Shaar oil field back with the Syrian Army soon

Official Syrian news channels just announced that the Syrian Army was able to regain control of most of Al Shaar oil field that the ISIS attacked and seized control over it few days ago.

Getting back this oil field is very important to the Syrian people as it feeds most of the electricity stations that supply Homs and Damascus.

Soon it will back to the Syrians and the blackouts will stop 

My synagogue was vandalized, and this is what I have to say about it.

It is with a heavy heart that I found out that my synagogue was vandalized with swastikas overnight. With all due respect to Rabbi Jacob, I really don’t think that this action - towards the liberal D.C.-area Jewish community in which I was raised - is “not indicative of a larger problem.”

This past year alone, in France, Germany, Denmark, England, and other parts of Europe, many Jews have been murdered for simply being who they were, Jewish graves have been desecrated, “death to the Jews” has been shouted, synagogues have been attacked, and more. Last April, in the United States, someone murdered 3 people at a Jewish center in Kansas City, and since then, plenty of synagogues and Jewish centers around the country and at least 4 AEPi chapters have been vandalized with swastikas, a Jewish female pre-law student - not very different from me - was questioned about her suitability for a UCLA judicial board position just because of her religion, and a man drove near a Jewish school in nearby Baltimore and shot three men on Rosh Hashana after shouting “Jews, Jews, Jews.”

This is 2015, not 1936. Israel’s actions have NOTHING to do with these actions. This is antisemitism, pure and simple.

Someone told me on social media recently that “Jews are not oppressed in our society and I think it’s insensitive to act as though we are.” Oppression is not a contest of which group is the most oppressed - any form or degree of intolerance is unacceptable, and it must be combated. Antisemitic incidents in the U.S. have doubled since last year and are occurring seven times more than they were in the 1990s, according to USNews. To deny that truth and to tell me to be quiet about it - now THAT’S insensitive. We can’t be silent.

Gunaah ka bhoj jo gardaan pai hum utaa ke chale
Khuda ke ahge khijalat se, sar jhuka ke chale
Milla jinay unay ustaad-e-gi se aauj mila
Unhi nay khayi hai tauhkar, jo sar uta ke chale
Anees, daam ka bharoosa nahi, tehr jao
Chiraag laykay kahan samne hawa ke chale?

— Mir Anees

シリア北部アレッポ(Aleppo)北部のシャール(Shaar)地区で、破壊された建物を背に果物を売る行商人(2014年2月24日撮影)。©AFP/MOHAMMED AL-KHATIEB 


#Syria : this child’s face tells you all you need to know about Assad’s reforms.

A frightened child stands in the street after a Syrian government artillery shell destroyed his family home in the Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, on October 13, 2012. Syria’s army retook control on October 14, 2012, of a historic mosque in second city Aleppo after fierce clashes with rebels in and around the area, a military official and an observer group said. (Zac Baillie/AFP/Getty Images)

Sons of the father
Damian, Skaar and Daken …..sons of three of the most well known heroes in comic industry ( Batman, Hulk and Wolverine respectively). Are they destined to rule the earth after their fathers have died? will they take up the mantle and fight the good fight? or will they try to tear down want their fathers have tried so hard up hold any chance they get? 

At this point Damian is trying to do the right thing somewhat by becoming Robin and assisting in his father’s crusade against crime. However he still has that assassin’s mentality and would kill where his father would not. 

Daken has proven that he is the total opposite to Wolverine and he is willing to do what it takes to end his father. No father/son bonding has gotten through to him but his goals are clear, destroy his father and build an empire unheard of. 

Skaar came to earth to kill his father for the death of his mother and the destruction caused on his home world. Giving the chance and the resources Skaar would have destroyed the earth to achieve his goals however he has taken to the side of good (for now).

These three are just examples of the children some heroes produce that can make this world a better place or bring it to it’s knees.


07/08/2012 Aleppo, #Syria *EXTREMELY GRAPHIC*: Leg amputation surgery was done to an injured civilian in Al-Shaar field hospital in Aleppo.

Group Therapy Episode 126 W/ Above & Beyond and ilan Bluestone


1. Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston - Peace Of Mind

2. Super8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson - Patience (Estiva Remix)

3. Luke Chable - Comet

4. Andrew Bayer feat. Asbjorn - Tomorrow Boys **RECORD OF THE WEEK**

5. Coldplay - Magic (Cubicolor Remix)

6. Eelke Kleijn - The Voices

7. Filterheadz - Curve

8. Vintage & Morelli - Morning After (Talamanca Remix)

9. Andrew Bayer - Do Androids Dream Part 2

10. Anden State - Flame

11. Mr Andre - Arian (Sollito Remix)

12. Zack Shaar - City 21

13. L’Tric - This Feeling (Kryder Remix)

14. Axis vs. Alae Khaldi - Libra **PUSH THE BUTTON**

15. Arman Bahrami - Hypnotized

16. Soundprank - Legion

17. Sterbai - Minerals

18. Johan Vilborg - Second Wind (Dezza Remix)

19. The Timewriter - Did My Time (City Lights Sax Mix) **FLASHBACK**

ilan Bluestone Guest Mix

1. ilan Bluestone - 43

2. Above & Beyond & ilan Bluestone - Black Room Big Ben (Bootleg Mix)

3. Andrew Bayer feat. Asbjorn - Super Human

4. London Grammar - Wasting My Young Years (Maor Levi & Kevin Wild Remix)

5. Above & Beyond feat. Zoe Johnston - We’re All We Need (ilan Bluestone Remix)

6. ilan Bluestone - Bonsai

#Syria rebels say captured 100 troops: activists


Syrian rebels say they have captured 100 regime soldiers and militia members during fighting in the city of Aleppo in the north of the country, according to a video distributed by Syrian activists on Friday.

The video, which shows dozens of men in civilian clothing seated in a courtyard, was filmed by a man who describes himself as a member of the rebel Free Syrian Army.

The captured men tell the camera that they are members of the Syrian army and the “shabiha” pro-regime militia.

“I am Colonel Mohammed Rashid Mohammed al-Mhmeid… I was arrested at the entrance of Aleppo,” one of the men says.

“I am Captain Fuad al-Hosh, commander of the Aleppo police in Shaar district. I was captured when I left my post,” another said.

One man identified himself as a member of the shabiha, saying he was captured in Hanano in Aleppo and had “killed a demonstrator.”

Rebel fighters and Syrian troops have been massing in the city of Aleppo for a major battle that sources said could come as early as Friday or Saturday.

The two sides have already been battling in part of the city, including the southern Salaheddin neighbourhood.

More excellent confirmation news for my conference! Charles Shaar Murray (who began his career as a music journalist writing for Schoolkids Oz* as an actual schoolkid, aged 18) before graduating to become one the names that made the NME’s 70s reputation; and Paul Gilroy (author of, among other things, There Ain’t No Black In the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation, and The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness), who was an associated editor of City Limits in the early 80s and also often wrote about music for The Wire. I’m delighted (and flattered) that both have agreed to participate.  

*This is the issue – which included a highly sexualised Rupert the Bear parody, created by a 15-yr-old schoolboy (not CSM!)** – that led to the ‘Oz trial’ in 1971, the longest trial under England’s 1959 Obscene Publications Act: the editors were jailed, but freed on appeal.
**I was shown this issue, in particular the Rupert pages, by a schoolchum (son of one of the lawyers on the case iirc) when I was a 15-yr-old schoolboy myself in 1975-76. Boy was I not ready for that jelly :(   

Caption: OZ 38 (November 1971) ‘The Day the Earth was Out to Lunch’. OZ was founded in Australia in 1963, transferring to London in 1967. The UK editors were Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis. It gained enormous publicity (and circulation) from the trial, but this didn’t last, and it folded in 1973. 

No injuries or damage were reported; Rocket was first to be fired toward Israel for past four months.
IDF tanks struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip just before midnight on Thursday, after a rocket was fired from the Strip into the area of the Shaar Hanegev regional council late on Thursday night.
The rocket did not cause injuries or damage, and is thought to have landed in an open area.
The target of the IDF strike was a militant position in Beit Hanoun from which the rocket was fired, a source in the security services said. It is yet unclear to the security services who was behind the firing, but estimations are that it was not Hamas, he said.
The security services “See Hamas as the body responsible for the firing, and expect it to keep the peace in it’s territory. Hamas is the body controlling the area, and must see to quiet – otherwise, it will suffer the consequences. We will not accept a state of errant fire,” a security services source said.

“We don’t think you did this, but because you didn’t prevent it, we’re going to hold you responsible for it.”

Destroy the majority of the infrastructure, prevent them from receiving materials and resources needed to properly restore that infrastructure, but hold them to the standard of pristine functionality anyway.

Hopefully this is all there’ll be to it and we won’t see the kind of disproportionality we’ve learned to expect… That said–

Following the rocket, the IDF announced that Gazan worshippers will not be able to go to Jerusalem for Friday prayers at al-Aksa Mosque this week.

this never bodes well.


The Shaar Harahamim Synagogue in Mumbai

“Shaar Harahamim” translated, “Gate of Mercy” Synagogue, is Mumbai’s oldest synagogue. The story behind this Synagogue is that until the 18th century, the Bene Israel Jews, located in the western region of the city, did not have a synagogue in which to pray. In the summer of May 1796, the Late Commandant Samaji Hasaji Divekar (Samuel Ezekiel Divekar) and his brother served as officers in the 6th Battalion of the British East Indian Army. They were captured by Mysore king Tipu Sultan and asked what caste they belonged to. The Sultan’s wife had sympathy for the Divekars’ caste and eventually their lives were exchanged for a prisoner held by the British. Samuel Divekar resolved to build a synagogue to God if he survived. In gratefulness to God for sparing his life, Samuel Divekar and his brother pioneered the construction of Shaar Harahamim. The synagogue continues to serve approximately 100 members for daily services, as well as weekly Shabbat and High Holiday services. There continues to be an active congregation over a century later, who testify to the faith, traditions and culture of the God of Samuel Divekar.

Click here for a 360 degree panoramic view of the Shaar Harahamim synagogue. 

Schedule of Birkbeck conference panels complete!

(Though please note, while no further adjustments are now planned,
this schedule MAY STILL CHANGE A BIT. It’s the nature of the beast. For fuller details of venue, purpose of conference and where to register, go here.

Friday 15 May 2015, Room B33, Malet Street,
Birkbeck University of London

9.30 –11.00: panel discussion 

The trades meet the underground
Charles Shaar Murray, Richard Williams, Mark Williams

11.00–11.15: coffee break (15 minutes)

11.15–12.45: panel discussion
How well did the mainstream press deal with rock music
in the 60s? What alternatives did the undergrounds offer?

Tony Palmer, Jonathon Green, Mark Pringle
Chair: Esther Leslie

12.45–1.45: lunch (one hour)

1.45–3.15: panel discussion
Handling rhetorics of outsider style in a commercial
context — the implicit politics of critical stance

Barney Hoskyns, Paul Morley, Jonh Ingham
Chair: Toby Litt

3.15–3.30: coffee break (15 minutes)

3.30–5.00: panel discussion
The encroachment of professionalisation on a
generational playpen — What were the pressures in a
music paper’s editorial office, and what was the potential?

Beverley Glick (aka Betty Page), Cynthia Rose, Tony Stewart
Chair: Tom Ewing

Saturday 16 May 2015, same venue

9.45–11.00: conversation
Val Wilmer, David Toop
How to cover lesser known musicians and musics
in the mainstream music press, and topics arising

11.00–11.15: coffee break (15 minutes)

11.15–12.45: panel discussion
Was punk in the music press an affirmation
of underground values or a challenge to them?

Nigel Fountain, Liz Naylor, Edwin Pouncey
Chair: Adam Gearey

12.45–1.45: lunch (one hour)

1.45–3.15: panel discussion:
The changing make-up of bohemia — Who was reading?
What constituencies were best-served when?

Simon Frith, Paul Gilroy, Penny Reel
Chair: Cynthia Rose

3.15–3.30: coffee break (15 minutes)

3.30–5.00: panel discussion
Implications for the future, the legacy of an era
Kodwo Eshun, Laura Snapes, Simon Warner
Chair: Hazel Southwell

Caption: Blues & Soul magazine, 14-27 July 1972, feat.The Stylistics doing it in the road. B&S first published in May 1966 as Home of the Blues (ed. John Abbey) and was (says wikipedia, I haven’t checked this) first outlet to use the term Northern Soul. It’s still going, which is nice.

Rocket Hits Open Field in Southern Israel as Independence Day Ends

Rocket Hits Open Field in Southern Israel as Independence Day Ends

Rockets over Sderot. (PHOTO CREDIT: Albert Gabay)

A code red siren was sounded in Sderot and other Gaza border communities in southern Israel on Thursday evening as the country celebrated Israel’s 67th Independence Day.


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