The legendary protest song, written by Dolores O’Riordan and performed by her Irish band The Cranberries, has long reigned as one of the more powerful political music pieces of the last few decades.
‘Zombie’ had a rough start as a music video because it was initally banned from being shown on the BBC because of images of children playing with guns and other weapons.
2 years after O’Riordan sadly passed away and 26 years after it’s release the song has now reached a new milestone. Over a billion people have now watched the music video on Youtube, placing the band and song in a rather exclusive club among mostly unpolitical songs.
Scrolling through the Wikipedia list of the top 30 most viewed music videos it seems like there is no protest music there. Perhaps a change is coming and the masses now want to hear more important music.
A wonderful video can be found after reading the first passages of the book. The author, Brad Schreiber, insists that it is “greatest antiwar song ever created is by a group you have likely never heard about. See for yourself with the video below:
“once again we hear the word “precision” from people who think bombs can be precise we hear “the price of fighting terrorism” from people who don’t have to pay that price we see a cloud where there should be a college we see a reservoir reduced to soil and though they now admit that the marketplace was hit, they didn’t hit the Ministry of Oil
what they call a military target is sacred to all soldiers brave and loyal you can bomb a shrine, you can bomb a power line, but you never bomb the Ministry of Oil
once again the mayhem they call “warfare” is followed by the melee they call “peace” tearing through the stores and the museums while the US Army played police how much do you suppose that artwork sold for as their last remaining food began to spoil the situation’s bad, but no place in Baghdad is safer than the Ministry of Oil
the medicine has all been confiscated and soon there won’t be water left to boil and one might wonder who’d think up names like “Oil for food” when what they mean is “Ministry of Oil”
if there’s any logic in the universe if the future isn’t just absurd if justice is precise instead of infinite if freedom is enjoyed and not endured I’ll take my class out someday on a field trip past the shells of Shell and Uniroyal and as they’re roaming round the musty White House grounds, I’ll say “Kids, this was the Ministry of Oil”
I’ll say “Kids, it was a peaceful revolution, there weren’t any battles to embroil, and I’m very glad to tell that not one person fell it’s an aspect of our history that every child knows well how we failed to avoid one building being destroyed, but at least it was the Ministry of Oil.”
For many of us, West Papua is at the other side of the world, isolated and unknown. For others, the place is a well known human rights violation pit. Throughout the recent history of this occupied piece of land the people there have seen around half a million of their fellow natives be killed.
The fight is ongoing and the West Papua people ‘will not rest‘ until they are granted a referendum from Indonesia.
The occupied territory has long been put into song to support the people. Here are five songs titled ‘Free West Papua’.