By Murray Horton
- International Relations
Just when you were wondering what you are going to read during the holidays, we’ve come to the rescue, advising you of a fascinating treasure trove newly accessible online.
Thanks to Lynda Boyd, who has laboured long and hard to upload a complete set of historical issues Foreign Control Watchdog, covering the years 1974-99 (Watchdog went online that year and issues from 1999 onwards can be read at www.converge.org.nz/watchdog).
To access these oldies but goodies, just click on this link:
The introduction includes instructions on how to use the site. One thing to bear in mind is that each old issue is a big document (even though we had the scans reduced in size), so be patient when waiting for the individual issues to download. One bonus is that, unlike the issues online at the actual Watchdog site, these old ones come complete with illustrations – such as there were in those days.
Readability quality varies, affected both by the scans having to be reduced to make the individual issues a manageable size, and their sheer age (the very first ones are classic old gestetnered newsletters).
The set is not yet quite complete – there are still three very old booklets to be uploaded (one being our famous Comalco comic) – but it’s complete enough for the world to be told about it.
I know that people will find this site both fascinating and currently useful. For example, in my own case, I have used or cited material from 1985, 1990, 1996 and 1998 issues in articles I have written for 2009 issues. And, apart from anything else, they’re a bloody good read.
Happy New Year!
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