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Is America ready for the Slovenian band that successfully played in North Korea?

Free speech is becoming a rarity in the land of the First Amendment, so much so that it may take a band that played in Pyongyang and Tel Aviv to remind Americans of their own Constitution.

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In 2015, the Slovenian industrial rock band Laibach performed two concerts in Pyongyang. This is thought to be the first time a rock band of this variety has ever performed in North Korea. Previous western musicians to play in North Korea have included acts as diverse as Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic to Roger Clinton, the blues playing brother of the former American President.

Laibach are quite possibly the most odd choice of band to play in a country based on Kim Jung-Il’s Juche idea. While Juche places an emphasis on self-reliance, the importance of one’s local culture and on the fellowship of one’s people, Laibach are a band which utilise the most controversial symbols of modern and even ancient history in order to present contradictory themes whose overall message is one of iconoclasm.

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Laibach rose to prominence in 1980s Yugoslavia where their name alone raised eyebrows. Laibach was the old Austrian name for the city of Ljubljana, the present day capital of Slovenia. Laibach’s early shows were one part hard rock and one part musical theatre.

The band eventually began recording, performing and filming videos in Britain, Germany and across Europe. The band’s penchant to perform rock and pop hits while dressed in fascist uniforms of the 1930s and 1940s was immediately controversial. The band however also employed the symbols of communism and radical individualism and the confusion was such that few people were sure where Laibach stood politically.

The confusion was clearly intentional as the band once issued a statement saying, “We are as much fascists as Hitler was a painter”.

In reality, a careful analysis of Laibach’s music and visual art reveals that Laibach is ultimately an ultra-libertarian and iconoclastic collective that elevates taboo political and social symbols to the point of mockery. Laibach tests the limits of modern free speech laws by making inferences to regimes which themselves were broadly intolerant of free speech. The result is that in most arguments about artistic merit, Laibach’s position becomes one that is classically libertarian and sceptical of all dogmas, while those arguing for censoring Laibach to appear authoritarian by contrast, even as Laibach dons the appearance of ultra-authoritarians.

My proposal to invite Laibach to the United States, including to the places where tensions are currently running high over Confederate monuments is less about Laibach’s art than it is about the places where Laibach have performed.

In North Korea, Laibach performed a combination of their original material, their well-known covers of rock songs as well as songs from The Sound of Music and the North Korean piece Arirang.

Shortly thereafter, Laibach played in Tel Aviv where their set including a song which combined the lyrics of the Palestinian and Israeli national anthems.

If Laibach could peacefully perform in both North Korea and Israel, two countries which for different reasons court a great deal of controversy, then what is to stop them from performing in the land of the First Amendment which guarantees peaceful free speech to all? Laibach has performed in the US in past, but given how much free speech has deteriorted in America, would they be welcomed back? Would they be able to play in towns like Charlottesville?

One of Laibach’s virtues is that they are able to detach emotion from symbolism through teasing the relationship between emotion and symbolism. The result when played before a discerning audience is that one is able to walk away in a mood for quiet self-examination and contemplation, two things America is very much in need of at this time.

Pyongyang and Tel Aviv proved their audiences were ready to accept Laibach’s message. Is the United States ready?

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What are you talking about Adam?
Laibach played in the USA many times. Last during their 2015 “Occupy America Tour”, drew various crowds and got various reactions, just as they are meant to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOwyZGCZ4gs
They did have to cancel a show in Moscow, though. On their Facebook page, the band members explained to the fans that the tour was canceled due to fears of a ‘strong political risk of a disturbing reaction from local “orthodox christianity” activists’
https://www.facebook.com/Laibach/posts/10152384840446765

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Israel? I may be an inverted snowflake or a BDS supporter and triggered.

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This gang really knows how to get attention. Symbols cause people to hyperventilate.

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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