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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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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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“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.” - John Lennon (1969). By John W Whitehead.

Militant nonviolent resistance works. Peaceful, prolonged protests work. Mass movements with huge numbers of participants work.

Yes, America, it is possible to use occupations and civil disobedience to oppose government policies, counter injustice and bring about change outside the confines of the ballot box.

It has been done before. It can be done again.

For example, in May of 1932, more than 43,000 people, dubbed the Bonus Army - World War I veterans and their families - marched on Washington.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Tom Petty
The Netherlands 1982
Latest: Chuck Berry
Montreux 1972
Latest: Stevie Wonder's House Full Of Toys
Los Angeles, December 10, 2017
Latest: Grizzly Bear
Santa Monica 2017
Latest: John Lennon
Some Time In New York City Sessions
John Lennon
The Alternate Some Time In New York City
PJ Harvey
Green Man Festival, Wales 2017
Shabaka And The Ancestors
Berlin 2017
Mogwai
London 2017
Liam Gallagher
London 2017
Dave Holland
Finland 2016
Frank Sinatra
Royal Festival Hall, London 1962
Dave Brubeck Quartet
London 1966
Pink Floyd
Detroit 1975
David Nelson Band
Arcata, CA 2009
Chic & Nile Rodgers
London 2017
Eric Clapton
Santa Monica 1978 / Dallas 1976
Belle And Sebastian
KCRW, Santa Monica 2015
Lambchop
Tucson 2012
Stan Getz Quartet
Paris/The Netherlands 1971
Henri Texier
Lugano 2017
Neil Young
Omemee, Ontario - December 1, 2017
Nels Cline Lovers
Berlin 2017
Free
Crossroads - Fort Worth/San Francisco 1973
Steely Dan
02 Arena, London 2017
Cheap Trick
San Francisco 2017
Beck
London 2017
Van Morrison
Nashville 2017
Buckingham/McVie
Milwaukee 2017
UFO
Milwaukee 1986
St Vincent
Detroit 2017
Pink Floyd
Missing Pieces - Tokyo 1972
Jazz Meets India
Donaueschingen 1967
Jackson Browne
Hamburg 1993
Sentieri Selvaggi
Milano 2017
Frank Sinatra
Milan 1962
Tears For Fears
London 2017
David Cassidy [R.I.P. 1950 - 2017]
The Pretenders
Austin 2017
Lady Gaga
Dive Bar Tour 2016 (Nashville/New York/Los Angeles)
Blondie
London 2017
AC/DC [Malcolm Young R.I.P. 1953 - 2017]
Hobart 1977
Wolf Alice
Los Angeles 2017
Rod Stewart
Seattle 1977
Malcolm (AC/DC) Young R.I.P. 1953 - 2017
Hammersmith Odeon, London 1979
Malcolm (AC/DC) Young R.I.P. 1953 - 2017
Transmission Impossible - Restart
Malcolm (AC/DC) Young R.I.P. 1953 - 2017
Ft Lauderdale 1977 - Restart
Gabriele Coen
Roma 2017
Deep Purple
BBC In Concert, London; November 16, 2017
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Amsterdam 2017
Radio Kinshasa
Moers 2017
Herman's Hermits
Bronx 2017
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

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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
John Lennon - Some Time In New York City Sessions [Misterclaudel MCCD 403/403/404; 3CD] Unreleased session and demo tracks."Produce your own dream."
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Features

War Is Peace

Yet another agonizingly, mystifying move by the Donald, this time in Jerusalem. The President seems determined to reduce American hegemony to make "America great again". Inside its own four walls, that is. By Gilad Atzmon.

No one has utilised the Orwellian dictate that ‘War is Peace’ better than Donald Trump. In Orwell’s1984, the Party maintains stability at home by waging constant war elsewhere.

Some contend that the American president is ‘illiterate’ and ‘ignorant.’ Others argue that it is his intellectual skills that are limited. I have read some negative assessments of the President’s mental condition. But no one can really dispute Trump’s achievements. Against all odds, Trump became president. Despite relentless efforts to evict him from office, he has managed to cling to the White building. He regularly makes unpredictable, unpopular decisions that make no sense to most reasonable, intelligent people. He communicates with the world by means of snippets and tweets. Yet miraculously, he prevails. 

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From The Caucasus To The Balkans, China’s Silk Roads Are Rising

The rise of China as an economic powerhouse has politicians and puppet masters nervous about their future role in managing the world. By Pepe Escobar.

The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress (October 18-24, 2017) made it clear that the New Silk Roads - aka, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - launched by President Xi Jinping just four years ago, provides the concept around which all Chinese foreign policy is to revolve for the foreseeable future. Up until the symbolic 100th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, in 2049, in fact.

Virtually every nook and cranny of the Chinese administration is invested in making the BRI Grand Strategy a success: economic actors, financial players, state-owned enterprises (SOEs), the private sector, the diplomatic machine, think tanks, and - of course - the media, are all on board.

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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]
US Looks To South-East Asia To Unleash Its ISIS Hordes
Those insects at the International Crisis Group are at it again. Crawling around the wreckage and whispering horse#@*t to move forward Western policy of the ISIS terror threat. Somehow we are to believe the Middle East crisis is coming to South-east Asia. Say what? By Tony Cartalucci.
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The Fires This Time
It's easy to blame errant folks for big forest fires but politicians and corporations are turning a blind eye to climate changes as the source and instead join in the plunder when the smoke clears. By Jeffrey St Clair.
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There Is Now A Celebrity Perv Random Apology Generator
Sorry is indeed the "hardest word". Reported by Tyler Durden.
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Meek Moment Triggers Demands For Justice Reform
The recent incarceration of star Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill brings up many issues beyond how the justice system should handle obstinate individuals. A judge imprisoned Mill for serial violations of his parole conditions. By Linn Washington Jr.
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The Media And The Damage Done
$ingapore media prides itself as a nation-builder, manufacturing consensus. The results of 36* years of this consensus building have had some unanticipated side-effects. We have nurtured a nation of politics-avoiding consumers who lack creativity, entrepreneurial skill and now we have been told we are not as good as foreigners. The damage has been done. But the intrusions of the internet have broken the tight grip of our monopoly media to offer hope. There are now more ways than a plane ticket out of here to listen, read and watch alternate points of view. So where do we go from here? Professor Edward Herman, who co-wrote Manufacturing Consent, is an authority on the mass media as propaganda. Xiao Jinhong and Michael Cheah interviewed him on the evolving role of the media in the new millennium. *This article was printed in BigO #184 (April 2001).
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
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..
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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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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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