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Spoiled brats, Chinese-style

For centuries the Chinese, by and large, have had large and disciplined families. In the interests of holding down its huge population, the government provides incentives for one-child families. The result a well-known Western phenomenon spoiled kids. The Academy of Social Sciences, reports the Washington Post, is studying how to counteract what could be the profoundly negative consequences of only children who grow up to consider "me first"’.

From World Development Forum, Vol. 1, No. 11

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Mutiny in the ranks

The nuclear disarmament movement within the US Air Force is gaining ground. Three USAF members are seeking discharge on grounds of conscientious objection, because of their objections to nuclear war preparations. The cases of Martin Nichols. Steven Moctezuma and Tricia Critchfield could set legal precedents.

From War International Newsletter, No. 193

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Tsetse blues

Another use for old blue jeans’? An entomologist has invented a new trap for the tsetse fly which consists of a simple plastic cone with strips of blue cloth hanging from them. Apparently. tsetse flies have a weakness for blue.

The insects are attracted to the strips, impregnated with insecticide and fluttering in the wind. Trials in the Ivory Coast and Upper Volta show that the traps can reduce the tsetse population by seven per cent a day, and within a few months by 99.9 per cent.

The traps have reduced the need for the ‘scorched earth’ policy that required cutting trees and bushes to prevent the fly from breeding in the foliage. And their use does not have the ecological side-effects associated with continuous and widespread chemical spraying.

From UN Development Forum

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Tribute to Dudley Seers

With Dudley Seer’s death the ‘development lobby’ in the United Kingdom is deprived of one of its intellectual leaders and one of its most active spokesmen. He has been well described as a ‘practical visionary’: he had a knack of getting his ideas and visions translated into practice. The creation of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, of which he was a real founder, is only one example of this capacity.

He was an incredibly active man whose interests spanned many fields. His outgoing personality assured him a central place in any conference or group. In the last years of his life he had been afflicted by bad health but did not let this interfere with his active life and travels across the world. He died in Washington where he was to edit for the World Bank a series of seminars, delivered by a number of development pioneers . He had just arrived there from Fiji, where he had collaborated in one of the ILO employment missions (of which he had previously been a leader in Colombia and Sri Lanka); from Washington he was due to proceed to Shanghai to participate in a conference on Chinese-European relations-some slight indication of the range of his interests and the causes close to his heart.

From Professor Hans Singer, ID 5

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Endquote

‘The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.’

Karl Marx

 

ON CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE:
‘An unjust law is no law at all.’

St Augustine

 

‘The greater part of what my neighbours call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I regret anything it is very likely to be my good behaviour. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?’

Thoreau, on his death bed


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