Barry Healy

PERTH — The Sun Fair, an annual sustainability festival and information exchange, has been hit with a huge budget blow from the WA state government. The fair, which attracted 15,000 people last year and expects 17,000 on March 28, has been denied funding by the WA Office of Energy (OOE).
Lenin Rediscovered: What Is To Be Done? In ContextBy Lars T. Lih, Haymarket Books, Chicago 2008840 pp., $89:95 pb.
In February 1965, John Coltrane released A Love Supreme, still regarded as a jazz landmark. It broke all contemporary sales records and opened a door to a new musical era still echoing today
The Native Title Market By David Ritter UWA Publishing, 2009 120 pages, $19.95
McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907-17McArt Gallery of Western AustraliaUntil March 29
Elvis Presley, born 75 years ago on January 8, 1935, grew to be more than a human being: he was the “king of rock and roll” and, magnified by a multi-million dollar publicity apparatus, reflected something of the US cultural psyche.
Ken Colbung, a long-time leader in the Western Australian Aboriginal community, died on January 12 after a short illness, aged 78.
At Christmas time, 1989, Leonard Bernstein conducted a version of Beethoven’s 9th symphony in Berlin in which he changed one word in the well-known Ode to Joy in the fourth movement. "Freiheit" ("Freedom") replaced "Freude" ("Joy"), to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall that had occurred weeks previously
A study by US researchers has shown that climate change has been a major driver of armed conflict in Africa. It said conflict was about 50% more likely in unusually warm years.
Seventy years ago in New York City, a combination of outraged political radicalism and artistic grandeur derived from wounded humanity produced a song that struck to the heart of racism in the US.
Thirty-six artworks based on "A Certain Maritime Incident — the Sinking of the SIEVX" By Nathalie Haymann Kidogo Arthouse, Fishermans' Harbour (off Mews Road), Fremantle, WA Until November 24, 10 am - 4 pm
At about 2am on November 16, 1989, Salvadoran soldiers burst into the home of six Jesuit priests teaching at the University of Central America. They proceeded to slaughter them.
The system for delivering US aid to help starving African countries, especially Ethiopia, helps contribute to hunger, said an October 22 Oxfam report. US policies ensure the amount spent delivering food aid is double the amount spent on food.
Capitalism: A Love StoryWritten, directed & produced by Michael MooreIn cinemas November 5

In Hitler's Priests, Kevin Spicer meticulously shows at least 180 Catholic priests actively supported the Nazis, including spying on other clergymen for the fascists. Beyond them, there was a vast network of sympathetic priests and bishops who quietly supported the Reich.

Battlelines By Tony Abbott Melbourne University Press, 2009 $34.99, 187 pages


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