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[M]odern democracies have been around for long enough for neo-liberal capitalists to learn how to subvert them. They have mastered the techniques of infiltrating the instruments of democracy — the ‘independent’ judiciary, the ‘free’ press, the parliament — and molding them to their purpose. The project of corporate globalization has cracked the code. Free elections, a free press, and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities on sale to the highest bidder.

Arundhati Roy, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire (via takhtee)

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Jazz Reading RoomThe New Frontier for Music Books: Not Just Paper: Video and Audio, Too

I just got a thrill re-reading Peter’s Guralnick’s fabulous “Sweet Soul Music,” the definitive history of Southern soul music from 1986. But I wish I’d waited a year of so. 

This year, seven of his books, some of the very best and readable profiles of American blues, rock, country and soul, are being reissued in enhanced digital versions that include video and audio.

Meticulous in all his research, Peter has saved a lot of his audio interviews, and I can’t wait for his source tapes with legends like Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, and Willie Dixon.  
This past Sunday, talking about the new enhanced editions in the New York Times, Peter said, “‘People are always interested in talking about who they are and what they do and why they do it, as opposed to all that other stuff” typical of celebrity coverage… “I think people will get into the nuts and bolts, and talk in a different tone, than if you were talking about more clamorous headline kind of stuff.’”
“What I’m looking for is not the myth… I’m trying to get them to talk about what they really do.”

The New York Times has the full story.

-Fred Seibert


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Jazz Reading Room


The New Frontier for Music Books: Not Just Paper: Video and Audio, Too

I just got a thrill re-reading Peter’s Guralnick’s fabulous “Sweet Soul Music,” the definitive history of Southern soul music from 1986. But I wish I’d waited a year of so. This year, seven of his books, some of the very best and readable profiles of American blues, rock, country and soul, are being reissued in enhanced digital versions that include video and audio. Meticulous in all his research, Peter has saved a lot of his audio interviews, and I can’t wait for his source tapes with legends like Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, and Willie Dixon. This past Sunday, talking about the new enhanced editions in the New York Times, Peter said, “‘People are always interested in talking about who they are and what they do and why they do it, as opposed to all that other stuff” typical of celebrity coverage… “I think people will get into the nuts and bolts, and talk in a different tone, than if you were talking about more clamorous headline kind of stuff.’” “What I’m looking for is not the myth… I’m trying to get them to talk about what they really do.” The New York Times has the full story.

-Fred Seibert



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Three years ago, a team of Israeli documentary-makers produced a brilliant film about the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank entitled The Gatekeepers. For this, they persuaded five former heads of the Shin Bet, the nation’s security service, to be interviewed on camera. The outcome was fascinating, and devastating. Each chief in turn described the ruthless policies he had enforced to sustain Israeli dominance. Most agreed that repression had been counter-productive. Part of the explanation, they said, was that since the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish fanatic back in 1995, no Jerusalem government has pursued a serious political strategy for peace. The security forces have simply been left to impose varying degrees of repression, while Jewish settlers grab ever-larger areas of the West Bank and Jerusalem. In a remarkable moment of frankness, one former Shin Bet chief said: ‘Occupation has made us a cruel people.’

Max Hastings (via letterstomycountry)


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Four million women and girls in Iraq are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). According to the UN, the Sunni Islamist group Isis, which currently controls the city of Mosul, has issued an edict ordering all women aged 11 through 46 to undergo FGM.
Although FGM is a cultural practice in several African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries, it is not commonly practiced in Iraq — another reason why this development is so disturbing. The practice “is something very new for Iraq… and does need to be addressed,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the UN correspondent in Iraq. "This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," she added.
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halftheskymovement:

Four million women and girls in Iraq are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). According to the UN, the Sunni Islamist group Isis, which currently controls the city of Mosul, has issued an edict ordering all women aged 11 through 46 to undergo FGM.

Although FGM is a cultural practice in several African, Middle Eastern, and Asian countries, it is not commonly practiced in Iraq — another reason why this development is so disturbing. The practice “is something very new for Iraq… and does need to be addressed,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the UN correspondent in Iraq. "This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," she added.

Learn more via BBC News.