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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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Information Clearing House
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Alternet
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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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According to a government agency responsible for promoting Sweden overseas, the country has several major brands to thank when it comes to being recognized on the world stage. In addition to car makers Volvo and furniture store IKEA, interest in Sweden has been boosted thanks to the notorious Pirate Bay. But the file-sharing fun doesn't end there. By Andy of TorrentFreak.

As countries fight for prominence on the international stage, being recognized among trading partners and the global general public is an important part of the battle.

For example, London imagery and the royal family are powerful overseas marketing tools for the UK while superstar movie and music icons ensure that United States branding is funneled into hundreds of millions of overseas homes every single day. In Sweden the government has its own agency tasked with understanding overseas cultures and promoting Sweden and Swedish issues globally.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Courtney Barnett
KCRW AND SXSW 2015
Latest: Neil Young
Paris 1976
Latest: Grand Funk Railroad
Fort Benning 2015
Latest: BB King and Eric Clapton
Atlanta 1979
Latest: Donald Fagen
Toronto 2006
Little Steven and Jackson Browne
Stockholm 1987
Eric Clapton
Madison Square Garden 2015 (Second Night)
The Untouchables
Venice, CA 2014
Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House
Koeln 2014
BB King [R.I.P. 1925-2015]
Seattle 1971
Sonic Youth
Amsterdam 1985
BB King [R.I.P. 1925-2015]
Houston 1982
Patti Smith
Village Underground, NY 2001
Tangerine Dream
Melbourne 1975
Rush
Tulsa 2015
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Soul To Soul Sessions 1985
Aphex Twin
Roskilde 1997
Bob Dylan
White Dove - Irving Plaza, New York 1997
Butthole Surfers
Germany 1986
Karrin Allyson
Boston 2015
Sparks
Los Angeles 1974
Van Morrison
Paris 1991
Bob Dylan
Amsterdam First Evening 2009
Lynyrd Skynyrd
1970 Demos and More

Restart
Latest: Bob Dylan
Rothbury 2009
Latest: Beck
KCRW 2006
Betty Davis
France 1976
Lowell George
Bethesda 1974
Elton John
Tokyo 1971
BB King [R.I.P. 1925-2015]
Newport Jazz Festival 1969
BB King [R.I.P. 1925-2015]
Monterey 1967
BB King [R.I.P. 1925-2015]
Fillmore East 1971
Joan Jett
New York 1980

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Milwaukee Auditorium, Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Three "Official Audience Recording"
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Towson Center, Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. Four "Official Audience Recording"
Sharks - Rainbow Theatre 1973
Sufjan Stevens - "Carrie & Lowell Opening Night" 2015
Savoy Brown - Chicago and Connecticut 1969 SBD
Savoy Brown - Ludlow Garage 1970 SBD
Savoy Brown - Seattle 1972
Linda Ronstadt - Star Spangled Girl 1977 Complete show
Plan 9 - Florida 1985
Rolling Stones - Foxes In The Boxes Vol. Three
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Rockpalast 1974
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Frankfurt 1975
Long Ryders - Columbus, Ohio 1984
Joni Mitchell - Ithaca 1974
Morrissey - Live in Paris 2014 Most Complete Version
Tom Paxton and Janis Ian w/Robin Bullock - Chicago 2013 Pt 1 FM
Les Rallizes Denudes - Studio Demo Tracks 1976 remastered
Les Rallizes Denudes - Kinjo University, Nagoya 1976
Les Rallizes Denudes - Studio Demo Tracks 1979
Les Rallizes Denudes - Complete Legendary Studio Sessions 1980
Arlo Guthrie - The Bitter End 1967
Grateful Dead - Boston 1973
Grateful Dead - Yale Bowl 1971
Grateful Dead - Academy of Music, New York March 22, 1972
Grateful Dead - Academy of Music, New York March 28, 1972
Mickey Hart & The Marin County Collective - "Fire On The Mountain Collection" 1972-1974
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration feat. Warren Haynes & The Colorado Symphony Orchestra - Red Rocks 2014 Satellite Broadcast
J. Geils Band - New York 1972 FM
J.Geils Band - Detroit 1974 SBD
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Essen 2015
Bob Dylan - Trainload Of Fools, Germany 1978
Richard & Mimi Fariña - Harvard Square, Cambridge 1965

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
St. Vincent - Lollapalooza 2015 HDTV 1080p
Liv Warfield featuring The NPG Hornz - North Sea Jazz 2014 SDTV
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC March 13, 1980
VARIOUS - The Nation's Favourite 70s Number One 2015
Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker (Grigorovich) 2014, HDTV 1080i
AOA - Like a Cat, Performances Collection, 2014-2015 HDTV 1080
Eric Clapton - Basel 2013 HDTV 1080i UPGRADE
Eric Clapton - Basel 2013 HDTV 720p UPGRADE
Robert Plant - Lollapalooza 2015 HDTV 1080p
Courtney Barnett - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2015 webcast 720p
Hardin & York - Live At Essener Pop & Blues Festival 1970
David Murray w Saul Williams - France 2015 webcast 720p
VARIOUS - The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 1080i HDTV
VARIOUS - Stevie Wonder, Songs In The Key Of Life, An All-Star Grammy Salute HDTV 1080i
VARIOUS - Queens Of Jazz BBC4 2013
VARIOUS - Internationales Essener Blues Festival 69'
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC January 31, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC February 7, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC February 15, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC February 22, 1980
VARIOUS - Top of the Pops, BBC February 28, 1980
Them - Live at Olympia Theatre, Paris 1965
Tom Waits - Denmark TV-Radio Studios June 1976
Stevie Wonder - Cannes, France 1974
The Zombies - House of Blues 2015 webcast 720p
Ben Webster w Oscar Peterson Quartet - Germany 1972

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Donald Fagen - Toronto 2006 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada; March 13, 2006. Very good soundboard. Oozing charm and playfulness.
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Features

Celebrating Real Heroes Like the One We’ve Just Lost

While the world mourns the death of blues musician BB King, the passing of Kwementyaye Randall on May 13, 2015 (he was 89) was practically overlooked. By John Pilger.

If you want to meet the best Australians, meet Indigenous men and women who understand this extraordinary country and have fought for the rights of the world’s oldest culture. Theirs is a struggle more selfless, heroic and enduring than any historical adventure non-Indigenous Australians are required incessantly to celebrate.

I know this to be true, because I have been reporting from and filming in Indigenous communities for most of my life. In 1984, I met one of the best Australians, Kwementyaye Randall. Kwementyaye Randall was, like so many others, stolen from his mother. He was seven when he was taken by the “authorities’, and he never saw his mother again and grew up alone.

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A Little Love For A Disintegrating Country

In the face of the riots in Baltimore, music writer Lee Ballinger pens his love for a disintegrating America.

My mother immigrated to the United States from Brazil by ship when she was sixteen years old. Her mother was from the small town of Gravata in the northeast, not far from where Lula, the autoworker who would become president of Brazil, was born. My father’s Dutch/English ancestors also came by sea, but in 1642. One of their descendants was a laborer in the small party of men who founded the city of Newark, New Jersey.

Growing up, I never felt like the son of immigrants. Maybe because the word “immigrant” didn’t carry the weight it does today.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Iris DeMent's Wasteland Provokes Intense Debate
When Iris DeMent wrote Wasteland Of The Free in 1996, it angered conservatives in America, war veterans and some politicians. The five-minute song denounces religious and political hypocrisy and corruption, government and corporate attacks on workers' wages, the great and growing gap between rich and poor. But the singer was never arrested or charged with any hate crime. Nineteen years later all that DeMent wrote about has probably gotten a lot worst. There's a YouTube link below where first-timers can listen to the song. By Richard Phillips. This article was first published on March 12, 1999.
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How Independent Artists and Labels Are Getting Squeezed Out By The 'Vinyl Revival'
In spite of increasing record sales, limited pressing plants and larger orders from the majors and the likes of Jack White mean indie releases are pushed aside in the vinyl market. By Mike Campbell.
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What's A $1000 For A Beatles Vinyl?
WIRED has put the spotlight on vinyl in its latest edition.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Crying In The Dark
The cries and groans of a girl raped by her stepfather are contrasted with the cries of the young prostitutes in Thailand but it is Charlene Choi who gets the limelight in Herman Yau's not-that-bleak Sara (2015). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Groper Train
A vigilante who slashes gropers on trains and a young girl who lures gropers for sex are part of what makes Nagisa Isogai's The Lust Of Angels (2014) intriguing. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Night With A Princess
Hajime Hashimoto's Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures (2013) sounds really inviting on paper - a wayward princess, after a night of sex with a thief, runs off to join a brothel. Too bad, it's only on paper, says Stephen Tan.
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Little Sister Won't You Please Please Me
A brand new step-sister with a chastity belt, and a horny ghost in tow - as if that's not an invite to some familial hijinks in Yuki Aoyama's What‘s Going On With My Sister (2014). Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Drone Music
General Atomics might even use John Williams' Imperial March to soundtrack its drone ad but what is terrifying is not the explosion but the stretches of silence that will resound long after it. By David Yearsley.
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Asian Docos Now!
The increasing number of Asian documentaries is really just a long bottled-up suppression that was just waiting to explode. It’s a long history of experiencing injustice and feeling helpless about it. As Philip Cheah says, It’s just a long time coming.
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The Furor Over “Fuck France”
In 2010, Saïd Bouamama co-authored the book Fuck France with Saidou from the ZEP group. After its release, an extreme right-wing organization pressed charges for incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence. In January 2015, shortly after the “defend freedom of speech march,” Saïd Bouamama and Saidou appeared before the Court of First Instance. Saïd Bouamama, a sociologist specializing in discrimination toward working class immigrants, analyzes the context of the post-Charlie Hebdo French society. Interview by By Michel Collon.
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Why Mayweather v Pacquaio is Not the Biggest Fight in Boxing History
The Mayweather vs Pacquaio fight on May 2, 2015 might be big news and big money but the Jack Johnson vs Jim Jeffries (1910); Joe Louis vs Max Schmeling (1936, 1938) and Cassius Clay vs Sonny Liston (1964) fights were all politically and historically significant. By John Wight.
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The Liberal Arts Do Not Drive the Economy
Of what use is "critical thinking skills"; "independent thought" when in real life what your managers wanted least was creativity. (What people wanted was a paycheck and to go home in the afternoon.) So what's a liberal education for? It's what separates humans from animals. We think, therefore we are. By Christopher C Schons.
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Movie Reviews
Unfriended
Dir: Leo Gabriadze

Fangoria says Leo Gabriadze's Unfriended (2015) takes the found-footage genre "into different, relevant directions while providing a gripping and scary viewing experience throughout". Critic After Dark Noel Vera calls it like he sees 'em: "the cleverest part - a horror movie about social media told entirely through the medium of social media".
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Dir: Joss Whedon

In Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015), Joss Whedon manages to create a sequel that's not necessarily bigger but (hopefully) better, all while sorting out and keeping consistent the various threads of this rather ridiculous little weave they call a universe, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Maligno
Dir: Celso Ad Castillo

Critic After Dark Noel Vera braces himself for some midnight madness as he revisits Celso Ad Castillo's cult classic Maligno (1977), "possibly one of the greatest Filipino horror films ever made."
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The Magical World of Pedro Penduko
Dir: Celso Ad Castillo

When Celso Ad Castillo's The Magical World of Pedro Penduko (1973) is filled with magic, action, song-and-dance and melodrama, Critic After Dark Noel Vera decides to sit down and make some sense out of it.
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Selma
Dir: Ava DuVernay

Critic After Dark Noel Vera catches up on two biopics - Ava DuVernay's Selma (2014) and Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (2014) - both problematic. Which one's historically accurate, which mostly invented? Which succeeds and which fails? Which is the better work?
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