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The New Internationalist timeline is a documentary of 40 years of social justice journalism. Take August 1st 1983 “6 rules for real aid” which calls for reform of the aid machine. Sadly little has changed except the aid machine has grown into a huge industry and network profit machines.
Despite three decades of official development aid, by 1983 800 million people in the Majority World were still living in absolute poverty. The magazine presented a humorous dialogue between the editor and a sceptical reader as Glen Williams set the scene for Harry Hapgood, a fictitious aid official who proposed a root-and-branch reform of the aid machine and six rules for real aid:
Another interesting piece published in 2000 “Out South: Sexual Minorities in the Majority World” and a call for ‘basic human rights’ which reminds us that despite changes in legal status, discrimination and acts of violence against LGBTIQ persons continues across the globe.
Soaps and tolerance
It’s easy, if you live in a relatively tolerant environment, to be unaware of the scale and extent of discrimination against sexual minorities.
Recent decades have seen a growing social acceptance of same-sex relationships between consenting adults. Lesbian and gay culture has, we are told, ‘entered the mainstream’. What soap opera or TV sit-com – those barometers of ‘ordinary life’ and contemporary mores – is complete without its lesbian or gay character or ‘event’ today? Transgender issues too have found their way into Brazilian tele-novelas.
In the Netherlands gay people ‘marrying’ or having their partnerships legally recognized is no longer news. ‘Out’ lesbian and gay politicians are more common too, be they in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, Australia or Britain. Transgender people are fighting and winning cases to keep their jobs during and after sex-change treatment. And more lesbians and gay men are becoming parents. Things appear to be heading in the direction of tolerance and equality.
Then something happens to shatter that appearance. For me – as for many other gay people living in Britain – it was the bombing of a packed gay pub, the Admiral Duncan, in London’s Soho in April 1999. Three people were killed, scores were left with horrific injuries
Clicking on the timeline links will take you to the article headlined!