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Brian Loffler has been a supporter of the New Internationalist magazine since 1981, working on expanding the reach of the New Internationalist's independent journalism and campaigns.

How to subscribe to the magazine – FAQ

Here are some common questions about starting or renewing a New Internationalist magazine subscription.

Q: I don’t have a PayPal account and don’t use credit cards
A: That’s OK.  You can pay by EFT. 

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Fatoumata Diawara on Mali, music and militants

I had a chat with Fatoumata Diawara ahead of her appearance at WOMADelaide 2019.

Brian: First of all, many congratulations on your nomination for this year’s Grammy Awards for your album Fenfo. Will you be attending the Awards Ceremony?

Fatou: Yes, I’m going to go, definitely. Last year it was the Victoires de la Musique in France, so I’m familiar with the significance of the ceremonies.

Brian: Many West African artists we’ve had at WOMADelaide have been in the wall of sound tradition, with horns, electric guitars and kora all competing for attention. But your new album Fenfo is much more spacious and open in style. Is that the style you prefer to use?

Fatoumata Diawara
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New Internationalist Calendars and Diaries available now

If you’ve had some of our beautiful New Internationalist Calendars and Diaries before, you’ll know how striking and colourful they are, presenting a positive world-view.

The 2019 editions are available now. Yes, I know, 2019 sounds a bit alarming when it’s only September. But each year a few people miss out because they don’t order early enough, and I don’t want you to be one of them.

This year ordering is different. We don’t have stock in our office; instead ordering online through Booktopia is best. Click a link below for the items you want:
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Nano Stern on Chilean musical heritage and the revolutionary act of kindness

Ahead of his appearance at WOMADelaide 2018, I spoke with Chilean singer, multi-instrumentalist and song-writer Nano Stern about cultural heritage, his hopes for the future and the incomparable instrument, the human voice.

Brian:  It’s been six years since we last saw you perform at WOMADelaide, and eight years since your Live in Concert album was recorded in Mullumbimby. What are the main changes we can expect at WOMADelaide 2018? Different instruments and band line-up? More influence of rock and jazz or stronger influence of Chilean roots since your return to live in Santiago? Continue reading

Renewable energy: solar thermal power for Port Augusta

For the past five years we’ve been tracking the superb renewable energy activism of the Port Augusta community in South Australia in their quest for a solar thermal power station.

2016 marked the end of six decades of coal-fired power generation at Port Augusta and now we finally have the announcement of a replacement that will provide dispatchable renewable energy, using CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) technology.

It’s quite brave leadership from the South Australian State Government. They’ve had to put up with a year of denigration and ridicule from the Federal Government for an ambitious transition-to-renewables program. But they’ve pushed on relentlessly, culminating in the announcement of the world’s biggest battery storage last month and now the solar with storage plant announced this week.

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