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Cover for June 1980 - Issue 088 - The rich, the poor and the pregnant

June 1980's Issue

On this day, 300,000 women had a baby, and 120,000 had an abortion. What such figures add up to is the need for family planning to be made available to all who want it - not to reduce the numbers of the poor, but to give them more control over their own health and their own lives. We look at the intricate links between poverty and family planning.

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Featured in issue 088

The Rich, the Poor and the Pregnant

Issue editor Peter Adamson on why the value of the condom, loop and pill rests not in reducing the quantity of people but in improving the quality of their lives.

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War Boom

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Staying in the Race

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Birth Rights

Bob Hawkins reports from Singapore - where sterilisation laws sail close to compulsion.

Silkworms and Socialism

Wayne Ellwood looks at the Cuban exodus from the point of view of those who stayed behind.

Sex and the Third World Woman

Report by Debbie Taylor.

The Great Birth Gamble

Nearly a million women became pregnant today. What happens to them:-

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Half the World in Cities

J.B. D’Souza puts forward his plans for making big cities fit to live in.

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A Beam in the Eye

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The Aspiration Bomb

Anuradha Vittachi on why the consumption explosion makes a bigger bang than the ‘population bomb’.

A Tale of Three Villages

Three villages, three different views on family planning.

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The Cradle and the Grave - The Facts

A global look at life expectancy and what influences people’s chance of survival.

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The Fate of Rukmini Prasad

During Indira Gandhi’s ‘Emergency Rule’, Rukmini Prasad was sterilised against her will. Four years later, she gives this interview to the New Internationalist.

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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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