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October 1979's Issue

Radical’ governments brought to power on the crest of a wave of egalitarian enthusiasm often find that all they have to redistribute is poverty. So where is development’s brighter side? This issue of New Internationalist focuses on attempts by ordinary people, by the poor and the not-so-poor, to change the structure of the world around them. There is no status quo that people cannot change when it ceases to serve their interests.

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Successful Developments in the Third World - The Facts

A survey of the substantial progress by the Third World in the education, the health and the life expectancy of its people.

Small, gifted... and they work

Some of developments most encouraging success stories are relatively small-scale. But they succeed because they involve people and because they are highly practical. MARCUS THOMPSON looks at a project in India and MAGGIE BLACK visits one in Kenya.

The Search for Success

Is there any such thing as successful development, and who should define it? MAGGIE BLACK describes the search, details some of the obstacles and comes through breathless but optimistic.

Development's brighter side

As never before, 800 million people today have nothing to lose but their chains and a world to win.

All change: two successful revolutions

This year two apparently firmly-rooted dictatorships has been overthrown by popular movements, one in Iran, the other in Nicaragua. Reports on: THE SANDINISTAS by EDUARDO CRAWLEY and IRAN by VAHE PETROSSIAN

famille et developpement - real people, real information

STEWART McBRIDE reports on FAMILLE ET DEVEL­OPPEMENT, a new magazine backed by the Canadian International Development Research Centre.

RIUS: Method in his madness

‘I want to read and write,’ a Brazilian peasant once said, so that I can stop being the shadow of other people.’ Communication is essential to self-education and self-reliance. PETER STALKER profiles RIUS, a radical Mexican cartoonist.

Whose World is the World?

A poster set, published by Poster-Film Collective

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Up With People

by Alf McCreary

Oil and World Power

by Peter R. Odell

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Canadians for Nicaragua

by Roger Rolfe

Student Unrest

by Dexter Tiranti

Plain tales of development

Success, like beauty is in eyes of the beholder. Three very different countries who can claim some measure of success are looked at by three very different correspondents: LAOS by a special correspon­dent, CUBA by RONALD BUCHANAN, TAIWAN by RICHARD HANSON

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World Fiction Special

World Fiction

Fiction has entered a new era. Writers of novels and short stories are no longer writing only for their own nation or even for readers speaking their own language but are breaking national boundaries and reaching a worldwide audience. In the process authors from Africa, Asia and Latin America are winning greater prominence – and a new phenomenon identified as ‘world writing’ has emerged.

This issue of New Internationalist not only analyses these developments but also showcases four exquisite short stories as examples: ‘Fat’ by Krys Lee from South Korea; ‘In The Garden’ by FT Kola from South Africa; ‘Ghosts’ by the Cuban-American Ana Menéndez; and ‘The Lake Retba Murder’ by Efemia Chela from Zambia and Ghana.


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Trade unions

A relic of a bygone era – or a billion-strong social movement fighting for workers’ rights everywhere? The reality of trade unionism today falls somewhere in between. In the Western world, union-busting laws, globalization and internal conflicts have left many trade unions reeling. In some countries of the Global South, trade unionists face discrimination, danger and even death. Meanwhile, workers’ rights are being sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed gone mad: zero-contract hours, sub-contracting, privatization, outsourcing and special economic zones are all part of a ‘race to the bottom’ being run by transnationals concerned only about their profits.
Yet all is not lost. From Colombia to China, Bangladesh to Barcelona, workers are still fighting for their rights – and, sometimes, winning. This issue, New Internationalist looks at the state of the unions, how they need to adapt to the new reality for workers in the 21st century, and why they are more important than ever.

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