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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Stirring Songs II: from the religious traditions

Adon Olam -- from London

Ya'ase Shalom, a wonderful rendition by Angelica Primero, apparently a Mexican Christian

Abide With Me

Amazing Grace (by Mahalia Jackson)

Onward Christian Soldiers

In The Sweet Bye and Bye

The Old Rugged Cross

Last, but best (strictly musically, I mean): J. Bach (& Martin Luther), Ein' Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott

Stirring Songs of the 20th Century

Political commitments and political passions have found expression in what is known as "stirring songs." To what extent does such music contribute to causes ? The question also comes up in relation to the use of music in religion, to which I may wish to devote another posting.

La Marseillaise

The Internationale:

Horst Wessel Song:

God Bless America !

Oh Canada


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

There was no holocaust: Israeli Arabs

More than forty percent of Israeli Arabs do not believe that the Holocaust ever happened, according to a poll conducted by the University of Haifa.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Earl Browder, being interviewed by Mike Wallace, 1957

I have just discovered this fascinating video.

It's sort of long, but what an experience !

Earl Browder was the boss of the American Communist Party for fifteen years prior to his sudden expulsion in 1945. Why and how did this take place ? The issue is explored by John Earl Haynes: Moscow was displeased by some independent thinking on the part of Browder. He was warned by the Kremlin, ignored the warning, and was then unceremoniously kicked out.