Massive Attack music against war

This video is called Massive Attack & Blur Protest Iraq War In London In January 2003. It says about itself:

A Sky News piece with a short story about Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack and Damon Albarn of Blur, jointly protesting the US/British led invasion of Iraq in Westminster, London on the 22nd January 2003.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Don’t ignore the war

(Friday 20 June 2008)

LIVE: Massive Attack
Royal Festival Hall, London SE1

MARK WAGER says that Bristolian trip-hop duo Massive Attack have come out of the shadows to deliver a political message.

During the first Gulf war, Massive Attack dropped the word “attack” from their name in order to distance themselves from the hostilities and to avoid implying that they supported the attack on Iraq.

Supported by Riz MC, who himself secured a radio ban on his single Post 911 Blues – “Bush and Blair sittin’ in a tree, K.I.L.L.I.N.G” – and introduced by the lawyer who campaigns for the human rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees Clive Stafford Smith, Massive Attack could now be happily accused of purposefully attracting attention to the second Gulf war.

Last Saturday’s performance at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Meltdown festival was aided by a fantastic light show centred around a large screen.

Their protest is presented on-screen through sobering facts and figures on the war displayed through a mesmerising display of light and dark.

It could be said that the current climate has become Massive Attack’s reason for coming out of the shadows and working on their first album since the disappointing 2003 release 100th Window. If this gig is anything to go by, they are clearly back on form.

2 thoughts on “Massive Attack music against war

  1. Posted by: “razldazl”
    Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:13 pm (PST)

    Gulf War syndrome exists, say scientists

    Julie Robotham Medical Editor
    November 19, 2008

    GULF WAR syndrome is real, distinct from other illnesses and strongly linked – for the first time – to pesticides and medicines to protect against the effects of nerve gas, according to a definitive US investigation.

    The report, which is at odds with Australian scientists’ findings, states “evidence strongly and consistently indicates that two Gulf War neurotoxic exposures are causally related to Gulf War illness”.

    Those agents – pyridostigmine bromide pills, to protect against possible nerve gas attacks, and pesticides – were likely culprits because the intensity of symptoms increased in proportion to the quantity military personnel were exposed to, and because animal tests demonstrated real biological effects, according to the report, produced for the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs by a committee of prominent scientists.

    Proximity to oil well fires, multiple vaccines, and low-level exposure to nerve toxins could not be ruled out as contributors to the syndrome, but were judged less persuasive. Other previously suspected factors were unlikely to have had any role in the syndrome. These included depleted uranium, infectious diseases and inhalation of sand and particulates in the air.

    The 465-page document synthesises previous US studies on the health of nearly 700,000 veterans of the 1990-91 conflict, as well as research from US allies, including Australia.

    Nearly a quarter of US veterans continued to suffer the effects of being deployed in the Gulf, it concluded, including persistent memory and concentration problems, pain, headaches, gut problems, and “other chronic abnormalities not explained by well-established diagnoses”. Gulf War syndrome was fundamentally different to illnesses typically suffered by soldiers returning from other conflicts, the scientists concluded.

    They criticised a lack of adequate funding for research into Gulf War illness and the diversion of funds into studies on war-related stress and psychiatric conditions – which they said had little relevance to Gulf veterans.

    Those conclusions contradict findings based on 1400 Australian Gulf veterans, which found high rates of mental illness. The Australian study, headed by the epidemiologist Malcolm Sim from Monash University and released in 2003, concluded veterans were more likely to report nerve symptoms if they had been immunised or exposed to solvents, repellents and insecticides during the campaign, but stopped short of confirming a new syndrome – on the grounds that the symptoms were not sufficiently distinctive.

    Professor Sim was unavailable to comment on the US findings yesterday.

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