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Originally published in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence (vol. 16, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2003) pp. 409-427), The West's Secret Marshall Plan for the Mind by John P.C. Matthews is an article about a little-known operation under which more than 10
million books and journals were sent to scholars and professionals in
Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. More than 500
publishers in Europe and the U.S. cooperated.
The Voice Of America News has This One that says Tourists from mainland China are coming to Hong Kong in increasing numbers. Many come to sightsee and shop and, on average, spend more than the typical European or American tourist in the city. But the money not only goes toward jewelry and designer labels. An increasing number of Chinese tourists are snapping up books banned on the mainland.
Sandra Henderson writes: "The Australian Parliament has released a major report "The Role of Libraries in the Online Environment". The report can be found here and submissions made to the Senate Committee which produced the report can be found here."
A Short One From Australia quotes Rupert Murdoch "Lack of public, private and government funding has driven our libraries to downsize and cost-cut at the very time they should be at their most productive," he said.
"The number of Australian students at higher education has steadily grown, but the staff at our university and research libraries have had to be reduced."
"I have been serving in Iraq for over five months as a soldier with Company A, 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as "The Rock."
Its director-general Datuk Zawiyah Baba said the National Library had been working on the project since 2001 in collaboration with the Multimedia Development Corporation and major institutions and also institutions on Islam in Malaysia.
News From Russia has a Short Piece that says The wife of the Russian President, Ludmila Putin, has opened a festival of school libraries - "Bibliobraz." The aim of the festival is to draw the attention of the whole country to "the difficult but so important profession of librarians," said the wife of the President, as addressing the participants in the festival.
The festival of school libraries which will be held from September 30 to October 2 in Moscow, will be attended by the winners of the school-library contest from all regions of Russia, the workers of literature and art, schoolchildren and representatives of the Education Ministry.
An Article From Radio Free Europe says the partial privatization of the publishing sector since independence has increased the price of books to the point where not all parents can afford them.
"Provision for textbooks needs a state-level, national policy. What does such a policy consist of? For this there must be state protectionism. Protectionism means favorable credits and donations. Value-added taxes must be omitted from the printing of textbooks and literature for children," Abakirov said.
Fang-Face writes "Reporters Sans Frontiers (Without Borders), has some news up about how journalists are being treated in Cuban prisons. I had mentioned this site to Richard Kent of Friends of Cuban Libraries and he wrote back that some of those journalists are also independent librarians.
The material about the jailed journalists is a bit dated, the most recent is from 08 Sep. There also an a commentary on the situation in general."
News Out Of Japan where A record 520,830,000 books were checked out from public libraries in Japan in the year ended in March 2002, meaning that each citizen borrowed an average 4.1 books that year, an education ministry survey showed Friday.