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January 30, 2013

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» New Publication Explores Theatre & Performance in Small Nations

Key questions about the relationship between theatre, performance, national identity and the nation are explored in a new collected of essays entitled Theatre & Performance in Small Nations, published by Intellect. Drawing on examples ranging from small European ‘stateless’ nations … Continue reading

March 2, 2011

History Division News
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» Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, perhaps the online community’s most well-known ‘whistle blower’ website, is currently under house arrest and awaiting extradition to Sweden for alleged sexual offences. Wikileaks has revealed previously secret details about the workings of the Church of Scientology, civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, and unflattering discussions between diplomats about foreign leaders. To some, Assange is a hero, to others a criminal. For example, in 2009 he received an award from Amnesty International. However, a number of US politicians have asked for his arrest, with one -- former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee – even claiming Assange should be executed for treason. How do we put such opposing viewpoints into historical context? Perhaps there are lessons to be learned from a previous whistleblower controversy.

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This current year is the 40th anniversary of the publication of the ‘Pentagon Papers’. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a former Marine officer, who worked for the Rand Corporation, and his friend Anthony Russo, leaked a number of top secret documents to the New York Times. They revealed:

- President John F. Kennedy’s role in the overthrow and assassination of South Vietnamese head-of-state, Ngo Dinh Diem.

- The US’s secret bombing of Cambodia and Laos.

- The US had doubts if the ‘Domino Effect’ -- the underlying reason for the Vietnam War -- applied to Vietnam at all.

- That President Johnson had lied persistently to the American people about the scale and scope of the war.

- That American and Vietnamese civilian casualties were much higher than those reported by the US media.

- That the war was still being fought not to keep South Vietnam ‘free’, but to avoid a US humiliation.

The ‘Pentagon Papers’, as they came to be known, was a 7000-page history of the Vietnam War, originally commissioned by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, and completed in 1968. These documents were meant to be seen only by senior Department of Defense staff, and by members of the Johnson administration. Ellsberg had worked for McNamara as a policy advisor and was originally a supporter of the war. However, by the end of the 1960s he had become an antiwar activist, convinced that individuals had a moral duty to oppose immoral actions, even if it meant imprisonment. After failing to convince senior politicians such as William Fulbright and George McGovern to release the documents, Ellsberg contacted the New York Times, which began publishing excerpts in June 1971.

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The full weight of the state was brought to bear on Ellsberg. A warrant was issued for his arrest for alleged espionage. Nixon administration employees burgled Ellsberg’s psychiatrist, hoping to find something incriminating against him. They also secretly recorded his phone calls. These illegal acts were revealed at Ellsberg and Russo’s trial, and both were found not guilty of theft, conspiracy and espionage.

If it wasn’t for Ellsberg’s moral decision to oppose what he saw as an immoral war, we probably never would have known about the duplicity and illegal behaviour of three US administrations, and in particular, the myth of Kennedy’s ‘Camelot’ administration might not have been exposed. The verdict of history therefore seems to vindicate Ellsberg’s actions. I wonder, 40 years from now, will we view Julian Assange’s whistle blowing in the same light.

Brian Ireland

March 16, 2009
» ebook in Welsh

According to an article in Wales Online, the publisher y Lolfa is launching a Welsh language novel in ebook format.

I’m not really sure where I stand on the whole ebook question, somehow I don’t think I would enjoy the experience of owning an ebook as much as I enjoy owning a book. However I can see that there might be real advantages for minority language publishing if this technology becomes established. One to keep an eye on I think.

February 5, 2008

Funding Matters Weblog News
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» Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and FP7 (ICT) Event

TSB: Creative Industries – Application of Digital Technologies, Gathering Data in Complex Environments, and FP7 ICT Calls

Funding Source: Technology Strategy Board (TSB) & FP7


The Welsh Assembly Government invites you to a meeting to inform industry and researchers about the current and upcoming calls for the Technology Strategy Board Collaborative Research and Development Funding Programme (formally the DTI Technology Programme). This meeting will allow organisations in Wales to have a much more strategic view of the specific types of projects that the TSB are expecting to see. The aim is to enable you to meet potential partners and generate ideas for submission to these calls. TSB Technology representatives will be available to comment on these. The day will also provide an insight into current and future EC Framework Programme opportunities within the ICT sector.

The agenda is attached here

If you would like to attend this event, please complete the attached attendance pro-forma by Tuesday 26th February and return to: Emma.Hopkins@Wales.gsi.gov.uk

If you would like a 10 minute one-to-one session with Zoe Lock, Sian Brereton or Peter Walters please indicate this on your form. Slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Event Date: Friday 29th February 2008

Event Registration deadline: Tuesday 26th February 2008

Funding deadlines:

TSB Creative Industries – Application of Digital Technologies: Closing date 9th May 2008

TSB Gathering Data in Complex Environments: Closing date 4th April 2008

Scheme Link: TSB, FP7

January 17, 2008
» Isuma.tv

Imagine YouTube but for indigenous film and tv makers – actually don’t bother imagining it, just go to Isuma.tv and see it for yourself.

January 11, 2008

Funding Matters Weblog News
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» FP7 2008 Calls for Proposals - Science in Society

Funding Source: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Call Identifier: FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2008-1

There are four action lines for this call:

Action 1: A more dynamic governance of the science and society relationship

• Better understanding of the place of science and technology (S & T) in society (EUR 6.20m)

• Developing governance to anticipate and clarify political, societal and ethical issues (EUR 4.65)

• Strengthening and improving the European science system (EUR 4.80m)

Action 2: Strengthening potential, broadening horizons

• Gender and research (EUR 3.50m)

• Young People and Science (EUR 1m)

Action 3: Science and society communicate

• Training actions to bridge the gap between the media and the scientific community targeting the public (EUR 1m)

• Encouraging a European dimension at science events targeting the public (EUR 3.12m)

Action 4: Strategic Activities (EUR 0.80m)

For more information on each action please see the Call Fiche and the Work Programme which outlines the

Sum: EUR 25.08m

Deadline: 18 March 2008

Funder Link: CORDIS

Scheme Link: CORDIS – Find a Call

If you are interested in applying please contact the Research Office for an External Funding Application Submission (EFAS) form or call ext. 3713.

EuRO recommends that anyone who is interested in accessing EU funding makes contact with the European office in plenty of time prior to the submission deadline to fully benefit from our professional advice and support.