June 2017



The market is broken. The price of housing is through the roof. Social housing is neglected.

In major cities around the globe ordinary people can no longer afford to buy or rent basic accommodation. Incomes stagnate while the gap between the 1 per cent and the rest of us widens. Housing insecurity and homelessness are the inevitable result. Families find refuge in temporary shelters or with relatives; young people couch surf; the addicted and the mentally disturbed drift to the street. Treating housing as a commodity rather than a human right leaves people homeless and hurting. This needs to change.

This edition of New Internationalist looks at how to prevent homelessness and outlines the steps to a world where everyone is safely housed.









Stories making the news this month
6 Colombians put stoppers on mammoth goldmine
6 US migrants show their power
7 Feminist folk in China
7 Introducing Carrie Lam
7 Citizenship win for Makonde people in Kenya
8 Subverting the City worldwide
8 Italians obstruct ‘Europe’s Keystone’ pipeline in Puglia
9 Nigeria court action over Saro-Wiwa memorial
9 Child brings climate law suit against Indian government
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story -

10 Finding home
With house prices and rents soaring, Wayne Ellwood, searches for a remedy to homelessness.
14 Breaking the cycle
Sian Griffiths reports on a practical movement and joined-up thinking.

16 Homelessness - The Facts

18 ‘Smart City’ plan stumbles over slums
India’s $15 billion grand project is already in trouble. Nimisha Jaiswal investigates.

20 Homeless voices
Personal stories from the Philippines, Britain, Mexico and the US.

22 Escape to the street
Catherine Yeomans on how to tackle youth homelessness.

24 Raising the roof
A round-up of inspired ideas and practices.

28 Nigeria dares to hope
The battle against polio is also one against violence and mistrust. Laura Jiménez Varo investigates.
PLUS: Open Window by Wissam Asaad.

31 Mark Engler The right way to rewrite NAFTA

Mixed media
32 Film reviews
Machines, directed by Rahul Jain; The Other Side of Hope, directed by Aki Kaurismäki.
33 Music reviews
Rûwâhîne by Ifriqiyya Electrique, The Underside of Power by Algiers.
34 Book reviews
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell; Roots, Radicals and Rockers by Billy Bragg; Breaking Sudan by Jok Maduk Jok; The Island that Disappeared by Tom Feiling.
PLUS: Also out there...

4 Letters
Fitting return to West Papua; information pathway; deflating xenophobes.
5 Letter from Cochabamba
Amy Booth on lake dwellers in a time of climate change
26 Country Profile: Algeria
36 Making Waves Brave Congolese conservationist
Rodrigue Magaruka Katembo talks to Veronique Mistiaen.
37 Southern Exposure
Chandan Robert Rebeiro captures a budding Bangladeshi photographer.
38 And Finally Author Mohsin Hamid talks to Graeme Green.




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