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Why So Quiet $ingapore?
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You Kept Silent
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Welcome To $heep City
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Singapore Democrats
Tak Boleh Tahan ['cannot take it anymore']
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Far King Bus Turd
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$ingapore Is Burma's Biggest Investor
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Talkin' About My Revolutions
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Is There An Islamic Problem?
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May Day, May Day
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Still Not Free After All These Years
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Honey, I Shrunk The News
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How Many $ingaporeans?
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CounterPunch
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Information Clearing House
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Rock & Rap Confidential
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Alternet
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Won't Get Fooled Again

New Items Added
November 8, 2017

$ingapore PR 'Fat Leonard' Probe Widens To Ensnare More Than 60 US Admirals

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Do The Independence

There are over 263 tracks on Do The Independence, a five-disc indie music compilation. The box set comes with a silver disc DVD (which contains 203 songs but no video); four CD-Rs (TDK or Sony discs) of 60 tracks; and printed artwork. All together there are over 175 acts.
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DEJA VU...

Ten years ago, in 1998, Malaysians took to the streets and braved water cannons when they stood up for Anwar Ibrahim and reformasi. With what's happening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysians might have to take to the streets again in 2008. Click here to read or buy Sabri Zain's first-person account of those early reformasi days in Face Off.

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Tokyo 2011

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New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Basel 2011 (data)

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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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While turbulent during the best of times, gigantic waves of change are now sweeping across the Middle East. The magnitude is such that the impact on the global price of oil, as well as world markets, is likely to be enormous. By Chris Martenson.

A dramatic geo-political realignment by Saudi Arabia is in full swing this month. It’s upending many decades of established strategic relationships among the world's superpowers and, in particular, is throwing the Middle East into turmoil. So much is currently in flux, especially in Saudi Arabia, that nearly anything can happen next. Which is precisely why this volatile situation should command our focused attention at this time.

That it's receiving too little attention in the US press given the implications, is a tip off as to just how big a deal this is.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
(Click on the link to download the show)
Latest: Deep Purple
BBC In Concert, London; November 16, 2017
Latest: Hurray For The Riff Raff
Amsterdam 2017
Latest: Radio Kinshasa
Moers 2017
Latest: Herman's Hermits
Bronx 2017
Latest: Fleetwood Mac
Paris 1977
Shonen Knife
Melbourne 2017
Cream
Western Tour '68
Bon Iver
Los Angeles 2017
Hudson (Jack DeJohnette et al)
St Louis 2017
TajMo': The Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Band
San Javier 2017
Elton John
Royal Festival Hall, London 1972
Frank Sinatra
Restart: Hong Kong 1962
The Roots And Friends
Irving, TX 2017
The Wedding Present
London 2017
Wishbone Ash
Sellersville, PA 2017
Fairport Convention
West Hollywood 1974
Paul Simon
Austin 2017
John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring
Port Chester; November 4, 2017
Bob Dylan
Warfield Theater, San Francisco; November 16, 1980
Broken Social Scene
New York 2017
Tom Petty [R.I.P.1950-2017]
Hollywood 1977
Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra
Finland 2016
Frank Sinatra
Saloon Singer
Deep Purple
Budokan 2016
Martha Wainwright
Germany 2017
Journey
Winterland 1973
Talking Heads
Boston 1979
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
Santa Monica 2017
Portugal. The Man
Santa Monica 2017
Santana
Transmission Impossible - Legendary Broadcasts '70s - '80s
Protomartyr
Chicago 2017
Portugal. The Man
Austin 2017
Linkin Park & Friends [Chester Bennington R.I.P. 1976-2017]
Hollywood Bowl, October 27, 2017
Archie Shepp
Paris 2017
Tom Petty [R.I.P.1950-2017]
Oakland 1991
Lillie Mae
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco 2017
Chuck Prophet
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco 2017
Guns N' Roses
The Ritz, New York 1987
Various (Ed Harcourt, Pete Doherty, Paul Duffy and more)
Sgt Pepper's Live - Paris 2017
Fats Domino [R.I.P. 1928 - 2017]
New York 1975
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco 2017
Jamey Johnson
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco 2017
Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco 2017
The Killers
Austin 2017
Sting
Osaka 2017
Broetzmann / Parker / Drake
Italy 2016
John Taylor's Foil / Vocal Summit
Brighton 1987
Olivia Newton-John
Texas 2017
Frank Zappa
Fillmore West 1970
The Tragically Hip [Gord Downie R.I.P. 1964 - 2017]
Toronto 1989
Van Morrison
Eden Project, Cornwall 2017
Dan Auerbach
Los Angeles 2017
BBC Concert Orchestra
Queen: Friday Night, At The Opera 2017
Patti Smith
Cleveland 1978
The Swell Season
Bremen 2009
Liam Gallagher
Berlin 2017
John Mellencamp
Farm Aid, Pennsylvania 2017
Kamasi Washington
London 2016
Salena Jones
Austria 1973
Rickie Lee Jones
New York 2016
Eric Clapton
Detroit 1975
Mark Lindsay
Pasadena 2017
Bob Dylan
Albuquerque, December 5, 1979
Manassas
Amsterdam 1972
Imagine Dragons
Munich 2017
Guns N' Roses
New York 2017
Frank Sinatra
Monte Carlo 1958
Various
BBC Proms - Charles Mingus Revisited 2017
Trevor Watts Quartet
London 2017
Tony Williams
New York 1970
Stevie Wonder
Central Park, New York 2017
Eric Clapton
Criteria Studios, Miami 1975
Bob Dylan
Albuquerque 1979
Tom Petty [R.I.P.1950-2017]
Hollywood Bowl 2017

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Lucinda Williams w Buddy Miller & Jason Isbell - Nashville 2016, audience
Todd Rundgren - Agoura Hills, CA 2016, audience
Gregory Porter - Dusseldorf 2013, FM
Freda Payne - Boston 2016, HD-FM
Alan Parsons with Todd Rundgren, John Entwhistle and Friends - Fukuoka 2001
Rickie Lee Jones & The Stockholm Art Orchestra - Stockholm Sweden, 2015, FM
Shawn Colvin - Palo Alto, CA 1994, SBD
Guy Clark and Michelle Shocked (opening act) - San Francisco, CA 1988, FM
The Church - Fairfield 2016
Os Mutantes - 1970 Rehearsals in Sao Paulo, soundboard
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, FM
Alabama Shakes - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
The Beatles - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me, Tony Barrow
Jeff Beck - Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980, Audience MR PEACH RECORDING
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Köln, Germany 2016, FM
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Live In Session, Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW FM 2016, FM
Syd Barrett - Tattooed
Neil Young + Promise of The Real - Rebel Content Tour 2015 Compilation, audience
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Earth album: Naked
Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Texas 2016, Audience
Neil Young - Collector's Heartland
Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 - Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016, audience mp3
The Who - This Old Lifehouse: The Bootleg Reconstruction Project VERSION 2
Joe Walsh - Watsonville, CA 1987
The The - Amsterdam 2000, FM speed corrected
The The (Matt Johnson) - Parkpop Festival, The Netherlands 1990, FM
Paul Simon - Oklahoma 2016, audience
Prince - Work It Version 2, UPDATED
Prince - Rehearsal 1984, soundboard
Prince and the New Power Generation - Live at the BBC 1993, FM
Prince - City Lights Vol 4, Purple Rain Tour 1984-1985, Soundboard
Prince - City Lights Volume 6, The Sign O' The Times Tour 1987, soundboard, FM Remastered And Extended
The Rolling Stones - El Libertador, Chile 2016, IEM+audience
Santana - Allentown 2016, two-source mix audience
"Pickin' on Hippies" - Denver CO 2013, Soundboard, audience matrix
Van Morrison - Boston 2016, A Belfrank Audience Recording
Van Morrison featuring the Caledonia Soul Orchestra - Live at The Troubadour, Hollywood 1973, audience
King Crimson - Tokyo, Japan 2015, Audience
Jimi Hendrix - European (Radio) Broadcasts Collection 1966-1967, FM


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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Jack Bruce - "Swing In", Germany 1972, HDTV
James Booker and Memphis Piano Red - Molde, Norway 1978, webstream mp4 720p
Gary Burton Quartet - Oslo, Norway 1970, webstream mp4 720p
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Ben Folds - The Fillmore, Detroit 2016, webcast 720p
Art Farmer - Oslo, Norway 1968, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth & Totti Bergh - "Laila + Totti = Jazz" show, Oslo, Norway 1973, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth and Roy Hellvins Orchestra -  Oslo, Norway 1971, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016, HDTV 720p
VARIOUS - Jazz At The White House 2016 Complete show, Youtube 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 1, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Molde Jazz Festival Pt 2, Norway 1968, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1963-1970 Pt 1, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Highlights from Norwegian TV Jazz Archives 1970-1984 Pt 2, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1971-1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - Kalvoya Festival, Norway 1985, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - 30 Years of Molde Jazz Festival 1990, webstream mp4 720p
VARIOUS - BBC Shakespeare Live From The RSC 2016
Neil Young - An Evening With Neil Young Q&A, Los Angeles 2016 webcast 1080p
Wolfmother - Cologne, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Steps Ahead Meets WDR Big Band - Leverkusen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Maxine Nightingale - Oslo, Norway 1977, webstream mp4 720p
The Nice - Oslo, Norway 1969, webstream flv 720p
My Morning Jacket  - Austin City Limits Live 2016, webcast 720p
Minafric Orchestra & Faraualla - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Sarah McKenzie + Stéphane Belmondo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Herbie Mann Quartet - Kongsberg, Norway 1983, webstream flv 720p
Charles Lloyd + Jason Moran Duo - Jazz sous les pommiers, France 2016, webcast 720p
Natalia Lafourcade - Mexico City 2016, webcast 720p
Verdi's Rigoletto, Paris 2016 HDTV 1080p opera
Peter Frampton - Tiny Desk Concert, NPR, Washington, DC 2016, webcast 1080p
John Fogerty - Stagecoach Festival, Indio, California 2016, webcast 1080p


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Paul Simon - Austin 2017 [no label, 1CD] Austin City Limits. The Moody Theater, Austin, Texas; May 12, 2016. Broadcast on PBS-TV on October 1, 2017. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast)."No tricks, nothing fancy, but still beautiful after all these years."
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Features

The Attack on 'Fake News' is Really an Attack on Alternative Media

As the author of an article labeled “pro-Russia propaganda,” I can testify that unorthodox views are under attack. By Dave Lindorff.

These are tough days to be a serious journalist. Report a story now, with your facts all lined up nicely, and you’re still likely to have it labeled “fake news” by anyone whose ox you’ve gored - and even by friends who don’t share your political perspective. For good measure, they’ll say you’ve based it on “alternative facts”.

Historians say the term “fake news” dates from the late 19th-century era of “yellow journalism”, but the term really took off in 2016, a little over a year ago, during Donald Trump’s run for the presidency. It described several different things, from fact-free, pro-Trump online media to sensationalistic and largely untrue stories whose only goal was eyeballs and dollars.

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The City In Cinema: From 'Calcutta' To 'Kolkata'

Cities take on unique perspectives in cinematic vision. Many legendary Indian directors from Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak to Mrinal Sen, have all tackled the city of Calcutta. Calcutta (now Kolkata) was the capital of the British Raj till 1911. The importance of the city started declining since the capital shifted to Delhi. The great Bengal Famine of 1942 and the Partition of India (rather of Bengal and Punjab) in 1947 pegged the city further back. The prosperous film industry, thanks to the New Theatres studio, also started dwindling in the late '40s with a fleet of technicians and directors flocking to the shores of the Arabian Sea in Bombay (now Mumbai). By Amitava Nag.

In 1953 Nirmal Dey’s romantic comedy Saare Chuattor launched a new screen couple in the form of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. They blitzkrieged their way to stardom and attained insurmountable heights in the next part of the decade and the two that followed it. Most of the twenty-odd films they starred together in the '50s were runaway hits

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Rebel Music
The Liberation Music Collective's new release, Rebel Portraiture, follows the jazz tradition as "music of the forgotten and ignored; of the oppressed and the rebellious." By Ron Jacobs.
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Katy Perry’s Gastro-Pop, Gastro-Porn Orgy
Despite a controversial props malfunction in Nashville, Katy Perry continues to offer herself as the main course in a movable feast that sees the pop singer as consumer product that also consumes others. By David Yearsley.
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Jazz Revolutionaries: Monk and Dizzy
Writer David Yearsley declares "2017 the centenary of Boppers and Bolsheviks" - and looks at the birth of the cool bop through the lives and times of pianist Thelonius Monk and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
The Last British Empire Paedophile: Morality, Art and Donald Friend
Is the art of an immoral, criminal artist to be treated as its creator? By Binoy Kampmark.
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Globalization Is Poverty
164,000 jobs created in $ingapore through tourism reported the nation-builder press on October 25, 2017. Who says globalization will lead to poverty? Alas, a closer reading reveals no data on salaries earned by these new jobs nor exactly what type of jobs these are? More "high salaried" waiters and shop sales staff? Don't dream, it's over. Central bankers and politicians pushing for globalization are making the rich richer. By Raúl Ilargi Meijer.
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Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 Compared to 1917
The future beckons, and the state has to choose between saving its bankers and lowering the economy’s cost structure. Will the government enforce bank and bondholder claims, or will it give priority to the economy and its people? By Michael Hudson.
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My History With Alexander Cockburn and the Financial Future of CounterPunch
BigO "borrows" a large number of commentaries from CounterPunch because they are well-written opinions, insights and backgrounders for much of what's happening in the world today. CounterPunch are having their annual donation drive right now. You can't spend more wisely than by giving a donation. By CounterPunch’s longtime business manager, Becky Grant.
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Kim Dotcom Plots Hollywood's Downfall
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Kim Dotcom is offering support to victims of similar abuse. The entrepreneur says he'll fund a class-action lawsuit to expose the crimes of high-ranking Hollywood executives. By Andy of TorrentFreak.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Zombie Gross Out
When all else fails, there's always Noboru Iguchi's Zombie Ass: Toilet Of The Dead (2011). Just don't watch it with a heavy stomach. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Hong Kong Protests
Bleak but hopeful... that seems to be the message behind Ten Years (2015), an anthology of five segments whose Best Film award at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards not only brought it fame but controversy as well. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho The Bailiff
In the light of today’s renewed interest in Buddhism, Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho The Bailiff (1954), one of the last six films made before his death, can be viewed through a fresh spiritual, aesthetic prism. After all, the tale of a pair of siblings sold into slavery, a mother taken away to a life as a prostitute, and a father, disgraced as a rebellious governor who cared too much for his people, and dies in exile; is essentially a Buddhist parable of idealism and compassion. By Philip Cheah.
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Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards
If war is crazy, then the most passionate efforts to resist war must be equally crazy. This is perhaps the premise of Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards (2000), a metaphorical fable of a people (Iranian Kurds) locked inside a warzone (symbolised by the rugged mountains) they live in, and seemingly unable to break free of the trap. By Philip Cheah.
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Kim Ki Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring
Can cruelty be gentle? The answer is yes, and why not? Cruelty can also be innocent. In the first chapter of Kim Ki Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring (2003), a child monk plays by tying stones to a fish, frog and snake. Two of the three creatures die thus earning a lesson of Buddhist karma from the old monk: “If one of them has died, you will always carry that stone in your heart.” By Philip Cheah.
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Movie Reviews
The Woman Who Left
Dir: Lav Diaz
In September 2016, Lav Diaz's The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. It was the third time Diaz had entered a film at the festival and it was the only entry produced entirely by an Asian production film company. Though based on Tolstoy, with a transgendered lost soul on the sideline, call it Dostoevsky for the new millennium, bizarre behavior that touches the waywardly performatively perverse in us. By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Heneral Luna
Dir: Jerrold Tarog
While the battle sequences in Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna (2015) are panoramic spectacles, it is the infighting between the various characters that delivers sobering lessons for the viewer: that ability and talent are often rewarded with envy, suspicion and hate; and that the Filipino's greatest enemy and most debilitating weakness is his own people. Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Son Of Sauli (Saul fia)
Dir: Lazlo Nemes
The Holocaust, from the view of a Jew assigned to pull bodies out of gas chambers and load them into the ovens for cremation. The land of nightmare in Lazlo Nemes' Son Of Saul (2015), reviewed by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Taxi
Dir: Jafar Pahani
Jafar Pahani might have been banned from making movies for 20 years but that has not stopped the Iranian filmmaker. Using footage from his dashboard-mounted 'security camera' and from handphone cameras, Taxi, to quote what one "passenger" said, is Iranian life that is "real but not real real". By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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