November 14th 2009


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COVER STORY: Why Australians should oppose a human rights charter

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The Rudd Government's asylum-seeker dilemma

EDITORIAL: Emissions trading scheme in trouble

CLIMATE CHANGE: Rudd's ETS will hit country towns hardest

ECONOMICS: Rising interest rates create speculative bubble

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Will SA be the first state to legalise euthanasia?

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Australia's crude Fiji sanctions policy backfires

BRAZIL: Lula's infatuation with tyrants and mass-murderers

OVERSEAS AID: Exporting death in our overseas 'aid'

ASIA: Taiwan's modified UN bid prospects rated as 'good'

EDUCATION: A destructive doctrine called 'diversity'

SCIENCE: Can computer games harm children's brains?

OPINION: Why I lost faith in the Left

Australian aid to China (letter)

Rags-to-riches story (letter)

Kokoda and Japan (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Western nations must prepare for cyber attacks; The tyranny of unelected 'experts'; School reform that works.

BOOK REVIEW: OUT FROM UNDER: The Impact of Homosexual Parenting, by Dawn Stefanowicz

BOOK REVIEW: THE ART OF WAR: Great Commanders of the Ancient, Medieval and Modern World, Andrew Roberts

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Rags-to-riches story (letter)


by Neville Sayers

News Weekly, November 14, 2009
Sir,

I disagree with Ian H. McDougall's contention, in his review of the film, Mao's Last Dancer (News Weekly, October 31), that Li Cunxin "must understand that this movie is an implicit endorsement of a dictatorship that continues to rule through repression and terror".

I do not object to the contention that there is repression and terror in his country of birth, but I cannot see that Li would endorse any aspect of the regime.

Having seen Li dance with the Australian Ballet, I read the book on which this film was based as soon as it was published. It did not occur to me, either when I read the book or saw the film, that Li had any sympathy for the regime.

I would not like to think that anyone would be put off seeing the film as a consequence of implied "criticism" of it. I found it a moving film.

Neville Sayers,
Hampton North, Vic.




























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