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post script…
Apologies to those who came out last night to see the Iraqi film “Life After the Fall” by Kasim Abid. There were technical difficulties with the tape and it will have to be re-screened later this year. In anycase, next week is the last event of the Festival of Iraqi Culture “We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War” book reading, signing and discussion.Wed, March 27, 2013 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street (between Broad and Broadway), 4th floor, NYC

We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War

Omar Souleyman - Leh Jani

[...] Here, classical Arabic mawal-style vocalization gives way to high-octane Syrian Dabke (the regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi Choubi and a host of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles, among others. This amalgamation is truly the sound of Syria. The music often has an overdriven sound consisting of phase-shifted Arabic keyboard solos and frantic rhythms. At breakneck speeds, these shrill Syrian electronics play out like forbidden morse-code, but the moods swing from coarse and urgent to dirgy and contemplative in the rugged anthems that comprise Souleyman’s repertoire. -Sublime Frequencies

Several hundred thousand refugees have left the US-backed violence in Syria. BBC says the number should reach 700,000 refugees by the end of 2012. Already Turkey has reached its  limit of 100,000, and in Jordan, that number is expected to climb to 250,000 by the end of the year. This massive displacement of people will undoubtedly do a mix on the music and culture of Syria. As the caption for this video above describes, the music of Omar Souleyman is a kind of geographic finger print of the diverse influences in Syrian Pop Music. How this war will change the music we wont know until the dust settles. Meanwhile, this is not to say another type of Syrian music will not arise from the refugee camps of Turkey, Jordan, or Lebanon. Maybe now as I write, a new tune is being composed. A tune that will develop from it’s extra-specific place to carry message about the Syrian situation. If we really believe in the people and their culture, we would be listening for this new tune instead of the accepting the constant spin and spectacularization of “democracy” in the main stream media.

RT News - United States resumes arms sales to Bahrain, despite human rights abusesRussiaToday reports that United States has publicly announced that it will resume to supply Bahrain with weapons, despite protest by Human Rights Groups and despite the pro-democracy protesters and citizens of Bahrain.

“Washington claims that delivering weapons to Bahrain is crucial for providing security in the region. Bahrain is situated on a strategic island in the Persian Gulf opposite Iran. For more than 60 years it has served as the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet headquarters.”

Continue to new source with video: US restarts Bahrain arms sales amid rights anxiety -RT News. Published: 12 May, 2012, 13:34.


Bahrain protests grow ahead of anniversary - Al Jazeera

Video showing clips from Dec 30th (2011) street protest in Bahrain.

Al Jazeera also had some reporting of the anniversary of the protests in February, earlier this year:

Bahrain protests grow ahead of anniversary
Uploaded by on Feb 3, 2012

A quick youtube search pull up various videos in English and Arabic: http://tiny.cc/bahrain-youtube


Fake Apple Store in China?

A recent article on wired.com notes that fake Apple stores are popping up in China. The whole enchilada: products, colors, interior design, etc. The article also mentions that even the workers think they are working for Apple. Guess what, the CHINESE are working for Apple! Apple has factories in China! (You would expect a lower priced computer given the labor cost are kept so low. Nope.)

What is an all American product this day and age? Can Apple be considered an “American” product when it is made in China? Let’s just say that it’s a co-production: Chinese workers + Apple designers.

I think the only tech product we don’t outsource is our military weapons. The High-Tech Top-Secret stuff. But even then I suspect we bend a few rules here and there if we see a good contract -that’s what capitalism is about, isn’t it?

Norman Pealstine in chapter 4 of "News War", by Frontline

“Leaks and use of anonymous sources is very much in the fabric of American journalism today, the places where it’s most obvious are in Washington, Hollywood, Wall street and in Sports” -Norman Pearlstine, Editor-in-Chief, Time Inc., 1995-2005

Referring to the obvious leak to reporter Matt Cooper, from Bush/Cheney Advisers Karl Rove and Scooter Libby that blew the cover of an undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, and therefor creating a smoke screen around the exaggerated nuclear threat that set the stage for the invasion of Iraq. That was July 14, 2003, four months after the US invaded Iraq.

Four years later, in the summer of 2007, the only person prosecuted for the leak was Cheney’s Adviser Scooter Libby, he received 2 yrs and some 250,000 fines. The Prison sentence was pardoned by George W. Bush, who said that the punishment was excessive. Never did the penalties go up the chain of command, let’s face it, they were all in it together, adviser’s don’t usually act on their own accord.

The Obama administration never fully held the Bush administration accountable for that leak nor did it hold accountable the Bush administration for all the misinformation leading up to the invasion of Iraq. +90,000 deaths in Iraq, based on several lies and leaks from the White House.

Three years and some 90,000 Iraqi deaths later, the White House is calling Julian Assange a terrorist? If you compare the outcome of Wikileaks’ Cablegate and The White House’s “PlameGate” (and the rest of the false information leaked or planted), just by sheer number of lives lost, who would you say are the real terrorist?

Valerie Plame White House Leak Chart

Chart showing the leak of classified CIA information as moving through the White House and into the press. Chart by SB after DB, User Leak watcher on en.wikinews.

**This Frontline documentary 2007 “News War”, gives and interesting picture on how the Bush administration worked the press, first leaking info to the press, then re-validating the leaks/info in further press statements. In this case, Dick Cheney leaked the info, Karl Rove on the other end further dissipates the information claiming it is common press knowledge, both Cheney and Rove wipe their hands clean of any leaking.

Two Last Minute Events tonight…

TONIGHT 6-8pm, the last night to catch the Otto DIX show for FREE at the Neue Galerie, as part of First Fridays Free (normally $15/$10 students)… Otherwise it’s an amazing show of drawings, paintings, etching, by this prolific German artist caught between 2 world wars…

Neue Galerie : Otto Dix
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National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest
National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest
National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest

Interesting article plus multimedia in the New York Times last month about a show of the Ceausescu Collection in Romania’s Bucharest’s National Museum of Contemporary Art.  The paintings were all hung at angles or low to the ground to so the show is not interpreted as a tribute.

Romania Shrugs Off Reminder of Its Past (article)
From the Ceausescu Collection