April 2011
Makers of the miracle
- So why are China's workers left out in the cold?


New Internationalist looks behind the impressive economic statistics to find the human story - the sweat and the struggle underlying China's impressive growth record. This is a tale of vast proportions - the largest migration in human history, the ruthless exploitation of the vulnerable, and the awakening of hundreds of thousands to their power and their rights. Analysis mixes with history and the voices of the workers to paint a picture of what is at stake both for China and the world.







Making the news this month

6 All love is equal
- but not in the eyes of the law.

7 Students of the world, unite!
- The spring of resistance gathers pace.

8 An environmental quandary
- Exiled Chagos Islanders face a new threat.

12 When people rise up...
As the ripples of rebellion spread through the Arab world, what's next for democracy?

Special feature: China's workers

14 Whose miracle?
An epic migration to the cities has been responsible for China's turbocharged economic performance. But, as Richard Swift explains, the cost for many workers has been too great and they refuse to be quiet any longer.

18 China's workers - THE FACTS

19 iSlave
Electronics giant Foxconn employs over a million people in China - in conditions that drive them to despair, reports Jenny Chan.

22 Hard road to justice
Three personal stories of the battles being fought for workers' rights.

24 Solidarity
with China's workers - the campaigns that count.


32 Is 'ethical wealth' a contradiction?
Lush Cosmetics owner Mark Constantine and activist-artist Paul Fitzgerald go head to head in this month's debate.


Regular Features

4 Letters
PR for government crimes, anarchy rules and capitalism goes broke.
Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone.

25 Applause
Project Alcatraz is giving Venezuelan criminals a fresh start.

26 New book
Beware Americans talking 'stability', warns Noam Chomsky.

29 Mark Engler
Has a taboo solution to the US's economic woes.

30 Country profile: Guyana

35 Puzzle Page

36 Cartoon corner
Big Bad World, Only Planet and guest cartoonist Arcadio Esquivel from Costa Rica.

37 Letter from Cairo
Maria Golia sees post-Mubarak Egypt with fresh and bliss-filled eyes.

38 And finally...
Searching for timeless truths, enjoying freedom and watching snowflakes - poet Jack Mapanje tells Rowenna Davis about life after prison.




NI Japan




From this month's theme

- Whose miracle? (NI p14-17)

- iSlave (NI p19-21)
- Hard road to justice (NI p22-23)
- China's workers - THE FACTS (NI p18)

From Special Features and other articles

- All love is equal (NI p6)
- A gift of hope for mothers (NI p10)

- Ganging up to fight crime (NI p25)
- Is 'ethical wealth' a contradiction? (NI p32-34)

Reporting from Japan SPECIAL
Read this report in Blog
This report in Japanese (PDF)
Peace Boat
Japan Association for Refugees
Citizens' Nuclear Information Center
April 10th 'Stop Nuclear Power Plants! Global Action Day'
(NI Japan's Report of this Global Action Day)


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