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Songbird is a brutally honest, behind the scenes look at the songwriting and recording process. Based on Marco North's experiences with his debut album, Heaven Get Behind Me, he shares demos, hard-earned lessons, triumphs and finished tracks in each episode. An expat New Yorker living in Moscow, playing 100-year-old instruments, writing songs about Fellini dying, a French stalker, Kodachrome and California divorces, North shares one bittersweet anecdote after the next in this fascinating dee ...
 
SMI Radio is a weekly audio magazine that takes you inside of the local music scene here in Seattle and the Northwest. We feature great music from some of the finest local, regional, national and global music artists as well as interesting conversation with them. We cover a variety of bands and musical genres. SMI Radio invites you to follow us as we take you inside of the local music scene here in Seattle and the Northwest. We will cover a variety of bands and musical genres. We will take y ...
 
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Lake Van, an interior saltwater lake in eastern Turkey, has become one of the most dangerous passages for asylum-seekers from Afghanistan. One of its deadliest wrecks in modern history occurred on June 26 last year, when 61 asylum-seekers aboard a fishing boat died after their boat capsized. Only the smuggler survived, by swimming to shore. Related…
 
After its yearslong bombing campaign, Saudi Arabia is now desperate to get out of Yemen, and ready to talk peace. This signals a potential breakthrough in the long-simmering conflict in Yemen that has led to mass humanitarian concerns, as key ports to deliver aid have been blocked during the conflict. Related: Labeling the Houthis as ‘terrorists’ m…
 
Canadian man Nathaniel Veltman has been charged with murder in the case of the Azfaal family in London, Ontario. Veltman deliberately rammed his truck into them when they were out for a stroll in early June in what police called a premeditated attack. Four people were killed and a nine-year-old boy was injured. Now, for the first time in Canada, pr…
 
US President Joe Biden met face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva. Earlier this week, Biden called Putin a "worthy adversary." Biden has also called Putin a "killer," to which Putin responded, "It takes one to know one." Related: Alexei Navalny's top strategist talks about his current situation Despite tensions in…
 
In a small sheep-herding village in Turkey’s eastern Kurdish region, not far from the Iranian border, Mahbu Avtar sits in an orange plastic chair and pulls down her sleeve, ready for her first dose of her COVID-19 vaccine. “People are suffering. ... I may pass the illness easily, but I’m thinking of others. That’s why I’m taking it seriously.” Mahb…
 
An upcoming vote on July 10 at the UN Security Council could upend crucial humanitarian aid for millions of people in Syria. The vote will decide whether or not to extend authorization for assistance to be allowed to cross through Bab al-Hawa, the sole border crossing for humanitarian aid from Turkey to northwest Syria. Russia, a supporter of Syria…
 
In the Victorian era, Folkestone was a fashionable seaside resort in the UK frequented by artists and writers like Charles Dickens. Today, this pretty harbor town on the south coast of England is getting swept up in a bitter row over post-Brexit immigration. Over 1,000 asylum-seekers have arrived in the UK by inflatable dinghy in June alone. Relate…
 
Editor's note: This interview is broken into two parts on the June 11, 2021, broadcast of The World. Part one is above, and part two appears further below. The US withdrawal from Afghanistan is now more than half complete, according to military officials this week. It's in line with President Joe Biden's order for the US to get out of Afghanistan b…
 
Vinzavod, a former wine factory in central Moscow, has been converted into a space for contemporary art. In this relaxed place that attracts a youthful crowd, it may be easy to forget the bleak political mood in Russia, and the Kremlin’s ongoing crackdown on opposition voices. Related: 'Fighting corruption in Russia is now being called extremism,' …
 
In the aftermath of 11 days of violence between Israel and Gaza, the term “apartheid” has circulated in the media and among activists to describe the Israeli government’s control over Palestinians and the Palestinian territories. But the debate about whether or not Israel’s policies amount to apartheid is nothing new. Related: Prospects of a ceasef…
 
It’s much more than a candlelight vigil. In Hong Kong, commemorating victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre is a treasured act of resistance. There is no other place on Chinese soil where a mass remembrance of the tragedy is remotely possible. Related: Hong Kong’s Tiananmen museum shuts down amid investigation But now, that right is being strippe…
 
Exciting times as we take occupation of our new venue for Cornerstone West! Check it out! Here’s also how you can get involved. Marcus also encourages us to keep praying for people who are finding it very difficult through this season with Covid, and also talks about our prayer and fasting time coming up. Download the audio Subscribe to our podcast…
 
In the Calipso neighborhood of Cali, Colombia, the main road has been blocked with stones, bricks and bright orange barriers. As a police helicopter flies over the roadblock, young men with faces covered redirect traffic and keep an eye on who enters the neighborhood. Dozens of these roadblocks have been set up across Colombia to pressure the gover…
 
When the Chinese government announced a relaxation of the two-child policy, allowing couples to have three children, reactions were not quite what the government was hoping for. “We all thought it was a joke. ... It was so funny, so unbelievable. Nobody took it seriously.” Christina Wang, teacher, Shanghai, China “We all thought it was a joke,'' sa…
 
Shahin Hazamy was barely a teenager when he started filming the police with his iPhone back in 2010. “Little by little, I started getting attention from people on social media,” said Hazamy, who was raised in the working-class Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise. Today, the 25-year-old brands himself as a “ghetto journalist,” and has built a reputation …
 
Barry Farr speaks about trust and trustworthiness, and also talks about the possible change in how we meet (and how we can pray) depending on what the president announces tonight. He also updates us on how we can pray for Craig and Taryn. Download the audio Subscribe to our podcastCornerstone Church Johannesburg による
 
The video of police officers killing George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a global movement. A year after his death, people in places as far away as New Zealand are asking what impact the movement has had. To understand the answer to this question, it’s important to go back a few months before Floyd died — to Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, …
 
Brazilian Supreme Court judge Luis Barroso yesterday ordered the government of President Jair Bolsonaro to take immediate action to protect the lives of Indigenous populations. This came on the heels of a wave of violent attacks on a Yanomami Indigenous community in northern Brazil, highlighting the disastrous impact of illegal mining for gold in B…
 
OK, here's the scene: A flight is heading from Greece to Lithuania, flying over Belarus. The pilots get notification of a bomb threat. A fighter jet forces the plane to land. A couple of passengers are then detained by Belarusian authorities. This isn't a plot point in an action film. And there was no bomb. Related: Belarus opposition figure demand…
 
The self-declared country of Somaliland remains largely unrecognized by the rest of the world. But that hasn’t stopped its estimated 3.6 million people from celebrating its 30 years of independence. In Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa, the crowded streets witnessed patriotic music blaring from honking cars. Videos on social media showed young people …
 
Tibetans in exile have a new leader. On Friday, Penpa Tsering was announced the winner of the presidential race in the Central Tibetan Administration general elections that took place in April. Thousands in the diaspora, which includes some 130,000 people around the world, came out to vote for their exile president — or sikyong — and 45 members of …
 
Mohamed al-Aweis describes the day his twins were born as one of the best days of his life. His sons, Jad and Iyad, came into this world five years ago, amid war and chaos in Idlib province, in northwestern Syria. But for the Aweis family, this was a moment of celebration — joy and hope. When doctors delivered his sons at a maternity hospital in Ka…
 
New Zealand has joined other countries in calling out China for its mistreatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Last Wednesday, New Zealand’s Parliament voted unanimously to declare that “severe human rights abuses” are taking place there, joining some 40 countries that have previously passed simila…
 
This morning, a capsized boat drowned at least five people off the coast of Libya just before dawn, including a woman and child. Migrants continue to risk their lives by embarking on perilous journeys by boat across the Mediterranean. What’s worse, many say they prefer death to being returned to the places they’re fleeing. On the morning of Sunday,…
 
In China, we are led by loudspeakers. For over a year now, we have heard the loudspeaker tell us to wear a mask in the metro station. It also tells us to watch our steps and not to look at our phones. The loudspeaker repeats, the crowd marches. It couldn’t be more normal. It was a similar experience at the vaccination center. From the entrance, the…
 
On Thursday, the residents of the poor Jacarezinho favela in the north end of Rio de Janeiro woke up to the sound of gunshots. All told, it was the deadliest Rio de Janeiro police operation — ever. At least 25 people were killed, including one police officer; three people were injured and two passengers were hit by stray bullets on a passing train.…
 
Days of rioting in Northern Ireland last month were blamed on anger over Brexit, but upon closer inspection, the issues run much deeper. A century ago, Ireland was split into an independent, Catholic-majority republic in the south, and a predominantly Protestant north, which stayed in the United Kingdom. A hard-won peace in 1998 stopped decades of …
 
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Wednesday. His stated mission: "To reaffirm unwavering US support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia's ongoing aggression." Last month, Russia built up tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine's border. Related: Military tension …
 
Saad Chouihna, 33, said that before the war broke out in Syria, his father owned one of the country’s top plastics factories in Aleppo, which manufactured containers for medical and cosmetic use. “My father used to tell me how difficult it was when he started the factory in the 1980s,” Chouihna recalled. “He knew nothing about this business but he …
 
Craig encourages us around our series on Acts and let’s us know that he and Taryn and the family are finally able to get to the U.S. for their church plant journey. They will be leaving soon! Download the audio Subscribe to the podcastCornerstone Church Johannesburg による
 
In a statement posted on the app Telegram, Proud Boys Canada announced on Sunday that it was disbanding, and denied being a terrorist or white supremacist group. That announcement came after the Canadian government, in February, became the first country to designate it a terrorist organization. Related: Canada designates the Proud Boys as a terrori…
 
Alexei Navalny, Vladmir Putin's best-known nemesis, has become something of a household name in Russia. For almost three months now, the Russian opposition leader has been in prison. Navalny was arrested upon his return to Moscow in January from Germany, where he was receiving medical treatment after surviving Novichok poisoning. Today, there's bee…
 
Salim Abdul Ghani leans on the wall of the residential building in the Akyol neighborhood in Gaziantep, Turkey, which used to be the center of his world. “For three years, we stayed in that building,” he said, with a look of sadness on his face. The building houses the Rainbow Center, which he and a group of volunteers started seven years ago in re…
 
Asmaa al-Natour had an inkling her residency status in Denmark would be revoked last November. She and her husband, Omar al-Natour, both from Syria, were called to a meeting with Danish immigration authorities. During the interview, one official told her that Denmark now considered Damascus safe, and soon, her family would be able to return to Syri…
 
In this short 2 minute update, Josh talks about Alan and Meg from Seattle, and invites us to join in reading A Journey Through Luke & Acts on the YouVersion Bible App: https://www.bible.com/en/reading-plans/24572 Download the audio Subscribe to the podcastCornerstone Church Johannesburg による
 
David encourages us by sharing what’s happening with the Youth, and also talks a little about his first-hand encounters with persecution and the importance of getting together in Life Groups. Download the audio Subscribe to our podcastCornerstone Church Johannesburg による
 
The health of Alexei Navalny is becoming a question of diplomatic urgency. The Russian opposition leader is on a hunger strike in prison — and his health deteriorating. "We have communicated to the Russian government, that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international com…
 
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