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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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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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Basel 2011 (data)

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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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April 24, 2014
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Who decides what is legal is the way governments work nowadays. Who has the most money often decides what's legal. Nevermind the ethics, the morality. Laws now make corruption legal. By Philip Giraldi.

I recently had an interesting lunch with a foreign academic who is in the US on a one-year sabbatical to study how the political process in Washington shapes foreign policy. She asked me why the United States has a foreign policy that does not appear to serve actual US interests, citing the recent drive to revive the Cold War and to bomb Iran over a weapons program that it does not actually have.

The question led to a discussion of how corruption works in the world's oldest constitutional republic. I explained that money has corrupted every aspect of government at every level in the United States, creating a system in which laws are passed to make various forms of corruption legal rather than trying to have government do things that actually benefit most of the people.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Isaac Hayes
Wiesen, Austria 1997
Latest: Pink Floyd
Harsh Realities - Saint-Ouen, France 1972
Latest: Portugal. The Man
Sumatran Tiger - A Song Manufactured To Go Extinct Unless It's Reproduced
Latest: Phoebe Snow
London 1989
Latest: Polar Bear
London 2014
Sinead O'Connor
Gospel Sessions - New York 2013
Christo Graham
Muppet Christ Superstar
Eyedress With Skint Eastwood
Hearing Colors
Arvo Part
A Portrait (Part V)
Santana-McLaughlin
Love Devotion Surrender Sessions 1973
Faces
Strawberry Pop - Vancouver 1970
Bob Dylan
Tokyo 2014 (Second Night)
Cornelius 'Snooky' Flowers
Novato 1972-74 (Unreleased LP)
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

Restart
Latest: Jimi Hendrix
Miami 1968
Loggins & Messina
Kansas City 1972
Amy Winehouse
Berlin 2007
Various
Canti Della Passione In Sicilia 2012
Dave Brubeck
Mass “To Hope” Live - Salzberg 2004
Jesus Christ Superstar
Providence 1974
Dennis Wilson
Rarities
Al Green
New York 1972
Derek Bailey
Tonic, New York 2001

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band - Live On KEXP, 2011
Charles Bradley - In Koln 2011
Can w Tim Hardin - Hatfield 1975
Can w Michael Cousins - Hannover 1976
Mary Chapin Carpenter and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Glasgow 2014
Eric Clapton - Brisbane, 1975: JTT Version
Cream - Boston 1967: DimeTravel VERSION MkII - Remastered WITH EQ
Carla Bley Trio (TomP remaster) - Wigmore Hall, London 2013: UPGRADE
Cambodian Space Project - In Session for BBC Radio 3 2011
Cambodian Space Project - Freiburg, Germany 2014
Gregory Porter - Hamburg 2012
VARIOUS -Baden-Baden Free Jazz Meeting 1971
VARIOUS - Wall to Wall Miles Davis, 2001
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

*Recordings of indeterminate origin
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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Linda Ronstadt - The Tavis Smiley Show 2014
Santana - Tokyo 1973
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 2014
Sting - When The Last Ship Sails 2013
Roger Waters - BBC HardTalk 2013: UPGRADE
WDR Big Band with Chano Dominguez Group - Leverkusener Jazztage, Germany 2013
Fun and Dawes - Austin City Limits S39E10
Philip Glass and Robert Wilson - Einstein On The Beach Live 2014
Buddy Guy - "Front and Center" PBS-TV (WNJS-DT) 2013
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell - Austin City Limits S39E05: UPGRADE HDTV
The Head and the Heart - KCRW's Apogee Sessions, 2014
Jason Isbell (of Drive-By Truckers) - Austin City Limits 2013
Raul Paz - Germany 2011
Portugal. The Man and Local Natives - Austin City Limits S39E11
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

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ROIO Of The Week
Pink Floyd - Harsh Realities [no label, 2CD] Live at the Centre Sportif de l'Ile des Vannes, Saint-Ouen, France; December 1, 1972. Good to fairly good mono AM radio broadcast; stereo tweaked. Childhood's End make its live debut at this show.
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Features

100,000 Give Karpal Singh Rousing Send-Off

‘Karpal Singh!’ the people chanted as 100,000* turned out in Penang to give the Tiger of Jelutong a roaring send-off. By Anil Netto.

Malaysian opposition leader Karpal Singh was killed in a road accident around 1.10 am on April 17, 2014. He was 73 and was on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Penang for a court hearing. Karpal, who was seated in the front passenger seat, was killed on the spot together with his long-time assistant, Michael Cornelius.

* The figure of 100,000 is a guesstimate of those who swarmed the family home over three days, turned up inside and outside the Dewan (Hall; over 50,000), lined the streets to accompany or watch the cortege along the way and thronged the crematorium.

Penang [April 20, 2014] has never seen anything quite like it... More than the number, it is the sense of loss that is overwhelming. Perhaps it is a once-in-a-generation phenomenon, the passing of a living legend, who in death would be larger than life.

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Commercialisation: The Antithesis Of Sharing

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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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]
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.
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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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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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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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