The latest issue of The World Today explores the impact of digital culture on political engagement, in an era when new ideas take off globally. It reveals the working methods and personalities behind web-based campaign groups such as Avaaz and MoveOn that are blurring the old distinctions between Left and Right, and assesses how governments will cope with an increasingly angry and volatile public opinion.

The magazine also focuses on Iran and the threats of a pre-emptive strike against it. Nuclear ex pert Patricia Lewis argues that Iranian public opinion is turning against the government’s nuclear policies, and may hold the key to avoiding war. 

Shappi Khorsandi, the comedian whose family was forced to leave Iran, investigates the growing army of female ninjas, women who are learning martial arts because they don’t feel protected by the police or the State. 

Looking east, Kerry Brown provides a guide to China’s leadership transition, while Dr Xinghai Fang, who runs the Shanghai Office of Financial Services, offers some simple advice on how the West can compete with the rising powers: work harder, save more, and educate your children better.   

Regular features include a Ten-Minute interview with the founder of the Swedish Pirate party Rick Falkvinge and former ambassador Richard Dalton’s Iran reading list. We also reveal five of the best - and worst - countries to be a woman.

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