Ten Canoes — Award winning film of an Indigenous story directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr. SBS, Saturday, January 26, 9.30pm. Difference of Opinion: What Do We Do When the Oil Runs Out? — Discussion of how to fulfil our future energy needs. ABC, Sunday, January 27, 9am. Political Assassinations: Ghandi — Gandhi was a prominent civil rights leader during the Indian independence movement. SBS, Sunday, January 27, 11am. Cutting Edge: Energy War — Describes the geopolitical consequences of the dependency on fossil fuels and how the 21st Century will be dominated by the struggle for energy. SBS, Sunday, January 27, noon. Best of Message Stick: Jackie — For more than a decade, Jackie Huggins has been the national face and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. ABC, Sunday, January 27, 1.30pm. Black and White — Based on a true story and set in 1958 in conservative Adelaide. The police fit up a young Aboriginal man for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old white girl at Ceduna. ABC, Sunday, January 27, 8.35pm. Strange Days on Planet Earth: Troubled Waters — Over the years, increasing efforts have been made around the world to clean up our water systems, but are they really as clean as we think? ABC, Tuesday, January 29, 8.30pm. Five Seasons — While enjoying the benefits of the modern world, the Numurindi people of South East Arnhemland in the Northern Territory’s Gulf of Carpentaria are still guided by the seasons and the stories of the Dreamtime. SBS, Thursday, January 31, 1.30pm. Six Days in June —Long seen by Israel as the miraculous victory, for the Arab states, this was a humiliating defeat suffered at the hand of imperialistic plotters. SBS, Thursday January 31, 2.30pm. Global Village: Boundary Lands — Borneo: The Sacrificed Forest - The island of Borneo historically had extensive cover, but the area is shrinking rapidly due to heavy logging for the needs of the Malaysian plywood industry, and also because of multinational companies such as Mitsubishi taking their share. SBS, Thursday, January 31, 6pm.
A proposal to build the 1200-student Al Amanah Islamic College in the semi-rural Sydney suburb of Camden has seen an escalation of organised racism not seen in the Sydney area since the 2005 Cronulla riots.
This film tells the true story of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by a jihadist group in Karachi in January 2002. However, it focuses mainly on Pearl’s wife, Mariane, who was pregnant at the time of the kidnap, and on the ineffectual search for Pearl carried out by the Pakistani and US intelligence services.
The Rudd Labor government has confirmed pre-election announcements that it will move to censor access to the internet. Originally announced by former ALP leader Kim Beazley in March 2006, the plan is outlined in a November 2007 document Labor’s Plan for Cyber-Safety. It states: “A Rudd Labor Government will require ISPs [internet service providers] to offer a ‘clean feed’ internet service to all homes, schools and public internet points accessible by children, such as public libraries.”
The unforgettable tabloid headline “Greenie granny goaled” accompanied a picture of a smiling, backpack-toting Betty Downie being led away by two policemen from the Franklin River blockade sums up the fighting spirit of this wonderful activist. Betty died, aged 95, in a retirement home in Launceston on December 5, 2007.
Thank you I was both delighted and surprised that I won the major prize in the Green Left Weekly Christmas hamper raffle. Together with my family, I did not have a particularly good 2007, having lost several dear friends, including Gail Lord
Voters’ desire to see political change has become the undisputed theme of the 2008 US presidential election scheduled for November following a strong surge of support for contender for Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama that has caused other candidates, even Republicans, to adopt similar rhetoric.
Called by military dictator General Pervez Musharraf after the imposition of emergency rule — which saw the sacking of the judiciary, imprisonment of 10,000 opposition activists, censorship and closure of media outlets and the violent suppression of protests — and set against the backdrop of increasing terrorist attacks by religious fundamentalists, Pakistan’s upcoming general elections were already set to be farcical.


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