November 2016


Peace in Colombia? Hope and fear
The shock result of Colombia’s recent referendum in which ? by a razor thin margin ? the people voted ‘no’ to ratifying an accord to end 52 years of violent conflict, has not killed all hopes for peace. Both the government of Juan Manuel Santos, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, and the leader of the FARC guerrillas, Rodrigo Londono, have vowed to continue the process. They are supported by hundreds of thousands across the country who have been marching for peace.

This issue of the magazine looks at what is special about the peace being sought in Colombia and the forces that oppose it; the important role of women and minorities in shaping the peace; and the on-going struggle for economic, social and environmental justice in one of the continent’s most unequal and trouble-torn countries.








Stories making the news this month
6 Ethiopian regime under pressure
6 Batting for integration in Britain
7 Decolonization of Chagos?
7 Introducing Marco Arana Zegarra
7 Creative chutzpah in Kashmir
8 Laos still living with unexploded US bombs
8 Bernie, before and after
9 India's finger chats
9 CETA in the house
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story - COLOMBIA

10 Peace in Colombia? Hope and fear
Another shock referendum result - this time in Colombia. Tatiana Garavito assesses the chances of ending the longest conflict in the western world.
14 'No jeans or high heels for me'
Rebels talk about the big life changes they are facing. A photo story from a FARC jungle hideout by Marielle van Uitert and Sytske Susie Jellema.

16 'We are slowly being killed by this mine'
Threats, pay-offs and skin defects. Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik investigates the activities of a massive British-Australian ferronickel complex.

19 ACTION on Colombia
Campaign and support groups near you..

20 For their own good
Sophie Cousins reports on different approaches to tackling Burma's drug addiction crisis.
26 Essay
Why a basic income could be a gift to the Right. By Nick Dowson.
28 Matters of life and death
Isabelle Gerretsen talks to doctors in the Netherlands - where euthanasia is legal – about supporting patients who choose to die.
30 PrEPped to go?
A new HIV preventive drug has sparked debate around the globe, as Amy Hall discovers.

23 Mark Engler
Protectors vs pipelines.

Mixed media
34 Film reviews
I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach; The Innocents, directed by Anne Fontaine.
35 Music reviews
Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu by Gaye Su Akyol; Radio International by Kefaya.
36 Book reviews
The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam; Talking To My Country by Stan Grant; The History Thieves by Ian Cobain; Trump Unveiled by John K Wilson; and Who is Hillary Clinton? by Katha Pollitt and Richard Kreitner.
PLUS Also out there...

4 Letters
Trade unions' moral vacuum; a checklist for the UN.
PLUS Open Window, with guest cartoonist Osama Hajjaj from Jordan.
5 Letter from Mauritius
The state of housing reflects the island's inequality, discovers Lindsey Collen.
24 Country Profile: Venezuela
33 Making Waves: Charlie
Lowthian-Rickert Sian Griffiths meets a 10-year-old who is already a veteran transgender activist.
38 And Finally
Welsh musician and dancer Gwenno talks to Amy Hall about minority languages and musical challenges.




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