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It's time for a change. Stop viewing the world from America's eyes. By Kathy Kelly.

The extraordinary March 10, 2023 announcement that China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, helped broker a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran suggests that major powers can benefit from believing that, as Albert Camus once put it, “words are more powerful than munitions.”

This concept was also acknowledged by General Mark Milley, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said on January 20, 2023, that he believes Russia’s war in Ukraine will conclude with negotiations rather than on the battlefield.

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Latest: Thea Gilmore
Shrewsbury 2022
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West Hollywood 1978 [Millard Tape]
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Tokyo 2022
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Antibes 1975
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San Francisco 2022
Pat Benatar
Oakland 1981
Hall & Oates
Hempstead 1973
London 1980
Father John Misty
Haldern 2019
Norah Jones
New York 2002
Ambrose Akinmusire
Paris 2022
Jackson Browne
Los Angeles 1990
Procol Harum
Frankfurt 1972
The Clash
Give 'Em Enough Rope Demos Remastered
Everything But The Girl
Canterbury 1984
Fleetwood Mac
Hempstead 1974
Dionne Warwick
At The BBC 1967 - 2012
Lakecia Benjamin
Austria 2022
Fleetwood Mac
Irvine 1997
Jeff Beck Group [R.I.P. 1944 - 2023]
BBC Sessions 1967-1868 [Version 2]
John Denver
Clarkston 1983
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Los Angeles 1989 [Mike Millard Tape]
Phoebe Bridgers
London 2022
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Los Angeles 1991
Pulp [Steve Mackey R.I.P. 1966 - 2023]
Glastonbury 1995
Dave Brubeck
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Wayne Shorter [R.I.P. 1933 - 2023]
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David Lindley [R.I.P. 1944 - 2023]
Santa Barbara 1981/Hollywood 1995
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Denver 1974
The Moody Blues
Inglewood 1978 [Mike Millard Tape]
New York 1976
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Milwaukee 1975
Norah Jones
Hamburg 2002
Abbey Lincoln
Marciac 1994
Lucinda Williams
Amsterdam 2023
Roberta Flack
Sheffield 198
BBC Proms - Aretha Franklin Tribute 2022
Low Sparks Sessions 1971
Jeff Beck Group [R.I.P. 1944 - 2023]
BBC Sessions 1967-1868
Burt Bacharach [R.I.P. 1928 - 2023]
London 2019
Santana and McLaughlin
Chicago 1973 [Goody Remaster]
The Rolling Stones
Phoenix 1969
Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow
Nashville 1997
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1972 Demos
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Davis 1992
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Simon and Garfunkel
The Netherlands 1966
Archie Shepp
Amsterdam 2018
Patti Smith
Bologna 1979
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Huntsville 1979
Bob Marley And The Wailers
Kingston 1975
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Oklahoma City 1983
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Germany 1968
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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Madonna - Madonna at the BBC 2022 HDTV 720p
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The Ten Essential Powers Of Great Literature

By Dan Corjescu

What makes a work of literature great? Why, to name but a few, are Hamlet, The Iliad, The Divine Comedy, War and Peace, The Flowers of Evil, Don Quixote and Faust generally considered outstanding examples of world literature? What makes one work of literature superior to another? Why is some literature read for centuries, even millennia, while others languish in scholarly oblivion? What are the sacred secrets of Calliope?

It is my contention that there are at least 10 essential powers of Great Literature. If a work of literature does not contain all 10; it might be good, even very good, but will not deserve the appellation “Great”.

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Why Much Of The Global South Isn’t Automatically Supporting The West In Ukraine

Tired of the old boss. It's time for a new world order where everyone's voices will be heard. By Krishen Mehta.

In October 2022, about eight months after the war in Ukraine started, the University of Cambridge in the UK harmonized surveys conducted in 137 countries about their attitudes towards the West and towards Russia and China.

The findings in the study, while not free of a margin of error, are robust enough to take seriously. These are:

+ For the 6.3 billion people who live outside of the West, 66 per cent feel positively towards Russia and 70 per cent feel positively towards China, and,

+ Among the 66 per cent who feel positively about Russia, the breakdown is 75 per cent in South Asia, 68 per cent in Francophone Africa, and 62 per cent in South-East Asia.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Black Power And Rock n Roll: Black History For Dangerous Americans
'History wasn’t written by the victors. It’s written by rich assholes who are heavily invested in convincing poor people that they’ve already won. If people in this nation knew the first thing about its real history not only would they be excited, they would be downright pissed off.' By Nicky Reid.
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Farewell To Burt Bacharach
By William Kaufman
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Bob Dylan's The Philosophy Of Modern Song
All that glitters is not gold. By John Kendall Hawkins.
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Taylor Swift’s Anti-Heroics
Not anymore is it for art's sake. By David Yearsley.
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Bob Dylan Lives (And Greil Marcus Is Still Writing About Him)
Do old rock stars ever fade away? By Ron Jacobs.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Corrupt And Fraudulent: Laying Bare The Adani Group
Hindenburg Research drops on the Adani Group. By Binoy Kampmark.
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Inconvenient Truths 2.0
By Richard Rhames
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In Deeply Unequal Societies, The Thieving Always Thrive
The USA is like no other. By Sam Pizzigati.
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A Picture Of Global Complicity: Aiding Myanmar’s Military Regime
Is your country helping the military junta in Myanmar arm itself? By Binoy Kampmark.
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Living In A Ghost Town: The Decline Of Western Liberalism
So the rich are getting richer. But in neo-liberal thinking whofivesaguck? By Susan Roberts.
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Liberty For Julian Assange
His wrongful detention in the United Kingdom has gone on since 2012 when he avoided arrest by staying in the Eucadorian Embassy. Since 2019, he has been inside a British jail. Hasn't he been imprisoned for long enough and for none other than telling the truth? By B Nimri Aziz.
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We Need To Talk About Why Russia Invaded Ukraine
Without this debate, there can be no understanding of what will be needed for a lasting peace. By Mary Dejevsky.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Going Down The Rabbit Hole
As we hurtle into 2023, it’s ironic to realise how we are spinning round and around. As Fleetwood Mac once sang: “Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone but don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.” A brief attempt at memory and South-east Asian film history by Philip Cheah.
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Does Netflix’s The Sandman Give Fans Their Dream?
It was a dream come true when comic books became 'graphic novels'. By Andrew Stewart.
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Satyajit, Ritwik And The Renegade ‘Father’ Figure
In a brief critique, Silhouette editor Amitava Nag looks at how Satyajit Ray [1921-1992] and Ritwik Ghatak [1925-1976] with their different socio-psychological conditionings deal with the ‘father’ figure in their very last film.
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The Shock Of The New
What a wonderful world... the Kazakh New Wave. By Philip Cheah.
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My Favorites Of 2021
I’m really not a big fan of these “best of” lists, but of all the new arts entertainment (or edutainment as KRS-One would say) I consumed this past year, here’s what helped me most in wading through the muddied waters of 2021. By Joshua Frank.
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Movie Reviews
Inside Tár
An LBGTQ-friendly film that doesn't shy away from human failings whatever your label. By David Yearsley.
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Miranda Writes: Encanto’s Chart-Topping Enchantments
Another magic kingdom movie reviewed. And it's dripping with sarcasm... By David Yearsley.
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Listening Up To 'Don’t Look Up!'
Don't look. This is entertainment. By David Yearsley.
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Don’t Look Up: See It
By Manuel García, Jr.
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Decolonizing James Bond
'So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye'. Fawzia Afzal-Khan reviews No Time To Die, the 25th James Bond movie in the franchise.
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