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Rage Against The Machine Still Use Their Voice, Taking A Stand Against US Emperialism

In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan it is uncertain what new atrocities the US government (and its funders) will now throw onto the Afghan people. There are very few people who have benefitted from the last 20 years. Mostly the people who make weapons. And their politician friends. From the USA. Without war, they don’t make that money. Simple as that.

Many years after calling it quits as a band, Rage Against The Machine still use their voice and now they have posted a few words about the situation for the voiceless in war-ridden Afghanistan.

Their message is clear and concise and they also put blame on the US media for their direction these past decades: “Mainstream media is repeating the same tropes that were used to justify an illegal invasion 20 years ago. Little to no air time is being spent discussing the 4 decades of US imperial intervention that have reduced this nation to rubble. The victims of U.S. empire have been sounding the alarm for a long time. Whenever we hear the drums of war beating, we must shut them down.”

While the band was active they obviously used all their means to help spread ideas of peace and unity, as art is capable of:

“music has the power to cross borders, to break military sieges and to establish real dialogue.”

Zack de la Rocha in a 2007 interview with Juice Magazine

Cover photo: Dusan Vranic/AP Photo

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Tunisian Musician Receives Death Threats, Loses Job, For His Music Video

According to an article by Freemuse, Tunisian artist, Noamane Chaari, has received threats to his life, been fired from his job and suspended from his participation in the Tunisian Artists’ Union after publishing a music video where he collaborates with Israeli artist Ziv Yehezkel.

The music video, which can be seen below, offended Tunisian journalists, activists and others and some people called for him to be prosecuted. The music video has Arabic and English lyrics included and reading through the words it is clear that this song is nothing but peaceful.

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