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Hong Kong has gripped the imagination of young people everywhere as the bastion to proclaim freedom. So much so that everyone has forgotten the yellow shirts (Mouvement des gilets jaunes) demonstrating in Paris, France for economic justice since late 2018. The French government then offered and implemented reforms as a result of the protests. By Thomas Hon Wing Polin.

As the Western Empire ramps up its full-spectrum war on the Chinese, its latest target is Hong Kong, China’s premier special administrative region (SAR). Even the latest wave of media assaults confirms it.

An essential adjunct to an Imperial attack on any designated victim is a sustained campaign of demonization, conducted through mainstream media and supported by associated local media. Such a drive had been ongoing in Hong Kong, since the former British colony returned to its motherland in 1997.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Trivium
Rock am Ring - Nurburg 2019
Latest: Bob Dylan
Infidels (Original Mix - A Reconstruction)
Latest: Edwyn Collins
Quay Sessions - Glasgow 2019
Latest: Violent Femmes
Las Vegas 2019
Latest: Alice Coltrane Sextet
Berkeley 1972
Catherine Russell
Boston 2019
Golden Earring
Pinkpop - The Netherlands 2019
Rock am Ring - Nurburg 2019
Cleveland 1976
Buenos Aires 1998
Meat Puppets
Chicago 2019
Giants Of Jazz [Dizzy Gillespie, T Monk, Art Blakey]
Paris 1972
The Cure
Pinkpop - The Netherlands 2019
The Who
Philadelphia 2019
Bring Me The Horizon
Rock am Ring - Nurburg 2019
Elvis Costello with Steve Nieve
Boston 1996
Alice In Chains
Rock am Ring - Nurburg 2019
The Specials
Berlin 2019
Giants Of Jazz [Dizzy Gillespie, T Monk, Art Blakey]
Paris 1971
Van Morrison [Dr John R.I.P. 1941 - 2019]
The Netherlands 1977
The Who
Buffalo 2019
David Bowie
Transmission Impossible
Elvis Costello with Steve Nieve
Chicago 1996
Alice Cooper
Melbourne 1977
The Cure
Sydney 2019
The Rolling Stones
Chicago, June 21, 2019
Stan Getz
Chicago 1985
Bob Dylan
Spain 2019
Neil Young
Vancouver 2019
The Rolling Stones
New Jersey 1981 [CD3/4 of 6]
Elvis Costello with Steve Nieve
Los Angeles 1996
Dire Straits
Alternate Brothers In Arms
New York 2019
Jon Hassell
Finland 2009
The Doors
Transmission Impossible
Bobby Darin
Commitment [1969, public domain]
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Nobody Sings Dylan Like Gill 'n' Dave
Linda Ronstadt
Los Angeles 1977
Ensemble Modern with Guests
Ruang Suara (soundscapes) - Amsterdam 2017
Hall & Oates
Pawling, NY 2018
Dr John [R.I.P. 1941 - 2019]
Syracuse 1972
Dr John [R.I.P. 1941 - 2019]
Belgium 2015
The Pretenders
Scotland 2017
The Rolling Stones
New Jersey 1981 [CD1/2 of 6]
Van Morrison
Unreleased Live 2003
Bobby Darin
Born Walden Robert Cassotto [1968, public domain]
The National
New York 2019
Han Bennink with Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino and more
The Netherlands 2017
Philadelphia 2019
Bonnie Raitt
The Record Plant, Sausalito 1973
The Carpenters
London 1976
Eric Clapton
Tokyo 1977
Bobby Darin
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Chris Difford and Boo Hewerdine
Glasgow 2019
Mal Waldron
Berlin 1975
Bob Dylan
Big Pink
Diana Ross
Las Vegas 1992
Rick Wakeman
Sheffield 1981
Talk Talk
Paris 1984
Nurburg 2001
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Sydney 2019
Mal Waldron
Freiburg 1976
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London 1971
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Warfield Theater, San Francisco 1979
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Kansas City 1981
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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


ROIO Of The Week
Elvis Costello with Steve Nieve - Chicago 1996 [no label, 2CD] Live at Park West, Chicago, IL; May 18, 1996. Very good FM broadcast (officially released recordings removed). For anyone looking to have a complete collection of all the FM shows from which the 1996 Coslello & Nieve box set were sourced.
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Pessimism, Optimism And The Role Of Intellectuals

The 2019 Hongkong protest has become a flashpoint to debate whether people should be optimistic for change or accept that nothing can be done. In the end, it's really up to you. You have a choice. By Gary Olson.

Back in December 10, 2016, after 45 years of college teaching, I met my last class. The course was "Intro to International Politics: How the World Works". After 12 weeks of exposing countless myths, fables, and misinformation the odds of changing the world seemed daunting at best. If ignorance is bliss, there were few blissful days in the course and early on I mentioned that my mother not infrequently referred to her oldest son as “Dr. Gloom and Doom!” Per usual, I felt responsible to leave my students with some sense of hope but it had to be honest and not mawkish, anemic, liberal bromides.

Although my classes were invariably discussion oriented, on that occasion I chanced the students would tolerate a mini lecture.

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The IMF and World Bank: Partners in Backwardness

American exceptionalism is always at a cost to the rest of the world. No one else is allowed to be "exceptional". 'Nuff said. Bonnie Faulkner interviews Michael Hudson.

BONNIE FAULKNER: In your seminal work from 1972, Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire, you write: “The development lending of the World Bank has been dysfunctional from the outset.” When was the World Bank set up and by whom?

MICHAEL HUDSON: It was set up basically by the United States in 1944, along with its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Their purpose was to create an international order like a funnel to make other countries economically dependent on the United States. To make sure that no other country or group of countries - even all the rest of the world - could dictate US policy. American diplomats insisted on the ability to veto any action by the World Bank or IMF...”

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Hard Bop and Bezos’ Balls
The Messenger Legacy are crossing the country and globe commemorating the Art Blakey centennial, from Manhattan to Melbourne, Half Moon Bay to Beijing. But lo and behold the new Amazon-owned buildings that tower and overshadow the alleys where jazz music festers. More than ever, we need Blakey's power to push against commercial mediocrity. By David Yearsley.
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Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony And Resistance
Madonna performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 finals in Tel Aviv on May 18 despite calls for her to boycott the event. Her new album arrives on June 14. By Ramzy Baroud.
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Lou Reed: That Which Does Not Kill Us Can Radicalize Us
"You belong in Creedmore" was the insult teens in New York hurled at each other back in Lou Reed's time. But for Reed, it became a badge of defiance. By Bruce E Levine.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Unhappy Thoughts For The Fourth Of July
No one, not the individual, not the corporation and not any country should have a monopoly on power. By Paul Craig Roberts.
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What Happened to Obscenity?
Are we back at the Garden of Adam and Eve when nakedness was not considered obscene? Not really. It's just that sexual fantasy is now so easy to access electronically, and in private, that what was once considered obscene is now virtual reality. By David Rosen.
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How Many Are Not Blowing the Whistle?
The US government is escalating daily fines against a whistleblower. From US$500 a day to $1,000 a day starting next month. The crime? Refusing to cooperate in court. People have been taught what happens to those who blow the whistle on the powerful, and they have been taught to become quite comfortable with it. By Caitlin Johnstone.
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In China Again
You are never lost in China. There's always someone telling you what to do next. Historically, China has always been a father-knows-best economy, political system, whatever. One thing China has never done is to lead the world. By Kenneth Surin.
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Marx And Walking Zen
Marx, the Buddha and contemplating about the Taiping Rebellion, 160 years ago. By Gary Leupp.
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Trump’s Trade Threats Are Really Cold War 2.0
The US has lost its competitive industrial advantage and become a high-cost rentier economy. Its GDP is “empty,” consisting mainly of the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) rents, profits and capital gains while the nation’s infrastructure decays and its labor is reduced to a part-time “gig” economy. Does that sound like a description of your country's economy? There's a trade war outside. Run for cover. By Michael Hudson.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
From Pontianak To Konpaku
Remi M Sali was one of the pioneers of the modern $ingapore Malay independent film scene, together with his long-time collaborator, Dzul Sungit (Konpaku’s cinematographer). Their short film, eddy, was Special Jury Prize co-winner at the $ingapore International Film Festival 1994. Their short, INfluence, won the Best Director Award at the same festival in 1995. In 1998, they made their debut feature, OffCentre, an adaptation of an acclaimed $ingapore play. Remi went on to direct popular dramas, telemovies and arts series for local television. Konpaku (Soul, 2018) marks his return to filmmaking after 20 years. By Philip Cheah.
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Pirate 'Aquaman' Release Suggests iTunes 4K May Be Breached
A high quality pirated copy of the movie Aquaman appeared online on March 3, 2019. The 4K release is believed to come from iTunes, which would make this the first 2160p movie to be directly downloaded from Apple's movie store. It's unclear how the file was obtained. By Ernesto of TorrentFreak.
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The Best Films Of 2018
Forget the popcorn. These films require your full attention. By Louis Proyect.
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Movie Reviews
Praying The Gay Away
Imagine that? A couple of sentences in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament is the motivation for Christians to condemn lesbians, gays, bi and trans (LGBT). By Louis Proyect.
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The Advocates
A film review of French director Rémi Kessler’s documentary The Advocates or how did Los Angeles grow a homeless problem. By Ed Rampell.
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Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9: Entertaining Film, Crappy Politics
Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” 'is a blunderbuss attack on Trump' and American politics but fails to offer insight to an alternative
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The Secrets Of Katyn
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Never has this ancient proverb sounded so true as in the Katyn Massacre of 1940. By Louis Proyect.
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Capitalism: A Horror Movie
Capitalism is all about making money, nevermind the how and why. It is a clever system that will make you rich if done wisely. Too bad it is so lacking in compassion for its fellow man who are exploited for the huge profit to be made. By Louis Proyect.
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