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Why So Quiet $ingapore?
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You Kept Silent
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Singapore Democrats
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Far King Bus Turd
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$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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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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These brats make you want to say 10 Our Fathers. By Charles R Larson.

How can you not admire a writer who - after he wins the Nobel Prize (2010), after he's written 20 or so earlier books, after he's supposedly reached his peak - writes still another gripping novel, reminiscent of his finest, earlier works? I'm talking about the Peruvian novelist, Mario Vargas Llosa, whose most recent novel, The Discreet Hero, superbly translated into English by Edith Grossman, has just been published in the United States. The complexity of the book, its multi-textured plot, its large cast of characters, its good cheer and humor, will remind many readers of several of Vargas Llosa's earlier works, especially Aunt Julia And The Scriptwriter (1977).

This is not to say, however, that The Discreet Hero is not without its darker contours. In fact, much of the initial action in the story is menacing, troublesome, downright ugly. And this is true for both of the parallel threads of the novel.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: Sharks (Andy Fraser)
London 1973
Latest: The Grateful Dead
Academy of Music, New York, March 22, 1972
Latest: The Grateful Dead
Boston 1973
Latest: The Grateful Dead
Fillmore West - June 7, 1970
Latest: The Grateful Dead
Fillmore West - June 6, 1970
The Grateful Dead
Chicago 1971
The Grateful Dead with Janis Joplin
Fillore West 1969
The Grateful Dead
Fillmore West - June 5, 1970
Rolling Stones
Foxes In The Boxes, Vol 2
Miles Davis
Philadelphia 1970
Dave Alvin
Bremen 2001
New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Fillmore West 1971
Chic
Lugano 2012
John Mayall
Minneapolis 1991
Andy (Free) Fraser R.I.P. 1952-2015
Munich 1970
Eric Clapton
Just One Kyoto Night 1979
Rolling Stones
Foxes In The Boxes, Vol 1
Leon Russell
Fillmore East 1970
Mungo Jerry
Brooklyn 2013
Dickey Betts
Hempstead 1978
Jazz On Sunday - Lionel Hampton
Sweden 1953
New Order
Blackpool 1982
Jimi Hendrix
This One's For You
Steve Earle
New York 2015
Linda Ronstadt
West Hollywood 1976

Restart
Latest: Grateful Dead
Chicago 1995
Grateful Dead
Long Beach 1985
Grateful Dead with The Beach Boys
Fillmore East 1971
Grateful Dead
Warlok
Grateful Dead with Joan Baez
San Mateo 1981
Joanna Newsom
Munich 2005
Herbie Hancock/Santana
Tokyo 1981
Doobie Brothers
West Hempstead 1973
Sonic Youth
Boston 2004

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Tangerine Dream - Warsaw 1997
Thin Lizzy - Seattle 1977
Thin Lizzy - "Osaka Sundown" 1983
Johnny Thunders - Live at Revival, Philadelphia 1987
The Velvet Underground - "Yesterday's Parties"
Wild Turkey - Frankfurt 1973
XTC - Kings For A Day, RETRACKED VERSION
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band featuring the Miami Horns - Richfield Coliseum, Nothing to Lose: The 1977 Tour Revisited Vol. One "Official Audience Recording"
Rainbow - Chicago 1979
Spooky Tooth - Live at the Agora, 1974
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band - Chicago 2013
Linda Ronstadt - Amsterdam 1976, Goody Speed/Pitch-adjusted Remaster
The Replacements (as Gary and the Boners) - Legendary Drunk Show from CBGB's 1984 UPGRADE
St. Vincent - Ed Sullivan Theater, NYC 2014
Steely Dan - Magdalenian Pries
Rod Stewart and Ron Wood - Harris Sound Studio Session July 69 - Hi Rez 24 96
The Rolling Stones - Could You Walk On The Water? ''The Lost 1966 Stones Album'' 2015 Edition
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter Soundtrack 2015 Edition
The Rolling Stones - Earphone Heads & Dirty Necks,The Let It Bleed Era 1968-1969
The Rolling Stones - Exile Revisited 2015 Edition
The Rolling Stones - Black & Blue Revisited 2015 Edition
The Rolling Stones - If You Can't Rock Me, The It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Era
The Rolling Stones - Live At Leeds 1971, Soundboard Reel Master
The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out
The Rolling Stones - Passaic, NJ 1978 CASSETTE MASTER
The Rolling Stones - Lost & Found, September 25, 1981 Philadelphia LOSSLESS VERSION
Norah Jones - Live On Letterman, New York 2012 UPGRADE
Cyndi Lauper - Boston 1984, FM
Lynyrd Skynyrd - You Got That Right
Melissa Manchester w/Michael Feinstein - Song Travels 2015 FM
James Vincent McMorrow - Paleo Festival 2014

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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films

Velvet Underground - The Making Of An Underground Film 1965
Sly and the Family Stone - Harlem, NYC 1969 pro-shot
Spoon - Austin City Limits 2014 HDTV 1080i
Tindersticks - Paris, France 2015 Arte Concert Webcast 720p
Taj Mahal & Bassekou Kouyaté - Vienne, France 2014 HDTV 1080
Paul Rodgers - "Front And Center" 2014, HDTV 1080i
Real Estate - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014 webcast 720p
Run the Jewels - Paris 2014 HD webcast 720p
VARIOUS - Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2014 HDTV 720p
VARIOUS - Austin City Limits 2014 Hall of Fame Special HDTV 1080i
Ulf Wakenius French Trio - Junas, France 2014 webcast 720p
Dan Tepfer (pianist) - Goldberg Variations, London 2014 webstream 406p
Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations - L'Europe du Nord/North Europe 1714 - 1788 (2014) HDTV 1080p
Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI - Fantaisies Royales / Royal Fantasies 1630-1660 (2014) HDTV 1080p
Daniel Lanois - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014 webcast 720p
Sharon Jones - Live From Daryl's House HDTV 1080i
Jenny Lewis - Austin City Limits 2014 HDTV 1080i
Arto Lindsay - Paris 2014 webstream 544p
J Mascis - Tiny Desk Concert 2014 webcast 720p
Robin McKelle & The Flytones - France 2014 webstream 720p
Lisa Mitchell - Morning Becomes Eclectic 2014 webcast 720p
Ana Carla Maza + Vincent Segal - Porquerolles, France 2014 webcast 720p
Susheela Raman feat. Rizwan & Muazzam Ali Khan - Arles, France 2014 HD webcast 720p
Franz Lehar - The Merry Widow 2015 HDTV 1080i
Mariss Jansons - 125th Anniversary Concert, Het Concertgebouw and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam 2013 HDTV 720p
Offenbach, Jacques - Les Contes d'Hoffmann, live at the MET 2015, HDTV 1080p

Audio

ROIO Of The Week
The Grateful Dead - Chicago 1971 [no label, 2CD] Live at the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL; October 21, 1971. Very good soundboard. "Typical sounding show for this period, but typical for fall '71 is great."
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Features

Principal Who Raised Funds To Help Over 10,000 Students Remembered

Dead at 59 but this Chinese school principal will likely be remembered for decades.

Early morning at Guangxi province, Du'an Yao autonomous county seat, on March 15, 2015. Thousands appeared, wiping away tears, to say farewell to the former Du'an Yao autonomous county high school principal, Mo Zhengao.

On March 9, 2015, the 59-year-old principal passed away from illness [reports said he died from a heart attack]. The funeral wreaths came from the entire county, with alumni rushing back from Beijing and Shanghai; and top schools such as Tsinghua University's Recruitment Office sent their condolences. Over his 30-year-career in education, Mo had collected donations and contributions from wherever he could, to help over 10,000 impoverished students from the mountainous region to continue their studies. He is hailed by these impoverished children as "Principal Dad".

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File-Sharing Builds A Community

When someone says sharing is illegal, what they really mean is "Buy it instead". So why share anything? By Peter Sunde.

I remember when one of the biggest Spanish file-sharing sites was shut down. These file sharers had nowhere to go but The Pirate Bay (TPB). All of a sudden the top list of TPB was flooded with Spanish content except for one peculiar audiobook. It was a Swedish language course.

We decided to translate the site. Not just into English but into as many languages as possible. We found people from lots of countries to chime in and help. I remember the Portuguese translation especially interesting as it was carried out by a man from Brazil. We decided that we’d make two different buttons for the translation - one for Portuguese and one for Brazilian-Portuguese. These languages differ a little. The actual gettext translation file was the same though.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
What's A $1000 For A Beatles Vinyl?
WIRED has put the spotlight on vinyl in its latest edition.
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Bob Dylan: 'Critics Have Been Giving Me A Hard Time Since Day One'
Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015. Here is his MusiCares person of the year acceptance speech.
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Elvis: Southern Man
Joel Williamson's Elvis biography, Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, places the singer’s life and career in the context of his upbringing as a working class white youth in the US South. Review by Ron Jacobs.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
The Great Geisha
The central sex scene in Hideo Gosha's Tokyo Bordello (1987) is between two women but it is not about a lesbian affair, it's more like how to get a leg up in a skin trade driven by profiteering and human exploitation. Stephen Tan reviews.
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All God's Children
Rajkumar Hirani's PK (2014) may be a satire on God and religion but a terrorist bombing scene that is right out of today's headlines only shows the gulf and deep chasms that remain are still very difficult to bridge. Stephen Tan reviews.
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Achin' To Be
In Koji Wakamatsu's A Pool Without Water (1982), a man bored with his life and work decides to use chloform to knock out his women before raping them. Is that insane or what? Stephen Tan reviews.
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Chick-Boxer
Bromance-romance (for want of a better phrase), here's a buddy movie you'd want to see. Koichi Sakamoto's Aka X Pinku (2014) has the two female leads not only falling in love but having passionate sex. Throw in bloody ring fights, add in some tits and ass and Girl's Blood makes the Fight Club looks like nursery school. Stephen Tan reviews.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Space Is The Place
When Philip Cheah is stuck in a traffic jam with Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho.
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Only Five Agree To Have Their Pension Spending Checked By Govt
In Osaka, Japan, more than 100,000 senior citizens are less than thrilled at the government's offer to monitor their pension spending habits.
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Praetorian Guard Of The Orwellian Empire
US imperialism, with the help of NATO, at work: what has spread in Iraq, Libya and Syria is not freedom and democracy, but ashes, ruins, blood baths and despair. By Gilbert Mercier.
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Fifty Shades Of Grey A HD BitTorrent Hit
A HD copy of Fifty Shades Of Grey has just leaked onto the Internet from a Chinese source. But while hundreds of thousands of downloaders are going crazy for the quality, those looking for super-sexy scenes may be disappointed - the copy is censored to comply with China's obscenity laws. By Andy of TorrentFreak.
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Movie Reviews
Selma
Dir: Ava DuVernay

Critic After Dark Noel Vera catches up on two biopics - Ava DuVernay's Selma (2014) and Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (2014) - both problematic. Which one's historically accurate, which mostly invented? Which succeeds and which fails? Which is the better work?
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The Theory Of Everything
Dir: James Marsh

James Marsh'S The Theory Of Everything (2014) would have been something if it had focused on Stephen Hawking as a celebrity Casanova but somehow, this biopic feels so disappointingly bloodless, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Birdman
Dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The intrigues, the jealousies, the power-plays, the affairs - a life in the theater, by way of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman (2014). If only they had dropped the digital effects, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera. Birdman won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 2015 Oscars.
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Blackhat
Dir: Michael Mann

Michael Mann's Blackhat (2015) may be a cybernoir thriller about the state of grace under which the best minds operate but grace under fire really matters little in a chaotic world, says Critic After Dark Noel Vera.
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Hard To Be A God (Trudno byt' bogom)
Dir: Aleksei German

In his list of best movies of 2014, Critic After Dark Noel Vera included Aleksei German's Trudno byt' bogom (Hard To Be A God, 2013) with these comments: "Can a filthier, grimier, more virulently corrupt (yet blindingly brilliant) depiction of a rectum of a world be found on the big screen? Don't know; frankly doubt it."
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