Magazine article New Internationalist

44 Years Ago

Magazine article New Internationalist

44 Years Ago

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".The very first issue of New Internationalist hit the news-stands, with a front cover trailing an exclusive six-page interview with Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda. The intent of the magazine to mark out completely different ground was evident from the outset, not least in the preponderance of voices from other continents. A further six pages were devoted to the life and views of a remarkable headteacher from Ethiopia; another three paid tribute to the brilliant Indian cartoonist RK Laxman.

The magazine's first editorial was headed 'The Second Front' and founding editor Peter Adamson explained what was meant by that:

'There are 1,500 million people on the planet without enough of the right kind of food to eat, or safe water to drink, or basic medical care. And this situation is getting worse... [If the war on poverty] is to be won, a second front must be opened - in the rich world(TM) The New Internationalist arises from and in response to this growing movement(TM) It will report on the people, the ideas and the action in the fight for world development; it will give a platform to the new social and political ideas from Africa, Asia and Latin America; it will debate and campaign for the great changes which are necessary to bring justice and help to the world's poor. …

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