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Bankrupt Release Music Video Supporting Former Band Member Currently Arbitrarily Detained In China

In 2018, Michael Kovrig, then working as a senior advisor for International Crisis Group, was arrested by Chinese authorities on the basis of endangering Chinese security. According to the group Michael was doing the opposite while working in China.

“We do not understand repeated allegations that he has “endangered Chinese security”.  Michael’s work included meeting several dozen times with Chinese officials, academics, and analysts from multiple Chinese state institutions. He had attended numerous conferences at the invitation of Chinese organisations. He frequently appeared on Chinese television and in other media to comment on regional issues. Nothing Michael did harmed China. On the contrary, Crisis Group’s work aims to defuse any tensions between China and nearby states, and to give a fresh, independent appraisal of China’s growing role in the world.”

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has called Michael’s detention unacceptable and he has now been held without charge for almost 2 years.

Previously, Michael, a Canadian citizen, was the singer for the Hungarian band Bankrupt. Now his fellow bandmates have released a music video for their song The Plane To Toronto which they released as a single in July this year to raise awareness about Michael’s case.

You can participate in getting the word out and put pressure on the Chinese government to free Michael from his arbitrary detention. The band has made a Free Michael Kovrig poster that you can print, and take a selfie holding, and upload it to Instagram / Facebook / Twitter with the hashtag #freemichaelkovrig. You can also make your own poster.

For the music video below, the band received 60 videos from supporters from all around the world and now it’s up to the rest of us to share this piece of work.

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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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The Specials Announce A New Album Of Protest Songs

Since 1977, The Specials, from the United Kingdom, have been making an awesome mix of ska, punk, and other variations of music. Their most recent release is their way of adding something positive into this world.

This is an album made in protest. Made by someone who feels the hurt in the world and wants to turn those troubles into something beautiful – into art.

Some of the tunes are handpicked covers, others are original. In the end, this is a great release by artists who have been around for a while and who have experienced many different sides of the society we all inhabit.

The first track on the album is ‘Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys’ originally written by The Equals in 1973. According to the band, they were often considered the first multiracial band in England, but that is how they themselves always felt first about The Equals.

‘Blam Blam Fever’ by the Valentines, released in 1967 touches on gun culture. ‘The Ten Commandments’ touches on rape culture, misogyny, self-worth, and alt-right “pseudo-intellectuals on the internet” and it features the activist Saffiyah Khan, famous for a photo of her standing her ground against nationalist protesters.

Some of the other songs on the album are about the Black Lives Matter movement, corruption, social media, and more.

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