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