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Live Blogging: Lisbon Summit

LISBON – Lisbon is a city that has been on the tongues of many a European multilateralist in recent years.  Not only is it the namesake of the European Union’s most recent governing agreement, the Lisbon Treaty, that lays out a number of ambitious goals in creating common foreign and security policy for the body, […]

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The Friday Mix: Focus on Latin America

Welcome to our newest feature that has (almost) nothing to do with politics, but a lot to do with sampling new and exciting music from around globe.  This week, the podcast features the electronic beats of Colombian cumbia and its various interpretations in Nueva York and Los Angeles.   Enjoy the weekend! Track Listings: Chico Systema […]

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Mideast Underground

Mideast Underground

NPR this morning had a great spot on a new music Web site that showcases underground music from across the Middle East. The site, Mideast Tunes, is in English, and offers a gateway into jazz from Palestine, punk rock from Saudi Arabia, hip-hop from Lebanon and metal from Iran. Check it out here.

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Global Beats for Good

New York-based dj Nikodemus of Turntables on the Hudson, along with a host of other key players in the global dance music scene, have teamed up with NextAid for what has been dubbed the Earthchild Project. Proceeds from the 6-songs, available as an $8.99 download here, go to Lovelife’s Go-getters program, which is working to […]

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Refugee President?

By now you’ve heard perhaps the biggest buzz filling the August news hole nationwide – that rapper Wyclef Jean is considering a bid for the presidency of Haiti.   I’d say he’s got a heck of a chance of winning aside from any legal issues that may prevent him from partaking in the poles.  And why […]

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Poles vote for continuity in presidential election

Poles vote for continuity in presidential election

WARSAW – Bronislaw Komorowski celebrated with supporters at his election campaign headquarters here in Warsaw last night, as polls show him the likely next president.  Komorowski’s  victory over Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of former President Lech Kaczynski who died in a plane crash with other top Polish officials in April, takes the reins at […]

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Lots of color, but don't call it a world music festival

Lots of color, but don't call it a world music festival

Much needed relief from eurocratic Brussels was provided over the weekend by the folks at Festival Couleur Cafe.  Founded in 1990 to highlight music from Africa and the Caribbean against the diverse background of Brussels, the promoters offer the somewhat confusing description of their carnival as it exists today: ” Couleur Café can no longer be rightfully […]

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Fete de la Musique

Fete de la Musique

Alors, it was a wonderful Fête de la Musique here in Paris last night, thanks to the rollicking sounds of the brass band ensemble known as the Monty Pistons, pictured below.  Fun for the kids and the whole family!   Covers of Dandy Livingston’s ska classic “Message to You Rudy” and Dr. Dre beats spiced […]

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50 Years of African Independence: The Music of West Africa

50 Years of African Independence: The Music of West Africa

In 2010, 16 countries in Africa celebrate their independence, each achieved to its own unique soundtrack.  With this (and a renewed global and American interest in Afro-pop) in mind, a number of compilations and online gems are sure to be found throughout the year.  We’ll dedicated a post along the way to each of Africa’s […]

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World Cup Music

World Cup Music

Scheduling meetings here in Brussels and Paris has been suspiciously tough this week, with one person I met with actually admitting he was late because staff was gathered round the conference room television watching, yup, you guessed it, World Cup matches! If you have not checked out Africa blogger Derek Catsam’s posts from SA, now […]

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Dear Congress: The European Parliament would like your attention.

Dear Congress: The European Parliament would like your attention.

Robert Nolan guest blogging from Strasbourg Dear Congress.  The European Parliament would like your attention. And they’d like you to visit too.  I say take them up on it.  Strasbourg is a lovely city.  Just ask Joe Biden or even President Obama, who have both visited here over the past year. Yes,  I know you’ve […]

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Euro crisis a Kosovo moment for EU?

Euro crisis a Kosovo moment for EU?

Robert Nolan guest blogs from Brussels As European finance ministers meet once again this week in Brussels, questions linger over the nature —  and pace — of economic reforms under consideration by the European Union in the wake of the Greek tragedy. While many national governments have agreed to new austerity measures amidst growing resistance […]

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Hugh Masekela – Coal Train Live at AU Summit

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from Robben Island, a gesture that symbolized an end to Apartheid.  While Mandela’s human face and political eloquence will place him firmly in history as one of the world’s greatest icons, it was musician Hugh Masakela who provided the soundtrack to the anti-Apartheid […]

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Fulbright+Flamenco+Hip Hop = Granada Doaba

Fulbright+Flamenco+Hip Hop = Granada Doaba

While roughly 300,000 people around the globe have participated in the Fulbright Program, named after internationalist Senator William J. Fulbright,  since its inception in 1946, it’s probably safe to say that researcher Canyon Cody’s collaboration with producer/rapper Gnotes is the first project to fuse hip-hop with Spanish Andalusian flamenco. The vibrant, 14 track record, Granada […]

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Street Sounds of the DRC

Street Sounds of the DRC

From the Brussels-based record label that brought the innovative and “hypnotique” sounds of Konono No 1 to the world stage comes another Congolese sensation with a great back story. Staff Bendi Bililli are a high energy group of paraplegic street musicians who were stumbled upon by Crammed records near a zoo in Kinshasa, DRC. Cruising […]

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Robert Nolan
Robert Nolan

Robert Nolan is Editor-in-Chief of New Media at the Foreign Policy Association and a writer and producer of the Great Decisions Television Series on PBS. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, he has interviewed numerous heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, artists and musicians, and policymakers.

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