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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

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November 27, 2013

Malaysia's Close Ties With $ingapore

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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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It is easy to say that sharing is the solution to the world’s ills but thanks to commercialisation and selfishness and greed - plus the overwhelming need to achive and succeed - no one knows how to give anymore. There is only take. By Mohammed Mesbahi.

'Sharing is the key to solving the world’s problems’. Such a statement is so simple that it may fail to make an appeal, so we must go much deeper into this subject if we want to comprehend what this means. In order to understand how sharing is the surest guide to justice, peace and right human relations, we need to investigate its meaning and significance from many angles - including psychologically and spiritually, as well as from a social, economic and political perspective.

However, if it is true that sharing is so important to our continued evolution on this Earth, then the first question we need to examine is: why isn’t this principle understood as an answer to the crisis of our civilisation?

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Santana-McLaughlin
Love Devotion Surrender Sessions 1973
Latest: Faces
Strawberry Pop - Vancouver 1970
Latest: Bob Dylan
Tokyo 2014 (Second Night)
Latest: Cornelius 'Snooky' Flowers
Novato 1972-74 (Unreleased LP)
Latest: Bob Dylan
Tokyo 2014 (Opening Night)
Jesse Winchester (R.I.P. 1944-2014)
Northampton 1982
John Coltrane
Philadelphia 1966
Neil Young
Hollywood 2014 - Fourth Night
Neil Young
Hollywood 2014 - Opening Night
Fotheringay (Sandy Denny)
BBC Sessions 1970
Bob Dylan
Tokyo 2014
Neil Young
Hollywood 2014 - Third Night
Nirvana
Remembering Kurt Cobain - Roma 1991
Nirvana
Remembering Kurt Cobain - Roma 1994
Queen
London 1974
John Mayall
Holland 2014
The Flaming Lips
Flaming Side Of The Moon - Synched (Updated April 6, 2014)
Neil Young
Hollywood 2014 (Second Night)
Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle
Glenside 2014
Foreigner
Brussels 1985
Johnette Napolitano
Unreleased Sound Of A Woman (Tracks Re-instated)
Eric Clapton
Lucca Night 2006
Journey
Next Karma - Upper Darby, PA 1978

Restart
Latest: Dennis Wilson
Rarities
Al Green
New York 1972
Derek Bailey
Tonic, New York 2001
Genesis
BBC Sessions 1972
Jack Bruce
Cologne 2009
Elton John
BBC Electric Proms 2010
Neil Diamond
BBC Electric Proms 2010
Burning Spear
Baltimore 1988
Bad Company
BBC 2010

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Neil Young (solo) - First Night Carnegie Hall 2014: Zuma11 Version
Neil Young (solo) - Second Night Carnegie Hall 2014: Dutch Masters Version
Neil Young (solo) - Third Night Carnegie Hall 2014
Neil Young (solo) - Fourth Night At Carnegie 2014
Neil Young (solo) - Fourth Night Carnegie Hall 2014: Zuma11 Version
Neil Young - Winnipeg 2014
Santana - San Diego 1973
Santana - Salt Lake City 1973
Santana - Philadelphia 1973
Santana - Columbia 1973
Santana - Columbus 1973: Incomplete show
Santana - Anchorage 1973
Santana - Columbia 1973
Steve Goodman w/Bromberg's horn section - Nassau Community Folk Festival 1972
Barbara Hendricks - Blues Everywhere I Go, Marseille 2013
Sinead O'Connor - Gospel Songs in New York 2013
Pink Floyd - Harsh Realities 1972: RESTORED VERSION of RTL tape
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Stockholm 2012
Son House w Studs Terkel - Chicago 1965
Ronnie Wood & Mick Taylor - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed, 2013
Townes van Zandt - Germany 1995
Suzanne Vega - XPN "Free At Noon" Concert, 2014
Jeff Buckley - Glastonbury 1995
Tony Bennett - Tokyo Jazz Festival 2013
Birdy - Live In Session On Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014
Elkie Brooks - Sight & Sound In Concert (Audio only) 1977
Rosanne Cash - Live In Session On Morning Becomes Eclectic, 2014
Joe Cocker w The American Standard Band - Waldorf, San Francisco, 1978
The Dream Syndicate - Dingwalls, UK 2013
Carla Bozulich's Evangelista - Viva! Festival, Italy 2013
Dan Fogelberg - Los Angeles 1985, Westwood One LP
Rory Gallagher - Too Much Alcohol

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Blues Pills - Rockpalast Crossroads 2013
Jake Bugg - KCRW's Apogee Sessions 2013
Neko Case - Austin City Limits, 2013
Avishai Cohen Quartet - Montreux Jazz Festival 2013
The Cramps - "Better By '81": 2014 UPGRADE
Sílvia Pérez Cruz - Arles, France 2013
Jamie Cullum - Germany 2006
Eminem - Live on the Zane Lowe Show 2013
Lou Reed - Lou Reed Remembered BBC 2013
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Baubles: Xmas '77 with the Sex Pistols
Steely Dan - Think Fast In Cincinnati 2008
VARIOUS - 4th Annual American Country Music Awards 2013
VARIOUS - 36th Kennedy Center Honors 2013 Herbie Hancock, Santana and Billy Joel: 1080i Version
VARIOUS - The London Rock 'n Roll Show 1972
Eric Clapton - Basel 2013: Webstream video
Elvis Costello and The Imposters - Live at Hyde Park 2013
Jamie Cullum - "Leverkusener Jazztage", Germany 2013
Miles Davis - At the Odeon 1982
Mark Eitzel - Madrid 2013
Bill Evans Trio with Herb Geller - Rehearsals in Hamburg 1972
George Jones - 50 TV Appearances 1958 to 1988
Little Richard - Live at the L'Olympia 1966

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
Faces - Strawberry Pop [Hiwatt Records, 1CD] Live at the Strawberry Mountain Pop Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada; May 17, 1970; Very good mono soundboard. Live at the County Fair Grounds, Santa Clara, CA; March 3, 1971; very good audience recording. Have a real good party...
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Features

Is The U.S. Or The World Coming To An End?

One of two things is likely: Either the US dollar will be abandoned and collapse in value, thus ending Washington's superpower status and Washington's threat to world peace, or Washington will lead its puppets into military conflict with Russia and China. By Paul Craig Roberts.

2014 is shaping up as a year of reckoning for the United States.

Two pressures are building on the US dollar. One pressure comes from the Federal Reserve's declining ability to rig the price of gold as Western gold supplies shrivel and market knowledge of the Fed's illegal price rigging spreads. The evidence of massive amounts of naked shorts being dumped into the paper gold futures market at times of day when trading is thin is unequivocal. It has become obvious that the price of gold is being rigged in the futures market in order to protect the dollar's value from QE.

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100 Best Non-Fiction Books Of The 20th Century (And Beyond) In English

As the clock clicked down on the arrival of the new millennium, Alex and I were bemused at the spate of “100 best of the century lists” pouring forth from the New York Times, the New Yorker, Salon, the Guardian and other liberal publications. The lists were predictable and not many of the entries remained on our groaning shelves. So we decided to compile our own catalogue of the best books written in English and, later translated into English, during the 20th Century. We spent weeks whittling it down to roughly 100 titles for each. These became reading lists for like-minded CounterPunchers and proved two of the most popular pieces we’d ever run on the website, even pricking the interest of many librarians who were forced to confront the gaps in their own collections. - Jeffrey St Clair

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
What It Means To Lose Pete Seeger
In 2006, music writer Dave Marsh wrote the liner notes to Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. When Pete Seeger died on January 27, 2014 at the age of 94, Marsh wrote the Seeger tribute below; and also presented the Remembering Pete Seeger special on the Live From E Street Nation radio programme (SiriusXM Ch. 20).
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Neil Young at Carnegie Hall 2014: The Majesty Of It All
Rust never sleeps... indeed. Even after all these years and fame, Neil Young stil has that majesty and mystery when he enters the spotlight on stage. Article and pictures by Karen Barry Schwarz.
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Sinead O'Connor's Open Letter To Miley Cyrus
After the 20-year-old Miley Cyrus claimed that Wrecking Ball's controversial video was inspired by the Prince-penned Nothing Compares 2 U - which Sinead O'Conner turned into a hit in 1990, the Irish singer was compelled to warn Cyrus that she is being "pimped" by the pop industry. This is the open letter which O'Connor posted on her blog.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Dad's Army
Madcap reigns amongst bloodied bodies when the yakuza teams up with an over-enthusiastic filmmaker in Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013). Stephen Tan reviews.
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Savage Republic
Sexual predators need not only refer to rapists and molesters. Toru Kamei's Be My Slave (2012) shows a terrifying kind who goes by the name of Sensei or Teacher. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Hillside Killing
It's Psychology For Dummies when Cheng Kin Ping's Suburb Murder (1992) tries to explain how a young man ended up raping, mutilating and killing a woman. But it's all exploitation and sex. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Double Trouble
When a man chosen to double for the shogun in Norifumi Suzuki's The Lustful Shogun And His 21 Concubines (1972) turns out to be a womaniser, one can hardly expect anything else but endless sex in court. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Bono Exposed As A Complete Fraud
Bono’s positioning of the west as the saviour of Africa while failing to ­discuss the harm the G8 nations are doing has undermined campaigns for justice and accountability. By Clark Kent.
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The Harder You Work, The Richer They Get
The rules are stacked against the worker and the little guys. Miminum wages remain too low while rents are too high and taxes for the 1% are too low. It's a structural problem. Time to rebuild. By Pete Dolack.
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The Origins Of The Israel Lobby In The U.S.
Though Jews only held approximately 6-7 per cent of the land in 1947, they rammed a plan through the UN General Assembly that would have given them 55 per cent of Palestine. Alison Weir on the growth and might of the American Jewish lobby.
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Copyright Collecting Societies A Morass Of Bad Incentives
Collecting societies, claiming to represent artists, are gathering billions of euros and claiming to represent the artists. In reality, there is little difference between their actions and that of organized crime. One simple solution may be to raise the bar for "originality" to exclude music. By Rick Falkvinge.
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Movie Reviews
Blue Is The Warmest Color
Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche

Despite its now-infamous seven-plus minutes of lesbian lovemaking, Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) is more about a young person growing up and making choices rather than who should out on top, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Her
Dir: Spike Jonze

A dismembered voice - and an operating system at that - as a male fantasy figure - albeit alluringly voiced by Scarlett Johansson? Critic After Dark Noel Vera looks at why more men than women seem to respond positively to Spike Jonze's Her (2013).
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Pompeii
Dir: Paul WS Anderson

If the sight of Paul WS Anderson's Pompeii's two young leads embracing tightly in the face of near-certain doom isn't enough to move you... well, your heart may as well be made of volcanic rock, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Nebraska
Dir: Alexander Payne

High praise for Alexander Payne's Nebraska (2013) from Critic After Dark Noel Vera who calls the film "as a wordless movement through nearly a third of the continent's width, you can't find a less pretentious, more eloquent testament to the size and scale of this vast nation".
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