In the 69 years since the Korean peninsula was divided following World War II, North Korean defectors have been a source for firsthand accounts of the Kim regime, but for an author to reach an international audience while still functioning within the DPRK system is an historic milestone. Read the full story at VICE.
For the lead single off World War Free Now, a conceptual album about a nonviolent world devoid of super powers, Narcy once again teamed up with Ridwan Adhami, the photographer behind the famed image used in Shepard Fairey’s “We The People” series, using his portraits of refugees from 19 countries. Read the full story at Billboard.
President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days has deeply complicated plans already in motion involving sectors of the U.S. music industry that work with those countries. Not only has the ban — which includes Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan — restricted the movement of those traveling into or out of the United States, but American labels and managers are scrambling to protect artists vulnerable to Trump’s policy. Read more at Billboard.
A conversation with Nasser Abufarha on Fair Trade and what it means for Palestinian farming. Listen to the podcast on Warscapes.