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sábado, 26 de Julho de 2014

Temos novamente festa no Estoril? No Hotel..?

Alguém me pode explicar, assim bem explicadinho, a razão do Sr. Salgado, agora, após ter sido detido por umas horitas ontem passar a ter como sua guarda, a Mossad?

Era só para saber..


 Ainda me recordo muito bem de ir tocar, no "mais estranho grupo de casamentos", nome de conjunto dado pela minha alma gémea, com quem toquei mais um ex e alguns amigos, no hotel Palace, no Estoril, onde no meio de momentos com música erudita, jazz e ligeira, se percorria as salas e se imaginava a era da espionagem, do tempo da Grande Guerra, conversando de forma  viva sobre tal era e sobre certos episódios entre outras coisas.



Encontrado na página de um
 amigo numa rede social.

bom fim de semana

terça-feira, 22 de Julho de 2014

Imagine: not just the music written by J. Lennon - regarding war, peace and the Middle East.

A copy of the letter written by Einstein to England and America, supported and undersigned by many/most prominent leading Jews, warning of the creation of Israel under Zionism, but ignored; Einstein Letter Warning Of Zionist Facism In Israel

(Link - to the Original Document)

Letter by Albert Einstein Sent to the New York Times

In 1948, Protesting the Visit of Menachem Begin

Letters to the Editor
New York Times

December 4, 1948

Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the "Freedom Party" (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.
The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughoutthe world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin's political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin's behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement. The public avowals of Begin's party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

Attack on Arab Village

A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants ? 240men, women, and children - and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin. The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party.

Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model. During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.

The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the Jewish defense activity. Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.

Discrepancies Seen

The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a "Leader State" is the goal.

In the light of the foregoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr. Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin's efforts, or even to expose to its own constituents the dangers to Israel from support to Begin.

The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism.





























New York, Dec. 2, 1948



also regarding the subject

The July 9, 2004 Int’l Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling (14 to 1) on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – for which they also had to address and make a rulling on each of the issues below.

1. Israel must withdraw from occupied Palestinian territory - including Gaza, West Bank, and East Jerusalem to June 1967 borders.

2. Remove all of Israeli settlements. Every one of them is deemed illegal by Int’l law thru both UN and ICJ.

3. Allow the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland in the occupied territories.

4. Israel and Palestine both have the right to exist as 2 separate states. This must be recognized by each and by neighboring states.

5. The Wall Israel built in West Bank must be removed. This is actually why this case went to ICJ in the first place.

(from here - Link)

(music by J. Lennon)
Gonzalo Rubalcaba - piano John Patitucci - double bass Jack DeJohnette - drums
Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us           And the world will be as one  " 
Regarding news, actions horrifically ocurring among other terrible dealings presently in Gaza, I say this:        Each child taken thus is a tear, a relentless tear upon the soul of the 'Most Merciful' - upon mankind's eternal soul, beauty and the face of Love itself.
Wishing all a safe and if possible, happy week.
Take care.

sábado, 12 de Julho de 2014

Charles Edward Haden - Aug. 6, 1937 / July 11, 2014

It is a sad day for music and for those who believe the world can be a better place.

Besides having had a brilliant career, inspiring so many of us, he was indeed a champion fighting for Humanity and her rights & freedoms.

No words are suffice to pay him homage.
One thing I can say however, he'll always be a part of my world and that of many.

Thank you Charlie.

You are and will always be one of my all time favourites.
Thank you for making so much difference.

Thank you so much.

Photograph by Brian McMillen - 1981

sexta-feira, 16 de Maio de 2014

concert / concerto - 17/05/2014

Tenho o prazer de anunciar um concerto amanhã, Sábado, 17 de maio, na Fábrica Braço de Prata (sala Nietzsche), às 24.30h

Guida Costa (Margarida) - v / trb

Carlos Sério - piano

Nuno Faria - contrabaixo

Pedro Jorge - v / percussões

 Model with bird - photo (detail) by M Sande Freire

terça-feira, 22 de Abril de 2014

Earth Day / Dia da Terra

 - to those who always or easily coin phrases such as "I hate people" or "the more I know animals the more I hate Humans"
(always bizarre to hear since Humans are animals, not vegetables or minerals)
or other such sayings.  When one sees behavior that is deemed as being astounding or beautiful to one's mind's eye in other beings, one is always doing so through Anthropomorphism whether one likes it or not unless the person is in fact themselves a dog, shark, caterpillar, tiger, dinosaur, gorilla, echinoidea, elephant or other animal. How can one ever propose to view the world other than through the conscience of that which one is, I ask?
It appears to me that we will only truly love our planet, with all its plants, animals and minerals, when we are capable of embracing not only its virtues but its flaws. This obviously doesn't mean that terrible gestures born from greed, intolerance and hatred are good, but it is knowing that such exists that one stands the test of loving one's planet.
On a simpler and personal level, in order to truly love another person whether that person be a romantic partner, blood relative or friend, one must accept the person for what he or she is.  If we want to change them it is because we in fact are in love with someone else and not with that person; we love whom we deem that person ought to be in our eyes and not who they are.
Still speaking of our planet, on another level there are plants one may appreciate more than others, I for instance have a heavy distaste for turnips, not visually, just can't stand the taste of them. I may go as far as to suggest I have a hard time accepting their existence but in truth would never wish to contemplate those who for some strange reason love them, going without. Moreover I would never blame a Giant Sequoia for the existence of turnips.

(sure, sure, I give in, for the purposes of metaphor we can exchange the tree for a beetroot or a potato, fine, alright by me, whatever.. geez)

Ok, it may seem easier to generically love all plant life, including turnips, so let us go back to the animal kingdom.
Even our beloved dolphins, social animals, known for their high intelligence and extraordinary behavior even towards many other species of animals (ok, with an exception for sharks, ok)
have some members with disorders. On occasion some are psychopaths, committing murder, rape, infanticide and other terrible acts.
 Let us accept temporarily the fantasy that Humans are not animals. Would the same people who say Humans are bad as opposed to "animals" have the same measure for judging dolphins or, through the position of the "benevolent god" look down upon them and say, "Oh no, in their case no".
Since the "judge" has taken upon him or herself the judgement of that which is an animal accepted and that which is not, that person puts themselves in the position of a superior being, or if you will as "God" above others.
Regardless of one believing or not in God there is a balance in nature and most things surpass our mortal existence.  Most of the time one is either unborn or has passed, between such frontiers we live.

Life is short, why must one in conscience rush others into pain or suffering?

Magnum photographer - Raymond Depardon,'s Tribute to Basaglia- LINK New Book: MANICOMIO Secluded Madness  

photo: (Magnum founding member) Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1930

photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lisbon - 1955

photo: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dieppe, France, 1926 (click on the image for an unfettered view)

photo: Marc Riboud - 1967  (Magnum photographer) 

photo: - Raymond Depardon,'s Tribute to Basaglia- LINK New Book: MANICOMIO Secluded Madness  

This is my post for Earth day.

Have a nice day.

Richie Beirach performing Bill Evans's "Peace Piece"