The CLUAS Archive: 1998 - 2011


Take 'GI Jane', for example, the simple tale of a brilliant young female officer who signs up as a test case for the Navy SEALS and who in one scene is taught through direct experience the interrogation technique known quaintly as  waterboarding as part of her basic training. Now I have a problem with this. According to Amnesty International, waterboarding is a form of torture and because it is a form of torture there is consequently an absolute ban on it by the European Court of Human Rights. Yet, here is a fictional depiction albeit 10 years old, of American soldiers being taught how to torture people in contravention of fundamental human rights, and all in the name of an entertainment which has the message that there should be more gender equality in Western Society. You work it out, words fail me.

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2003 - Witnness 2003, a comprehensive review by Brian Kelly of the 2 days of what transpired to be the last ever Witnness festival (in 2004 it was rebranded as Oxegen when Heineken stepped into the sponsor shoes).