Policy, Research & Politics

USDA OKs musical instruments for travel under Lacey Act

Musicians can breathe a little easier while traveling, with the submission to Congress of a U.S. Department of Agriculture report addressing provisions of the Lacey Act that protect endangered wildlife, fish and plants.

Los Angeles Times

Music therapy may reduce anxiety more than drugs before surgery

Neuroscientists Daniel Levitin and post-doctoral researcher Mona Lisa Chanda, reviewed 400 research papers in the neurochemistry of music.

Global News

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei profanely mocks state power in new music video

Two emotionless prison guards watch Ai Weiwei as he eats, sleeps, paces, showers — and even sits on the toilet — in the Chinese artist's new obscenity-filled, metaphor-rich music video mocking state power.

The Washington Post

Pussy Riot: Putin-bashing, punk rock and politics make for a riotous mix

It is more than a year since five members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot wearing brightly coloured balaclava masks staged a short and cacophonous performance in front of the altar of Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral.

The Indipendent

Chinese musician seeks enduring India-China ties

She started liking the poetry of India's poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore while in school, and now China's noted dulcimer player Liu Yuening has made the first Chinese transcription of Tagore's songs with the aim of creating an enduring basis for India-China ties as the two countries embark on summit-level talks after a month of problems this week.

News Track India

UN report on the right to artistic expression and creation

A 25-pages report on the right to artistic expression and creation is now available in all UN languages.

Arts Freedom

Musical Fundraiser Helps Mali Refugees

"I launched this initiative, which aimed at breaking the silence, collecting donations and advising national and international public opinion of the catastrophic condition of refugees, in order to speed up a humanitarian food aid convoys," Youssef Ould Mohamed Isa told Magharebia.

All Africa

Iranians pump up the volume for banned tunes

Aryo, 18, has just enrolled in university. As he drives around Tehran in his father's car, Aryo and his friends bang their heads to a western power metal track.

The Guardian

Palestinians unite behind Gaza Strip "Arab Idol" star

The fractious factions in the Gaza Strip and across the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories have found one voice to unite behind - a 22-year-old youth singing songs about a lost homeland on the Middle East's version of 'American Idol'.


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