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Volume 16, No. 21 - August 2, 2010


Aussies get ready to pick PM

By Rebecca Baylis in PERTH, Australia -- Once again it is election time in Australia and there is an electric buzz in the air, even more than usual because this race hasn’t exactly been a smooth-sailing run-of-the-mill campaign so far.

It started on June 24 when Julia Gillard replaced then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to become the first female PM of Australia, a move no one saw coming, including Rudd.

Less than two weeks ago, Gillard announced an election would be held August 21, a move that everyone who has an ounce of intelligence saw coming.

Already the election campaign has been packed with pledges, promises and political punches from competitors on opposing sides of the political ring.

So let‘s get familiar with the candidates, shall we?

Since she pulled one massive hood over K-Rudd’s eyes last month, Gillard has been accused of savagely sticking a hell of a knife into his back. Read more



Fun and Games







-- NEWS --

Pickens' patriotic push for natural gas

T. Boone Pickens

By Claire Hern in East Hartford, Conn., U.S.A. The recent catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico “provided a clear reminder of the fact that our nation needs to develop safe methods for drilling and more importantly, start diversifying our nation’s energy sources,” one of the country’s most powerful congressmen said.

U.S. Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat, said the United States should heed the advice of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens to fuel the nation’s transportation system with natural gas instead of foreign oil.

“We can no longer stand idle as we continue to export American dollars for foreign oil,” Larson told Youth Journalism International recently.

Pickens said politicians have been promising solutions for years, saying they will start to use alternative energy sources, but the country keeps buying foreign oil.

“Natural gas is cleaner, it’s cheaper and it’s ours,” Pickens said. “Why aren’t we using it?”  Read whole story

T. Boone Pickens and Youth Journalism International reporter Clare Hern



Sheila's Day Trailer from Hartford Stage.

Great music makes 'Sheila's Day' a delight

The Hartford Stage production, “Sheila’s Day” was named after this important day because it symbolizes both the attitude of the white people in the community that all blacks are the same, and not having the individuality of separate names, as well as the attitude of the blacks who are making the best of their oppression and then rising up to challenge it.  Read whole story

By Celeste Kurz and Mary Claire Whelan in WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. Throughout the 1900s, the day off for women laborers in South Africa was typically called ‘Sheila’s Day.’ Every Thursday, black women of the community would gather together to discuss issues dear to their hearts, sing, and celebrate their individuality. White bosses would often refer to their women workers as “Sheila,” instead of learning their given African names.



Striking down discrimination takes courage

By Kiernan Majerus-Collins in WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. The Hartford Stage show “Sheila’s Day” touches on several issues that typically strike a nerve with people.

The biggest issue in the play, which focuses on two domestic workers, is racism.

One is a black woman living in the American South in the 1960s. The other is a black woman living in South Africa at the same time. They are treated badly by the people they work for and the oppressive upper class that strives to keep them down.

The most important issue in the show, and the one that is the most relevant to life today, is class discrimination. Read whole story


Brain-bending 'Inception' blows minds

By Talon Bronson in PORTLAND, Oregon, U.S.A. In a summer that looked like it just might be the bane of all that is good in film, Inception proves that you can be both original and a blockbuster at the same time.

It should come as no surprise, given that Inception comes from the mind of the one and only Christopher Nolan, the man behind the best comic book adaptation of our time, The Dark Knight. Nolan is also responsible for the equally captivating films Prestige and Memento.

So I knew Inception would be worth the $10 it would take to see it.

Granted, I didn’t spend a dime to watch it ($10 for a film? My wallet feels violated!) since I have a close friend who works at the theater, but if there were to be one movie that I would pay to see this summer, Inception would be top of the list with a bullet.

For anyone who has no idea of what the film is about, or maybe does, but has had a little hard of a time grasping the concept, just know this; Inception is so well written that even if you miss a few points, you should be able to understand the movie when it finishes, and if you don’t, well . . . .  be prepared for a fun ride, anyway. Read whole story

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