A Catalan Singer With Many Brave And Treacherous Stories To Tell

Silvia Perez Cruz

Raul Fernandez Miro and Silvia Perez Cruz

Photo: Raul Fndz/Courtesy of the artist

“She has like a complete vision of music,” Fernandez Miró (left) says of Silvia Perez Cruz. “She’s not thinking just about vocals, about the voice. She’s thinking about everything.”

For Spanish singer Silvia Perez Cruz, stories are everything.

“Style is not what matters to me, but the result,” she says through a translator. “The song has to have a story that I believe in and I can make my own. I think I have that influence from my mother. My mother is a good storyteller, and she’s always believed that songs are stories.”

Cruz’s own story is pretty remarkable. The 31-year-old is a classically trained singer from Catalonia. She studied piano and classical saxophone, and has a degree in vocal jazz.

While still at the Catalonia College of Music in Barcelona, Cruz co-founded a flamenco group called Las Migas (The Bread Crumbs) with three other women. She says that none of them were the best players or singers, but that that helped them take a different approach to flamenco.

“I think that’s the best thing we did,” she says. “It was a sound that really did not exist in Spain, based on our limitations, which was to make a more accessible type of flamenco.”

 

 

 

Before long, Cruz was the buzz of the Spanish music scene. Javier Colina, a jazz bassist, invited her to record an album with his trio. Colina sent her a CD of classic Cuban songs with a note telling her to listen to the lyrics.

“Of course, he liked the melody and the harmony,” Cruz says, “but he selected them because of the text and the stories they told.” She says he told her, “Don’t study the songs. Listen to them at home. Let them keep you company until they stay with you.”

Again, it was the stories in the songs that were at the heart of the recording they made.

Time To Tell Her Own Stories

Finally, just two years ago, it was time for Cruz to record her own solo album. She asked guitarist and producer Raul Fernandez Miró, who’s worked with artists ranging from ‘s Lee Ranaldo to Spanish rapper La Mala Rodriguez, to help her.

“She has like a complete vision of music,” he says. “She’s not thinking just about vocals, about the voice. She’s thinking about everything.”

The recording they made, 11 de Novembre, earned Album of the Year nominations in Spain and France. That same year, one of her own compositions, “No Te Puedo Encontrar (I Can’t Find You),” won a Goya — the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar — for Best Original Song.

Silvia Perez Cruz sings in four Iberian languages, as well as French, German and English. She uses them all on her new album, Granada. She sings an iconic Catalan folk song called “El Cant Dells Ocells,” made famous by cellist Pablo Casals; a lied from the mid-1800s by Robert Schumann, and the Edith Piaf classic “Hymne a l’Amour.”

 

 

 

 

Once again, Fernandez Miró was her collaborator. For Granada, he says they chose songs with stories they liked, but they had to figure out how to unite such a wide range of material.

“I think that if you don’t know that they come from different styles, and they have different languages, I think you can imagine the record or you can see the record as a whole thing,” Miró says. “Which is something that we were looking for — not to be impressed by playing so many different styles, just to play them as the way that we want to play.”

One of them is “Gallo Rojo, Gallo Negro,” a popular song from the Spanish Civil War. The words read, in part:

The black rooster was big, but the red one was brave

The red rooster is brave, but the black one is treacherous

Cruz learned the song when she was part of a concert to honor the remaining members of the International Brigades, who went to Spain to fight against dictator Francisco Franco.

“At the concert, these men were singing the song in their own language with tears in their eyes,” she says. “This song made a big impression on me. They stood up with their arms raised, and I thought, ‘These people have lived through so much. It’s good that I can sing and help them remember.'”

It’s just one example of the way Silvia Perez Cruz comes to understand the stories she sings.

 

‘Crimea is ours, and that’s that’

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An upswing of patriotism in Russia after the return of Crimea amid a cooling-off with the West has manifested itself in a new T-shirt trend as more and more Russians choose T-shirts with patriotic prints like “Russia”, “I Am Russian”, “Crimea Is Ours” and “Nyash-Myash” (the latter slogan became widely popular thanks to Crimea’s Chief Prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya nicknamed “Nyasha”).

Activists in a dozen Russian cities took up the initiative.

 

Poroshenko’s Phony Peace Plan. Selling out Ukraine to NATO and the EU

Selling out Ukraine: Poroshenko speech; double talk, lies, NATO and the EU

 

ukrainemap4-400x313US Vice President Joe Biden’s smiling and nodding attendance of the inauguration of Ukrainian President was the final stroke in legitimizing a leader and a government brought about by a US backed and orchestrated coup d’état.

Sure Mr. Biden has a lot to smile about: not only has his government successfully destabilized another country for the US corporate military industrial complex but he has secured his youngest son Hunter Biden a million dollar job establishing his family’s place in the future of the American elite hierarchical oligarchy.

To top it all off Biden and his American elitist cronies have more or less successfully managed to demonize Russia for their entire operation.

The arrogant 'Chocolate King' selected by the U.S.  for president of Ukraine.

Petro Poroshenko, new president of the Ukraine

© Photo: RIA Novosti/Sergei Guneev

Western Backers Gloat

Watching a tanned Biden smiling and nodding next to his blonde trophy wife at many of the wrong moments during the inauguration of Washington’s latest puppet Petr Poroshenko, it was clear that he was only pretending he understood what he was witnessing. Like gum chewing Obama at Normandy/Mandela, Victoria Nuland posing for photo ops with triumvirate (Yatsenyuk, Tyahnybok and Klitschko) , John Kerry and his Syrian “we knows” and George Bush and his entire two terms, Joe Biden proved to the part of the world that has a real understanding of the events and the history of Ukraine that the Washington political elites are nothing but overpaid empty suits who are completely and totally ignorant of anything and everything beyond their little bubble-like worlds of self-serving lies and manufactured realities.

It would be something to ridicule and laugh about but in their ignorance they are killing millions of people, spreading misery and despair and devastating the planet and destroying the future for all peoples including their own citizens and the scary thing is they do not even understand, let alone care how they are devastating the planet and causing death and misery all over the world.

Poroshenko’s Challenges

There is no way that exit poll president Poroshenko will be elected again if the Ukrainian election system returns to something approaching a democratic process therefore he has a very short time to attain his objectives. Number one is ensuring an EU agreement is signed, establishing NATO infrastructure in Ukraine, quelling dissent and attempting to keep eastern regions in Ukraine without federalizing the country (an impossibility), avoiding his own prosecution for war crimes, ensuring the long term survival of the fascists who have attained power and their continued escape from justice and the protection of the oligarchs and their western masters from prosecution and from the people of Ukraine. In short he has to continue to attempt to legitimize the junta and its western masters and keep them from facing justice for crimes ranging from treason to genocide.

Poroshenko’s Inauguration Speech and his Audience: Fascist Nationalists and Western Sponsors

From the outset it is clear that Poroshenko’s speech was written not for the Ukrainian people as a whole but for a very narrow audience of foreign sponsors from the US and the EU, for whom he was the most desirable choice (the wise grandfatherly figure) and for all of the national socialist, fascist and nazi forces that allowed his rise to power.

His speech began by quoting Ivan Franko, a famous poet and the co-founder a Ukrainian Radical Party and a nationalist anarchist Mikhail Drahomanov who both played an important role in the development of the Ukrainian ultra-right nationalist movement and who in their day faced persecution for their extremist views.

Denying Ukraine’s historic ties to Russia and the history of Kievan Rus Poroshenko stated that: “The return of Ukraine to its natural, European state has been long-awaited by many generations,” this is clearly an affront to all Ukrainians who see their historic ties to Russia as being important, but plays to the European aspirations of nationalists, something that has gone hand in hand with Ukrainian nationalism and was most marked with the 1917 revolution and the beginning of the Soviet Union.

Recent History Revised: Legitimizing the Maidan Coup

Poroshenko, in his wording, is attempting to characterize (as has been the narrative but forward by the West)  the western backed coup and the armed neo-nazi nationalist thugs on Maidan who assisted in overthrewing the democratically elected government, as a popular revolt with its cause being the EU agreement. Calling the previous contitutional democratically elected government a “dictatorship” is completey disengenous and in fact and outright lie. While the supposed pretext of the Maidan (manipulated by the West as they unleashed their paid thugs and Right Sector military formations) was the signing of an EU association agreement, any popular discontent that may have existed was due to poor living conditions, unemployment and corruption caused by oligarchs like himself. Saying a the previous government also sought to deprive the Ukrainian people of EU agreement is also not true as President Yanukovich merely said such a move had to be studied further. This theme clearly ignores the wishes of the majority of Ukrainians who wanted to improve relations with Russia and the socio-economic realities on the ground. It also ignores the fact that waht happened on the Maidan was a US organized revolt. Something few in the West watn to address even though the evidence was made clear by the US’ own officials.

He calls the disgraceful destruction to property, fires, the killing of police and security forces and the overthrow of a democratically elected president who merely wanted to take a pause to study an EU agreement that was being fast-tracked into law as something dignified.

“Dictatorship that ruled Ukraine in recent years sought to deprive us of this prospect (Europeanization) people rebelled. Victorious Revolution of dignity….”

He further attempted to legitimize Ukraine’s nazis by calling them fighters for independence. The enslaving of Ukraine to the EU, NATO, the IMF and the US he apparently equates to “independence.” It is quite stunning actually.

“Entire generations of Ukrainian patriots struggled for our independence.”

Transferring Blame for Junta’s Punitive War

Apparently Poroshenko is concerned about the fact that he is guilty of war crimes for continuing the junta’s punitive war and collective punishment on the civilians and the people of Donbass. He attempts to portray the war as having originated within Donbass ignoring the reality that it is a punitive operation after the population in the region rose up against the fascist junta and refused to be led by an illegitimate government. That government launched a war on the people while labelling it a terrorist operation. Again he tries to tie it with Europeanization and for some reason believes that he can get away with calling the democratically elected government of Victor Yanukovich “tyranny”. Reality has no meaning for Poroshenko, he can say anything he wants.

“A real war, planned and unleashed in the Ukrainian Donbass, became an obstacle for enormous opportunities that opened for the European modernization of Ukraine after the fall of tyranny.”

A Moment of Silence for the Fascists? No Mention of Berkut

If anyone had the illusion that Poroshenko represents all of the Ukrainian people the error of that belief should be clear by his moment of silence for the Right Sector and assorted nationalists who died on the Maidan. He did not mention the brave Berkut officers who were unarmed and beaten to death, he did not mention the possibly over 100 people who were brutally murdered and burned alive in Odessa, he did not mention the victims of pogroms in Mariupol or other locations in Ukraine, nor did he mention those being killed by the Ukrainian army as I am writing this. He mentioned the “heroes” of the Maidan, the assorted Bandera nazi trash that killed and are killing anyone opposed to their fascist power grab. For Poroshenko, his western masters and the fascists in the Rada all of these people mean nothing. As the Right Sector calls them, they are mere “insects.”

“Heroes of Nebesna Sotnya died for it. Let us honor the memory of those who died for freedom and independence of Ukraine with a moment of silence.”

A Phony Peace Plan

Much hailed by the West and the western media as a sign of his moderate decency, his normalcy set to counter act a growing level of questioning and disgust in the West by those who are actually obtaining access to the real information coming out of Ukraine, Poroshenko’s peace plan is being promoted granting the illusion that he wants peace and is not in fact continuing the wholesale killing of the populations in the east of the country.

Poroshenko’s peace plan is a complete farce, even if taken at face value. As the operations are being orchestrated by the West who is manipulating the language no doubt to protect Poroshenko from future prosecution the wording has to be studied carefully and his “offers of piece” looked at critically against the backdrop of what is really happening in the country. It would appear that the “plan” or perhaps it is better to call it the “final solution” is merely a Trojan horse and a license to continue the war against the Ukrainian people.

By stating the word revenge from the start Poroshenko is implying that there is in fact a reason for taking revenge and names that reason the sacrifices being made by the people of Ukraine before his eyes. Of course in his kindness he chooses not to do so. This is a completely obvious manipulation of the language and again a transference of the blame setting up a future defense that he was just moved by the suffering of his people.

Given that many of the people assembled around him were directly involved in the murder of civilians all over Ukraine and were in fact the architects of the punitive military campaign being waged against the people he completely ignores this fact and makes it clear who the “criminals” are, Russian speakers and those opposed to the junta.

“I do not want revenge. Even though there are great sacrifices of the people of Ukraine before my eyes.”

Continuing that mien he ignores the fact it is the Maidan thugs and terrorists, the Right Sector, the private fascist militias, Greystone mercenaries and Nazi paramilitaries that are waging a punitive war against the civilian populations in the east. Implying that the people do not have the right to defend themselves against an army gone mad killing its own people, he pulls out the terrorist card. He also follows the Right Sector claim that they took up arms legally.

Here it is important to note the similarities to the US strategy, for example in Afghanistan where the US labelled everyone terrorists and literally attempted to make it illegal for the people of Afghanistan to defend themselves, hauling anyone who resisted to Guantanamo or killing them outright. How anyone is supposed to believe that women and children and pensioners who are Orthodox Christians are terrorists is not important for the West they are operating on Goebbels strategy.

“I strongly urge everyone who illegally took weapons in their hands to lay them down. In response, I first of all guarantee the exemption from criminal responsibility for those who do not have blood of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians on their hands. And those who is not involved in funding terrorism.”

The second point he makes is perhaps the most ridiculous and like the previous transfers blame, demonizes Russia and does not reflect the reality of the situation. He takes no issue with the Greystone mercenaries but claims there are Russian mercenaries in Ukraine. These are the same invisible Russian mercenaries who no one sees because they are secret and who have operate invisibly as ghosts not leaving a single sign of their presence in the country, again a complete and total fabrication by the junta and the US.

Amid Russian calls for a humanitarian corridor to allow women and children and civilians to leave Donbass rather than face the endless bombings and the war of extermination being carried out by the junta and Poroshenko, he makes a mockery of the very idea. Truly disgusting.

“Second, controlled corridor for Russian mercenaries who would like to return home.”

If all of this was not bad enough it only gets worse and even though much was made of the fact that he spoke Russian this is just another propaganda ploy. He ignores that the populations of Donetsk and Lugansk held referendums and now are no longer part of Ukraine as they have chosen to determine their own futures, a right being denied to them by the US/NATO and the junta and for which they are being killed, and then tries to say that there are terrorists who have brought the East into a state of war, when it is in fact the forces under his command. The people of Donetsk and Slavyansk are being killed by his army, they are the terrorists, there is no one else. The junta has caused the country to spiral into civil war but Poroshenko ignores this. His nazi brothers can do no wrong, it is the bogeyman of Russia and the poor bombed civilians who are terrorists. Nauseating.

“… Many of you have already felt the “pleasures” of the rule of terrorists. In addition to pillage and abuse of civilians, they led the economy of the region, which has already been in crisis conditions, to the brink of total disaster.”

Continuing to Blame Yanukovich while Pretending to be Legitimate

Poroshenko knows he may be seen as an illegitimate leader after the holding of elections with the country in a state of civil war. In order to add credibility to himself he claims the recent unconstitutional elections conducted by the junta in which entire regions of the country did not take part were legitimate. Of course. He then incredibly attempts to blame Russian propaganda for the illegitimacy of the nazi junta. Of course this is made possible by the US and the fact that no one is allowed to print or speak the truth in Ukraine anymore but the disconnect from reality cannot be further. Just like the junta arranged the snipers on the Maidan in an attempt to blame president Yanukovich, they continue to attempt to pass the balme to him even though he is in hiding in Russia. If Poroshenko really wants peace let him stop the punitive war against his own people right now, but of course the war criminal can not, he has been bought and paid for, just another in a series of traitors to Ukraine purchased by the CIA. Yes Joe Biden we see why you are smiling.

“Nationwide presidential elections has put a bold cross on the myth of allegedly illegitimate Kyiv authorities. This myth has been created by Russian propaganda and clan of Yanukovych who betrayed the Donbas and robbed it even more than the whole country. He has been inseparably ruling Donetsk region for 17 years. And now, he is funding terrorists. It is he who shall be totally responsible for political and socio-economic situation of the region. For unemployment, for poverty and for refugees. For killed citizens and for mothers’ tears.”

False Claim of Decentralization

For Poroshenko decentralization obviously means spreading the junta’s grip away from Kiev. What else could it mean when he still refuses to reinstate Russian as a state language and refuses to discuss federalization? Ignoring that the “right” Ukrainians are killing the “wrong” Ukrainians he continues his “speech”. He makes no note of the fact that Russia will continue to be demonized in Ukraine and does not touch upon measures initiated by the junta to prhibit Russian being used in public places in cluding in doctor’s offices, but does hint at who is really controlling the scenario: the EU.

“With guarantee of free usage of Russian language in your region. With strong intention not to divide people into right and wrong Ukrainians. With respect for the specifics of regions. For the right of local communities to their peculiarities in the issues of historic memory, pantheon of heroes, religious traditions. With project on creation of jobs in the East of Ukraine elaborated jointly with our partners from the EU before the elections.”

Ignoring Atrocities

Clearly a sly wink to the Right Sector here. He dares to mention the patriotism he has seen in Odessa but again fails to mention the over 100 people burned alive and brutally murdered there. Obviously it is the patriotism of the brutal nazi murderers that he is impressed with. That message is clear.

“I am deeply impressed with patriotism of citizens in southern and eastern regions, from Odessa to Kharkov. Peace has not come yet, but today we can confidently say that hard challenges united Ukrainian family. They strengthened us as Ukrainian political nation which is confident in its European choice. Our people has never been so strong.”

Preparing the Groundwork for NATO

The following paragraph must have been written with the help of NATO propagandists. If you will recall dear reader once Ukraine joins NATO the country will have to give up at least 8% of its GDP to support NATO. The country will have to spend billions upon billions of dollars on “upgrading” and “interoperability” enhancements and of course the people will have to get used to having foreign troops in their sold out and occupied country.

To make all of this possible there has to be a threat. Poroshenko, like Adolf Hitler is calling for arming, but there is no threat to Ukraine. Even the implied bogeyman of Russia was not mentioned as the Ukrainian people would never believe this. They know who the threat is: Poroshenko and his fascists.

“For peace to become lasting, we must get used to living in constant combat readiness. We have to keep the gunpowder dry. Army and its re-equipment by means of national military-industrial complex is our top priority. Moreover, state orders for military-industrial enterprises will give a boost to reindustrialization of the economy. Those who grudge money for the armed forces feed foreign army. Nobody will protect us until we learn to defend ourselves.”

One has to ask the question again: Against whom!?!?! However he then makes it clear and should follow his own advice, as should the brutal Right Sector and Svoboda fascists: those who live by the sword perish by the sword. No secret anymore it is right out there. His goal is enslaving Ukraine to NATO and the EU whether the people want it or not. Yes Nuland, Kerry, Pyatt, McFaul, Rasmussen, Ashton, and Biden, you truly do have a reason to smile. Another country is killing its own people for your worthless dollars and doing your bidding like mindless sheep.

The Budapest Memorandum was the key security arrangement with Russia. OF course that will have to annulled. However there are clauses that would allow it to be used against the junta itself, if anyone cared to study it properly.

“I will use my diplomatic experience to ensure the signature of an international agreement that would replace the Budapest Memorandum. Such agreement must provide direct and reliable guarantees of peace and security – up to military support in case of threat to territorial integrity. Any aggressor on the border of Ukraine must remember the saying from the Gospel: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

The New Masters: The EU

More European rhetoric, however decentralization does not apply to Donbass. Again the decentralization means spreading the junta’s control into the regions:

“European democracy for me is the best form of government invented by mankind. It is the European choice which tells us that significant part of powers must be immediately delegated from the center to local governments. Reform on decentralization will begin this year with amendments to the Constitution.”

Further Raping of the Economy

Prepare for Oligarch Poroshenko to take complete control of the economy and allow him to hoard the wealth because it needs to be “built up” and of course those funds will go to Europe!

“While economic management falls within the competence of free market or the Government, President as a guarantor of the Constitution is obliged to provide conditions for innovative economy and social justice. Fair distribution of national wealth is an urgent demand of time. But we must increase the national wealth before distributing it. Ukraine has everything to ensure the European prosperity for people.”

Yes Ukrainian people do not think, do not choose your own future. Just follow the instructions of the EU. Your president has determined your fate. It is written in the EU agreement, an agreement that will enslave you forever.

“European choice of Ukraine – is the heart of our national ideal. It is a choice made by our ancestors and prophets. And what exactly do we have to do to live freely, to live comfortably, to live in peace and security? It is written in the agreement on political association and free trade area with the EU.”

Unbelievable!

Finally: A Call for Fascists to Unite, the NATO Endgame

The most chilling aspect of the speech came towards the end and should have set off alarm bells around the world. Poroshenko finally vocalizes the real plan of his government and the junta by causally referring to the failures of previous Ukrainian nationalist and fascist movements and speaking sentimentally about such figures as Symon Petliura, the most brutal of the nazi collaborators and what some call the mentor of Stepan Bandera.

Imagine if a German politician mentioned the sad arguments between Adolf Hitler and say Heinrich Held or Benito Mussolini expressing regret at the demise of the Third Reich. For some reason Biden continued to smile.

Was Poroshenko merely playing to his base? Or is he really going to continue the war on the Ukrainian people started by Svoboda and the Right Sector?

Apparently he is set on continuing the punitive military operations. There are some that take issue with the fact Poroshenko is Jewish, so why would he mention Symon Petliura who was said to have commanded pogroms against Jews? And if not leading them then at least condoning them having once said: “… it is a pity that pogroms take place, but they uphold the discipline of the army.”

Is that Poroshenko’s belief? Does he believe that the pogroms against the citizens of Donetsk and Lugansk are okay because they “uphold discipline.” Or is his approach towards what the junta are calling “pro-Russian terrorists” more along the lines of Hitler who when asked what to do with Russian Jews stated “als Partisanen auszurotten” (exterminate them as partisans). Is Poroshenko of the belief that the people in the east have to be “exterminated like terrorists”? It would appear so. Their crime? They are against being ruled by fascists and labelled as pro-Russian.

“To implement our ambitious plans, we need not only peace and unity of the country, but also consolidation of all patriotic, pro-Ukrainian and pro-European forces. We must always keep in mind the harsh lessons of the national liberation struggle of the seventeenth-twenties of the last century. At that time, our politicians were not able to unite and resist aggression jointly. Volodymyr Vynnychenko fought against Mykhailo Hrushevskyi, Symon Petliura fought against Pavlo Skoropadskyi. And Nestor Makhno fought against all.”

Fascist neo-Nazi racist parties and grouping in Ukraine like the Right Sector and Svoboda as well as neo-Nazi groups, proponents of anti-Semitism, and various far-right racist groups “worldwide” accuse the most brutal proponents and enablers of the bloodshed in Ukraine, such as Kolomoisky who is trying to establish his own little Fourth Reich, Arseny Yatsenyuk who betrayed and sold his country out for personal gain, Victoria Nuland the key puppet master and Poroshenko of being Jewish. This is may be a key questions for some in Ukraine but in reality what we have are forces working in unison, if not those at the top manipulating radical followers of nazi ideology to bring about the objectives of US/NATO/EU.

It would appear that in reality anti-Semitism and neo-nazism in fact mean nothing when it comes to the goal, dividing the centuries long brotherhood between the Ukrainian and Russian people and placing NATO first strike infrastructure in Ukraine. They are just being paid and the ideological leanings of Yarosh, Poroshenko and the like are most likely completely irrelevant to the cynical geopolitical planners. How will the Right Sector react when they realize the are just pawns?

How are the Jews in Ukraine supposed to believe in leaders who support forces that call for the hanging of Jews and speak sentimentally of anti-Semitic monsters who carried out genocide on the Jewish population of Ukraine? There can be no excuse whatsoever for unleashing nazis once again in Europe. But Biden smiles.

I started out by saying Biden and Company have no idea what they are doing yet finish with a contradiction and leave you with this thought: perhaps they know exactly what they are doing and are playing all of the opposing forces in Ukraine for all they are worth to bring about their goal? Which might better explain Biden’s smiles and nods, everything is going according to plan in Ukraine, soon NATO/EU/IMF and their assembled forces will have conquered another country and enslaved its economy. Although you might say the 8% of GDP that Ukraine will have to pay NATO is not really that much, they are also taking the energy sector, the economy and everything else they can get their hands on under control.

The US military industrial complex and NATO win once again and the people of Ukraine lose forever in the “fate” that will be signed by Poroshenko as soon as the document is before him. The same document that the legal President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovich wanted to study before it was signed.

The real patriots of Ukraine are the people who want to breathe free, not the junta and the oligarchs who have sold the country down river and are selling Ukrainian sovereignty to the wolves for all eternity. Russia has never “subjugated” Ukraine, Russia has always repsected Ukraine’s Sivereignty and treated Ukraine as a brotherly nation. Anyone who tells you otherwise is misinformed or has another agenda.

As the people in the east continue to flee Ukraine and continue to die at the hands of their own army one might tell the US Vice President: smile Biden, you deserve it. And Victoria Nuland who just visited Odessa but did not think it worth her while to lay flowers at, or visit the House of Unions, where a ceromony was taking place where her Right Sector and pro-Maidan forces killed what are possibly over a hundred innocent civilians who were attempting to take part in their own “democracy” and protesting aginst the junta, you can keep smiling too. How you are still allowed into a country you openly subverted is beyond me.

Note From Author

Dear reader I challenge anyone to prove one claim against Russia that is being made by Poroshenko and the junta. Just one. Please show us the evidence. Of course no one can. There is none.

The views and opinions expressed here are my own. I can be reached at robles@ruvr.ru.

Articles by:John Robles

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In the Wake of World War II: The European Atrocity You Never Heard About

Commonly depicted in European-history textbooks as “Justified Retribution for Nazi Germany’s Wartime Atrocities”

 

Beastie Boys Win $1.7M in Copyright Case vs. Monster Beverage

 

Beastie Boys’ fight for their right to not let Monster Beverage Corp use the hip-hop group’s music without their permission resulted in a verdict of $1.7 million on Thursday.

A federal jury in Manhattan issued the verdict on the eighth day of trial in a copyright dispute between members of the Brooklyn-born band and the energy drink maker over songs the band says Monster used in a 2012 promotional video without a license.

Image: Adam Horovitz, Kathleen Hanna

Beastie Boys rapper Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz leaves federal court in Manhattan with his wife Kathleen Hanna after testifying at a copyright trial stemming from a lawsuit his musical group brought against a beverage maker over the use of five of their songs in a video.

Larry Neumeister / AP

 The Beastie Boys had sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement. Monster countered that it owed no more than $125,000, calling the case “illogical” and saying an employee had mistakenly believed the company had permission to use the music.

— Reuters

 

 

Pulp’s Documentary With Live Hometown Q&A

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Simulcast in selected cinemas, Sheffield art-pop icons relive their oft-stalled journey!

 

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets

Dates Showing:

Tuesday 17 June 15.50
20.30
Wednesday 18 June 16.30
18.00
Thursday 19 June 14.00
18.15

The musical subgenre of Britpop would not be the same without the influence of one band; Pulp, whose ironic swagger and generation defining image is captured in this poignant documentary marking their 25 plus year career. This film mixes concert footage from a landmark reunion show in the band’s hometown of Sheffield with behind-the-scenes interviews with the band, bystanders and fans. A music-film like no other – at times moving, hilarious and bewildering (much like the band it portrays).

The screening on Saturday 7 June (17.40) will be followed by a live satellite Q&A with band-members Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber, hosted by Adam Buxton, from Sheffield Film Festival.

The screenings on Tuesday 17 – Thursday 19 June will be preceded by DepicT! ’14 Random Act Special Mention Winner: Sun (Paul Hill, 1m40s, UK 2013).

Watch: Trailer for new Pulp documentary movie unveiled

 

 

But don’t fear if you’re unable to make it up North, as Sheffield Doc/Fest will be broadcasting live to cinemas nationwide including VUE, Odeon, Cineworld, Picturehouse and Curzon chains.

 

Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup

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List of confirmed, rumored and expected acts

Bonnaroo 2014 Headliners

It will be tough to beat last year’s lineup, the headliners for Bonnaroo 2013 were Paul McCartney, Jack Johnson and Tom Petty & The Hearthbreakers (how can you top a Beatle?). But there are several legends in the running for Bonnaroo’s 2014 headliners:

OutKast
Bonnaroo fans rejoiced when the Coachella Lineup was announced on January 7th with a reunited OutKast as Friday night’s headliner.

Although Coachella and Bonnaroo typically do not share headliners, OutKast’s confirmation to play 40 music festivals in the spring and summer makes them a likely headliner. The Atlanta-based duo of André 3000 and Big Boi will be in New York the weekend before Bonnaroo for a headlining gig at the Governors Ball Music Festival, so a trip down to Tennessee afterwards is expected.

Elton John

Sir Elton is in the midst of a world tour and comes stateside on March 13th for a show in Dallas, Texas. From there, he plays a few shows in Louisiana before taking a month-long residency at the Colosseum at Ceasars Palace in Vegas, which ends on April 26th.

Elton’s next show after Vegas is scheduled for June 21st in the UK, meaning he has a  gap that seemingly accommodates a Bonnaroo appearance for June 12 – June 15. Another rumor circulating is that Billy Joel will join Elton on stage (they played a few shows together in 2004) and Billy Joel’s tour dates make this rumor that much more possible!

Elton John has never played at Bonnaroo (or Coachella, or Lollapalooza, or Outside Lands) but this could be his year. Let’s hope it is!

Prince

Like Elton John, Prince has been on the wish-list of Bonnaroo fans year-after-year but has never made an appearance. But it looks like the stars are aligning for 2014.

Prince is assembling a band and creating a show for his headline appearance at the Essence Festival in New Orleans in early July, which would mean the same band could be made ready for Bonnaroo only a few weeks earlier.

Prince has played festivals before, he was crowd favorite at Coachella 2008. Will we be seeing him on What Stage this year?

 

Expected to play Bonnaroo 2014

Cage The Elephant

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Cage the Elephant

Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant played Bonnaroo in 2009 and are currently touring the country promoting their new album “Melophobia.” Their confirmed appearances at Coachella and Firefly means that a spot Bonnaroo 2014 lineup is probable.

Need even more evidence? Cage the Elephant drummer Jared Champion hinted at playing Bonnaroo.

 

Sleigh Bells

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The Brooklyn-based duo are on a heavy tour schedule this spring/summer promoting their third studio album “Bitter Rivals.”

As far as the festival circuit goes, Sleigh Bells are scheduled to play Coachella, Firefly and the Governors Ball. All signs point to Bonnaroo 2014.

 

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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On January 16th Bonnaroo released their 4th lineup clue on their Instagram account. The picture shows a red and blue birthday hat on a tiled floor.

Could this be a reference to “The Birthday Party”, the band that brought Australian rocker Nick Cave into the limelight in the 1970s?

Nick Cave would be a great addition to the Bonnaroo lineup, and he’s never played the festival before! The Bonnaroo forum community seems to believe he will be there despite the face that he’s absent from the lineup for Firefly or the Governor’s Ball.

Bonnaroo 2014: Full Lineup Prediction

Acts in Bold are strongly expected to play

  • A$AP Ferg
  • Adventure Club
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Aloe Blacc
  • Aluna George – Source
  • Andrew Bird
  • Arctic Monkeys – Source
  • Atlas Genius
  • Austra
  • Avett Brothers
  • Band of Horses – Source
  • Bassnectar – Source
  • Beady Eye
  • Beck – Source
  • Ben Folds – Source
  • Big Gigantic
  • Billy Joel – Source
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Blondie
  • Blood Orange
  • Bob Weir & Ratdog
  • Break Science – Source
  • Broken Bells
  • Bronze Radio Return
  • Cage the Elephant – Source
  • Caitlin Rose
  • Capital Cities
  • Chance the Rapper – Source
  • Chic w/Nile Rodgers
  • Childish Gambino – Source
  • Chromeo
  • CHVRCHES – Source
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Cut Copy
  • Damien Jurado
  • Damon Albarn – Source
  • Danny Brown – Source
  • DARKSIDE
  • Daughter
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Dawes
  • Dead Weather
  • Deafheaven – Source
  • Deer Tick
  • Deerhunter
  • Deltron 3030
  • Diarrhea Planet
  • Die Antwoord
  • Dillon Francis
  • Disclosure – Source
  • Dr. Dog
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Elton John – Source
  • Eric Church
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Fishbone
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Flume
  • Flying Lotus

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  • Foo Fighters
  • Foster the People – Source
  • Four Tet
  • Foxygen
  • Frank Ocean
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • fuck Buttons
  • fun.
  • Gary Clark Jr
  • Gaslight Anthem
  • Girl Talk – Source
  • Glitch Mob – Source
  • GMT
  • Goldfrapp
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Grimes
  • Griswolds
  • Grouplove
  • HAIM
  • Half Moon Run
  • Head and the Heart
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Interpol – Source
  • J. Roddy Watson & The business
  • Jack White
  • Jagwar Ma
  • James Blake – Source
  • James V McMorrow
  • Jamestown Revival
  • Janelle Monae – Source
  • Jason Isbell
  • Jenny Lewis – Source
  • Jessie Ware
  • John Butler Trio – Source
  • Jonathan Wilson
  • Josh Ritter
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Source
  • Kanye West – Source
  • Kid Cudi
  • Kurt Vile – Source
  • Lakeside Drive – Source
  • Lana Del Ray
  • La Roux – Source
  • Leagues
  • Lettuce
  • London Grammar – Source
  • Lorde

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  • LOTUS
  • Mac Demarco
  • Martin Garrix
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Mikal Cronin
  • MMJ
  • Modest Mouse
  • Mogwai
  • Moon Taxi
  • Motorhead
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Neko Case – Source
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Source
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Okkervil River
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Omar Souleyman
  • Outkast
  • Papadosio
  • Patty Griffin
  • Paul Simon
  • Peter Bjorn and John
  • Phantogram – Source
  • Pharrell
  • Phish
  • Phoenix – Source
  • Prince
  • Pusha T
  • Real Estate

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  • Robert Delong
  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band
  • Savages
  • Schoolboy Q
  • Shlohmo
  • Shovels and Rope – Source
  • Sky Ferreira – Source
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Sleigh Bells – Source
  • Speedy Ortiz
  • Spoon – Source
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
  • Tall Tall Trees
  • Teagan and Sara – Source
  • The Cult
  • The Flaming Lips – Source
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • the Glitch Mob
  • The Head and The Heart – Source
  • The Hold Steady
  • The Internet
  • The Knife
  • The Kopecky Family Band
  • The Men
  • The Naked & Famous – Source
  • The Neighbourhood – Source
  • The Nauts
  • The Revivalist
  • The Shins
  • The Strokes
  • The Wild Feather
  • Thoa and the Get Down Stay Down – Source
  • Those Darlins
  • TOOL
  • Toro y Moi
  • Treetop Flyers
  • Trombone Shorty
  • TV on the Radio
  • Vampire Weekend  – Source

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  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Ty Segall
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Umphrey’s McGee – Source
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Washed Out
  • Wick-it The Instigator
  • Widespread Panic
  • Wild Child
  • Willy Moon
  • Wiz Khalifa – Source
  • Wye Oak
  • XXYYXX
  • Yonder mountain string band
  • Young the Giant – Source
  • Zed’s Dead
  • Zedd

 

Artists Not on Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup

Of course, not every artist can play Bonnaroo. Here is a list of artists that have conflicts during Bonnaroo weekend:

  • Arcade Fire – Playing the Northside Festival in Denmark
  • Black Sabbath – In Europe
  • Franz Ferdinand – Also at Northside
  • The National – Northside Festival in Denmark
  • Pearl Jam – Europe
  • Kings of Leon –  Europe
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Also in Europe

 

Inforoo forum Lineup Pool

The fans have spoken! There is a lineup pool over on the Inforoo boards and 24 forum members each submitted 25  artists they think will be at the 2014 Bonnaroo. Here are the artists that tallied the most votes:

  • Disclosure (22)
  • Cage the Elephant (18)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (18)
  • Bassnectar (16)
  • Robert Delong (14)
  • Andrew Bird (13)
  • Vampire Weekend (13)
  • Elton John (12)
  • Lorde (12)
  • Chance the Rapper (11)
  • Chromeo (11)
  • The Flaming Lips (11)
  • Arctic Monkeys (10)
  • Break Science (10)
  • Lady Gaga (10)
  • MGMT (10)
  • Neutral Milk Hotel (10)
  • Umphrey’s McGee (10)
  • Beck (9)
  • Prince (9)
  • Glitch Mob (8)
  • Washed Out (8)
  • Foo Fighters (7)
  • My Morning Jacket (7)
  • Outkast (7)
  • Widespread Panic (7)
  • CHVRCHES (6)
  • Kaiser Chiefs (6)
  • Broken Bells (5)
  • Dr. Dog (5)
  • Jack White (5)
  • Run the Jewels (5)
  • Capital Cities (4)
  • Dave Matthews Band (4)
  • Eric Clapton (4)
  • Foxygen (4)
  • Grimes (4)
  • Neko Case (4)
  • STS9 (4)
  • The Revivalist (4)
  • Alabama Shakes (3)
  • Grouplove (3)
  • Jagwar Ma (3)
  • John Butler Trio (3)
  • Kid Cudi (3)
  • Muse (3)
  • Pearl Jam (3)
  • Pharrell (3)
  • Schoolboy Q (3)
  • St Vincent (3)
  • The Black Keys (3)
  • The Head and The Heart (3)
  • The Knife (3)
  • The Men (3)
  • TOOL (3)
  • A$ap Ferg (2)
  • Beady Eye (2)
  • Big Gigantic (2)
  • Cloud Nothings (2)
  • Cut Copy (2)
  • Danny Brown (2)
  • Drake (2)
  • Fleetwood Mac (2)
  • Foster the People (2)
  • Frank Ocean (2)
  • Gaslight Anthem (2)
  • Gaslight Anthem (2)
  • Kaiser Chiefs (2)
  • Lana Del Ray (2)
  • Lana Del Ray (2)
  • Mogwai (2)
  • Mogwai (2)
  • Moon Taxi (2)
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse (2)
  • Phoenix (2)
  • Rhye (2)
  • Sleater-Kinney (2)
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (2)
  • STRFKR (2)
  • the Glitch Mob (2)
  • Thee Oh Sees (2)
  • Twenty One Pilots (2)
  • Tyler, The Creator (2)
  • Adventure Club (1)
  • Aloe Blacc (1)
  • Arcade Fire (1)
  • Atlas Genius (1)
  • Austra (1)
  • Avett Brothers (1)
  • Avicii (1)
  • Bassnectar  (1)
  • Billy Joel (1)
  • Blackberry Smoke (1)
  • Blondie (1)
  • Blood Orange (1)
  • Bob Weir & Ratdog (1)
  • Bronze Radio Return (1)
  • Calvin Harris (1)
  • Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in the comedy tent) (1)
  • Chic w/Nile Rodgers (1)
  • Childish Gambino (1)
  • Damien Jurado (1)
  • Damon Albarn (1)
  • Darkside (1)
  • Daughter (1)
  • Dawes (1)
  • Dead Weather (1)
  • Deafheaven (1)
  • Death Cab for Cutie (1)
  • Deerhunter (1)
  • Deltron 3030 (1)
  • Diarrhea Planet (1)
  • Dillon Francis (1)
  • Drive-By Truckers (1)
  • Duo de Twang (Les Claypool) (1)
  • Earl Sweatshirt (1)
  • Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros (1)
  • El-P & Killer Mike (1)
  • Ellie Goulding (1)
  • Elvis Costello (1)
  • Eric Church (1)
  • Explosions in the Sky (1)
  • Fatboy Slim (1)
  • Fishbone (1)
  • Fitz and the Tantrums (1)
  • Fleet Foxes (1)
  • Florence and the Machine (1)
  • Flume (1)
  • Flying Lotus (1)
  • Four Tet (1)
  • Frightened Rabbit (1)
  • fun. (1)
  • Gary Clark Jr (1)
  • Girl Talk (1)
  • GMT (1)
  • Goldfrapp (1)
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals  (1)
  • Griswolds (1)
  • HAIM (1)
  • Half Moon Run (1)
  • he Flaming Lips  (1)
  • Head and the Heart (1)
  • Heart (1)
  • Ice Cube  (1)
  • Imagine Dragons (1)
  • J Cole (1)
  • J. Roddy Watson & The business (1)
  • James Blake (1)
  • James V McMorrow (1)
  • Jamestown Revival (1)
  • Janelle Monae (1)
  • Jannele Monae (1)
  • Jason Isbell (1)
  • Jonathan Wilson (1)
  • Josh Ritter (1)
  • Justin Timberlake (1)
  • Kanye West (1)
  • Kasier Chiefs (1)
  • Kurt Vile (1)
  • Lauryn Hill (1)
  • Leagues (1)
  • Lettuce (1)
  • LOTUS (1)
  • Martin Garrix (1)
  • Melissa Etheridge (1)
  • Miike Snow (1)
  • Mikal Cronin (1)
  • MMJ  (1)
  • Modest Mouse (1)
  • Motorhead (1)
  • Mumford & Sons (1)
  • Neil Young (1)
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse (1)
  • Nile Rodgers (1)
  • Nine Inch Nails (1)
  • Okkervil River (1)
  • Old Crow Medicine Show (1)
  • Papadosio  (1)
  • Patty Griffin (1)
  • Paul Simon (1)
  • Peter Bjorn and John (1)
  • Phantogram (1)
  • Portugal. The Man (1)
  • Prince  (1)
  • Pusha T (1)
  • Real Estate (1)
  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band (1)
  • Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) (1)
  • Savages (1)
  • Shovels and Rope (1)
  • Sigur Ros (1)
  • Sky Ferreira (1)
  • Sleigh Bells (1)
  • Speedy Ortiz (1)
  • T.I. (1)
  • Tall Tall Trees (1)
  • Tennis (1)
  • The 1975 (1)
  • The Allman Brothers Band (1)
  • The Avett Brothers (1)
  • The Black Cadaliacs (1)
  • the Cult (1)
  • The Gaslight Anthem (1)
  • The Hold Steady (1)
  • The Kopecky Family Band (1)
  • The Naked & Famous (1)
  • The Nauts (1)
  • The Shins (1)
  • The Strokes (1)
  • The Weeknd (1)
  • The Wild Feather (1)
  • Those Darlins (1)
  • Treetop Flyers (1)
  • Trombone Shorty (1)
  • TV on the Radio (1)
  • Ty Segall (1)
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra (1)
  • Warpaint (1)
  • Washed Out  (1)
  • Wick-it The Instigator (1)
  • Wye Oak (1)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs (1)
  • Yonder Mountain String Band (1)
  • Zed’s Dead (1)
  • Zedd  (1)