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Friday 30 April 2010
The video for MIA's new song "Born Free" is certainly intended to shock. The ultra-violent clip by the French director Romain Gavras portrays what could be called a ginger genocide, wherein police round up a bunch of red-haired teenagers and then set about killing them – if you can bear watching to the end it gets very grizzly. See it at miauk.com. Given her penchant for political statements it can possibly be seen as a comment on the situation of the Tamil people in her family's Sri Lankan homeland, or on racial profiling. I've got red hair (for my sins) so I'm not sure how I should feel about this video, but it doesn't strike me as the most nuanced of affairs. The track itself, which sees MIA layer her rapping/talking/ singing trick over fuzzy-electro punk, is decent enough, but perhaps piggybacks a little too much on top of a sample of Suicide's "Ghost Rider".
Monday 30 November 2009
Four police officers were shot and killed yesterday in what authorities called a targeted ambush at a coffee house in Washington state, a sheriff's official said. A gunman burst into a coffee shop outside Seattle and shot dead four police officers in what investigators described as an "execution".
Saturday 03 October 2009
Saturday 26 September 2009
The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's acclaimed restaurant in Napa Valley's Yountville, has been described by the New York Times as "the most exciting place to eat in the United States". It's impossible to get a booking at short notice unless you're an A-list celebrity, so when a friend tells me he has an "in", I gratefully join him and his American companion.
Tuesday 15 September 2009
Friday 11 September 2009
The US Coast Guard today confronted a boat in the Potomac River near the Pentagon in Washington D.C. But the Coast Guard said it was a training exercise conducted moments before the Obama motorcade crossed a nearby bridge.
Thursday 10 September 2009
Wednesday 19 August 2009
Robert Novak, the Washington political journalist best known for the Evans and Novak column shared for 30 years with his friend Rowland Evans, has died from a brain tumour, aged 78.
Friday 12 June 2009
Sunday 07 June 2009
Sunday 03 May 2009
A small airplane dropping from the sky after its engine failed crashed into a storage area for portable toilets — and the pilot was able to walk away apparently unhurt.
Sunday 26 April 2009
Friday 03 April 2009
No country likes to read about its defeats, so it's unsurprising that the Marquis de Lafayette is little known in Britain. This masterly account explores the close relationship between the cool George Washington and the ardent Frenchman.
Saturday 28 March 2009
The chief executives of the biggest US banks emerged beaming from a meeting with President Barack Obama yesterday, believing that Washington's political class is turning down the rhetoric against the industry.
Wednesday 04 March 2009
Eight years after her death, police in Washington believe they have cracked the murder case of the political intern Chandra Levy, filing murder charges against an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.
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