December 25th 2010

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Articles from this issue:

EDITORIAL: China: absolute power corrupts absolutely

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Prime Minister Gillard's mishandling of WikiLeaks

UNITED STATES: WikiLeaks founder should face criminal charges in US

THE GREENS: Why Liberals and Labor must preference Greens last

EUTHANASIA: Wrong response to epidemic of isolation among seniors

CULTURE AND CIVILISATION: Why C.S. Lewis wrote his science fiction trilogy

RUSSIA: Will Putin challenge Medvedev in 2012?

TAIWAN: WikiLeaks rattle Taiwan's external relationships

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: Offended by the offended

ENVIRONMENT: Frog extinction: another 'global warming' myth

SEXUAL ANARCHY: From temptation to tolerance to approval

OPINION: Greens' flawed policies burden families

WikiLeaks 1 (letter)

WikiLeaks 2 (letter)

Logical flaws in push for same-sex marriage (letter)

A miracle for Nicholas? (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Parents, police perplexed at rise in cyber-bullying / Stalin's American dupes exposed

CINEMA: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, in 3D (rated PG)

BOOK REVIEW: THE TYRANNY OF GUILT: An Essay on Western Masochism, by Pascal Bruckner


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Parents, police perplexed at rise in cyber-bullying / Stalin's American dupes exposed

News Weekly, December 25, 2010
Parents, police perplexed at rise in cyber-bullying

It is difficult enough to support one's child through a siege of schoolyard bullying. But the lawlessness of the Internet, its potential for casual, breathtaking cruelty, and its capacity to cloak a bully's identity all present slippery new challenges to this transitional generation of analogue parents.

Desperate to protect their children, parents are floundering even as they scramble to catch up with the technological sophistication of the next generation.

Many parents turn to schools, only to be rebuffed because officials think they do not have the authority to intercede. Others may call the police, who set high bars to investigate. Contacting Web site administrators or Internet service providers can be a daunting, protracted process.

When parents know the aggressor, some may contact that child's parent, stumbling through an evolving etiquette in the landscape of social awkwardness. Going forward, they struggle with when and how to supervise their adolescents' forays on the Internet.

This is a dark, vicious side of adolescence, enabled and magnified by technology. Yet because so many horrified parents are bewildered by the technology, they think they are helpless to address the problems it engenders.

Extract from Jan Hoffman, "As bullies go digital, parents play catch-up", New York Times, December 4, 2010.

Stalin's American dupes exposed in new book

Paul Kengor, an American professor of political science, has recently revealed how communists, from Moscow to New York to Chicago, have long manipulated America's left-liberals/progressives. Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century (available from News Weekly Books - see page 21) is based on an unprecedented volume of declassified materials from Soviet archives, FBI files, and more. Paul Kengor granted an exclusive interview to Big Peace:

Big Peace: Russian President Dmitri Medvedev (recently) arrived in Poland after a major announcement by the Duma conceding Russian responsibility for the Katyn Woods massacre.

Kengor: (The Katyn massacre) occurred in the spring of 1940, shortly after the Soviets and Nazis commenced their dual invasion and dissection of Poland, launching World War II. Katyn (is) a general name for a horrible war crime committed by the Soviets, mainly at the Katyn Forest near Smolensk, Russia. They rounded up 22,000 Polish POWs and systematically executed them, one by one.

Big Peace: The world learned about this tragedy in the middle of World War II, but the Soviets denied responsibility. Among those who you say swallowed the Soviet line was the president of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Kengor: Correct. ... FDR didn't want to believe that Stalin and the Soviets were responsible.

Big Peace: This is one of many occasions you document of FDR being duped by Stalin. (But) Stalin wasn't the only communist to deceive FDR.

Kengor: There were FDR aides who were communist spies who misled and disserved the president and America: Harry Dexter White, Lauchlin Currie, Alger Hiss, among others. There was also Harry Hopkins.

Big Peace: That's a huge item in your book. You report that Harry Hopkins, FDR's right-hand man, may have been a Soviet spy. That's stunning.

Kengor: That would fundamentally alter our understanding of the period. I don't resolve the question, but I lay out the sources claiming Hopkins was "Agent 19" in the Venona transcripts. These are credible, careful, serious sources.

Extract from Paul Kengor interview, "Big dupes at big peace: Stalin's dupes", Big Peace, December 5, 2010.

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