January/February 2017


Three decades of change in an African Village
あるアフリカの村から ― 30年がブルキナファソにもたらした変化
In the January-February 2017 issue of New Internationalist Chris Brazier completes a unique journalistic project by returning to the village in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, that he first visited in 1985 while making a film.

He visited in 1995 and 2005 to report on changes in the lives of individuals and on the progress of development in the community. The previous magazines have offered an intriguing insight into the lives of people battling against poverty and have reported on substantial positive changes in the life of the community - from the opening of a health centre and a primary school in the village to the first appearance of mobile phones.

Have the past 11 years of change brought further progress? And are the individuals that we have tracked over the three decades still healthy and happy?



過去11年間で、さらなる発展を遂げたのだろうか? 30年以上にわたって間近で様子を見てきた人々は、現在も健康で幸福な生活を送っているのだろうか? 30年という時が何をもたらしたのか報告する。






Stories making the news this month
6 Building a better media
6 Water bankruptcy looms in Iran
7 Punished for pacifism in Europe
7 Re-introducing Abdelilah Benkirane
7 South Africa’s bitter grapes sweeten
8 Duterte’s bloody war continues in the Philippines
8 Electric cars - the downside
9 Trudeau Trumped in Canada
9 Beware philanthrocapitalism
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.

The Big Story -
African Village

10 Journey’s End
Chris Brazier returns to the village in Burkina Faso that he has visited every 10 years since helping to make a film there in 1985.

13 Map of Sabtenga - plus the facts on 30 years of change in Burkina Faso

14 Then & Now
A photographic account of changes over the years in: housing; water; education; health; sanitation; food and farming; technology; and women.

18 An Audience with the Chief
Former military pilot Francois Mone has taken on the traditional role of Chief. He explains how he is using this to pursue the development of the village.

20 Autumn of the Patriarch
The latest instalment in the lives of Adama, his four co-wives and their 26 children.

22 The Perils of Charity
When rich and poor worlds collide, money is inevitably a problem.

24 Great Expectations
Mariama’s sons are all trying to make their way in the wider world. But how do you explain to Africans that the rich world is now shutting its doors to migrants?

27 Mark Engler
Trump can be beaten because he is the Establishment.
30 Chris Coltrane
My Daily Mail badge of honour.
PLUS Polyp’s Big Bad World cartoon.

Mixed media
31 Best of 2016
32 Film reviews
Cameraperson, directed by Kirsten Johnson; Twentieth Century Women, directed by Mike Mills.
33 Music reviews
Cruel Optimism by Lawrence English; Ensen by Emel.
34 Book reviews
Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra; Ours to Hack and to Own edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider; The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto; Revolution in Rojava by Michael Knapp, Anja Flach and Ercan Ayboga.
PLUS Also out there...

4 Letters
PLUS Open Window, with guest cartoonist Dom Nelson from Australia.
5 Letter from Cochabamba
Amy Booth witnesses the impact of Bolivia’s controversial child-labour law.
28 Country Profile: Nicaragua
36 Worldbeaters: Donald Trump
Ego? Tick. Money? Tick. Power-hungry? Tick. A disaster for the world? Tick.
37 Puzzle Page
PLUS: Marc Roberts’ Only Planet cartoon.
38 And Finally
Saudi women’s rights activist Naseema Assada talks to Lydia Noon about fighting for a better future for the next generation.




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