadija
9 Granny training in Lesotho
9 Carry-on up the Limpopo
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story
Paris Climate Summit
10 Forget Paris?
While politicians drag their feet at climate summits, Jess Worth and Danny Chivers find hope in unexpected places.

14 Views from inside the climate talks
Arguing over commas while the oceans rise: tales from past summits.

15 China’s climate transition
Is the world’s most populous country a climate villain or an environmental leader? Sam Geall investigates.

18 A Rebel’s Guide to Paris
Want to cause trouble for the polluters and procrastinators at Paris? John Jordan’s top tips for the discerning summit-crasher.

20 What’s on the table at Paris?
Which proposals should we praise, and which should we protest?

22 Still biting
Big Oil’s history of denial, delay and distortion is laid bare by Greg Muttitt.

24 ‘The real power is below’
Southern campaigners, trade unionists and grassroots organizers discuss Paris, and beyond.

36 A story of waiting
As Western Sahara marks 40 years of occupation, Dominik Sipinski listens to refugees tired of broken promises and dreams.

Mixed Media
32 Film reviews
Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley; The Black Panthers:Vanguard of the
Revolution, directed by Stanley Nelson.

33 Music reviews
Captain Hume’s Journey to India by Philippe Pierlot and Dhruba Ghosh; Rwanda Is My Home by The Good Ones.

34 Book reviews
Stealing the Future by Max Hertzberg; Stars between the Sun and Moon by Lucia Jang and Susan McClelland. Trans by Juliet Jacques; and Vanished by Ahmed Masoud.
PLUS Also out there…

28 Chris Coltrane How to make room for refugees.
PLUS Polyp’s Big Bad World.

31 Mark Engler Act against Amazon!

4 Letters
Policing identity; religious prejudice and Australia’s refugee shame.

5 Letter from Bangui
The city is getting a face-lift -- but not everyone will benefit, writes Ruby Diamonde.

26 Country Profile: El Salvador

29 Essay
Hal Niedzviecki considers the case against the future.

38 And Finally
Author Susan Abulhawa on healing trauma, the violence of occupation and why women’s voices are sidelined in Palestine.




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