Welcome- Editorial -
*Note: We are now out of the office for
the holidays. Next Issue Jan 10th 2004
Tis the season of goodwill-
darn it it means that we have to be nice to everyone. That by
definition must mean President Bush and I guess his enemies Bin Laden
and Saddam Hussein too (now he is safe in custody.) I guess that means
we even have to be nice to the Tony Blair too. The last name might seem
just too hard to swallow. Goodwill is necessary each year in this month
of the Christian calendar. No matter if you are a Muslim,
Hindu or other, it affects you too, for its just one month in
twelve that we on our side attempt to repair the damage of the other
eleven. Since 2001 we have had massive attacks by those who would destroy
civil order in New York, Bali, Turkey and Baghdad. Indiscriminate bombs
and suicide bombers that kill their own as well as their enemies.
Those who kill randomly are trying to kill hope, yet ironically they
rekindle faith and opposition to anarchy.
Its hard for many to recall now but once that glorious leader
of Palestine Mr Arafat was once out there indiscriminately blowing up
planes, killing hundreds in the name of terror. in the 1970s.
He achieved legitimacy and (it is rumoured riches) but what exactly
did the Palastinians achieve? Is their cause advanced by terror or doomed
by terror. You decide. Sinn Fein and the IRA were blowing up London
at the same time and now they too are winning at the ballot box in Northern
Ireland. But is this peace permanent? Too early to call I think.
Terror works in the short term. Governments respond to it by restricting
liberties that have taken decades to build. The result is an absence
of goodwill to government in general. Terror comes not just in the shape
of shoe bombers, bombs strapped to the idealistic young with martyrdom
in their sights. Terror comes from governments too self-obsessed with
self-aggrandisement. Its time to remember the oppressed in Zimbabwe
by a corrupt Marxist thief called Mugabe who has totally destroyed a
once prosperous country. There are many other countries where government
corruption makes life hell for those who live there.
lets look on the bright side, if we could make one wish this season,
it would be that if all those in Governments right across the world
who devote their energies to making citizens lives more miserable and
overgoverned were to direct their attention to destroying terrorism
with the same effectiveness, the world might be a safer place. Itıs
just an idea.
December in Hacks: James Skinner concludes his nightmare scenario
for War & Peace in the 21st century, James Campion ponders US politics,
we sample life in Atlanta, Africa, Manitoba, and the first chapter from
Jeff Hunts first novel about life on the road and in Austin, Texas.
JT Brown reviews 2003 and makes predictions for 2004. Ian Middleton
walks in Hawaii's Volcano Park and we review David Payne's wonderful
new novel and Alexander Mccall Smiths.Tabytha Towe is back with an update
of her diary, Colin Haslett has a guide for atheists at Christmas, Sidi
Benzahra has a new short story about Sweden. And don't forget other
new fiction in the Dreamscapes section. Happy Holidays from Hackwriters.
We will be taking a break for Christmas and back in the saddle Jan
6th, so enjoy and watch your speed this holiday,Big Brother really
is watching you.
Next new edition Jan 10th 2004
December: Peace and GoodWill
November: Moving Home
Stairway to Heaven and other
29th Deauville American Film
Deathrate 2003 and Being Your
Summer Movies -London heat
London Art Fair
: Saying Goodbye
Returning to Blighty
Forget your troubles - April
Oscars have a message
for War February
Renting in Kits
Escape to the UK
takes a break
MANY MOVIES- IT'S AN AVALANCHE OF CULTURE
will you seeing at the movies?
REALLY IS A FUN CITY
'The city where everyone gets to live a millionaire lifestyle'
SECTION 9 in the N.Y. Sunday Times
A cornucopia - October
The Kids stay in the picture- August
PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES
Hacks visits the new Museum of Glass in Tacoma- August
Hot Sweats in a Cold
Read at the Anza Club- August
LIFE ON FAST FORWARD - Vancouver
on speed -September
SUPERNOVA NINA &
SweetSista'Shorts Carousel Theatre- Granville Island
- Off Fringe
ROUNDHOUSE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY.
Arts in the Community is for real -
WE ARE ALL GURUS NOW - September
Time to enrol
Vancouver Film Festival Trade Show report
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