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Cover for November 1980 - Issue 093

November 1980's Issue

Power rarely spreads itself around. This issue of NI considers the impact of the few who rule so many.

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Featured in issue 093

The Nature of Mass Poverty

by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Chosen Few

Power rarely spreads itself around. Issue editor Bob Hawkins considers the impact of the few who rule so many.

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Whirlwind Before the Storm

by Alan Brooks and Jeremy Brickhill

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The Matthew Effect

Robin Arnold explains how what goes down comes back up.

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Packaged poverty

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Something sacred

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Trickle down - a sticky business

Peter Adamson examines the Old and New Testaments of world development.

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No Harvest Festival

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The Great American Myth

Americans who think they live in a classless society are kidding themselves, argues Richard Kazis.

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After the alien exploiters...

Ashok Mitra fires a salvo at the Third World’s own brand of exploiters.

Lords of the fields

Betsy Hartmann examines rural elitism in northwest Bangladesh.

Smooth-talking Generals

Latin American dictators and Thomas Hobbes had much in common, suggests Peter Woodruff.

In pursuit of the Good Life

Jakarta, city for the few reports Sue Abeyasekere.

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Ferdinand knows best

Denis Shoesmith says the 1980s are going to be dangerous years in the Philippines.

Views From Below

Words of the Brazilian poor prove the hollowness of elitist claims about the ‘stupidity of the masses’. From Mary Ireland interviews.

My Dear Friend

Dudley Seers shows us a letter from a development freeloader.

Homage to Catalonia

…being the book that glimpsed an egalitarian society during the Spanish Civil War.

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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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