Surely development is not about a 'higher standard of living' for the rich but about justice for the poor.
John de Waal
Not all bad
With many international conferences due to take place in the next few months I believe that the time is very opportune to initiate more study on the implications of regional development. My fear is that your articles on Brandt may tend to discourage support for the Report.
But the hard-faced old man at the White House turns a deaf ear to even this selfish appeal for more aid. Instead, just before the Mexico summit, he lectures the developing countries, saying that economic freedom and not massive transfers of wealth from the industrialised countries offers the best answer to their deep-seated problems.
To help themselves they should 'improve the climate for private investment'. I sometimes wonder whether Reagan is not a secret Russian stooge. If he were he couldn't be doing more than he is doing to hasten the collapse of the 'free world' and a communist takeover.
Develop and divide
The day that the magazine arrived CBC radio carried a report, on the eve of the Mexico summit, to the effect that the US government was to implement a plan for development in ten developing nations based on 'private sector', 'free enterprise' development tactics, to 'show how it can be done'. I do not recall the whole list, but it included Costa Rica, Jamaica, Indonesia, Kenya.
The fascinating thing is that this list does not include a single one of the 31 countries in your Update column. Is this a strategy of triage?
Categories of killing
With few exceptions, Catholics shunned and reviled the anti-nuclear movement, so it is with some surprise, and not a little cynicism, that I listen today to the protestations on behalf of human life that are coming from that source.
Nowadays I have decided to treat with contempt passionate pleas against abortion except from Church members who are also very active in the anti-nuclear movement I turn my head away from and close my ears to those who use Jesuitical arguments in favour of this or that category of killings. They have been hypocritical for too long.
Terminating the debate
There are three main points:
With these points in mind, abortion is seen for what it really is: a last resort for a desperate woman who cannot provide for her baby. And as such, making abortion safe and available becomes a priority.
Dioxin on trial
I quoted your statement to the Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs who advised me that between two and three per cent of all children are deformed at birth.
He stated that an epidemiological survey is being conducted by the Commonwealth Institute of Health and one of its aims is to ascertain whether the children of Vietnam War veterans run a greater risk of deformity than the national average.
He said: 'Should an increased risk be found a range of matters will be considered in the context of determining the possible causes, including the matter of VD.'
In the light of this advice your statement appears to be rather exaggerated.
I share the author's doubts as to whether a 'strong social conscience' can operate 'without political bias' but that does not mean that I agree with all the actions of the WCC.
You can be committed to grass roots development without being committed to violent means of attaining it. I'm sure many Christian pacifists were worried about the WCC's support of the Patriotic Front in Zimbabwe for that reason.
Ian S. Henderson
Enter stage left
Here in Papua New Guinea the Dua Dua Theatre of Lae, formed from a group of unemployed school leavers, is touring schools, villages and health centres with vernacular plays about nutrition, hygiene and accident prevention.
Using the simplest open-air staging (any grassy open space) with actors themselves representing trees, cars, furniture, etc., Dua Dua Theatre has had considerable impact on local communities.
Peter Poore and Tracey Lloyd