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Cover for October 1980 - Issue 092 - Taken for a ride - How transport leaves the poor behind

October 1980's Issue

Issue editor Dexter Tiranti looks at the contradiction between public need and private greed when travelling from A to B.

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Snail Fever

Bilharzia, or ‘snail fever’ is one of the infamous diseases of the tropics, affecting roughly 250 million people from China and the Philippines to Africa, the Middle East, Brazil and the Caribbean.

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Prize-winning anniversary

No-one will ever buy a magazine on world poverty’. So said the sceptics when New Internationalist was launched - 10 years ago this month.

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Taken for a Ride

Issue editor Dexter Tiranti looks at the contradiction between public need and private greed when travelling from A to B.

Breast is Best

At no time in history has such a rapid change in human behaviour been recorded as is the case with the recent decline in breast feeding in developing countries’ argues Dr. G.J. Ebrahim

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Chinese Puzzle

No-one here seems to know or care what it will be like to live in a society without brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles or cousins.

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French Aggro

For more than 73 years the Melanesian people of the group of Pacific islands known as the New Hebrides lived under a shared and shoddy Anglo-French rule.

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African Routes

Does Africa’s transport future lie with the motor vehicle? Maggie Black argues for the combustion engine.

Bankrupt Development

The Inter­national Monetary Fund, shy twin­brother of the World Bank and godfather to three generations of subservient Finance Ministers is being challenged to come clean or get out.

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The Flash and Curse of Manila Traffic

A Filipino jeepney driver talks about his life to Ruth Seitz.

From Nothing to Nowhere - The Transamazonian Highway

One of Brazil’s biggest development projects of the 1970s, Sue Branford examines the highway’s progress.

Shipping Costs!

Ernest Ostro looks at the world of maritime freight from the viewpoint of Third World exporters.

The Battle of Alexandra Parade

Freeway development resistance in Melbourne. By Bob Hawkins.

One Road for the Rich

Michael Hamer attacks motorway construction programmes which hit the already disadvantaged.

The Age of the Automobile

Illustrated poster by Ronald Cobb.

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Pedalling in Penang

Trishaw, drivers threatened by city planners. Peter Rimmer reports.

A Bicycle made for you

Ian Barwell outlines the case for bikes to be brought into the mainstream of traffic thinking.

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To Fetch and Carry

Third World transport planners have often been distracted by the Western world’s love affair with the car. John Howe explains.

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New Internationalist is all about people who are trying to make the world a better place. And if there is one quality that can spark change, it’s courage. So for the 500th issue of the magazine, we investigate this under-examined topic, asking: what is courage and what makes some people so brave? To help us understand, six exceptionally valiant individuals from around the world – several of whom are risking life and limb to do the right thing – tell their startling stories. Dare to be inspired.


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In the January-February 2017 issue of New Internationalist Chris Brazier completes a unique journalistic project by returning to the village in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, that he first visited in 1985 while making a film.

He visited in 1995 and 2005 to report on changes in the lives of individuals and on the progress of development in the community. The previous magazines have offered an intriguing insight into the lives of people battling against poverty and have reported on substantial positive changes in the life of the community – from the opening of a health centre and a primary school in the village to the first appearance of mobile phones.

Have the past 11 years of change brought further progress? And are the individuals that we have tracked over the three decades still healthy and happy?

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