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The USA has again approved granting Israel, and this time with a record $38 BILLION in military aid over the next 10 years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was 'delighted' for the handout. What can a small sailboat with 13 women, including a Malaysian gynecologist, possibly do to a juggernaut? By LisaGay Hamilton.

Sunday night, September 18, 2016. As my “industry” colleagues attend Emmy parties and dress for the red carpet, I stand on the chilly docks of Ajaccio, Corsica, in the wee hours of the morning awaiting the arrival of a small sailboat called the Zaytouna-Oliva. The boat arrives just after 2 am, and the passengers and crew, all women, disembark.

The trip from Barcelona was rough. Everyone had gotten sick and it showed on their faces. One woman had become so ill she had to be taken by ambulance to the local hospital. The boat is battered and reeks of vomit, but it does not smell of despair. The women walk quietly and defiantly off the gangplank and toward the pier, where they receive a hero’s welcome. In 24 hours, I will join the women on the third leg of the trip to Messina, Sicily, and from there the Zaytouna-Oliva will proceed to its final destination: Gaza.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Cecil Taylor Unit
Berlin 1969
Latest: Duke Ellington
Dakar, Senegal 1966
Latest: Frank Sinatra
ABC-TV Sessions
Latest: The Rolling Stones
Hawaii 1966
Latest: Baker Gurvitz Army
BBC In Concert 1975
Leonard Cohen
London 1968
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Amherst 1978
Jimi Hendrix
Stockholm 1969
The Monkees
Los Angeles 2016 (Michael Nesmith's final performance with The Monkees)
Charles Bradley
St Moritz 2016
Dave Douglas
London 2016
William Parker
Sant'Anna Arresi 2016
Frank Sinatra
Rare Capitol Sessions
The Rolling Stones
Another Time, Another Place: Paris and Hamburg 1965 (CD3)
Roseland Ballroom, New York 2011
Ft Lauderdale 1977
Elvis Presley
"Charlie, Bring Me The Request Box" - Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas 1975 (5CD Set)
The Rolling Stones
Altamont Speedway 1969
Great Woods And Summer Skies - Mansfield 1997
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Transmission Impossible - Montreal 1984; Chicago 1985; Georgia 1986
Norah Jones
Chicago 2002
Mike Bloomfield
San Bernardino 1971
Frank Sinatra
Guys And Dolls OST
The Rolling Stones
Another Time, Another Place: The Lost Chess Tapes (CD2)
Earth, Wind & Fire
Lucca 2016
Justin Townes Earle
Ann Arbor 2009
Fresno 1983
Last Concert In Japan - Osaka 1985
Black Sabbath
Definitive Montreux 1970
David Bowie
Dublin: I'm In Clover - Dublin 1995
Dave Holland Trio
Birmingham 2016
John Surman Trio
Gottingen 1970
Frank Sinatra
Soundtrack Sessions
The Rolling Stones
Another Time, Another Place: The Lost US Tapes 1964-67 (CD1)
Pink Fairies
Radio Broadcasts, London 1971-73
Uriah Heep
Pittsburgh 1977
Gregg Allman Band
New London, CT 1987
Roger Daltrey
Seattle 2009
Quicksilver Messenger Service
San Francisco 1970
Minneapolis 2016
BBC Proms
Tribute To Quincy Jones 2016
Derek Bailey, John Zorn
Tokyo 1987
Frank Sinatra
Rare Frankie 2
The Babys
Cleveland 1980
Public Image Limited (PIL)
Paris 1978
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Glastonbury 2016
Marcus Miller / Beth Hart
Lucca 2016
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Kingston, Ontario 2016
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Detroit 1974
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Salzau 1998
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Michigan 1970
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Philadelphia Folk Festival 1968
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Montreal 2003
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Hempstead 1976
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Leicester 1973
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Kyoto 1971
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The Netherlands 1971

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
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
Father John Misty - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
Dave Edmunds with Rock and Roll Revue - Live at the RItz 1990, FM
Mark Lanegan - The Netherlands, 2016, audience
Larkin Poe - Bremen 2016, FM
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Lost Demos and Rehearsals 1976, soundboard
Lonnie Mack - New York 1985
Grant Mclennan - Two Meter Session 1993, FM
Jethro Tull - Live in Hamburg, Germany 1982, soundboard
Bob Dylan & His Band - Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan 2016, Audience
Bob Dylan & His Band - Yokohama, Japan 2016, Audience
Cream - "The Last Goodbye"1968, soundboard
Cream - The Last Goodbye, San Diego 1968, Soundboard
Annagrey - Denton Arts & Jazz Festival 2016, FM
Jon Anderson & Jean-Luc Ponty - Tucson 2016, audience
Fire! Orchestra - Ritual live at Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Austria 2015, FM
Disorder At The Border - Plays Ornette Coleman, Cormons, Italy 2015, FM
David's Angels feat. Ingrid Jensen - Malmo, Sweden 2016, digital FM

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
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
Father John Misty - Atlanta, Georgia 2016, webcast 720p
The Everly Brothers - Harmonies from Heaven, BBC documentary 2016, HDTV 720p
Elvis Costello & The Imposters - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2016, HDTV 1080p
Autolux - Morning Becomes Eclectic, Los Angeles 2016 webcast 720p
Gary Clark Jr. - Live From The Artists Den, Austin, Texas 2016, HDTV 1080i
Jason Isbell (of Drive-By Truckers) & The 400 Unit - House of Blues, Boston 2016, webcast 1080p
Laura Jurd and Dinosaur - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p
Dans Dans - Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany 2016, webstream 720p


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Jimi Hendrix - It's Going To Be A Bit Loud [Godfather Records GR 547, 1CD] Live at the Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden; January 9, 1969 (second show). Very good soundboard. "One of the few Hendrix bootlegs worth its salt..."
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JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy

How a child from the wrong side of town, went to Yale law school and now works in an investment firm in San Francisco. Charles R Larson reviews JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy.

Quickly after its publication, JD Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, jumped to the top The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list. There are two likely reasons.

First, Vance’s portrait of his family and white Appalachia, in general, shows these people as shiftless, destructive, and unwilling to do the hard work necessary to change their lives. That, pretty much, supports the right’s stereotype of these people, whom Donald Trump is courting assiduously though Trump is not mentioned in the book.

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Why Oliver Stone's Snowden Is The Best Film Of The Year

The difference between eyes wide shut and a conscience is Oliver Stone's Snowden and the late Tupac Shakur. By David Swanson.

Snowden is the most entertaining, informing, and important film you are likely to see this year.

It's the true story of an awakening. It traces the path of Edward Snowden's career in the US military, the CIA, the NSA, and at various contractors thereof. It also traces the path of Edward Snowden's agonizingly slow awakening to the possibility that the US government might sometimes be wrong, corrupt, or criminal. And, of course, the film takes us through Snowden's courageous and principled act of whistleblowing.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Letting It Bleed
The counterculture was against the unconditional accumulation of wealth, the Vietnam War, social rights and a rainbow of issues. But by 1969, the fight was all but over. Today's superstars are measured by Forbes annual ranking of the highest-earning musicians on the planet. By Ron Jacobs.
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Mike Bloomfield, Reluctant Guitar Hero
Mike Bloomfield’s life is chronicled in Ed Ward’s revised and expanded Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero (2016). Peter Stone Brown reviews the book that was first published in 1983.
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Non-Korean K-pop Boy Band EXP Heads To Korea!
Can an all-American band of teens and young adults deliver K-pop?
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Zombie Gross Out
When all else fails, there's always Noboru Iguchi's Zombie Ass: Toilet Of The Dead (2011). Just don't watch it with a heavy stomach. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Hong Kong Protests
Bleak but hopeful... that seems to be the message behind Ten Years (2015), an anthology of five segments whose Best Film award at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards not only brought it fame but controversy as well. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Kenji Mizoguchi's Sansho The Bailiff
In the light of today’s renewed interest in Buddhism, Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho The Bailiff (1954), one of the last six films made before his death, can be viewed through a fresh spiritual, aesthetic prism. After all, the tale of a pair of siblings sold into slavery, a mother taken away to a life as a prostitute, and a father, disgraced as a rebellious governor who cared too much for his people, and dies in exile; is essentially a Buddhist parable of idealism and compassion. By Philip Cheah.
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Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards
If war is crazy, then the most passionate efforts to resist war must be equally crazy. This is perhaps the premise of Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards (2000), a metaphorical fable of a people (Iranian Kurds) locked inside a warzone (symbolised by the rugged mountains) they live in, and seemingly unable to break free of the trap. By Philip Cheah.
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Kim Ki Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring
Can cruelty be gentle? The answer is yes, and why not? Cruelty can also be innocent. In the first chapter of Kim Ki Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... And Spring (2003), a child monk plays by tying stones to a fish, frog and snake. Two of the three creatures die thus earning a lesson of Buddhist karma from the old monk: “If one of them has died, you will always carry that stone in your heart.” By Philip Cheah.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
US Embassy Dismisses Thai Concerns As Trust Evaporates Between Nations
The US Embassy in Bangkok has called claims by The Nation newspaper in Thailand that America supports terrorism and regime change, "ridiculous and reckless". The Nation was asking whether "regime change" was the motive behind the recent bombings in southern Thailand which the usual suspects have all blamed on terrorists. The New Atlas takes a closer look.
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Another Brick in the Wall: Children Of The American Police State
America’s young people have been given front-row seats for an unfolding police drama that is rated R for profanity, violence and adult content. By John W Whitehead.
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The Saga Of The Corpse Of Ferdinand Marcos
The final word on Ferdinand Marcos' corpse has yet to be said. A continuing story... For now, here's something for your amusement. By Christopher Brauchli.
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Chicago '68
It was 1968, the Democrats had the presidency. War in Vietnam was burning up Young America. On the streets of Chicago, anti-war activists were determined to make a stand at the Democratic National Convention. You could feel a change was gonna come right here in South-east Asia. By Fred Gardner.
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Team USA Cheapens Olympics With Cold War-Style Behavior
All you need is love. WRONG. There's that matter of playing POLITICS. And RACE. By Finian Cunningham.
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Movie Reviews
Heneral Luna
Dir: Jerrold Tarog
While the battle sequences in Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna (2015) are panoramic spectacles, it is the infighting between the various characters that delivers sobering lessons for the viewer: that ability and talent are often rewarded with envy, suspicion and hate; and that the Filipino's greatest enemy and most debilitating weakness is his own people. Critic After Dark Noel Vera reviews.
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Son Of Sauli (Saul fia)
Dir: Lazlo Nemes
The Holocaust, from the view of a Jew assigned to pull bodies out of gas chambers and load them into the ovens for cremation. The land of nightmare in Lazlo Nemes' Son Of Saul (2015), reviewed by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Dir: Jafar Pahani
Jafar Pahani might have been banned from making movies for 20 years but that has not stopped the Iranian filmmaker. Using footage from his dashboard-mounted 'security camera' and from handphone cameras, Taxi, to quote what one "passenger" said, is Iranian life that is "real but not real real". By Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Dir: Zack Snyder
In-between the fisticuffs and the grey-on-grey colour scheme, viewers might even feel alternately bored and contemptuous, sometimes both at the same time. Is that even plausible in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016), asks Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Dir: Tom McCarthy
Uncovering sexual abuse among the Catholic Church's Boston clergy in Tom McCarthy's Spotlight (2015) could well have been "the most terrifying film of the year", according to Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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