Material Evidence – Learn More About What’s Going On

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New York City – Art Beam Chelsea – 540 West 21 Street- New York 10011

Admission Free

Sept 21 – October 11

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Learn The Truth About What Is Going On

During several years we have been observing the devastating consequences of the civil war in Syria. A terrible conflict which broke out in 2011 turned the country into ruins with a horrific number of victims and dividing the society into different factions. Late last year similar events (in regard to civil war mechanism) took place in Ukraine. The bloody collisions on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti (The Independence Squ are) in Kiev resulted in an upsurge of nationalists-banderovtsy groups on the ground who where the main force behind the overthrow of the last president. This uprising could not be ignored by the Eastern parts of Ukraine, which are mostly populated with Russian-speaking people. The civil war in Ukraine has not finished yet and its daily events are a stark reminder of the pain caused in the middle of Europe. But what will happen now to Ukraine due to the ongoing fighting in the East? What will happen to Crimea? And will this conflict have the same devastating impact like the War in Yugoslavia, which was also massively fueled by outside benefactors of the war. To all these questions the current exhibition “Material Evidence” tries to give answers. It brings together concerned Journalists who went into the midst of the military conflicts, thus risking their own lives to show also the “other” side of these wars and conflicts, often neglected by the western media. To Damascus and its destroyed suburbs; Kiev, Kharkov, Simferopol, Sevastopol. They worked in these dangerous spots, preserving for the history the unique evidences of the dramatic events taking place there.

Exhibition

1. Russia. Moscow 24.11.13 – 24.12.13
2. Russia. Ufa 14.02.14 – 27.02.14
3. Russia. Grozniy 04.03.14 – 18.03.14
4. Russia. Moscow 8.04.14 – 22.04.14
5. Belgium, Brussels 16.05.14 – 21.05-14
6. Germany. Berlin 27.05.14 – 01.07.14
7. USA. New York 21.09.14 – 11.10.14
8. Russia. Moscow 28.09.14 – 18.10.14

New Sanctions Against Russia Will Hurt West Most – Media

New Sanctions Against Russia Will Hurt West Most - Media New Sanctions Against Russia Will Hurt West Most - Media

New Sanctions Against Russia Will Hurt West Most – Media

Topic: Sanctions Against Russia

MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) – The latest package of sanctions imposed by the United States and the EU against Russia will mostly hurt the West, thus solidifying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s positions, the BBC reported.

“This [new package of sanctions] will ultimately hurt the City [of London], as well as New York, because for the first time, the Russians are going to realize that they in fact can live without the global financial services industry,” the BBC quoted banking expert Ralph Silva as saying.

According to Silva, as a result of sanctions, Putin’s positions will only strengthen.

“Putin has been strengthened as a result of the sanctions. The Russian public is seeing him as the protector and if he gets the country through these sanctions, he will solidify his hold on power,” Silva added.

According to the BBC’s article, the European Union takes more than 45 percent of Russia’s exports. Less than 3 percent of the EU’s exports go to Russia.

BANKING SECTOR

London-based financial analyst Chris Skinner, in an interview to the BBC, said that sanctions on banks might force Russia to find alternatives to London.

He said the restrictions “could kill the Russian flow of capital through our markets if there is an alternative. For example, would they switch to Hong Kong or Shanghai?”

Earlier, Russia’s Bank of Moscow said that business was not suffering from sanctions and that it was not planning to borrow on foreign markets.

Russia’s state-owned VTB Bank’s representatives said the sanctions are likely to cause economic harm to all parties.

DEFENSE INDUSTRY

As well as financial restrictions, the European Union now has a list of arms that are prohibited for sale to Russia. There are also restrictions on Russian arms exports.

“Considering relatively low volumes of arms trade between the EU and Russia, the sanctions are more symbolic, especially seeing that France is holding on to the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers deal with Russia,” the BBC quoted Lilit Gevorgyan, an analyst at IHS Global Insight, as saying.

“While Russia is the second-largest arms exporter in the world, its military imports from the EU are limited in volume,” Gevorgyan added.

According to the BBC, Russian defense corporations have repeatedly stressed that the US customers would be missing out as a result of the embargo.

ENERGY SECTOR

The European Union did not go as far as limiting oil and gas imports from Russia, as it would seriously hurt European economy.

The EU banned exports of technology systems for use in energy exploration instead.

In response to the sanctions, Russian gas giant Gazprom announced that it would now source its gas turbine spare parts locally instead of relying on imports, the BBC reported.

The European Commission published Wednesday the names of eight individuals and three additional Russian entities targeted by sanctions over their alleged roles in the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis.

The first round of sanctions against Russia was implemented by the United States and the European Union back in March as a response to Crimea’s reunification with Russia following a referendum.

The new addition brings the number of persons and entities under EU restrictions to 95 persons and 23 entities.

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned that a new wave of western economic sanctions against Russia’s energy sector will drive up European energy prices and hurt the 28 member states as much as Russia.

Moscow has repeatedly said that these measures are counterproductive and called the sanctions “a road to nowhere.”

 

Russia to Seek Cancellation of EU Sanctions via WTO – Envoy to EU

WTO headquarters in Geneva

WTO headquarters in Geneva

MOSCOW, August 1 (RIA Novosti) – The European Union’s latest sanctions against Russia contradict the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Russia will use the global trade body’s mechanisms to have them cancelled, Russia’s envoy to the EU said Friday.

“[The EU sanctions] need to be analyzed from the legal point of view to establish how they correspond to WTO norms and rules, but, at first sight, they contradict these norms and rules. In this case, undoubtedly, Russia will seek a WTO action in order to have them cancelled,” Vladimir Chizhov said.

In July, the European Union and the United States announced new economic sanctions against Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis.

The 28 member-bloc imposed a third round of penalties that limited Russian state-owned financial institutions’ access to EU capital markets, imposed an embargo on trade in arms, established an export ban for dual-use goods for military end users, and curtailed Russian access to sensitive technologies, particularly in the oil sector.

The EU also extended the list of entities and individuals targeted by sanctions over their alleged roles in the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. The new additions brought the number of individuals and entities under EU restrictions to 95 and 23, respectively.

The United States also imposed new economic sanctions against Russia on July 29, targeting three major banks — VTB Group, Bank of Moscow and Rosselkhozbank.

On July 16, Washington introduced the so-called Sectoral Sanctions Identification List that specifically targeted the defense, energy and banking sectors of the Russian economy.

The first round of sanctions against Russia was implemented by the United States and the European Union back in March as a response to Crimea’s reunification with Russia following a referendum.

Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, and called the language of sanctions counterproductive, warning that such measures would have a boomerang effect on Western economies.

‘Live In The Present’: Charlie Haden Remembered

Charlie Haden plays upright bass with Keith Jarrett's band in New York City, 1975. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

Charlie Haden plays upright bass with Keith Jarrett’s band in New York City, 1975.
Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

 

Charlie Haden, the preeminent bass player of his generation, died on July 11 at 76. Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross spoke to Haden five times throughout his career, in interviews which span from 1983 to 2008.

Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, and grew up in Missouri. From the age of 2 until he was 15, he sang on his family’s country music radio show. He had to stop singing when polio affected his vocal cords, at which point he got serious about playing bass.

Although he was brought up on traditional music, Haden made his reputation in jazz; he helped lead a musical revolution in the late 1950s and early ’60s as a member of the original Ornette Coleman Quartet. In 1969, he launched his own group the Liberation Music Orchestra, which performed works inspired by liberation movements around the world. In the ’80s, he founded the group Quartet West, drawing inspiration from film noir and jazz and pop singers of the ’40s and ’50s. Haden was especially nostalgic for that era. “I think it’s important to remember beautiful things in the past,” he said in his 1992 interview.

In 2008, he made an album with his three daughters and his wife, performing the kind of country music he sang as a child.

In remembrance of Haden’s extraordinary career, Fresh Air assembled some of his best interview moments.

 

Interview Highlights

On playing with Ornette Coleman, and how other musicians reacted

“There was a lot of controversy around us. When we opened up at the Five Spot in New York, fights used to break out right in the club. People would be putting us down, people would be praising us. The club was packed every night with everybody from different parts of the art world: Painters, famous writers, film makers, dancers, musicians. I would look out, and standing at the bar would be , , , and they would be looking dead in my eye, you know, saying, ‘Okay, what are you going to do?’ And I would be playing, and have my eyes closed, and one night I opened my eyes and there was with his ear glued to the front of my instrument.

 

 

“It was like that every night, it was very exciting. The violence wasn’t exciting. One guy set somebody’s car on fire. One night, I remember, somebody came back in the kitchen, we were standing, talking with Ornette — I won’t say who it was — and hit Ornette in the face. It was really a very strong ‘excitation’ time. New things were happening, not only in music, but in people’s minds, every night from that music.”

On being arrested in Portugal

“We were playing with the Newport Jazz Festival of Europe, which included Duke Ellington’s band and Miles Davis and a lot of people — giants of jazz. It was really a very exciting tour, but the last place that we were playing out of 14 countries was in Portugal, and I went to Ornette [Coleman] as soon as I saw it on the itinerary and I said, ‘I’m not playing.’ And he said, ‘Well, we’ve signed the contract; we should play. You’ll get me in trouble if we don’t play.’ So I decided to play, but what I did was we played ‘Song For Che’ [at] the concert, and before we played it, I dedicated it to the Black Liberation Movement in Mozambique, Angola and Guinea-Bissau. [It] was in a hockey stadium in Casegas, outside of Lisbon, and there were 20,000 people there, most of whom were young students and were ready to hear something like that. They started chanting, and all hell broke loose as soon as I made the dedication, and police were running around with machine guns trying to get order. There was cheering — you couldn’t even hear the song, there was so much cheering.

“My wife had just given birth to triplets back in New York, and it was a very traumatic birth. And I was going to cancel the European tour before I even left New York, and she persuaded me to go. And then, after I was arrested, I thought maybe I’d never see my kids. I was actually crying, and I didn’t know whether I would even live or not. But now, looking back on it, even though it was very scary and very frightening, I know I would do it again, and I’m glad that I did it.”

On his family’s country radio show growing up

“Every day was a great experience for me. I just loved it. We did our radio show from the farmhouse, and my brothers and sisters would go out and do the chores, milk the cows and come in, have breakfast, and my dad would crank the phone on the wall to let the engineer in Springfield, [Mo.], know that we were ready to go on the air, and we’d do the show. Every day was like a wonder to me.”

 

 

 

 

 

US killer winter storm heading north

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The latest snow storm to blanket the US Atlantic coast this winter is marching north, after being blamed for the deaths of more than two dozen people.

Doctors are trying to save the baby of a 36-year-old expectant mother who was killed by a snow plough in New York.

A sheriff in Georgia has “cancelled” Valentine’s Day celebrations because of the bad weather.

The winter has left the Great Lakes of the US Midwest almost completely frozen for the first time in two decades.

More than 440,000 households were still without electricity by Friday morning, mainly in Georgia and South Carolina, down from 1.2 million.

More snow forecast

The weather system is predicted to taper off as it crawls farther north from New England.

A milder storm is expected to dump up to 3in (7cm) of snow on the East Coast over the weekend, reports the National Weather Service.

Road conditions in some areas were still treacherous. Thirty people were injured, five severely, in a multiple vehicle pile-up near Philadelphia on Friday morning.

Officials said it would take many hours to clear damaged vehicles, including lorries. The crash spawned a traffic jam stretching for five miles (8km).

Many schools remained closed in eight states from Virginia to Maine, while the federal government in Washington DC opened two hours late after shutting down completely on Thursday.

Almost 1,500 flights were cancelled on Friday, compared with 6,500 a day earlier. All flights were grounded at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Thursday.

The storm dumped around a foot of snow across the region, though some areas, such as upstate New York, saw up to 27in of the white stuff.

The weather system, nicknamed Pax by meteorologists, has been blamed for at least 25 deaths, according to an Associated Press tally, mainly from road accidents.

Pregnant Min Lin, 36, died after being struck on Thursday by a snow plough as it reversed outside a shopping centre in Brooklyn, New York City.

She was taken to a hospital, where her nearly full-term baby, weighing 6lb 6oz, was delivered by caesarean section.

The child is in a critical condition in a neonatal intensive care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

No immediate charges were brought against the driver.

Valentine’s Day ‘cancelled’

The fresh spasm of foul weather has delayed tens of thousands of deliveries of Valentine’s Day flowers.

“It’s a godawful thing,” Mike Flood, owner of Falls Church Florist in Virginia, told the Associated Press news agency. “We’re going to lose money. There’s no doubt about it.”

Band to Watch: The So So Glos

 

Brooklyn D.I.Y. leaders mix punk ethics with pop songwriting

The quartet is comprised of two brothers (Alex and Ryan Levine) and their stepbrother (Zach Staggers), who’ve been playing music together since they were kids growing up in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood. The only non-relative, guitarist Matt Elkin, joined the band in 2008 after the brothers persistently sweet-talked him into it mere days before their first national tour. Since then, the So So Glos have formed a full-fledged North Brooklyn scene around themselves while honing their musical chops. Their second full-length, Blowout, was release on April 23rd through their own label, Shea Stadium Records.

D.I.Y. or Die: If you’ve ever been to an all-ages D.I.Y. show in Brooklyn, there’s a high likelihood the members of the So So Glos had something to do with it. First, they co-founded the beloved Bushwick performance space Market Hotel (now shuttered, soon to be reopened), then moved on to Shea Stadium, a bigger, badder venue that runs co-op style with help from all members of the So So Glos. The venues were created out of necessity – the band couldn’t get shows at first, so they created their own opportunities – but now the So So Glos are the ones dishing out advice to the baby bands looking to navigate the house show circuit.

Punk Ethics, Pop Songwriting: They describe themselves as simply rock & roll, and their simplicity is refreshing. Blowout is tight and well-crafted, with the guys name-checking 1960s Brill Building songwriters and Iggy Pop in equal measure. The album’s themes, on the other hand, are decidedly modern, chronicling 21st-century struggles with identity and technology in an earnest way.

New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down: The band’s perspective lies in its name, which originated as a reaction to the cooler-than-thou New York garage-rock scene of the early 2000s. “The term ‘so so glo’ originally was written into our song ‘Broken Mirror Baby,’ which was a self-critique of a whole generation of narcissists and egotists, inspired by the hip nature of New York City,” singer/bassist Alex Levine tells Rolling Stone. “It’s the apathetic vibe that we encountered when we first started the band, and it became a term that we called each other when we felt like we were being full of ourselves.” His brother Alex adds, “It’s a fight on pretending, but it’s also a self-awareness thing – a fight against your own ego.”

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