Musician is an alleged terrorist

 Norwegian Musician Is allegedly arrested for terror plot. Nazi and black metal star Kristian “Varg” Vikernes. The reason for this suspicion is due to Varg’s marital partner buying four rifles. The assumptions continue based upon the fact that he has made some racial and violent slurs towards a few people on the internet and assumed these actions to be red flags for the government officials. His wife legally had a permit to purchase the guns and did no wrong in that sense. The Wall Street Journal reports, “Police acted to prevent anything from taking place. The couple undisputedly constituted a danger, now we must wait for the results of an investigation.”

A local news channel in France also reports he is a “highly active Neo-Nazi with violent outburst tendencies. A news woman said, “while Vikernes was arrested at his home with his wife and children he has not yet chosen a target.” The most terrifying fact in my opinion is when it is revealed that he has already supported anti-muslin literature from Bravik, a man who killed 77 back in 2011.”Astoundingly in 1994 Vikernes was arrested for the murder of his band-mate but was then released in 200 9not serving his entire 21 year sentence escaping from Norway then fleeing to France.

Wow! When I first came across this title I assumed it would be a lengthy article but it was a video that was fairly short. Although packed with vital information I had to re-watch many times to thoroughly understand the flow. Although this was very crazy I thought that maybe there are other explanations as to why the guns were really purchased. I do tend to think of the good in all people but I know America has some bad seeds so I can only imagine globally. It was said that Vikernes did not have an intended target perhaps it is hunting season across seas? I’m not saying that with much fact just an educated slightly naïve thought.

I do believe if this had happened in the United States not much would have stirred up. Many people have gun permits to carry with them and other friends have land that is out of city limits and we all like to shoot for fun. I know a hunter from Alabama that has his gun next to him at night for protection and intimidation towards possible intruders. Famous people are people too and rappers are notorious for carrying guns, rapping about guns, referencing gun shot noises or actions to foreigners that may look bad but I don’t think it is honestly. How this relates to something we are studying is the simple fact that we have the rights to carry and posses such an item without question. Then when someone may be a potential “bad seed” we call the authorities to help us. Incidents get taken care of by the trained professionals. The said person would now be in the system and behind bars very similar to what happened to Vikernes.

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This week’s blog will feature a more positive vibe. “The Caribbean just might be the next big thing” is announcing the vast genre’s of music. Jamaican vocalist, Tessanne Chin, got the ball rolling when she was featured on The Voice going on to win the overall competition. Many members of the Caribbean Diaspora were tweeting, texting and showing their support for the songstress. She soon became a trending search topic via Twitter.

In late December of 2013 a very similar situation was brought about again, this time surrounding Trinidadian soca artist Bunji Garlin. Like The Voice, the winner would be determined by votes and regional netizens took up the challenge with full force; the Polldaddy site soon crashed because of the overwhelming response from the Caribbean, which was overwhelmingly voting for Bunji’s popular song “Differentology”.  

Fans of G-Dragon, a South Korean rapper, who wanted his song to be chosen. This event single handedly temporarily shut down MTV’S polls. MTV made a formal apology but some voters were still alittle upset. Dion Boucaud was a Caribbean netizen sent on a mission to encourage his friends to vote for Tessanne. Boucaud responded to the unhappy South Korean commentary by updating his thoughts often. His status update sums up one of the most tangible things to come out of this new wave of Caribbean music – that the Internet and social media are making it possible for fans’ voices to be heard and for regional citizens to show their patriotism with online support.

This is a great article to have stubble-upon this shows the ever so growing tolerance for other nations and working more as one unit. Even through the criticism both artists were as respectful as possible but also not letting the other person walk all over them. This pertains to our lectures in class by showing the more harmonious side of things where as we have mostly learned on the negative. This may only be one minor issue but if others saw this and thought of this as a pleasant experience someone might want to do the same good deed.

 

Musicians having freedom of expresssion or lack of…

Five artists attacked for their work in 2013:

It is not uncommon across the world for performers to be attacked as a form of censorship, ultimately silencing what they are trying to convey through expression. Art is one of the most prominent forms of freedom of expression. People are allowed to express their thoughts through song, dance, lyrics and etc. Americans pride themselves on being able to express freedom of speech. Many countries are not so fortunate to have that luxury and many bend the rules to gain popularity world-wide. On the contrary many American artists have been brought into the spotlight for too vulgar language or such risky behavior because it is too provocative for the younger much larger audience.

Ala Yaacoub – Tunisian rapper, two years imprisonment:

Tunisian rapper Weld El 15, real name Ala Yaacoub, was sentenced to two years in prison after posting a song online in which he insulted and threatened police. Yaacoub, 25, told AFP that in the rap, entitled The Police are Dogs, he used the same terms that the police use to speak about the youth: “The police have to respect citizens if they want to be respected. I am afraid because in a country like Tunisia the law is not applied; you can expect anything.” That statement seems very contradicting in which the government can bully the citizen and enforce laws but once the “victims” come forward and try to stand up then the law is the victim. Some of those involved in the production of the music video for the rap, including director Mohamed Hedi Belgueyed and actress Sabrine Klibi, were handed suspended sentences of six months. This I outrageous to suspend someone’s career at the drop of a hat is mind blowing and cruel! These artists need a means of income too. Yaacoub was freed a month after his trial and given a suspended six-month term. Tunisia was the first country to be hit by the ‘Arab Spring’ after which a moderate Islamist-led government was elected after the overthrow of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Since then there has been an increase in ultra-conservative Islamists, Salafists, who have been campaigning for greater public piety in Tunisia.

Malian musicians – 12,000 singers and musicians banned from working:            

Islamic militants first announced a ban on music in the north of Mail in 2012; since then the ban has spread to nearly two-thirds of the country, a country from which artists such as Ali Farka Touré, Rokia Traoré and Salif Keita have witnessed global success. It doesn’t make sense for a country to ban music; words on a page with an achieved rhythm? Just crazy… After armed militants sent out death threats nearly 12,000 musicians found themselves out of work, with some facing exile, as instruments were destroyed and live venues shut down. I’m appalled at the severity of such a minor global issue. So the government is upset with free speech and therefore dismisses the allowance of dancing and music videos? I don’t get why this had to happen? The 2013 Festival in the Desert, a world famous Malian music event, was moved to neighboring Burkina Faso and then later postponed due to security risks. Fadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar was forced to flee as the conflict in Mali developed: “Life without music is not possible … I would rather die than never be able to perform, create or listen to music again in my life.” The state of emergency has been lifted in the country and the Islamists driven out of the north of the country