After twenty minutes, the concert ended in chaos.
This is another video about that concert.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
MoD and Foreign Office sued by Pakistani citizen in Iraq torture case
Tuesday 29 July 2014 09.56 BST
Yunus Rahmatullah was captured by British special forces in Iraq in 2004 and handed over to US troops soon afterwards. The incident was initially kept secret from ministers and only disclosed to MPs five years later, in 2009. Rahmatullah, now 31, was released by the US without charge in May.
He is believed to have been first held at Camp Nama, a secret detention facility at Baghdad airport that British troops helped to run. He was later transferred to Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib jail before being rendered to the Bagram “black prison” in Afghanistan.
The court of appeal ruled in 2011 that Rahmatullah was unlawfully detained and ordered a writ of habeas corpus – the ancient British legal right to be charged or released from arbitrary detention – to be issued.
However, lawyers acting for the government later successfully argued in the supreme court that British ministers had no power “to direct the US” to release Rahmatullah from Bagram.
He describes in detail his torture and abuse in a 60-page document drawn up by his lawyers and seen by the Guardian. He says when he was captured by British special forces in Iraq in early 2004 he was beaten unconscious. Soldiers cut his clothes with a pair of scissors until, he says, he was “completely naked”.
His lawyers’ statement of claim describes how a soldier poured water on to Rahmatullah’s face after placing a cloth over his mouth and nose causing “a sensation of drowning”.
He was shackled and hooded, and lapsed in and out of consciousness as he was beaten and thrown against a wall. He was suspended upside down and “repeatedly dunked into a tank of water”, says the court document.
At one point, he was taken to a room “where he was horrified to see six or seven naked detainees piled on top of each other”, according to the court statement. He was thrown on top of the detainees and kept in the room for more than two days.
Despite an agreement signed by Britain and the US that specifically referred to the rights of prisoners of war and detained civilians enshrined in the Geneva conventions and international humanitarian law, Rahmatullah was handed over to US forces who secretly took him to Afghanistan. His entire body, including his eyes and mouth, were “taped tightly with duct tape”, the court document says. He was locked in a solitary cell with rats and cockroaches. With other Bagram detainees, he was exposed to daylight in 2006, for the first time in two and half years.
After going on hunger strike, he was subjected to force-feeding on six separate occasions. Apart from limited communication with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) representatives, he had no contact with the outside world, including his family, until 2010.
British officials, their “servants and agents”, were “recklessly indifferent to the illegality of their actions”, Rahmatullah’s lawyers have told the high court.
Kat Craig, legal director at the human rights group Reprieve, who has recently visited Rahmatullah, said he had been “through 10 years of frankly unimaginable horror”.
She added: “Now that he has finally been able to speak freely to his lawyers, there is no longer any doubt that the British government bears responsibility for his torture and illegal rendition to Bagram.”
Craig continued: “Yunus was robbed of 10 years in the prime of his life; a time when he wanted to find a career, choose a partner and build a family.
“The government must now come clean about the full extent of British involvement in this disgraceful episode in our history – only then will Yunus be able to move on and try to rebuild his life.”
Reprieve legal directors says there is ‘no doubt’ of British responsibility for torture and rendition of Yunus Rahmatullah: here.
This video says about itself:
19 August 2010
After destroying their homes and giving them $383, France is flying 700 Roma people to Romania and Bulgaria.
The government has been dismantling Roma settlements, saying they were havens for illegal trafficking, child exploitation, begging and prostitution.
But Romania’s foreign minister says he’s worried France’s action is creating xenophobia.
Al Jazeera’s Estelle Youssouffa looks at the man leading the French drive for security and public order.
By Evan Bartlett in British daily The Independent:
A plan to remove a group of Roma Gypsies by playing loud music backfired on a town mayor when the group responded by dancing.
Gino Debroux, the mayor of Landen – a small town 30 miles from Brussels in Belgium – had resorted to the measure yesterday after claiming the Roma had outstayed their agreed tenancy on a private plot of land.
He hired a local DJ to play music up to 95 decibels – the equivalent of a pneumatic drill from 50 feet away – but his choice of Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits as a first song did not have the desired effect as children from the camp broke out into a small jig.
This music video is called Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing.
“I want to thank the mayor,” one camp resident told Reuters. “It’s very nice that he sent a DJ for us to have a party.”
See also here.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Unite vows to fight ‘Thatcher Day’ call
Wednesday 2nd June 2014
Delegates booed the mention of the hateful ex-PM’s name and screamed “no!” when West Midlands delegate George Hickman asked: “Are we going to tolerate this? Do you want a Maggie Thatcher day?”
But Yorkshire delegate Paul Quinn stuck up for Mr Bone’s proposals.
He said: “I think we ought to have this day. We should celebrate this day by doing what we do in Barnsley on Guy Fawkes day.
“That’s burning effigies, setting off fireworks, reminding the youth what she actually did by having speeches and rallies.
Margaret Thatcher’s vow to deliver a “property-owning democracy” was exposed as a sham yesterday by new figures confirming that home ownership is permanently out of reach for millions: here.
This video is called Brazil World Cup 2014 Psychic Animals: Get ready for beastly prediction.
The ‘psychic’ abilities of humans to predict the future most often turn out not to work. Similarly so with ‘psychic’ animals predicting results of football matches. With one exception: Paul the octopus, with 11 out of 13 predictions correct (it is mathematically predictable that among so many failures there would be one animal getting most match results right). Chicito the fortune-telling toucan so far in the 2014 World Cup got two results right, one wrong.
This music video is called The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction (live).
From Associated Press:
Brazil Mocks Mick Jagger‘s World Cup Flop Picks
RIO DE JANEIRO — Jun 24, 2014, 8:01 PM ET
By JOSHUA GOODMAN
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger can’t get no soccer satisfaction.
In what’s becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports with an eye at mocking him for apparently casting bad spells on his picks.
Italy was the latest victim of what local media have taken to calling Jagger’s “pe frio” — a term describing the bad luck that he brings teams that translates literally as “cold foot.”
At a concert in Rome on Saturday night, Jagger predicted to 70,000 fans that four-time World Cup champion Italy would pull off a clutch victory over Uruguay to advance to the knockout phase. The Italians lost 1-0 Tuesday and were headed home after the tournament’s first round.
At a show in Lisbon in May, the singer predicted that Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, the game’s top player heading into the World Cup, would win it all at the monthlong tournament in Brazil. Portugal is on the brink of elimination after failing to win in its first two group matches.
Earlier in the World Cup, Jagger suffered some good-hearted ridicule after taking to Twitter on June 19 to urge on his native England in a game, also with Uruguay. “Let’s go England! This is the one to win!!,” he wrote. England lost.
While Brazilians may laugh at Jagger, they love his music. The Stones’ 2006 concert on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro drew an estimated 1 million people, a lot more than the 20,000 or so that pack the beach now to watch World Cup games on a giant screen.
Jagger also loves Brazilians, having fathered one 15 years ago with former Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez.
Brazilians’ obsession with Jagger’s soccer insights, or lack thereof, began four years ago at the World Cup in South Africa. Searching for an explanation for their country’s stunning quarterfinal loss to the Netherlands, Brazil’s fans settled on Jagger, who showed up at the stadium accompanying his son dressed in a Brazilian jersey.
Earlier in that tournament, he had already earned a reputation for losing picks by showing up in the stands with Bill Clinton to cheer on the United States, which lost to Ghana in the second round, and then a day later watched as England was trounced by Germany 4-1.
Whether Jagger tempts fate and offers up another prediction this World Cup is anyone’s guess.
But if he does, Brazilians are begging it’s not for them. Within hours of Italy’s defeat Tuesday, social media was buzzing with pleas for the rocker to keep quiet, or better yet, lend his reverse rabbit’s foot to the country’s despised rival, Argentina.
Associated Press writer Ana Santos contributed to this report.
This is a music video of the D.O.A. song Police Brutality.
By Chris Peterson in Australia:
Canadian punk veterans DOA hit Australia one last time
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Veteran Canadian punk band DOA have set sail for Australia for one final tour this month. Formed in 1978, Henry Rollins described the band as “live they were monumental, change your life, blow away time … They came to town and we were like WOW!”
In 2003, founding member Joe “Shithead” Keithley released his autobiography, I, Shithead: A Life in Punk.
The tour starts on April 24, the day before ANZAC Day when Australia commemorates invading another nation. Much of DOA’s work is about ending war and militarism. Keithley told Green Left Weekly: “It’s always important for artists to stand up against violence. I would rather talk to somebody for an endless amount up time than start up some sort of violent action.”
“But seriously,” he added, “it’s been a spirit of camaraderie and purpose and that purpose is trying to change the world into a better place. TALK minus ACTION equals ZERO.”
More recently, Keithley has run for office: “My mandate is to try and get people to have a lot more to say in our political system. That and education for all — education should be a right not a privilege.”
DOA has been very influential and often helped other bands to get a start, especially via their record company, Sudden Death Records.
Keithley offers this advice to musicians on swimming against the stream: “It’s real basic. Stick to your guns, play what you want to play, don’t worry about what is perceived as being popular. If you stay together long enough and you’re any good, people will eventually figure it out!”
— Thursday April 24th
The Evelyn, Fitzroy
— Friday April 25th
The Basement, Belconnen (Canberra)
— Saturday April 26th
Hermann’s Bar, Sydney
— Sunday April 27th
Prince of Wales, Brisbane
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From TMZ in the USA:
4/12/2014 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chad was leaving Coogies when our photog asked for his opinion on a recent news report saying RHCP music was used during a CIA interrogation in 2002.
According to Al Jazeera … the report says Abu Zubaydah was shackled by his wrists to the ceiling of a secret prison site and forced to listen to one of their songs on a loop — among other torture methods. No word on which song.
The 52-year old rocker is pissed at the feds — and he’s not shy about it.
Someone’s gonna get audited this year.