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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

New Items Added
August 1, 2018

Malaysia To Empower Youths With Voting Right

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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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Yvonne Elliman
Tokyo 2011

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Sausalito 1972


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Dick Clark
New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Liza Minelli
Basel 2011 (data)

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Various
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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Was Clausewitz right? That war must always lead to the complete destruction of your opponent? By Paul Craig Roberts.

I hate to hear “I told you so” and here I am using those words.

As readers know, I have been concerned for many years that Russia’s toleration of endless insults and provocations would continue to encourage more and worst provocations until red lines are crossed that result in direct conflict between the two major nuclear powers.

All these years the Kremlin, unable to understand, or to accept, that its role as Washington’s enemy #1 was set in stone, relied on a strategy of zero to minimal responses in order to undercut the image of a dangerous and aggressive Russia set on restoring the Soviet Empire. This diplomatic strategy, like Russia’s Ukraine strategy, has completely failed.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Stevie Nicks
Costa Mesa 1989 [Mike Millard Tape]
Latest: David Gates
London 1971
Latest: Arooj Aftab
Germany 2022
Latest: Sofia Jernberg
Germany 2022
Latest: Harry Chapin
Bronx 1977 [CD1-3 of 3]
Dionne Warwick
Belgium 1964
Amber Mark
Chicago 2022
10CC
Sweden 2022
Thurston Moore
Belgium 2022
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Brussels 2022
Neil Young
Ireland 2019
Pat Benatar
Los Angeles 1991 [Mike Millard Tape]
Jimmy Webb
London 1971
Tracy Chapman
Los Angeles 1988 [Mike Millard Tape]
John Stewart
Sweetwater 1990
Sade
Boston 1985
Jasper Van't Hof's Pork Pie
Germany 1974
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Lenox 2019
Little Feat
Santa Monica 1973
Eric Clapton
Orchestra Night, London 1990
Rare Earth
Ontario 1974
Phoebe Bridgers
Queens 2022
Stan Getz Quartet
Marciac 1990
The Rolling Stones
Hyde Park, London 2022
Linda Ronstadt with Aaron Neville
Columbus 1990
Mark Knopfler
Boston 2005
Doobie Brothers
San Francisco 1972
Fairport Convention
Banbury 2019
Stereolab
France 2019
Emma-Jean Thackray
Cardiff 2022
The Moody Blues
Costa Mesa 1990 [Mike Millard Tape]
Gentle Giant
Houston 1972
John Hartford
Mill Valley 1990
Jerry Lee Lewis and George Strait
Nashville 1982
Myriam Gendron
Washington 2022
Archie Shepp
Austria 2022
Nick Cave
Montreux 2022
Dinosaur Jr
Japan 2022
Ed Sheeran
Coventry 2022
Tom Petty
Costa Mesa 1991 [Mike Millard Tape]
The Idle Race [Jeff Lynne]
BBC Masters 1967-69
Olivia Rodrigo
Glastonbury 2022
Miles Davis
Bergen 1988
Olivia Newton-John [R.I.P. 1948 - 2022]
Midland/Odessa 2017
Simon & Garfunkel
Amsterdam 1970
Bob Dylan
Montgomery 2022
Linda Ronstadt
New York 1983
Bonny Light Horseman
Queens 2022
Tired Eyes
Minneapolis 2022
The Rolling Stones
Sydney 1973
Youn Sun Nah
Vienna 2022
Simon & Garfunkel
Tufts University, MA 1967
Rod Stewart
Isle Of Wight 2017
Saint Etienne
Glastonbury 2022
Angélique Kidjo
Glastonbury 2022
The Byrds
San Francisco 1978
Liza Minnelli
Basel 2011
Miles Davis
New York 1957
Joy Crookes
Glastonbury 2022
Billie Eilish
Glastonbury 2022
Phoebe Bridgers
Glastonbury 2022
Noel Gallagher
Glastonbury 2022
Paul McCartney
Glastonbury 2022
Nubya Garcia
Glastonbury 2022
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Knoxville 2022
Moses Sumney
BBC Proms, London 2021
Patti Smith
New York 1997
Nduduzo Makhathini
Berlin 2021
Karla Bonoff
Sellersville 2022
Various
Roger Miller Remembered 1997
Cindy Bullens
Boston 1978
Updated: Mash [Added May 7, 2020]
Coronavirus Songs

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Kate Bush - At the BBC 1979 1080p HDTV (DARKFLiX)
Kate Bush - Xmas TV Special at the BBC 1979 DVB-S 10801)
Kate Bush - At the BBC 2022 1080p HDTV (DARKFLiX)
Kate Bush - The Kate Bush Story, Running up That Hill BBC 2014 HDTV 1080p (DARKFLiX)
Peter Gabriel - Rockpalast, Germany 1978 rebroadcast HDTV 1080p remastered (goody)
Robert Glasper - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco 2022 Webcast 1080p
Dr Hook & The Medicine Show - Old Grey Whistle Test In Concert, London 1975 DVB-S 1080i

*Recordings of indeterminate origin
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Features

Remembering The Sabra Shatila Massacre, Forty Years Later

Why remember September 11? By Dr Ang Swee Chai and Ellen Siegel.

Forty years ago, during the week of September 12, we were working in a Palestine Red Crescent Society facility, Gaza Hospital, in Sabra Shatila camp in West Beirut. As health care workers, we were trying to heal the wounds and repair the mutilated and destroyed bodies of those injured by Israel’s Invasion of Lebanon in June 1982.

We had been working there following the evacuation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), mediated by US Middle East envoy Philip Habib. Crucial to the evacuation agreement was the protection of the civilians left behind after the evacuation of the PLO, and Israel’s undertaking not to invade and occupy Beirut. With the guarantee of protection by the multinational peace keeping force, thousands of displaced civilian war victims returned to Sabra Shatila to rebuild their homes and lives.

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How The US And UK Take What They Want From 'Lesser Powers'

In the name of sanctions, geopolitical interests or the so-called 'rules-based order', colonial powers do what they do best - plunder those they see as weak and insubordinate. By Daniel Kovalik.

There is an old joke which still has resonance. A child asks his parent, “Why are there pyramids in Egypt?” The parent answers, “Because they were too big to take to Britain.”

Of course, many a true word is spoken in jest. Indeed, there is an apocryphal story that back in the day when Vladimir Lenin was in exile in London, he would enjoy taking friends to the British Museum and explaining to them how and from what far-flung lands all the antiquities there were stolen.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Movement Music After The Movement Fades: Reflections On Phil Ochs
The protest singer is a singular occupation that paid well to Bob Dylan but to no other. Movements come and movements disappear. How does the protest singer survive? By David Rovics.
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X'Ho [aka Chris Ho] R.I.P.
Singapore icon/DJ/writer/artiste X'Ho (aka Chris Ho) passed away from stomach cancer in the morning of September 27, 2021. He will forever be 27. Chris was on the first and last cover of the hardcopy BigO magazine. He was a mainstay in the magazine with his regular X'Ho Files column, with articles compiled into ‘Skew Me, You Rebel Meh? [1998] and Attack Of The S.M. Space Encroachers [2002]. He was the most insightful Singapore commentator that Singapore never realised it had. He told truths with unusual clarity. Both his book cover titles alone spoke volumes of the Singapore construct. Rest In Peace, Chris, dear friend and bigO founding member. The following interview was published in BigO #202 (October 2002). Interview by Alfian Sa'at; pictures by fFurious.
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“Pushing Back At Authority”: Son Volt, And The Power Of Protest Music
'With Electro Melodier, Son Volt have rejected mediocre commercialism, political complacency, and the cowardly withdrawal from politics on display throughout most of pop culture.' By David Masciotra.
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Harlem’s Forgotten Festival
Some parties and celebrations are more meaningful than others. Make sure you go to the right ones. By Seth Sandronsky.
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Thank Heaven For Nirvana
It was 30 years ago today... when Nirvana were the Next Big Thing! And since then, nothing has ever come close. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Nirvana's groundbreaking second album, Nevermind, here is the exclusive Kurt Cobain interview by Patrick Chng that we ran in BigO #75 (March 1992). Pictures by Jacque Chong.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
US Universities Are Pipelines To The Defence Industry. What Does That Say About Our Morals?
Much of America's higher education system is a glorified feeder for Lockheed Martin and other defence industry firms. By Indigo Olivier.
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An Unpleasant Truth For Ukrainians Is Coming To Light
When is a war crime not a war crime? By Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog.
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The Destiny of Civilization: Michael Hudson on Finance Capitalism, the Economic Consequences of Ukraine and the End of Globalization
Is it time for the decline and fall of Western Civilization as we know it and the rise of something new? By Eric Draitser.
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American Diplomacy As A Tragic Drama
"For the first time since the Bandung Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in 1955, a critical mass is able to be mutually self-sufficient to start the process of achieving independence from US Dollar Diplomacy." By Michael Hudson.
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Why Black People (And Everyone Else) Should Avoid Crypto
Cryptocurrencies are a shiny new way to lose money. It is the idea of the  'get-rich-quick' scheme that attracts people with low incomes to join. By Algernon Austin.
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Sins Of The Father
How can I try to explain? 'Cause when I do he turns away again
It's always been the same, same old story
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away
I know, I have to go

- 'Father and Son' by Cat Stevens

By Ron Jacobs
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The World Should Be Forever Grateful To Shireen Abu Aqleh
Zionism has been an effective bludgeon to silence dissent, debate, or even reasoned discussion. Rest in peace Shireen Abu Aqleh. By Kenn Orphan.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
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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When Time Started Breathing – The Tale Of Burmese New Wave
The story of Burmese independent cinema seems like a tale of happy accidents. Nothing was planned. All the key players just happened to find small doors opening and rushed through them instinctively. In the case of Thaiddhi (Programme Director of Wathann Film Festival), it was attending a cinematography workshop that led to a film scholarship in Europe, that led to meeting his wife (who was in the same scholarship), that led to a shared dream, for an independent film festival, Wathann, that has now lasted 10 years. Philip Cheah hears the tale.
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Movie Reviews
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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Ken Loach’s Stirring Exposure Of Capitalist Speed And Consumers’ Greed
Online shopping has moved up. From a week to delivery, to same day delivery, we are now in the realm of delivering within a few hours. But for that faster service, there must be a price. Is it worth all that effort to receive your purchases so quickly? Will you suffer any loss if it took a bit more time? By Eric Mann.
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