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PDF version of Eye Magazine Issue 6.
Editor: Michael Liam Kedzlie
Assistant Editor – Copy Editing and Layout: Lindsay Lafreniere
Original Design: Thaddeus Pope
Eye Magazine is published under ISSN: 2187-8935 issued by the National Diet Library of Japan.
About this issue of Eye Magazine
Eye Magazine – Issue 6 – Winter/Spring 2015
Welcome to the Winter/Spring 2015 edition of IAFOR’s Eye Magazine, the International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication. In this month’s Eye we once again have a great line-up of articles and opinion pieces.
In this edition I have handed over the writing of the feature editorial to Dr. Joe Haldane, the IAFOR President, who came to me with an article Being Charlie: Power, Text and Context he wrote in the days following the tragic events in Paris. It is an article from both the heart and intellect, which is something that comes shining through in all of the articles in this, the first edition of 2015.
Human rights and freedoms are essentially important in the heavily contested times in which we live. It is those who have lost their rights and freedom and fought and won them back are the people whose voices resonate more forcefully. Emma Cunningham is one such person and is the subject of the first article in this edition. Emma was sentenced to death 35 years ago for a murder she did not commit. Emma’s story and her long struggle for justice and indeed, for her life, is brilliantly told by Ruth Johnson Carter from Georgia College, USA. Ruth originally told Emma’s story as part of her spotlight presentation at our European Conference Series. I am thrilled to be publishing in this edition Victoria Amador, from the American University of Sharjah, who has written a marvelous article on the Hollywood acting legend Olivia de Havilland. Victoria had the opportunity to interview Olivia numerous times and her article offers a fantastic insight into the roles, career, motivations, and artistry of a living legend in the wider global film and media consciousness. I am grateful to all these above women for allowing their works and stories to be told. To Ruth, Emma, Victoria and Olivia I thank you.
The story of getting justice for the innocent is also the background in our profile of Dr. Alec Klein, from the Medill School of Journalism at North-Western University (US), as he leads the ground-breaking Medill Justice Project that uses investigative journalism skills taught to undergraduate students to assist them to seek the truth that lies behind contentious criminal justice cases. Frequently their work has seen incarcerated people innocent of the crimes for which they were charged achieve freedom. Also, Assistant Editor of Eye Magazine Lindsay Lafreniere provides an excellent article on the popularity of the Serial podcast, which tells the story of a possible wrongful conviction.
The objectification, sexualization, and violence against women in modern rap music is an important topic that translates across all cultures and is the concern raised in Antonella Regueiro Fernandez’s article on rape culture. It reveals how frequently the lyrics provide a step-by-step guide to sexual assault on woman.
In this edition we have another great article follow up from the Jared Baxter series titled The Portrait of Dr. Gachet: A Study in Sorrows that further explores the symbolism found in the works of painter Vincent Van Gogh. Jared Baxter will be a featured speaker at this year’s Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities to be held in Osaka this April. British historian David McCormack contributes a fascinating article revealing the political maneuvering and rationale behind Japan’s ill-fated decision for war against the United States in 1941. Through Wajiha Raza Rizvi we also learn how the breakthrough 1950’s US television documentary series Victory at Sea shaped the genre and became influential in how filmic narrative both influences and distorts historical events. Finally, in this edition I take a historical look at the public policy evolution of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, which is celebrating its 25th year since its enactment, as well as the troubled JASDF Air Transport replacement.
As Editor, I must give special thanks to my assistant editor Lindsay Lafreniere for her hard work and advice in getting this magazine together and looking so good. Lastly, I must again thank the voluntary contributions of our featured contributors. They are the people who really make Eye the insightful, intelligent and interdisciplinary magazine that it is. Though this edition is at times challenging, it is nevertheless informative and thought provoking — attributes that inspire our role as academics in this complex and at times unbalanced world. We hope you enjoy reading it and feel inspired to contribute yourself.
Michael Liam Kedzlie
Being Charlie: Power, Text & Context
by Joseph Haldane
Did a woman spend years on death row for a murder she did not commit?
by Ruth Johnson Carter
How did a story about a possible wrongful conviction make for the most popular podcast of all time?
by Lindsay Lafreniere
In the Pursuit of Justice:
Alec Klein and the Medill Justice Project
by Richard Roth and Lindsay Lafreniere
“What a cool liar you are, Melly”:
Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland as the bad girl
by Victoria Amador
Victory at Sea:
A Paradox of Objectivity Immersed in Hard-Hitting Action
by Wajiha Raza Rizvi
Japan’s Ill-Fated Decision for War
by David McCormack
Flying a bigger kite:
The C-2 Boondoggle
by Michael Liam Kedzlie
Rape Culture in Music:
Lyrics that Provide a Step-by-Step Guide to Sexual Assault
by Antonella Regueiro Fernandez
The Portrait of Dr. Gachet:
A Study in Sorrows
by Jared Baxter
Where did you get them Rights?
The legislative and public policy journey of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
by Michael Liam Kedzlie