Calle 13’s René "Residente" Pérez on Revolutionary Music, WikiLeaks & Puerto Rican Independence

15 November 2013 — Democracy Now!


Calle 13, one of Latin America’s most popular bands, released a new song this week featuring an unlikely collaborator — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The song, “Multi_Viral,” also features Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and the Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran. To create the lyrics, Calle 13 lead singer and songwriter René Pérez asked followers on Twitter to express their social justice concerns in a live brainstorming session with Assange. 

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Hip Hop, White Supremacy & Capitalism (Exclusive FILM)

10 November 2013 — YourWorldNewsFilms

This is version one of the brand new documentary corporations won’t want you to view and study. If you are upset at the way corporations have co-opted Hip Hop and re-sold it in the most racist, hyper-violent, and misogynistic ways possible, then this is a film you must watch. “Hip Hop, White Supremacy & Capitalism: Why Corporations Infiltrated RAP Music” is an incredibly powerful and in-depth film focusing on the nefarious role corporations have played in co-opting Hip Hop Music (RAP), suppressing socially and politically progressive messages, while creating and promoting the most racist, misogynistic and hyper-violent images. Continue reading

The insidious role of the BBC in the Syrian conflict By Rinaldo Francesca

3 November 2013 — Apophenia

This is how the BBC website introduces a report by its BBC Panorama’s Syria correspondents Ian Pannell and Darren Conway on August the 30th, 2013. The story contained a video, ostensibly shot near Aleppo, Northern Syria, by an anonymous school headmaster, and documenting the aftermath of a napalm attack on his school, supposedly perpetrated by the Syrian armed forces on August 26th. Continue reading

Libya almost Imploding, Status Quo Unsustainable: Oil Industry Target of Violent Attacks By Nicola Nasser

15 November 2013 — Global Research

More than two years on since the “revolution” of Feb. 2011, the security crisis is exacerbating by the day threatening Libya with an implosion charged with potential realistic risks to the geopolitical unity of the Arab north African country, turning this crisis into a national existential one. Obviously the status quo is unsustainable.

From Jazz ’34: More Remembrances of Kansas City Swing

15 November 2013 — Jazz on the Tube

Robert Altman gathered top contemporary musicians (see list below) and set them in 1934 Kansas City. Kansas City was one of the top drivers of the music during this period. A quirky prosperity based on graft, vice and slaughterhouses gave the city immunity to the worst of the ravages of the Great Depression and music joints and musicians packed the city morning, noon and night. Continue reading

Juan Formell: Talking about salsa By Rafael Lam

15 November 2013 — Granma

El músico argentino, Fito Páez (centro) junto a músicos de la orquesta cubana, Los Van Van, durante la inauguración del XXXIV Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, en el teatro Karl Marx, en La Habana, Cuba, el 4 de diciembre de 2012. AIN FOTO/Abel ERNESTO/sdl

El músico argentino, Fito Páez (centro) junto a músicos de la orquesta cubana, Los Van Van, durante la inauguración del XXXIV Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, en el teatro Karl Marx, en La Habana, Cuba, el 4 de diciembre de 2012. AIN FOTO/Abel ERNESTO/sdl

JUAN Formell has a new award this year, the Grammy Special Prize for Excellence. With his group Los Van Van, he has already received the Artist of the World Prize at the WOMEX Expo (October 23-27, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales). This is the first time that a Cuban has received this prize.

“All prizes are always merits to Cuban music, to the sustained work of our musicians with the rich music that identifies us,” Formell affirmed.

During the 14th Grammy Latino Awards, scheduled for the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas (November 20), a special recognition will go to Formell, the Special Prize for Excellence 2013, from the Latin American Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (LARAS). Continue reading

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 14 November 2013: Israel’s culture of walls

14 November 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Cut 100 Olive Trees In Yabod
IMEMC – [Thursday November 14, 2013] Israeli soldiers invaded Yabod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and cut more than 100 olive trees that belong to the residents despite a pending petition filed by the owners with the Israeli Supreme Court. …

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Information Clearing House 14 November 2013: Quitting Over Syria

14 November 2013 — Information Clearing House

Preventing War with Iran Is Top Priority

By Sheldon Richman

The best way to keep Iran from building a nuclear bomb is for the Obama administration and its nuclear client Israel to stop threatening the Islamic Republic.


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Video: The Epochal Crisis, Unequal Ecological Exchange, and Exit Strategies by John Bellamy Foster

15 November 2013 — MRZine

 John Bellamy Foster: My talk is called “The Epochal Crisis.”  The term “epochal crisis” was introduced by Jason Moore to deal with periods in which economic and ecological crises intersect or merge.  We are certainly in the greatest epochal crisis in the history of the world. . . .  Now, we can also talk about this in terms of unequal exchange — unequal ecological exchange. Continue reading

US has ‘no veto’ over disclosure of Blair-Bush communications – UK

15 November 2013 — RT

 Reports that the US will veto the disclosure of conversations between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush have been denied by the UK Cabinet Office, which stated that the US does not have a veto.

The communications between the leaders are seen as key pieces of evidence in the inquiry into British involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq. 

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War Criminals Hide Evidence: US Blocks Publication of Chilcot’s Report on How Britain Went to War With Iraq By James Cusick

15 November 2013 — The Independent 

Department of State’s objection to release of key evidence may prevent inquiry’s conclusions from ever being published, except in heavily redacted form

Washington is playing the lead role in delaying the publication of the long-awaited report into how Britain went to  war with Iraq, The Independent has learnt.