24 Nov 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Colonizer’ By Tanya Tagaq

The latest single from Canadian indigenous throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s forthcoming album, “Tongues,” is about accountability. “Oh, you’re guilty” she sings. “It’s not a question,” a press release from her states.

“Tongues” will be released on March 11, 2022, and it “speaks not to horrors and crisis, as previous Tanya Tagaq albums wordlessly, powerfully encircled, but directly of these things.” She says the album is Tagaq at “her most explicit and specific.”

The music is a balance of “industrial, electronic sounds with poetic passages from Tagaq’s bestselling mytho-biography, Split Tooth.”

“Colonizer” comes from Tagaq’s improvised live show with Nanook of the North in Manchester,
which overlooks New York City’s Columbus Circle. The tune serves as a response to Tagaq’s performing in
both visible and symbolic colonial spaces.

Tagaq also released a second version, “Colonizer (Tundra Mix),” which will appear on the album.
This mix is a collaboration with producers Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. It is starker and
slow-building yet well suited to the song’s theme.

“These two mixes of ‘Colonizer’ are so different, but we liked them both equally,” Tagaq wrote on
Twitter, describing both versions as “a reflection on accountability and action.”

Tagaq’s album is an invitation to listeners to “join her in a personal victory over colonization, over those who take without consent.”

Listen to both versions of “Colonizer”:

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22 Nov 2021

Trapped Between Taliban And US Empire: Afghan Women Keep Hope Alive After Occupation

In the second part of a feature on Afghan women after the end of U.S. military occupation and the resurgence of the Taliban, Brendan Maslauskas Dunn covers how women are coping with trauma and anxiety while organizing resistance.

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17 Nov 2021

Pentagon And Its Overseers Suppressed Whistleblowers Who Challenged Massacre In Syria

This article was funded by paid subscribers of The Dissenter, a project of Shadowproof. Become a paid subscriber and help us expand our work. Whistleblowers in the United States military exposed a strike in Syria that resulted in the massacre of around 70 women and children, according to an investigation

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15 Nov 2021

Trapped Between The Taliban And US Empire: Afghan Women Mobilize For A Democratic Afghanistan

With U.S. military occupation over, Afghan women contend with Taliban rule and struggle for a truly democratic nation.

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10 Nov 2021

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Rising Seas’ By Midnight Oil

No strangers to socially conscious music, veteran Australian rock band Midnight Oil speaks out against climate change with their latest single and video “Rising Seas.”

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04 Nov 2021

For Migrant Families, COVID-19 Made Precarious Housing Much Worse

Insufficient, crowded residencies have long plagued undocumented households. But COVID-19 has made a bad situation even worse.

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Photo: Mohamed Elmaazi, NUJ member
29 Oct 2021

Appeal Hearing: CIA’s War On Assange, Their ‘Most Prominent Critic,’ Takes Center Stage

The United States government’s appeal hearing in the extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange ended with a focus on the CIA.

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27 Oct 2021

Appeal Hearing: Prosecutor Attacks Judge’s Decision, Which Blocked US From Extraditing Assange

At the High Court of Justice, the Crown Prosecution Service presented U.S. government’s appeal in the extradition case against Julian Assange.

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27 Oct 2021

In San Quentin, COVID-19 Prevention No Match For Crowded And Poorly Ventilated Housing

Since COVID-19 wreaked havoc inside California’s prisons, conditions that helped the virus spread have been left unaddressed.

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26 Oct 2021

A Guide To The U.S. Government’s Appeal In The Assange Extradition Case

On October 27, the Crown Prosecution Service will present U.S. government’s appeal in extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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