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UN General Assembly adopts by consensus a new Resolution on Culture and Development

Further to the two resolutions adopted in 2010 and 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus on 12 December a third resolution on culture and development at UN Headquarters in New York.


Protest song sparks rare debate on ethnicity in Sierra Leone

A Sierra Leonean musician has sparked a rare debate around ethnicity.

Africa Review

Tajikistan: Rap music banned from buses

The mayor of Dushanbe has banned "non-traditional" music from the Tajik capital's buses.


Collective management of copyright: EP and Council strike a deal

The new rules are intended to stimulate the creation of EU-wide online music services for consumers and ensure that creators' rights are better protected and their royalties are paid more quickly.

European Parliament News

Top Ten Music-Tech-Policy Developments of 2013 in the US

There was so much going on in 2013 that if you blinked, you'd be in danger of being clobbered by the next development.

The Future of Music Coalition

A rebel against rules: Iran arrests popular underground singer

Iran's morality police have arrested a popular underground singer dubbed Amir Tataloo whose songs the Islamic republic deems to be inappropriate.

Middle East Online

Another step to breaking taboos: Rouhani tweets music video

Video retweeted on Rouhani's unofficial Twitter account shows Iranian President along with traditional musical instruments.

Middle East Online

Music ban beaten by desert blues

A guitarist fleeing from a civil war is determined to keep playing, despite restrictions in his country.


Elton John interrupts Russia gig to voice concerns over anti-gay law

'Rocket Man' singer says he was 'sad to learn' of the law banning 'propaganda of homosexuality'.

The Guardian

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