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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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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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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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