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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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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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New Year's Eve 2011 (data)

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Basel 2011 (data)

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Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2011 (data)

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Profit before care. Drug makers are motivated by profit. We are saying the obvious. By Dean Baker.

It seems that no one in policy circles believes that people respond to incentives. How else can we explain this lengthy piece in the New York Times (NYT) on the process by which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Aduhelm, a drug for treating Alzheimer’s disease.

The piece details how the clinical trials designed to determine its effectiveness were aborted, since it did not appear to be helping patients. Nonetheless, the FDA worked closely with Biogen, the drug’s manufacturer, to find evidence that it might be effective in slowing cognitive decline. The FDA ended up approving the drug over the unanimous objection of its advisory panel. (There was one abstention.)

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: John Mellencamp
Farm Aid 2018 (Hartford)
Latest: Whitney Houston
New York 1991
Latest: Emily Remler and Larry Coryell
Las Vegas 1985
Latest: Bob Dylan & The Band
Los Angeles 1974
Latest: Lindisfarne
Live Across The UK 2012-2016
Steve Hackett
West Hollywood 1981 [Mike Millard Tape]
Van Morrison
Poetic Champions Compose Live!
The Long Ryders
San Francisco 1985
Sophia Domancich
France 2021
Cat Stevens
Sydney 1972
Bob Dylan
1965 Revisited [CD 13/14 of 14]
Nanci Griffith
Santa Cruz 1986
Van Morrison
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher Live!
Crosby Stills Nash & Young
Santa Monica 1990 [Mike Millard Tape]
Kansas [Robby Steinhardt R.I.P. 1950 - 2021]
Lond Island 1978
The B-52's
Paris 1979
Toshiko Akiyoshi
New York 1980
Linda Ronstadt
Los Angeles 1976
Bob Dylan
1965 Revisited [CD11/12 of 14]
Tom Jones
Paris 1976
Van Morrison
A Sense of Wonder Live!
Eric Clapton
Long Beach 1974 [Mike Millard Tape]
Green On Red
Charlottesville 1985
Marcus Miller
Marciac 2018
The Rolling Stones
London 2018
Bob Dylan
1965 Revisited [CD9/10 of 14]
Willie Nelson
London 1998
Van Morrison
Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart Live!
Father John Misty
Seattle 2021
Sarah Jarosz
Austin 2021
Joe Lovano with Dave Douglas
Marciac 2018
Grateful Dead
Angel's Camp 1987
Bob Dylan
1965 Revisited [CD7/8 of 14]
Raul Malo Band
Philadelphia 2002
Van Morrison
Beautiful Vision Live!
Wolf Alice
Swansea 2018
Jorja Smith
London 2021
Jon Hassell [R.I.P. 1937 - 2021]
Finland 2009
Craig Taborn's New Trio
New York 2020
Laura Nyro
San Francisco 1994
Bob Dylan
1965 Revisited [CD5/6 of 14]
Various
Tribute To Merle Haggard 1995
Van Morrison
Common One Live!
Stevie Wonder
New York 1973
Wolf Alice
London 2021
Charles Lloyd
Copenhagen 1983
Fleetwood Mac
London 1970
Bob Dylan
1965 Revisited [CD3/4 of 14]
Rosie Flores
Santa Monica 1987
Van Morrison
Into The Music Live!
Suzanne Vega
New York 1989
Peter Gabriel
Paris 1980
Andrew Hill
Chicago 1988
James Taylor
Beverly Hills 1981 [Mike Millard Tape]
Bob Dylan
1965 Revisited [CD1/2 of 14]
Emmylou Harris
Chicago 1978
Van Morrison
St Dominic's Preview/Hard Noise Live!
Green On Red
France 1985
Codona
New York 1982
John Lennon
Oddities Vol 3
Fleetwood Mac
Gold Dust Radio 1975-1988 [CD5/6 of 6]
The Kinks
Inglewood 1983 [Mike Millard Tape]
Van Morrison
Street Choir/Tupelo Honey Live!
Patti Smith
Hamburg 1996
BJ Thomas [R.I.P. 1942 - 2021]
Fairbanks 2016
Sam Rivers
Jazz Alive! 1979
John Lennon
Oddities Vol 2
Fleetwood Mac
Gold Dust Radio 1975-1988 [CD3/4 of 6]
James Taylor
Unreleased Live Album 1981
Van Morrison
Moondance Live!
Aerosmith
New York 1975
Rickie Lee Jones
Pirates Live!
John Lennon
Oddities Vol 1
Updated: Mash [Added May 7, 2020]
Coronavirus Songs

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Long Live Rock! [BigO Audio Archive]

New ROIOs*
Lucinda Williams w Buddy Miller & Jason Isbell - Nashville 2016, audience
Todd Rundgren - Agoura Hills, CA 2016, audience
Gregory Porter - Dusseldorf 2013, FM
Freda Payne - Boston 2016, HD-FM
Alan Parsons with Todd Rundgren, John Entwhistle and Friends - Fukuoka 2001
Rickie Lee Jones & The Stockholm Art Orchestra - Stockholm Sweden, 2015, FM
Shawn Colvin - Palo Alto, CA 1994, SBD
Guy Clark and Michelle Shocked (opening act) - San Francisco, CA 1988, FM
The Church - Fairfield 2016
Os Mutantes - 1970 Rehearsals in Sao Paulo, soundboard
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, FM
Alabama Shakes - Weekender Festival, Germany 2015, FM
The Beatles - John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me, Tony Barrow
Jeff Beck - Blue Wind Over Yokohama 1980, Audience MR PEACH RECORDING
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Köln, Germany 2016, FM
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Live In Session, Morning Becomes Eclectic KCRW FM 2016, FM
Syd Barrett - Tattooed
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


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New DVD Archive Of Rare Films
Jack Bruce - "Swing In", Germany 1972, HDTV
James Booker and Memphis Piano Red - Molde, Norway 1978, webstream mp4 720p
Gary Burton Quartet - Oslo, Norway 1970, webstream mp4 720p
Harriet Tubman (the band) & Cassandra Wilson - Present Black Sun, Moers Festival, Germany 2016, webcast 720p
Ben Folds - The Fillmore, Detroit 2016, webcast 720p
Art Farmer - Oslo, Norway 1968, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth & Totti Bergh - "Laila + Totti = Jazz" show, Oslo, Norway 1973, webstream flv 720p
Laila Dalseth and Roy Hellvins Orchestra -  Oslo, Norway 1971, webstream mp4 720p
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


Audio

ROIO Of The Week
A/B Road Sessions, January 26, 1969 [Purple Chick PC 26-1/2; CD1/2 of 6]Complete Purple Chick Set v1.1 (Nagra Reels); "A/B Road" session tapes; Also known as The Nagra Reels; Twickenham Studios (Part 1); Apple Studios (Part 2). Very good soundboard. 83 CDs, 2,187 tracks, 97 hours, 44 mins, 7 seconds. If you are a Beatles fan, you'd likely have this already.
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Features

Covid In Malaysia

It's not just a pandemic. Behind the scene in Malaysia, opponents, opportunists and operators are all stirring the pot. By Chandra Muzaffar.

The significant increase in Covid-19 infections in my country Malaysia in the last one week has prompted concerned Malaysians to ask the authorities to re-strategize their approach towards the fight against the spread of the virus.

A total lockdown, some feel, where most movements are severely curbed is not the solution. They prefer a targeted lockdown which is focused upon specific areas or clusters. Since infection numbers are increasing at an alarming rate the blanket approach they are convinced is not working.

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When Football Did Not Come Home

Colour blind? Not on this planet. By Binoy Kampmark.

They were in with a shot. The English team, deliriously floating on chants of Football’s Coming Home, had made it to their first major tournament final since 1966. The UEFA European Football Championship would be decided at Wembley against an Italian side unblemished by defeat since September 2018. But the English, coached by the much admired Gareth Southgate, succumbed in that most cruel of deciders: the penalty shootout.

In English footballing history, the penalty shootout has been responsible for a string of famous defeats. In 1990, the national side lost to the West German juggernaut in the semi-final of the World Cup. In the European Championship in 1996, the result was repeated, with the Germans again winning.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
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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Black, Brown, And White: Thoughts On Psychoanalysis, The Blues, And Marginality
Art for imagination. Cinema for perspective. And music to heal. A brief history of American music and psychoanalysis. By John S Auerbach.
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Disaster Music
Natural disasters occur and measure our threshold of pain. Handel could describe best the terror and horror of natural disasters in his music. By David Yearsley.
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Dylan At 80: A Sonnet Of Appreciation
By John Kendall Hawkins.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
Cornel West Cites 'Anti-Palestinian Prejudice' In Resignation Letter To Harvard
Protest. Boycott. Resign. Posted at Memo.
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Assange To Be ‘Moved Around’ Sine Die
If a Circumlocution Office exists in government, surely it has the Julian Assange case files and what not on its table, ready to be acted upon. Except that it is what Charles Dickens called "The Circumlocution Office... the most important Department under Government" that does nothing. By Ray McGovern.
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Into The Quagmire With Donald Rumsfeld
Some deserve the names they are called. By Patrick Cockburn.
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The Black Butterflies Of Forgetting: On The Destruction Of Memory
'Each society must treasure, protect and watch over its collective memory, analyze its present and history without the all-pervading mire of nationalism.' By Monika Zgustova.
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Is Indonesia Really A Pandemic Basket Case?
How to stretch, bend and twist the truth out of shape without lying? That's what Covid-19 'news' reporting is all about. Distraction and distortion. By Dean Baker.
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Maradona or Messi?
Remembering a godlike football genius. By Cesar Chelala.
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The Wretched Of The Earth At 60
Sixty years on and the wretched remain as wretched. If the world won't listen, is violence still the way forward to rid the world of oppression, injustice and poverty? By Jonah Raskin.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Amazon’s 'The Boys': The Superhero As Cypher For The Times
In the global world, the survival of the fittest has reached its summit. Huge, monopolistic corporations can finally rule over all nations. The Super Corporations led by Super Entrepreneurs. By Tony McKenna.
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Ray’s Women: Strong But Vulnerable
The young working women portrayed in Satyajit Ray's movies are strong-willed and liberated. They have a body to celebrate and a mind to chase their own dreams. By Amitava Nag.
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All Dressed Up For The Oscars And Nowhere To Go
There are more eyeballs in China. By David Yearsley.
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Film As Art And Weapon: Raoul Peck’s 'Exterminate All The Brutes'
“Where art is a weapon, it is only so when it is art” - Albert Maltz, one of the Hollywood Ten. By Louis Proyect.
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The Reverse Marxism Of Adam Curtis’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’
Why it would be better if the filmmaker aspired to be less of a historian, and more of a philosopher. By Tom Whyman.
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Movie Reviews
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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The Best Films Of 2019
With the streaming of music and movies now a reality, you can watch some of the best and obscure films for the US$5 you pay to subscribe to any streaming service. By Louis Proyect.
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Praying The Gay Away
Imagine that? A couple of sentences in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament is the motivation for Christians to condemn lesbians, gays, bi and trans (LGBT). By Louis Proyect.
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The Advocates
A film review of French director Rémi Kessler’s documentary The Advocates or how did Los Angeles grow a homeless problem. By Ed Rampell.
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Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9: Entertaining Film, Crappy Politics
Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” 'is a blunderbuss attack on Trump' and American politics but fails to offer insight to an alternative
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