Thursday, May 12, 2005

Every generation needs a new revolution.
- Thomas Jefferson

Sabotage is often the tactic and revolution the goal. Radical civil disobedience isn’t extra-legal, but illegal, and involves more, much more, than breaking one law to promote another. Strange times make Havel’s theatre of the absurd and fatalism very attractive. I know it's cliché to say there are two sides to every story, but it's true. One thing you learn pretty quickly is that when it comes to some sources in the mainstream media, you can bet you're only getting one side of the story - the side they want you to get. Perhaps the greatest strength of the blogosphere is that it allows readers access to the OTHER side of a story. But even outside the mainstream there are two sides to every story. I survived the East European River, but my OTHER two mates drowned and/or were shot dead as it was alleged at the memorial service: Memories of Cold Other Side: Milan and Ondrej

Art of Living & Literature Across Frontiers: The Politics of Memory: Entrenched Loyalties
From Eurozine, rifts could be avoided by a version of European history that included both western and eastern experiences. In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. Baby It’s Cold Outside

West German foreign policy after 1945 was reconciliatory but conducted over the heads of the eastern European populations who had suffered most during the war. Now, Germany can be said to have atoned for its wartime misdemeanours; yet, in the European political climate post-May 2004, eastern European experiences of subjugation are often glossed over. France's criticism of Poland's involvement in the occupation of Iraq as knee-jerk pro-Americanism overlooked alliances formed during the Cold War

The Power of Nightmares: Balancing the books [Over the last twenty or twenty-five years, every country, every social, ethnic or family group, has undergone a profound change in the relationship it traditionally enjoyed with the past. Pierre Nora looks at where this "memorialism" came from and why. Reasons for the current upsurge in memory ; In a searing new book, Soviet veterans challenge the official mythology of World War II Ready to dare: Uncensored Memories ]
• · Thank you Minister Books Alive success to continue ; The Government will extend the pilot Film Licensed Investment Company (FLIC) scheme for two years Delivering a World Class Film Industry
• · · Blog on a bookshelf ; Keyboard
• · · · New Hampshire Union Leader: Nobody loves me but my mother, B.B. King sang Thanks, Mom: For All The Sacrifices You Make ; Soup of Networking ; Thousands more Aussies will be able to get working visas for the US Uncle Sam wants you
• · · · · Film financing is a black art ; There needs to be a better system for financing local movies, writes Bill Bennett Earth calling film backers: get real
• · · · · · Joi Ito: I think it was a bold move to make Hitler seem human. He reminded me of some people I know. I think it's important to remember that Hitler was human and that we always need to be aware of the risk allowing anyone to have so much power. A "must see" movie The Downfall ; Two young people are drinking on a rooftop overlooking Berlin, talking in the cool night air about revolution. The setting of Berlin always evokes history The Edukators