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Issue 5/ Winter 2024

The fifth print edition features diverse stories that collectively explore the clash between tradition and modernity, the ways people navigate war and displacement, and the relentless pursuit of dignity and justice. The essays delve into complex issues, including the environmental debate over Cop City in Atlanta and the quest for lithium in the Democratic Republic of Congo, indigenous ways of life in Australia’s Northern Territory and the personal journey of a Han Chinese who embraced Islam. The issue also includes an in-depth investigation into the civilian cost of the Boko Haram war, reflections on the Israel-Gaza conflict, and coverage of urgent global issues from the Baltic Sea to South Sudan, the Republic of Korea, Greece, and India. These essays offer a glimpse into the intricate mosaic of our global community, shedding light on the lives that shape our world.

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In Georgia, a Standoff Between Leftists and Authorities

A solemn crowd gathered as daylight faded — a mix of anarchists, prison abolitionists, anti-fascists and environmentalists. They had been trying to stop construction of a police training facility known as Cop City, but the bloodshed seemed to be changing the movement into something broader and more unpredictable.

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Indian Farmers Fight for Justice Against the Odds

When Indian media highlights a miscarriage of justice, it is often a high-profile case in a metropolis. Countless farmers across India, who are the backbone of the country’s rural economy, live on the peripheries. If they become embroiled in legal battles, they spend their lives dealing with the broken judicial system.

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Israelis Now Face the Consequences of a Long Occupation

Israelis were simultaneously building the infrastructure that reflected the prosperity and worldliness of the country’s tech-driven economy and deeply anxious about its uncertain future.

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Memory Voids and Role Reversals

The Western world’s bloodlust drove Jews, present in Europe for centuries, to seek safety, away from the antisemitism that it seemed no amount of assimilation could undo. And the Western world’s hypocrisy now sustains violence that threatens to unravel the entire Middle East into chaos, with global effects.

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The Dirty Business of Green Energy in Congo 

Global demand for lithium has been soaring. Yet a monthslong New Lines investigation has revealed a deep disconnect between the bright electric future publicized by some mining companies and the reality of life in a town that supplies the metals that this new future relies upon.

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War and Peace in South Sudan

Today, South Sudan has its place on the world map, but it is not meaningfully sovereign. While the civil war has formally ended, it continues to manifest itself violently at the local level across the country, serving as a stark lesson for the “international community” that peace and security do not magically appear just because the big men in the capital have shaken hands.

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The Twilight of Poland’s Coastal Fishers

The decline of Poland’s coastal fisheries is a scientific mystery, with as many shades of gray as the Baltic Sea on a cloudy morning. The list of possible culprits includes Brussels, industrial trawlers and environmental degradation, but also conservationists, the gray seal and a type of parasitic roundworm.

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Investigation: Nigeria’s War With Boko Haram May Have Killed Thousands of Innocent People

Since the Boko Haram insurgency erupted in Nigeria’s northeast in the early 2010s, thousands of people have gone missing. A New Lines/HumAngle investigation has revealed that the Nigerian state — and the military in particular — has helped to drive this crisis, through extrajudicial killings, mass burials and a deliberate cover-up.

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