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LETTERSReaders’letters should be short, sharp and sent to “ Letters Page” , NEW INTERNATIONALIST, 74A HIGH STREET, WALLINGFORD, BERKS., U.K. Contributions will normally be shortened unless it is stated that a letter must be used in its entirety or not at all. Dear Sir,

I could not help but be impressed by your Tanzania issue. The balance of articles and views was admirable, yet it seemed to me that one of the crucial issues in Third World development was often mentioned though never receiving the ‘in-depth’ discussion I believe it deserves - this is the dilemma presented by the desire for ‘rural socialism’ in many Third World countries, especially Tanzania, and the reality that development does require considerable industrialisation and urbanisation. In order to achieve the freedom from exploitation and economic dependence which President Nyerere desires for his country, this dilemma has to be faced. I hope future issues will emphasize the problem. Brian Sturgess, Magdalen College, Oxford. Dear Sir,

I found the April edition of the New Internationalist, referred to by Kevan Barker and Ron Sanders as ‘heavy’, compulsive reading. It brought home to me with a muchneeded jolt that there was a world of incredible need beyond my own town, my own job and my own problems. I deplore the mentality which has to make a variety show out of everything and cannot bear to treat a serious subject seriously. I agree with the aphorism “i f you do not laugh you surely cry” , but I don’t find my own sense of humour so exhausted that I need to look for light relief in a development magazine. David Donaldson, Swindon. Dear Sir,

I have been reading your magazine from the start. I think it is very valuable and enlightening. One subject I wonder if you might cover more directly is the basic assumption of a movement like Third World First. It is something I am often challenged on when talking to people about the Third World - namely, the serious opinion that these people are evolutionary inferior, unable to help themselves - the proof being their very undeveloped state. I know what I feel about this, but find it hard to answer. An article in the New Internationalist suggesting why we should be concerned, why we should help and be involved, why we are rich and they are poor, would fill an important need I think. Laurie Fentimen, Morpeth, Northumberland.

Dear Sir,

Among the letters in your last issue there was a cry for “a page fo r the lower orders” , If the tone of that letter is any indication of what such a page might contain, I for one will dismiss the New Internationalist as being unworthy of its name and cause. I’m sorry the letter was printed.

Please stay with, and grow in, the task of putting over in truth, with readability, and please with intelligence, the issues of justice and peace, and the people, the ideas, the action in the fight for world development. Jim Howard, Abingdon.

Dear Sir,

At its General Assembly in May, the United Reformed Church underlined its concern for world development in a resolution urging local churches to press for a more imaginative aid programme, to participate fully in the Europe ’73 Programme of the World Development Movement, and to challenge their members to go on giving 1% of annual income for world development, over and above all other giving.

I now have received the third issue of your magazine. It is hardhitting and thought-provoking almost reminiscent of early editions of “ Ramparts”. One thing mars the presentation. Please don’t use up valuable space with trivial letters. Perhaps in their place, readers might submit well researched alternative viewpoints? P. Wightman, Banstead, Surrey. Dear Sir,

Your magazine may be a bit too intellectual for me, but how else am I to learn about Ujamaa, or the feelings of Socialist-thinking people in Tanzania? Jane Fawcus, Edinburgh.

To sustain this concern from year to year the local churches need a regular flow of information about development projects, issues and opportunities. For this purpose we welcome the publication of the New Internationalist and we are commending it to the churches. Already it has provided us with significant articles on Zambia, Tanzania and Bangladesh, and the monthly diary “News of the Third World” is useful in providing speakers with quotable information.

One aspect of our world development programme is the continuing demand for educational material which is produced with some suggestions about how it could be used. Study groups, discussion groups and conferences are always needing material which is written with one eye on how it can be most usefully shared with others. If the New Internationalist could occasionally give space to specific aspects of development with suggestions for study, discussion and activity, then it would prove to be doubly valuable in the fight for world development. Revd John Reardon, BA, United Reformed Church.

Dear Sir,

As a new reader of the New Internationalist I would like to congratulate you upon the excellent quality of the magazine presentation, variety of perspectives on so many issues of vital concern to our understanding of the Third World, the informative nature of so many of the articles and the inspiring nature of the political comment that avoids being overly dogmatic and yet tolerates no equivocation. Liz Nixon, University o f Bristol.

Dear Sir,

Lord Caradon, U.K. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said at the I.P.P.F. 8th International Conference “I f we endeavour to deal with the great world problems o f poverty and hunger and ignorance and disease - and hatred and fear and violence too - without at the same time dealing with the problem o f population we shall fail. ”

I should like to make a plea for a comprehensive approach to these matters, and say rather that if we endeavour to deal with the problems of population without at the same time dealing with the great world problems of poverty and hunger and ignorance and disease, etc. . . . we shall fail.

It is interesting to note therefore that I.P.P.F. expects to spend $7 million next year in its programme to help curb world population growth.

The New Internationalist represents the other aspects of the struggle, and I sincerely hope that those well-meaning contributors to I.P.P.F. funds would see the wisdom of diverting some of their funds to support this aspect of the battle for a better life for the majority of mankind.

It has surely not escaped the attention of thinking people that once the standard of living rises, the need for an intensive population control campaign automatically diminishes. J.M. Dube, Canada.

The New Internationalist has received 60 requests for details of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance in response to the editorial featured in the May 1973 issue. With the co-operation o f the Committee for Freedom in Mozambique, Angola and Guine, information has been supplied to all those who have written in.

The New Internationalist is published monthly by P.A.C. Ltd., from 74A High Street, Wallingford, Berkshire, England. It has the joint backing o f Oxfam, Christian Aid, and Third World First and its aim is to inform and involve as many people as possible in the campaign for world development. The magazine is distributed by R.P.S. Ltd., Victoria Hall, Fingal Street, London, SEI0 ORF. A year’s subscription costs £3.00 post-paid from R.P.S. Ltd., at the above address. International Distributors: Australia: Trade Action Pty. Ltd., 1100 High Street, Armadale, Melbourne, Victoria 3143. New Zealand: Education Office, CORSO, 303 Willis Street, P.O. Box 2500, Wellington. Australian and New Zealand annual subscription price $10.00 including air mail postage. Canada: New Internationalist, Oxfam Canada, P.O. Box 758, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. United States: New World Coalition Room 209, 419 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass. 02116. North American annual subscription price $9.00 including air mail postage. Europe: R.P.S. Ltd., Victoria Hall Fingal Street, London SE10 ORF. Annual subscription rate £4.00 or equivalent. All other countries: Annual subscription rate £4.00 (sea mail) £7.50 (air mail) from R.P.S. Ltd., at the above address. The New Internationalist is produced and sold by Peter Adamson (editor), Lesley Adamson, Anne Carr, Patrick Goymour, Alice Lindsay, Mary Jo Putney (art editor), Dexter Tiranti (marketing), Troth Wells-Cole.

CONTENTS Third World News.............................. 2 The Traffic in Technology - A Re­ port by Philip M axwell.................... 8 Photo-feature: Coping - Richard Greenhill reports on the drought in C h in a ................................................... 12 Essay: The Outlook for the Poor World by Hans Singer. (Courtesy of Challenge Magazine)..................16 Profile: Maths for the Masses by Michael McLean............................... 19 Volunteers: Alan Leather and Sue Bullock reply to last month’s con­ troversial article ............................... 22 The Third World in Paris by Jona­ than Power......................................... 24 Cover photo: A factory in Madras, India. (Central Office o f Informa­ tion) Articles and opinions expressed in the pages o f the New Internationa­ list do not necessarily represent the views o f any o f the sponsoring organisations. Printed by the European Printing Company, London and Bletchley.

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