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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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May 16, 2014

Spiderman Says: Whofivesaguck?

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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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October 25, 2014
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Throughout history, those who have copied the most have also always been the most prosperous, and for that reason. Bans on copying, like the copyright and patent monopolies, are just plain industrial protectionism. By Rick Falkvinge.

It often helps to understand present time by looking at history, and seeing how history keeps repeating itself over and over. In the late 1700s, the United Kingdom was the empire that established laws on the globe. The United States was still largely a colony - even if not formally so, it was referred to as such in the civilized world, meaning France and the United Kingdom. The UK had a strictly protectionist view of trade: all raw materials must come to England, and all luxury goods must be made from those materials while in the UK, to be exported to the rest of the world. Long story short, the UK was where the value was to be created.

Laws were written to lock in this effect. Bringing the ability to refine materials somewhere else, the mere knowledge, was illegal. “Illegal copying”, more precisely.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Pink Floyd
Secret Rarities
Latest: The Who (The High Numbers)
Reading 1964
Latest: AyseDeniz Gokcin
Pink Floyd Lisztified - Bulgaria 2013
Latest: Status Quo
Stockholm 1971/Duesseldorf 1970
Latest: Alice Cooper
Minneapolis 1973
Robert Cray
BBC Broadcasts 1986-1991
The Pretenders
Chicago 1987
London Grammar
SWR3 New Pop Festival, Baden Baden 2014
Crosby-Nash
Back To The Nest - Houston 1986
Tony Oxley/Derek Bailey Quartet
Crawley, UK 1993
James
BBC Session - Lauren Laverne Show 2014
Little Feat
First LP Rehearsals [First time in circulation]
Joe Satriani
London 1993
Bob Dylan
Los Angeles - June 7, 1978 - Alternate Recording B
(Mike Millard Master Vol 4)
Jackson Browne
Beacon Theater, New York 2014
Kruder & Dorfmeister
Switzerland 2002
Phil Ochs
A Hero Of The Game - New York 1965
Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy
Hollywood 2014
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
Bottomline, NY 1984
Johnny Marr
BBC Session - Lauren Laverne Show 2014
Tom Waits
Holland 1985
Mary Halvorson Quintet
Austria 2012
Coldplay
Los Angeles 2014
The Troggs
Victoria, BC 1991
Fleetwood Mac
Madison Square Garden 2014

Restart
Latest: Abba
We Owed You One
Dresden Dolls
Austria 2006
Free
BBC Top Gear 1968
Patti Smith
Montreal 2007
Camille
Paris 2005
Miles Davis
Fillmore East 1970
Jason Bonham
Seattle 2010
Jimi Hendrix
Denver 1969
The Clash
Hong Kong 1982

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Linda Ronstadt - Mad Love Tour 1980: Steve Hopkins tape
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Austin, Texas 1975: UPGRADE from ER Archives Vol. 11 via JEMS
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Set Us Loose From Everything, Born To Run Tour Compilation 1975
Neil Young - Farm Aid 2014
Jeff Lynne's ELO w the BBC Orchestra - Festival In A Day 2014
Foghat - Live At The Hollywood Palladium 1972
Chrissie Hynde - Festival In A Day 2014
Pink Floyd - Copenhagen 1967
Legends with Eric Clapton - "Vitoria 1997" Geetarz and Goody upgrade
Rufus Wainwright and the Britten Sinfonia (conducted by Johannes Debus) - BBC Proms, Prom 74 Late Night with Rufus Wainwright
Bobby Hutcherson w Harold Land Quintet - EMI Studios, The Netherlands 1970
Stacey Kent - Antwerp, Belgium 2014
Linda Ronstadt - Saint Paul, Minnesota 1980
Santana - Live in The Netherlands 1978 MOST COMPLETE VERSION
The Secret Service (from New York) - CBGB's 1988
The Spinners - Kentucky 1982
St. Vincent - Brooklyn 2014
Eric Burdon & The Animals - Switzerland 2014
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic - Long Beach 2014
George Harrison - Los Angeles Express 1974
It's A Beautiful Day - Bath Festival 1970 MONO
Led Zeppelin - Texas Hurricane 1977 SBD
Nick Lowe - Live in Belgium 2014
Jamie Cullum - France 2014
Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra - Bremen 1987: Version 3 UPGRADE
Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter - Antwerp, Belgium 2014
David Murray USA/UK Big Band - London 1996
The Spring Quartet - Burghausen, Germany 2014
VARIOUS - John Stevens Memorial Concert 1995
Lou Reed and The Tots - Ultrasonic Studios 1972 aka American Poet

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Aimee Mann - Baloise Session 2013
Sergio Mendes - Marseille, France 2014
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - Live at the Lincoln Center 2014
Snarky Puppy and Special Guests - Lugano, Switzerland 2014
Warpaint - Rock en Seine, France 2014 Webcast 720p
Kurt Weill: Symphony No. 2, Amsterdam 2008
Cassandra Wilson - Lincoln Center in New York 2014
Lily Allen - Sziget Festival in Hungary 2014 Complete Webcast 720p
Beck w Jenny Lewis - iTunes Festival 2014
Rosanne Cash - Live at the Lincoln Center 2014
Jimmy Cliff - Benicassim, Spain 2014 webstream 720p
David Gray - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014, webcast 720p
Tigran Hamasyan - "Shadow Theater" in Paris 2013
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 54, Monteverdi Choir Birthday Prom - Beethoven
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 65: Late Night Live with Paloma Faith
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 68: The Cleveland Orchestra
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Proms Extra
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 2: China Philharmonic Orchestra
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 5: Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 15, Mozart's A Major Piano Concerto
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 16: The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 25: John Tavener Premiere
VARIOUS - BBC Proms 2014, Prom 30: Battle of the Bands

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ROIO Of The Week
The Pretenders - Chicago 1987 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Pavillion UIC, Chicago, IL; March 24, 1987. Very good to excellent FM broadcast. Paris Theatre; London, UK; 1979. Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA; February 22, 1984 - very good audience recording. "I'm not the kind I used to be/I've got a kid, I'm thirty-three..."
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Features

Do You Hear The People Sing?

UPDATED: OCTOBER 18, 2014
OCCUPY HONGKONG: THOUSANDS RETAKE MONG KOK CAMP FROM POLICE


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The Occupy movement in Hongkong has energised young Hongkongers. They have responded to calls that they are "naive" with a response drawn from John Lennon's Imagine. "You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one." The media have since stopped counting the number of protestors on the streets.

Faraway in England, Hongkong students at Oxford University have banded together, revealed their faces, to sing a song from Les Miserables, "Do You Hear The People Sing?" in their native Cantonese.

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The Origins Of The Ebola Crisis

It used to be common sense that public services, from transport to health and public works, was the duty of government. That thinking has changed. For-profit private companies are stepping up to take the responsibilities and gleefully earn the profits. But what to do when an epidemic takes place? Who's to blame, who's to care? In a wide-ranging interview, celebrated activist Tariq Ali puts the questions to public health academic Professor Allyson Pollock.

Allyson Pollock: Well, Ebola is a virus, nobody quite knows what the origins are, some think it might be from the bat, and it is spread through bodily fluids, so that is an important mechanism. In most normal situations it should be very easily contained by quarantine and by isolation but the big problem in the countries where it is most prevalent, which is Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, is that these are very, very poor countries, where the infrastructure has increasingly been ripped out, especially in terms of health systems and the virus is now in urban areas where there is close human contact, so it makes it very difficult to control and contain especially when it is happening in areas where there is a lot of overcrowding and poverty and poor sanitation.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Riding Shotgun With Dylan
Before Bob Dylan's former road manager, Victor Maymudes, died in 2000, he left behind his memoirs on tape. Co-written and edited by his son, Jacob, Another Side Of Bob Dylan was recently published. But for musician and writer Peter Stone Brown, even though it’s a first-hand account, there is little new that is of interest.
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Charlie Haden: The Great Liberator
You have to be fearless to be an artist. The life of the late bassist Charlie Haden (August 6, 1937 - July 11, 2014) was punctuated with many such moments. He recorded tunes to his leftist heroes, formed the Liberation Music Orchestra, toured outside of the usual jazz circuits, got himself arrested and still stayed the course. Haden was always both fearless and inspiring. BY Jeffrey St Clair.
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Johnny Winter Knew What To Do
Dave Marsh remembers Johnny Winter, who died on July 16, 2014 in Switzerland, two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France. Johnny Winter was 70.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Go The Hard Way
Lee Kung-lok's 3D Naked Ambition (2014) is a look on the lighter side of the Japanese adult video industry but with Chapman To and his unlikely comments on the stuff of Hongkongers, the film has become much more relevant in spite of itself. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Midlife Crisis
With sexy Uhm Jung-hwa headlining Kwon Chil-in's Venus Talk (2014), a film about three women and their midlife crises, what it all boils down to is a bit of sex and some star gazing. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Well Mannered
Some see the members at the sex club in Daisuke Miura's Love‘s Whirlpool (2014) just sitting around in bath towels having awkward conversations with each other between the sex but it's also a touching story about feelings and even good manners. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Snuff It Out!
After wowing international audiences with The Raid 2, Indonesia hits another homerun with The Mo Brothers' Killers (2014) - it's bloody hands across the waters as a Japanese serial killer eggs on an Indonesian vigilante. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
From Pol Pot to ISIS: 'Anything That Flies On Everything that Moves'
That hollowed-out pumpkin sitting in the pumpkin patch sure looks like the head some poor soul lost. In the field of opportunity, evil men are again planting seeds for yet another murderous war in the Middle East. John Pilger traces the horrors from Pol Pot to the Islamic State.
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What's Driving The Hong Kong Protests
The Occupy Central protest in Hong Kong have got some quarters bothered by the role of US-sponsored, non-governmental organisations controlling the movement. David Lindorff, a Chinese-fluent journalist, assures that Hongkongers have had a long tradition of oppositional politics and are a mature polity aware of its rights and responsibilities.
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On Occupy Central And The NED
The American government is everywhere. Damn if they do and damn if they don't. But as blogger Ming Chun Tang suggests, why don't you have a little faith in others to determine their own future? He writes in response to accusations that the Americans are behind Occupy Central in Hong Kong.
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'Hongkongers here. We students are protesting peacefully, unarmed but the police are not abiding the rules and laws. They have started to use rubber bullets and we dun know what else is coming to deal with us. Please spread the news and we need support from all over the world!!!' - ivanvvan posted at reddit, Sunday night, Sept 28, 2014 around 7:30pm in Hongkong, China
Late on Saturday night, early Sunday morning, tens of thousands of young Hongkongers gathered at Central to Occupy Central. An estimated 50,000 students are said to have massed on late Saturday, demanding more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out free elections in the former British colony.
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Movie Reviews
Enough Said
Dir: Nicole Holofcener

While James Gandolfini passed away in June 2013, he is still pretty entertaining in his second-last film, Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said (2013). Critic After Dark Noel Vera on the dearly departed.
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Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before)
Dir: Lav Diaz

Using fables as a genre, Lav Diaz looks at Philippines' past in Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before, 2014) and when the creatures finally step out of the shadows, when the monsters allow themselves to be finally openly seen, they're clad in khaki, an automatic rifle strapped to one shoulder. Eden's precipitous fall from grace by Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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The Giver
Dir: Philip Noyce

In spite of the bad publicity, Philip Noyce's take on Lois Lowry's novel is perhaps the best of the recent young-adult pictures - at the very least the most thoughtful, and most well thought-out, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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A Most Wanted Man
Dir: Anton Corbijn

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, 2014 from drug overdose. He was 46. In this review of Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man (2014), Critic After Dark Noel Vera pays a belated tribute to the late actor.
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