Video: 1959…the year that changed jazz

31 March 2013

 

A sixty-minute doccie, produced and narrated by Nat Hentoff. In 1959 four major jazz albums were made, each a high watermark for the artists involved and a powerful reflection of the times. Each opened up dramatic new possibilities for jazz which continue to be felt: Miles Davis Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck, Time Out, Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um; and Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come.

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 30 March 2013: Shameful Double Standards on Israel

30 March 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Army Invades Beit Fajjar, Kidnaps A Child
IMEMC – Saturday March 30, 2013, Israeli soldiers kidnapped Beit Fajjar town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and kidnapped one Palestinian child after breaking into his home and violently searching it, the Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported. …

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Reducing production: How should socialists relate to struggles against capitalist growth By Don Fitz

19 March, 2013 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

The question is not should we advocate reducing production within capitalist society but rather: How do we best relate to those struggles that are already occurring? Activists across the globe are challenging the uncontrollable dynamic of economic expansion which threatens the survival of humanity. It has never been more urgent to provide a vision of a new society that can pull these efforts together.

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WARNING: "Final" Psy-Op Vs. Syria Begins

29 March, 2013 — Land Destroyer

Out of time, out of legitimacy, and out of options, the West is attempting once again to prop up its faltering terrorist proxies with another psychological operation aimed at breaking the will of the Syrian people, despite the West’s multiplying tactical and political shortcomings. It began with a suspicious CBS News/AP report titled, “AP: “Master plan” underway to help Syria rebels take Damascus with U.S.-approved airlifts of heavy weapons,” which claims to divulge a “covert” plan by the West to flood Syria’s northern and southern borders with increased weapons and fighters for a “final” push to take the capital. The article would claim: 

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Chavez Knew US Special Services Were After Him By Nil NIKANDROV

24 March 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Hugo Chavez was not the man obsessed by the thought he was being followed and watched, that’s what the propaganda tried to make him look like. He was a politician who faced the reality and knew how hated he was in Washington for opposing the United States on all political or economic issues. He treated seriously the threats coming from presidents Bush and Obama, the State Department and the Pentagon. He knew well the Western special services had a diverse arsenal of means to physically liquidate people…

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The Media Didn’t Fail on Iraq; Iraq Just Showed We Have a Failed Media By Jim Naureckas

25 March 2013 — FAIR Blog

Paul Farhi

Paul Farhi

The headline on a story (3/22/13) by Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi:

On Iraq, Journalists Didn’t Fail. They Just Didn’t Succeed.

To make that case, though, he has to redefine “failure” so far down that it’s hardly possible to avoid failing.

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How Obama Chose War Over Peace in Syria By Shamus Cooke

28 March, 2013Global Research

With Syria on the brink of national genocide, outside nations have only two options: help reverse the catastrophe or plunge this torn nation deeper into the abyss. Countries can either work towards a peaceful political solution or they can continue to pour money, guns, and fighters into the country to ensure a steady gushing into the bloodbath.

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 29 March 2013: Netanyahu Idiocracy: ‘Kill a Turk’ and Apologize…

29 March 2013 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Six Injured, Reporter Kidnapped, By The Army In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Jerusalem March 29, 2013; Palestinian medical sources reported that six Palestinians, including an elderly man, have been injured, and one reporter has been kidnapped, after Israeli soldiers attacked Muslim worshipers who tried to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, to participate on Friday prayers. …
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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 24-30 March 2013

30 March 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

BRICS: New Geopolitical Model and Russia’s Foreign Policy Priority
30.03.2013 | 00:00 | Alexander MEZYAEV

Another annual BRICS summit wrapped up on March 27 in South Africa… The BRICS states recognized the right of Palestine to statehood. They emphasized the resolution of the conflict in Syria should be based on the Geneva Communiqué instead of the decisions taken by the League of Arab Nations, they stressed that the African conflicts management is the priority for Africa, the leaders also pointed out that Iran has a right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It’s important BRICS supported the activities of African Union and ECOWAS in Mali, ostensibly shying away from buttressing France and some other Western states which intervened without the United Nations approval…

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Popstars Politics in the New South Africa: A Conversation with Masello Motana By Zachary Rosen

29 March 2013 — Africa is a Country

South African actress/singer/writer Masello Motana has had a career in the entertainment business that many would envy. She has played a leading role in a number of South African television shows as well as in a mainstream feature film. Her poems have been published in several anthologies in that country and she regularly amazes audiences as a musical performer. Sounds like the good life. Well, life would be much simpler for Masello if only she was content with collecting paychecks from beauty contracts and soap opera gigs. If only she pretended last year’s horrific massacre of mineworkers at the now infamous Marikana platinum mine in South Africa’s northwest never happened. If only she ignored the fact that businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, board member of the company that operates the Marikana mine, was elected to deputy president of the country’s largest political party, the ANC. If only she had kept her mouth patriotically clasped about social and economic inequality in South Africa. Continue reading

How George Bush won the war in Iraq – really! By Greg Palast

29 March 2013 — Vice Magazine

If you thought it was “Blood for Oil”–you’re wrong.  It was far, far worse.

Because it was marked “confidential” on each page, the oil industry stooge couldn’t believe the US State Department had given me a complete copy of their secret plans for the oil fields of Iraq. Actually, the State Department had done no such thing. But my line of bullshit had been so well-practiced and the set-up on my mark had so thoroughly established my fake identity, that I almost began to believe my own lies. Continue reading

Storyful – Niche Propagandists Work Full-Time Distorting Syria Conflict

24 March, 2013Land Destroyer

The Western media monopolies, the same media houses that willfully and repeatedly toldlies regarding “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq to help sell the corporate-financier engineered invasion and occupation of the Middle Eastern nation for a decade, have been very busy since. They helped sell NATO and its corporate-financier backers’ war of aggression and subjugation against Libya, and has been attempting to sell a repeat of the atrocities committed in North Africa, this time in Syria.

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West Drops Syria WMD Narrative As Evidence Points to Western-Armed Terrorists

24 March 2013Land Destroyer

013 (LD) – For the US, UK, France, and its regional partners including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, nothing would have suited their interests more than if the recent chemical attack reported in Aleppo Syria turned out to be (or could have been portrayed as being) the work of the Syrian government, or even “loose” weapons that had fallen into the hands of Al Qaeda terrorists the West both arms and condemns simultaneously.
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