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CONTENTS

THE BIG STORY

THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS

/A L A M Y

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15 Whodunnit?

Nick Dowson asks where the global inflation crisis has come from and sketches some people-first solutions.

19 THE FACTS

23 Lessons in resistance: De-privatizing the rain

24 Structural adjustment 2.0

A debt crisis is sweeping the globe and Zambia is among the hardest hit. But is the IMF’s austerity prescription the medicine it needs? Zanji Valerie Sinkala reports.

28 Wealth safari

Prices getting you down? Spare a thought for the rich, says Vanessa Baird – those booming profits won’t count themselves.

30 On borrowed rice

Alessio Perrone speaks to Sierra Leoneans struggling to make ends meet amid soaring food costs.

31 Lessons in resistance: The farmers rise

32 Busted: 3 myths about inflation

34 Lessons in resistance: Debtors unite

35 Pushing against the perfect storm

The cost of living and climate crises are deeply entwined. Marianne Brooker looks at the fossil fuel curse and ways to put out the fire.

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CURRENTS

Stories making the news  8 Iran’s revolution song Plus: Borderlines   9 Introducing: Georgia Meloni Plus: Seriously? 10 Mexico’s thwarted pipeline The West Bank’s ‘deadliest year’ Plus: Inequality Watch Plus: Sign of the Times 11 Joy and trepidation in Brazil 12 Colombia’s historic pact Plus: Open Window 13 Acid attack survivors claim their space in India Plus: Reasons to be cheerful

REGULARS   6 Letters

Plus: Why I…   7 Letter from Shapajilla

Stephanie Boyd begins her series from Peru with a dramatic new arrival.

40 Country Profile: South Korea

42 Cartoon History – Pepsi Number Fever

Jack Dunleavy and Lawrence Dodgson tell the story of the soda giant’s botched campaign in the Philippines.

46 The Debate

Is it morally right to send weapons into a conflict? Symon Hill and Archie Woodrow get to grips with a thorny and salient question.

49 Southern Exposure

Photographer Ayesha Vellani’s otherworldly shot of Karachi’s modernist National Mausoleum.

50 Temperature Check

Danny Chivers shares some good news for the climate.

52 The Interview

Human rights activist Muhanned Qafesha speaks to Frances Leach about growing up under Israel’s occupation in Hebron, Palestine.

72 Hall of Infamy – Bongbong Marcos

Like father, like son? The new Filipino president is the product of his parents’ politics – and the centre-left’s failure.

80 The Puzzler

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