The Big Story: Public ownership
10 The case for public ownership
After decades of neglect, the mood is turning.
Dinyar Godrej on the fightback against privatization.
14 Unhappy 70th birthday NHS?
Britain’s beacon of medical provision is being hollowed out
by privatization, says Youssef El-Gingihy.
16 The efficiency myth
Nick Dowson dismantles the notion that the private sector
does things better.
18 The people strike back
Communities across the world taking back control of services
20 An end to Jakarta’s water woes?
A civil society lawsuit has ended the city’s water sell-off. But
the fight isn’t over. Febriana Firdaus reports.
22 The almighty investor
Lavinia Steinfort on the insidious ‘investor protection
mechanisms’ that stack the odds in favour of corporations
and against the public interest.
24 Reclaiming the city
In the Barcelona area, local governments and citizens are
transforming municipal politics, finds Luke Stobart.
Stories making the news this month
6 Post-election violence in Honduras
6 Chinese pollution on Gambian coast
7 Sanctuary boroughs in London
7 Introducing… Cyril Ramaphosa
7 Boycott Turkish holidays, say Kurds
8 The politics of grazing in Cameroon
8 Life after the Nauru detention centre
9 Stop the Balkans dams craze
9 Frida Kahlo’s problematic doll
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone and
Reasons to be Cheerful.
28 This land is my land
Ian Neubauer reports from the island of Bougainville, where
eco-rebels chased away a mining company 30 years ago.
With the company planning its return, trouble is brewing.
34 Film reviews
The Beast, directed and written by Michael Pearce;
The Wound (Inxeba), directed and co-written by John Trengove.
35 Music reviews
Visit Malphino by Malphino; Universalists by Yonatan Gat.
36 Book reviews
Two Sisters by Asne Seierstad; A Moonless, Starless Sky
by Alexis Okeowo; Brother in Ice by Alicia Kopf, translated
by Mara Faye Lethem.
37 Graphic novel reviews
My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame; What does
consent really mean? by Pete Wallis and Thalia Wallis,
illustrated by Joseph Wilkins.
PLUS: Also out there…
PLUS: Open Window, with guest cartoonist Hossien Rezaye from Afghanistan.
5 Letter from Maraba
Dan Baron Cohen writes from the Brazilian community of Maraba
where regional violence is being mirrored by Mother Nature.
26 Country Profile: Lebanon
38 And Finally
She’s survived cancer, two heart attacks and even fractured a few ribs on stage.
Tobago’s music legend Calypso Rose talks gender equality and her 60-year career
with Sian Griffiths.
39 Puzzle page
PLUS: Marc Roberts’ Only Planet cartoon.