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  • Earthling 4:52 pm on 30th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bible scholar, Charles-Valentin Alkan, French composer,   

    Charles-Valentin Alkan 

    Charles-Valentin Alkan (Born on November 30, 1813 in Paris, France – Died on March 29, 1888 in Paris, France) was a French composer and pianist of Jewish descent. He was known in his time as one of the greatest virtuoso pianists, and many of his compositions are renowned for their difficulty. His works have experienced a rise in popularity in the 21st century, following a long period of obscurity following his death.
    Charles-Valentin Alkan was born in Paris in 1813 with the last name Morhange. His father, Alkan Morhange, was a music teacher. Charles-Valentin and his brothers, who were also musicians, used their father’s first name as their last.
    Alkan was a child prodigy. He entered the Paris Conservatory at age 6 and won a series of first prizes: solfège at age 7, piano at age 11, harmony at age 14, and organ at age 21. He began publishing at age 14. He was taught by Joseph Zimmermann, among others.
    After graduation, Alkan embarked upon a successful career as a pianist in Paris. He had some well-received concerts in London in 1833. He rarely played his own music in public. He also taught part-time at the Paris Conservatory from 1829 to 1836.
    Alkan achieved a reputation as one of the great virtuoso pianists of his time. Franz Liszt once said that Alkan had the most perfect technique he had ever witnessed. [1]
    Alkan was friends with numerous musicians and intellectuals, including Victor Hugo, George Sand, Frédéric Chopin, and Franz Liszt. He was Chopin’s next-door neighbor. Nevertheless, he remained introverted throughout his life. He withdrew from social life and public performances around 1848, while continuing to compose and publish music.
    In the last decade of his life, Alkan resumed giving concerts. These were small concerts at the Erard piano showrooms. He played his own music, as well as that of his favorite composers from Bach onwards.
    Alkan died in 1888. A widespread apocryphal tale reports that he died from a bookcase in his home falling on him as he reached for a Talmud. This has been disproven. Hugh MacDonald reports from a letter from one of Alkan’s pupils that Alkan died after being trapped under a heavy port-parapluie (coat/umbrella rack). [1]
    Alkan never married. The pianist Élie-Miriam Delaborde is generally considered to be his illegitimate son. [1]
    Religious and Scholarly Life
    Alkan was a devout Jew and a religious scholar. He was fluent in Hebrew and Greek, and extensively studied the Bible and Talmud. He also studied the Evangel. He invested a lot of time in a complete translation of the Bible (Old and New Testaments) into French, which he completed, and which has unfortunately been lost.
    In a letter dated January 3, 1861, Alkan wrote to his friend Ferdinand Hiller: “I’ve finished all the canonical books, and I’m now on to the Apocrypha. I’m finishing Ecclesiastes, and I’ll be starting Baruch next, God willing. It’s about the only thing that I do with any regularity, as well as my studies. Which is to say that I’m not doing anything of much worth, since this translation will have served no more than to stop me from admiring the translations of others: except perhaps Luther’s” [2]
    He also wrote, “There are times when, if I had to start my life all over again, I would love to set the whole of the Bible to music, from the first word to the very last” [2]
    In a letter from May 30, 1865, he wrote “There are times when, if I had to start my life all over again, I would love to set the whole of the Bible to music, from the first word to the very last.”
    His faith is represented in his music, which often has religious themes. Some of his keyboard pieces are based on the Psalms.

    Musical Style and Legacy
    Alkan’s music is known for its extreme difficulty, as well as its originality and ingenuity.
    Much of Alkan’s music features religious and Jewish themes.
    Due to his reclusiveness, Alkan was not particularly well-known during his life. He was greatly admired by fellow musicians such as Anton Rubinstein and Franz Liszt. Alkan’s music fell into even greater obscurity following his death and for many decades was championed only by a small number of figures such as Ferruccio Busoni, Egon Petri, Kaikhosru Sorabji, Raymond Lewenthal, and Ronald Smith. Ferruccio Busoni called Alkan’s piano works “the greatest achievement in piano music after Liszt.” In the 21st century, Alkan’s music has experienced a revival and become more popular.
    Almost of Alkan’s compositions are for keyboard instruments; principally the piano, but he also wrote organ and pedal-piano pieces. Some of Alkan’s works have been lost. These include an orchestral symphony and several string sextets.
    [1] http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Lib/Alkan-Charles.htm
    [2] https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA67218
    This article was written by me for Lunyr

  • Earthling 4:16 am on 29th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aberdeen proving ground, America Cyanamid, American Creosote Works Inc, California Gulch, , contaminants, epa, epa most polluted places in us, epa superfunds, toxic waste, uepa superfund sites   

    The Most Polluted Places in the US 

    By Carroll Colette J. Yorgey
    The most polluted places in the U.S. are listed on the EPA website and are designated Superfund Sites. Superfund sites are the most urgent clean-up areas in America. EPA lists all clean-up areas, but the ones listed as Superfund are slated for first clean-up, due to the highest amount of toxic pollution.
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started the Superfund program as a remedial program for the most polluted hazardous waste areas in America.
    Some sites take years to clean up. Other sites may never be cleaned up sufficiently to make the area habitable.
    Toxic waste has been polluting our earth for longer than we know and it is just within the later part of the
    20th century that measures were begun to clean up these toxic waste dumps.
    Groundwater and river contamination is the worst type of pollution in all areas across America. EPA has
    listed 2769 sites where there is a record of decision (ROD). You can read these complete records at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/index.htm
    It is important to clean up these sites, as the pollution seeping into groundwater and rivers spreads from
    place to place, from river to river, from groundwater to groundwater, and from groundwater, to our soil and our drinking water.
    EPA divides up its Superfund sites into 10 different Superfund jurisdictions across America. Superfund sites exist in every state across America.
    I have looked at a few of them that seem to be the most prominent being there are many listings for the same site. Here is a list of some of them giving a bit of history of each so you can get an idea of the extent of damage caused by hazardous waste disposal to our groundwater, rivers, and streams and eventually our drinking water:
    1) Aberdeen Proving Ground (Edgewood Area), NC, MD. This is an enormous site comprising 72,000 acres in Maryland alone. More acreage is in North Carolina.
    This is an Army installation and consists of various sites of contamination — 13 sites that have recently been evaluated, 10 sites that are completed but still contain contaminants and are not to be used by “hypothetical future residents.” There are over 35 more sites.
    Contaminants include VOCS, Benzine, PCE, TCE, tolieene, metals, and arsenic.
    The area of contamination is groundwater within the area of Canal Creek, the Canal Creek Aquifer, King’s Creek, and marshes of Canal Creek.
    This area was “a center for research, development, testing and manufacture of military-related chemicals and chemical agents” since 1917.
    “From 1941 to 1952, chemical-warfare agents including mustard, lewisite, adamsite, white phosphorus, munitions, contaminated equipment, and miscellaneous hazardous wastes were disposed of in 35-onsite unlined pits and trenches. Studies have shown that chemicals buried within the pits have compacted groundwater and also interconnecting surface water in Watson Creek from 1949 to the mid-1970’s.”
    Decontamination efforts have also resulted in contamination of the groundwater with chlorinated
    This site was first listed in 1991.
    2) American Creosote Works, Inc., Pensacola, FL and Jackson, Tennessee.
    This site was listed in 1989 It is a 60-acre site located in Jackson, Tennessee. It was conceived in the
    1930’s as a wood-preservation facility. The contaminants are inorganics, pesticides, PCBs, VOCs, PCP, PAHs, dioxin, arsenic.
    The contamination is located in sediments, soil, and surface water.
    The Pensacola, FL site lists contaminated groundwater, sludge, soil, and sediment.
    The contaminants are Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), phenols, and volatile organic compounds.
    3) America Cyanamid, Somerset, NJ.
    This company was listed in 1993 and is composed of soil and groundwater contamination.
    It has been involved in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing for over 75 years.
    The semivolatible organic contaminants are Acetone, Benzene, Methylene, Chloride, Sylenes, 4-Chloroaniline, N-nitroso-diphenylamine, Anthacene, Napthalene, and Phenonthrene.
    Inorganic contaminants are arsenic, copper, lead, zinc, and Polychlorinated Biphenol.
    4) California Gulch, Leadville, Co.
    This is a watershed contamination. Located 100 miles southwest of Denver, Co.
    The contaminants are Cadmium, Copper, Lead, and Zinc.
    Here the Yak Tunnel discharges 210 tons per year of Cadmium, lead, copper, manganese, iron, and zinc into the Arkansas River. The area surrounding the Arkansas River is a public recreational area. The Arkansas River is also used for irrigation, livestock, watering, the public water supply, and fisheries.
    These are just 4 examples of the most polluted areas in the United States. These are Hazardous Waste sites. There are other highly polluted areas such as air pollution, and brownfields, and many other hazardous waste sites that need to be cleaned up but have not made the Superfund list yet.
    Most of the Superfund sites are located at abandoned factories, chemical plants, pharmaceutical plants, and U.S. Military bases.
    The most highly air polluted places exist close to airports with extreme greenhouse gas emissions of CO2 from planes and other vehicles operating in the area. These are also located in large cities, which makes the large city a highly polluted place.
    So you have the isolated areas of hazardous waste pollution and the city concentration of air pollution.
    If you would like to help in cleaning up a hazardous waste site that may be close to your area go to http://www.epa.gov where you can find suggestions for helping in this massive cleanup effort.
    Source: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/index.htm
    Copyright © 2018 Carroll Colette J. Yorgey (Except for the image)

  • Earthling 12:08 am on 29th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: air pollution in palestine, breathing freedom, , gaza toxic biosphere, , palestine forever, palestine freedom songs, say no to genocide, say no to mass murder, say no to zionism   

    Gaza Genocide Harms the Environment 

    Gaza now has a toxic ‘biosphere of war’ that no one can escape
    Air Pollution in Palestine

    Gaza’s drinking water spurs blue baby syndrome, serious illnesses

    With the resources at its disposal, Israel can take measures to prevent the land under its control from becoming uninhabitable toxic wasteland. Palestine has no such resources.

    I breathe freedom, don’t take my air
    Don’t push too hard, it’s better that we don’t both fall
    You will never be able to abolish me
    You must listen to me and talk to me
    And if you think you’re healing me
    This is not medicine
    If only you would listen to me
    In spite of everything that’s happened
    Power is what fails
    If it goes against thoughts
    This world is big enough for everyone
    Only the truth prevails
    And if you want we can find a solution
    If only we think together
    I breathe freedom, don’t take my air
    Don’t push too hard, it’s better that we don’t both fall
    The voice of freedom is louder than everything else
    No matter how much the wind of darkness blows,
    And the night covers the distances.
    You can’t color this whole world
    With the same color
    And change the order of the earth
    And the flow of the air
    I breathe freedom, don’t take my air
    Don’t push too hard, it’s better that we don’t both fall
    More freedom songs at https://palestineforever.home.blog/
    See also International Day of Living Together and Judaism’s Final Solution: Compassion

  • Earthling 8:17 pm on 24th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: austria abolish anonymity online, automated extremism analysis, automated extremism detection, automated extremism searching, carolina altstadter, china exporting big brother tech, china exporting surveillance know-how, china exporting surveillance tech, difficult teens, FOB, heinz-christian strache, , roskomnadzor fines, roskomnadzor fines instead of blocking, surveillance of troubled youths, trouble teens, troubled teenagers   

    November Internet Freedom Update 

    Difficult teenagers in Ural to be entered into a single database for surveillance
    Authorities claim the creation of such a system will reduce the response time to incidents and help to identify at an early stage children who may be affected by terrorist or other radical movements.
    FOB automated extremism-searching system to be launched in Perm
    The main Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Perm Region is seeking to buy hardware and software to automatically search for and analyze extremist materials.
    The head of Roskomnadzor is in favor of fines instead of blocks for banned content

    The head of Russia’s censoring body, Alexander Zharov, has advocated the introduction of fines for online services repeatedly violating Russian censorship laws, instead of the current ineffective system of blocking.
    Moscow to spend 53 million rubles on the analysis of online activity
    This was spotted on the public procurement portal by RosKomSvoboda. The Government of Moscow plans to purchase a new data analysis system, called STATS.
    Notable aims of the system include:
    • ensuring the possibility of identifying a unique internet visitor in the absence of cookies in the browser of the Internet visitor;
    • segmentation and clustering of internet visitors with the ability to identify target groups;
    • search for implicit target groups by building links between internet visitors with similar behavior;
    • providing information about the behavior of internet users to personalize the content blocks of internet resources.
    The Internet in Ingushetia was turned off during protests at the request of security forces
    This follows from the response of Roskomnadzor to complaints from residents of the republic. The supervisory authority does not intend to fine mobile operators for violating the rights of citizens.
    The days when Ingushetia was left without mobile internet coincided with mass protests in the republic in the first half of October. Local residents opposed the unfair, in their view, agreement on the establishment of the border between Ingushetia and Chechnya.
    At the end of October of this year, more than 30 residents of the republic complained to Roskomnadzor about the blocking of mobile internet by telecom operators during rallies in the capital of the republic, Magas. At that time, according to Daurbekov, more than 400 such complaints had already accumulated.
    As local residents tell us, in Ingushetia, 3G and 4G are disconnected every time a rally or public action is scheduled. And this has been happening for at least 10 years.
    “This is about the protection of the constitutional order. Statements were recorded that can be qualified as calls for mass riots,” said a source in the security forces.
    Austrian government wants to abolish online anonymity
    Austrian authorities believe that forcing users to use real names in cyberspace will solve the problem of online verbal abuse.
    The Austrian government held a narrow meeting with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and heads of several ministries on the protection of public figures and ordinary citizens from anonymous threats and abuse on the web.
    As a result, Kurz and Strache announced the need to ban the “niqab on the net” and to oblige the platform to register users only with real names. They stressed that this is not about monitoring or restriction of freedom, but about the possibility for authorities to identify of violators of order.
    In addition, the Secretary of State Carolina Altstadter is working on the introduction of more stringent penalties for harassment on the internet.
    The authorities understand that this intention is difficult to implement. “I ask for your understanding, we are at the very beginning,” Kurz said.
    This proposal from the authorities has already caused controversy in Austrian society, as many think that anonymity is not the main reason for cheeky behavior on the web.
    (Translated from https://roskomsvoboda.org/43000/)
    China is exporting its surveillance techniques and technology, notably to Africa, Venezuela, and Singapore

    Venezuela: https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/venezuela-zte/
    Singapore: https://www.fastcompany.com/90269129/singapore-wants-to-add-face-recognition-surveillance-to-110000-lamp-posts
    Ongoing Genocide in China Uses the Latest Tech
    “Compulsory government apps have been installed on phones to monitor conversations, group gatherings, religious or anti-Chinese downloads. At ubiquitous checkpoints, anxious police officers scan phones for anomalies. A switched-off phone is suspect, as is a device restored to factory settings. An analogue phone – or no phone at all – is equally suspicious.”; “Mosques across the province are being reduced to rubble. The places of worship have given way to parks, factories, apartments and entertainment centers.”; “Normal now are families too terrified to speak of their loved ones and the horrific realization that vast numbers of Uighurs have indeed disappeared. Tens of thousands of now-empty homes have been sealed and alarmed to prevent reentry. A government official sent to help with the harvest in the south reported villages denuded of workers and orphanages being built to house children left behind.”
    “There is recognition technology, with databases covering the face, voice, fingerprints and DNA of every Chinese citizen. Then positional monitoring, including mobile devices, which even now can report on the location of 1.4 billion citizens (the trick will be to use AI to make that information recoverable in real time), backed up by other public systems, such as linking up more than 170 million cameras (said to rise to 400 million by 2020).
    Next is lifestyle monitoring. Databases concerning the individual, be they health or education records, details of purchases made or internet activity, will be monitored. This is where we find data from the social credit system, which is like a financial credit rating but far broader. Anyone deemed anti-social (or anti-Communist party) will find themselves blocked from buying air or train tickets, getting a mortgage or even graduating.
    Finally, there is the ‘grid system’ information, which divides cities into small parcels overseen by citizens who are paid to report unusual activity to the police. The East Germans had a Stasi: in the 21st century, China enlists far more people. In Chaoyang district in Beijing, for instance, there are around 120,000 paid informants in operation. The information they provide is sifted through using computer power and artificial intelligence.”
    48 Ways to Get Sent to a Chinese Concentration Camp

  • Earthling 5:17 pm on 24th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: elderly needlewomen, indigenous crafts, leningrad, leningrad elderly, leningrad grannies, leningrad region, preserving indigenous crafts, traditional wool clothing in russia, traditional wool household items in russia, traditional wool toys in russia   

    Leningrad grannies set out to preserve indigenous wool crafts 

    In Russia there is a project to preserve the traditional crafts of the indigenous peoples of the Leningrad region associated with the producing clothing, toys and household items made of wool. Elderly needlewomen, many of whom are already around 90 years old, are releasing products based on traditional patterns, and will go from village to village teaching people the art of knitting. The best knitted products will be given to five rural and ethnographic museums, and also shown in a mobile exhibition.
    Translated from http://www.gumilev-center.ru/babushki-iz-leningradskojj-oblasti-zapustili-proekt-pro-sokhraneniyu-sherstyanykh-remesel-korennykh-narodov/

  • Earthling 7:07 am on 22nd November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adblocker, facebook, how to avoid haram things on the internet, how to avoid un-christian things on the internet, how to avoid un-kosher things on the internet, how to avoid ungodly things on the internet, internet and purity, javascript, mps-youtube, noscript, puritanical internet usage, puritanism, purity, purity on the internet, scriptsafe, twitter, youtube   

    How to Use the Internet Puritanically 

    The following advice is useful not only for Puritanical Christians, Jews, and Muslims, but also for anyone who does not want random corporate garbage and smut invading their mind.
    1. Use an adblocker. Ads are designed to manipulate you, so whatever they want you to do, don’t do it. Ads want you to view them, so block them. Ads want you to buy something or use a service, so boycott anything you see an ad for.
    2. Browse with Javascript disabled by default. This can be done with the NoScript or ScriptSafe plugins. This prevents various kinds of unsavory content from running in your browser, giving you more freedom to choose what is displayed.
    3. Use an image blocker plugin, which allows you to block all images on a site. This will protect your eyes from ungodly sights on sites where you really only want to read the text. (uBlock Origin includes this feature).
    4. Use a firewall or family internet filter to block nasty sites by category (porn, gambling, etc.).
    5. Use safesearch. Avoid all image searches.
    6. Don’t browse carelessly or randomly; think about what it is that you specifically want to do and do that.
    7. Avoid sites with massive amounts of user-uploaded content such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc., if you do not want to see random content that may taint your purity.
    8. Use non-graphic interfaces when possible. For example, by using mps-youtube you avoid all the unsavory thumbnails on Youtube.
    9. Consider using a text-only browser such as Lynx.
    By Henry L. MacGregor

  • Earthling 7:07 am on 20th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , constitutional protection of minorities, , diversity in islam, religious pluralism in islam   

    Diversity in Islam 

    The beginning of Islamic Constitutional Pluralism in 622 AD
    “The Medina Charter is arguably known to be the first constitution ever written incorporating religion and politics. Drawn up by Prophet Muhammad, the Charter was intended to end inter-tribal conflicts and maintain peace and cooperation among the people of Medina, which, after Mecca, is Islam’s second holiest place where the first Muslim community was established. It constituted a formal agreement between Prophet Muhammad and all the tribes and families of Yathrib (the old name for Medina) including Muslims, Jews, Christians and pagans.
    The Charter gave equality to all its citizens and accepted the coexistence of different religions in the community. Under the constitution, all religious, ethnic and tribal groups had equal protection, rights and dignity. They would live by their own beliefs and judge themselves by their own laws.”
    A Successful Implementation of Islamic Pluralism in Spain
    “Al-Andalus’ success has often been attributed to its tolerant and pluralistic character known as La Convivencia, or the Coexistence. Islamic pluralism, as exemplified in Andalusian society, helped to preserve and even champion cultural diversity, in contrast to modern globalism.
    Nowhere is this more evident than in the ‘Golden Age’ of Jewish culture that took root in Muslim Spain. This was a period of flourishing Jewish intellectual, cultural and religious life. Illustrious scholars of the time included Moses ibn Ezra and Solomon ibn Gabirol, both preeminent philosophers and poets, and Maimonides himself, a scholar of vast influence in Torah scholarship and philosophy. Yet, almost paradoxically, despite maintaining and advancing their own distinct identity they were very much wholly integrated into the fabric of Islamic society and its intellectual, cultural and political circles. Jews adopted Arabic, the lingua franca of the time, and made it their own wielding it with profound eloquence to produce everything from religious treatises to romantic poetry.”
    International Day of Living Together
    Call To Eco-Jihad
    Biodiversity in Islam
    Kindness to Animals
    By Khalil Abdulkareem

  • Earthling 1:45 am on 20th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Best Singer, , , Lebanese music, Lebanese singer, Queen of Lebanon   


    Nouhad Wadie’ Hadad, known as Fairuz, is a Lebanese singer who is by far one of the most famous and loved singers in the Arab world. She continues to produce new songs and albums to this day, with her latest being Bebalee from 2017.
    Fairuz was born to Wadi Haddad and Liza Alboustani in Jabal Alarz, Lebanon in 1935. The year of her birth has been subject to some doubt. [1] Her family was Christian. They family moved to Beirut when she a toddler. They were poor but not extremely so. Fairuz enjoyed singing from a young age, and she would sing along with songs from her neighbor’s radio. She liked Asmahan and Layla Mourad.
    Fairuz joined the choir at her school. She went to the Hhawed Alwelaya Alrasmia Lilbanat school, which was known for its good choir. When Fairuz was 14, a pair of composer-songwriters, Mohamed and Ahmed Flayfel, came to choose singers for a choir for a radio program. They chose Fairuz. Fairuz’s father did not like the idea of Fairuz singing publicly, so it required some effort for Mohamed Flayfel to convince him. Mohamed told him Fairuz would only sing patriotic songs and her education at the national Conservatory would be paid for by him.
    Fairuz’s father allowed her to enter the Conservatory. He sent her brother Joseph to escort her to school every day. The Conservatory’s director, Wadi Sabra, refused to accept any tuition for Fairuz and Flayfel’s other students. Fairuz only remained at the Conservatory for a few months. Her training under Flayfel’s guidance included the traditional art of reciting the Quran, which had also been used by the famous Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.[2]
    Flayfel helped her join the choir of the national Lebanese radio station, a role for which she received a salary. Fairuz was auditioned for solo performances at the radio station. A manager at the station, Halim Elrumi, was impressed by her singing and gave her his own songs to sing, as well as songs by various others such as Medhat Asem, Mohamed Mohsen, Salim Elhelou, Nikola Almani. He recommended she use the public name of Shahrazad or Fairuz; she chose the latter. Elrumi introduced her to the composer-songwriters Assy and Mansour Rahbani. Assy was impressed, while Mansour was not.
    In the 1950s, Assy and Mansour Rahbani started working with Fairuz. They had her do covers of Arabic songs and European songs with Arabic lyrics. Then they started making arrangements of traditional Lebanese songs, as well as new songs. Her performance of their song Itab on the radio was an instant hit and brought her great fame in Lebanon.
    Assy and Fairuz developed romantic feelings for each other. They married in 1954 and Fairuz moved in with him in Antelias. Fairuz continues to live there to this day.
    Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers became very famous. They were traveled to Damascus and Egypt following invitations by radio stations. In 1956, Fairuz gave birth to her first son, Ziad. In the 1960s, Fairuz starred in three films. Although she was famous, Fairuz favored a traditional lifestyle of staying at home with her children instead of going to parties and social events.
    In 1971, Fairuz toured the USA and was received with great success. She toured many countries and every continent. In the late 1970s, Fairuz stopped working on new songs with Assy and Mansour due to worsened relations with them. She sang old songs by the Rahbani brothers, and new songs by her son Ziad, Zaki Nassif, and Mohamed Mohsen, and many others.
    Fairuz chose to continue living in Lebanon throughout the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990). She avoided singing in Lebanon for fear of getting involved in politics. Assy Rahbani passed away in 1986. After the war, she resumed holding concerts in Lebanon.
    In 1998, Fairuz had a reunion with Mansour Rahbani and at the Baalbeck International Festival. She performed old musicals by the Rahbani Brothers, as well as three new songs by Mansour and his younger brother Elias.

    Musical Style and Legacy
    Fairuz has been noted for her refusal to be overtly involved in politics. She has sung in many styles and forms of Arabic music, as well as many jazz-inspired pieces. She has displayed great skill with both traditional (maqam, qasida, nasheed, andalusian) and modern (jazz, pop) varieties of music. She recorded Christian liturgical music as well. During performances, she limits her body movements and focuses on her singing. She once described her inner state while singing as similar to praying.

    [1] http://www.fairuziat.com/fairouz/tribute/fb.html
    [2] https://www.allmusic.com/artist/fairuz-mn0000163342/biography
    Article written by me for Lunyr

  • Earthling 9:56 am on 19th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 14 Latin American Countries Sign Treaty Providing Enhanced Environmental Rights, Agroforestry in Tajikistan, , Bees are Being Exterminated by Shortsighted Human Activity, , Bison Reintroduced to Wild in US, Canadian Senate Passes Bill to Ban Dolphin and Whale Captivity, China's Ban on Trash Imports Creates Crisis for Southeast Asia, Coastal Cities Around the Globe Are Sinking, , Deadly Diseases Caused by Climate Change, Environmental Groups Sue Government, extermination of biodiversity, fish, Global Warming Probably Causing Worse Cyclones and Hurricanes, gorillas, hawaiian hawks, Indigenous Amazonians Use Modern Technology to Fend off Colonial Invaders, , Many Critically Endangered Plants Can't Be Saved By Seed Banks, Massive loss of seagrass due to water pollution, Monolian National Socialists Defend the Environment, Oceans Are Warming Up, Ongoing Persecution and Murder of Environmental Activists in Latin America, prosperous gorillas, Severe Smog in Northern China due to Economic Preoccupations, Siddarth Singh Writes a Book About India's Smog Which is the Worst in the World, state of the modern world 2018, , The Seafloor Is Dissolving, Tian Shan Glacier Mining Pollutes Water in Kyrgyzstan, Toxic Factory Emissions Plague North Ossetia, US Border Wall Will Harm Fragile Ecosystems, US Crab Fishermen Sue Fossil Fuel Companies for Changing Climate   

    State of the Modern World Address — November 2018 

    Oceans Are Warming Up
    The Seafloor Is Dissolving
    Deadly Diseases Caused by Climate Change

    The Warming Earth is Waking Up Dormant—and Deadly—Diseases

    Many Critically Endangered Plants Can’t Be Saved By Seed Banks
    Massive loss of seagrass due to water pollution
    Global Warming Probably Causing Worse Cyclones and Hurricanes
    Coastal Cities Around the Globe Are Sinking
    Bees Are Being Exterminated by Shortsighted Human Activity
    Toxic Factory Emissions Afflict North Ossetia
    Agroforestry is Productive in Tajikistan

    Agroforestry saves soil and boosts livelihoods in Tajikistan

    Tian Shan Glacier Mining Pollutes Water in Kyrgyzstan
    North America
    US Border Wall Will Harm Fragile Ecosystems, Environmental Groups Sue Government
    Bison Reintroduced to Wild in US
    Global Warming Causes Unprecedented Wildfires
    US Crab Fishermen Sue Fossil Fuel Companies for Changing Climate
    Canadian Senate Passes Bill to Ban Dolphin and Whale Captivity
    Masses of Seaweed Afflict Caribbean Ecosystems
    Latin America
    Deforestation of Amazon Intensifies Under New President

    Bolsonaro’s deforestation of the Amazon has already begun

    Indigenous Amazonians Use Modern Technology to Fend Off Colonial Invaders (Donate Here)

    Latin America Increasingly Bans Plastic
    Guatemala to Use Bio-Fences to Reduce Plastic Pollution

    Guatemala to Use Bio-fences to Reduce Plastic Pollution

    14 Latin American Countries Sign Treaty Providing Enhanced Environmental Rights
    Ongoing Persecution and Murder of Environmental Activists in Latin America
    Ongoing Rebellion Against Ecocide in UK and Elsewhere https://twitter.com/extinctionr
    France Aims to Ban Deforestation Imports by 2030 http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/11/14/france-aims-ban-deforestation-imports-2030/
    Middle East and North Africa
    Drought is Killing Off Israel’s Trees

    Drought Is Killing Off Israel’s Trees, Says Groundbreaking Nationwide Study – Haaretz

    Egyptian Government Buys Straw from Farmers to Prevent Harmful “Straw Clouds”

    Egyptian pollution plan signals the last straw cloud – Environment and Development

    Alexandria is Sinking
    Fish Vanishing from Senegal Coast
    Republic of Congo Opens New National Park

    Republic of Congo names new national park, home to gorillas, elephants

    Mountain Gorillas Doing Well
    Massive Gas Flaring in Nigeria Harms Environment
    Tree Hopping in Kenya
    Seychelles establishes $15M Blue Bond to support marine wildlife
    China Resumes Suspended Coal Power Projects
    Severe Smog in Northern China due to Economic Preoccupations
    Mining Threatens Mongolian Environment
    National Socialists Defend the Environment
    Mongolia’s most unlikely new environmentalists also happen to be neo-Nazis
    Southeast Asia
    China’s Ban on Trash Imports Creates Crisis for Southeast Asia
    Endangered Forests Being Robbed
    Environmental Crisis in Kashmir
    Pakistan goes wild for coal
    Siddarth Singh Writes a Book About India’s Smog Which is the Worst in the World

    Hawaiian Hawks No Longer Endangered

  • Earthling 2:55 am on 16th November 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abuse of environment, cyberbullying, digital justice, digital justice and ecocide, , environmental hacktivism, FOSS and ecocide, Free and Open-Source Software and Ecocide, , internet freedom and ecocide, , privacy and ecocide, web freedom and ecocide   

    Digital Justice and Ecocide 

    Internet Freedom and Ecocide
    The free exchange of information is essential for the propagation of scientific information about the environment, journalism about ecocidal behavior and policies, and also to organize activities and protests in support of Mother Earth.
    Privacy and Ecocide
    Privacy is essential for freedom of speech. The absence of privacy makes it easy for authorities to punish journalism, activism and the propagation of scientific information about the environment (as can be seen in China).
    Free and Open-Source Software and Ecocide
    Commercial software is more susceptible to being manipulated and abused by ecocidal governments and corporations. Closed-source software cannot be freely evaluated by users for security and privacy, so consumers can’t know for sure what the software is actually doing. Free and open source software is also more efficient in terms of human and hardware resources. Open source projects can borrow from each other easily, whereas Apple, Google and Microsoft cannot.
    Cyberbullying/Hacking and Ecocide
    Cyberbullying and hacking are illegal in many places. Such behaviors can be harmful to environmental causes when the victims are environmental activists or journalists, or they could hypothetically be productive if used against ecocidal forces like illegally polluting companies. Here is a book covering the subject of environmentalist hacktivism.
    By Henry L. MacGregor

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