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September 20th, 2007

Melbourne People

Late, I know, but Overland is having a launch tonight:

John Harms in conversation with Waleed Aly
‘Faith and Politics’

Date: Thursday 20 September 2007
Time: 6.30 – 8pm
Venue: Beckett Theatre, Malthouse
Entry: $10/$6 includes copy of Overland 188
Free entry for VU students and staff

As part of Victoria University’s Study Week, Overland presents John Harms in a conversation with Waleed Aly about religion, family and the different ways ordinary people come to politics.

It is also a launch of the new issue:

We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to study what we do.—A senior Bush advisor to New York Times journalist Ron Suskind

In issue 188, Overland’s contributors identify, explore and contest the dominant political, personal, cultural and religious ‘realities’ of the day.

John Harms, columnist and author, considers the sometimes inexplicable link between politics and faith in a personal reflection on growing up Lutheran.

Katherine Wilson checks in to the National Security Summit to explore the big business that is national security, while Michael Head looks at the militarisation of Australian Society.

Jess Whyte calls for imagination and bravery in contesting dominant political narratives.

Fiona McGregor explores the tension between contemporary culture and tradition in Poland.

Rjurik Davidson speaks to two prominent authors in the world of speculative fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson and China Miéville.

And Terry Eyssens gives us a personal account of the alienation of labour and examines its manifestation in philosophy and literature.

Plus a speculative fiction feature with stories from: Ben Peek, Susan Wardle and Jill Sparrow & Paul Voermans
Plus poetry, book reviews, cartoons and cover by Jon Cattapan

Whitey United

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Declaration establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of the world's indigenous peoples. The Declaration addresses both individual and collective rights; cultural rights and identity; rights to education, health, employment, language, and others. It outlaws discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them. It also ensures their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own priorities in economic, social and cultural development. The Declaration explicitly encourages harmonious and cooperative relations between States and indigenous peoples.

The UN Declaration was adopted by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine).

Link.

(Oh, yeah, I'm so proud right now. I don't at all want to immigrate to Japan.)

Black Sheep is--

From Jennifer Pelland (jenwrites):

I just finished reading Black Sheep, by Ben Peek, and holy crap, does this book bring introspection and depression to new heights (or lows, depending on how you look at it). I think I'm going to pitch Machine at Prime Books in case they're looking to print something more uplifting.


Beautiful, isn't it?

This might be my favourite comment ever about a book of mine.

(See the things you find when you ego-google.)

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