By Peter Rothberg:
Jimmy Cliff Sings for Peace in Afghanistan
June 27, 2011
An aging but still spry Jimmy Cliff, the legendary Jamaican reggae master most renowned for his soundtrack to the 1971 movie The Harder They Come, recently rocked the Glastonbury Festival with a searing version of one of his biggest hits re-tooled as a cry for peace in Afghanistan. (Read the lyrics here.)
Cliff’s uncompromising antiwar message was broadcast to a huge TV audience this past Saturday at England’s fabled annual Glastonbury Festival.
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The UN World Food Programme announced today that it will cut food assistance to more than three million Afghan citizens in about half the occupied country’s 34 provinces because of a shortage of money from donor states: here.
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The US government is on target to squander a mind-boggling $4 trillion (£2.5 trillion) on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, according to research published by US scholars today: here.
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