Friday, June 12, 2009

Tonight's the night. The award winning Ashfield Youth Theatre has partnered with Strathfield Council to present the Theatre of the Absurd classic “Rhinoceros” by Eugene Ionesco. The play will be performed at Strathfield Town Hall from June 11-13 and involves a cast of thirteen young people who reside in the inner-west of Sydney. Rhinoceros - Gabbie the leading lady - The cast Art Imitates Life; The new age on MySpace; Promotion

Only in the age of age is Story of Cold River possible …

Havel calls for solidarity with those living in non-freedom … The countries that experienced totalitarian regimes must show solidarity with those who live in totalitarian or authoritative states, former Czechoslovak and Czech president Vaclav Havel said at celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism in Poland. In a move that surprised many, former Czech President Václav Havel gave his backing to the Czech Green Party led by Martin Bursík. Havel in 2009
Charter 08 was consciously modelled on Charter 77, the Czech call for freedom and human rights drawn up by playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel in 1977 Charter 08

The course of true anything never does run smooth 'High Noon' for Freedom
Communism began to collapse in Europe on the same day democracy was crushed at Tiananmen.

By the end of 1991, the Soviet Union had expired and the Cold War was over. The story of communism's collapse, which began in full the same day Tiananmen's A look back at the world-changing events of June 1989When the celebrations marking the anniversary of the June 4, 1989 Polish parliamentary election are held in Krakow this month, political distractions should not obscure the fact that ending communist control in a European country for the first time since the end of the Second World War was an unprecedented achievement. It opened the door for the rest of the Soviet Bloc. The end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the “reunification of Europe" would all have been unthinkable without the momentous Polish election. Poland has good reason to be proud as it may be the only economy in the region not to shrink this year

20 Years On ; [ANYONE WHO doubts the power of the ballot box has forgotten June 4th, 1989, in Poland. Though the Berlin Wall would stand for another five months, this day 20 years ago was when Poland’s communist leadership experienced its high noon.Poland; More links]
• · Former president and Solidarity founder Lech Wałęsa is to receive the highest distinction granted by the authorities of Berlin Lech over Loch; About 150,000 people gathered in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, but Beijing was locked down as police and security agents swarmed through the stree Square
• · The U.S. government says it's lost - yes, lost - an entire hard drive full of sensitive data. The external drive, stored at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, held personal data from the Clinton era. Here are [ComputerWorld's] top four government data blunders of recent months, starting with this week's National Archives revelation Lost hard drive and other government data blunders ; Senator the Hon John Faulkner, media release, 6 May 2009. At the launch of a new Ethics Advisory Service, the Minister acknowledged that work in the Public Service is increasingly more complex and demands a high level of ethical awareness. 'The Ethics Advisory Service will provide a new capability that agencies and their employees can draw on to support ethical decision making.". The Minister said that the Ethics Advisory Service does not have a problem-solving or counselling role Faulkner; Launch of the Ethics Advisory Service
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• · · · · · Journalism students at the University of Technology have had their right to free speech curtailed again, as attempts to distribute their independent literary supplement at the Herald-partnered Sydney Writers' Festival ended with threats of arrest and litter infringement notices. Despite her slight build, festival director Wendy Were is beginning to look a lot like copy-vetting coup leader Frank Bainimarama. "I have got no issue with the Sydney Writers' Festival, other than the fact they need to support free speech," said Professor Wendy Bacon ; The tale of the writers' festival gagging its critics was intriguing from the start, but presuming my colleagues would be all over it, I stayed away. Only when I was invited to join a "criticism" panel did I peer more closely. Since 2004, UTS journalism students have, for the few days the festival, produced a free daily, Festival News. Last year, the festival confiscated the first issue, declaring itself unhappy with both the students' behaviour and the content of their organ which was, the director, Wendy Were, wrote, "riddled with disparaging content about the festival and its supporters". In particular, the festival rejected a report that the arts minister, Frank Sartor, had been "booed" (the current online wording is "greeted with grudging applause") in presenting the Premier's Literary Award. There was passing mention of Morris Iemma's conspicuous absence and some gently gleeful discussion of Macquarie banker Bob Carr's declaration he didn't read Australian books. Pretty mild stuff. Refreshing, compared with the usual pap, if perhaps a little undergrad. Given that both Arts NSW and Macquarie Bank are major funders, it makes you wonder. Was the festival just another "be nice to sponsors" week? This year, it happened again; students and others had their paper impounded and their persons allegedly threatened with arrest. Excuse me, what? Are we suddenly transported to Burma? The festival's droll manager, Ben Strout, may argue "free voices does not mean freedom to blurt … whatever … wherever". The Walsh Bay precinct manager, Luke Mead, who apparently gave the order, may yell down the phone at any who ask that "it's private property and we'll stop people handing out papers if we want to". But in truth, they're both wrong. Free speech does mean pretty much whatever, wherever, and the festival wharf - unlike much of Walsh Bay - is still public domain. Read all about it: to hell with free speech and long live the sponsors