Here are the Blogs in the Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Excuse me friends, I must catch my jet,
I’m off to join the development set.
My bags are packed, I’ve had all my shots,
I have traveller’s cheques, and pills for the trots.
The development set is bright and noble,
our thoughts are deep, our vision global.
Although we move with ...Read More...
Posted on 02/21/2012 5:14 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Monday, 16 January 2012
Charles Murray writes in Hillsdale College's excellent magazine Imprimus:
The following is adapted from a speech delivered in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 28, 2011, at a conference on “Markets, Government, and the Common Good,” sponsored by Hillsdale College’s Center ...Read More...
Posted on 01/16/2012 11:56 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Friday, 16 December 2011
Harry Brown is a dark, violent and dramatic British film directed by Daniel Barber, written by Gary Young and released in 2009, a full year before unprecedented urban riots broke out across England’s cities. At the time of its release reviewers at the British newspaper The Times considered it ...Read More...
Posted on 12/16/2011 4:32 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
As Bert Jansch just passed away this October it would be difficult to share with you all the ways that this Scottish guitarist and folk singer has been an inspiration to the music that I have played and listened to.
And so instead of writing about that, I would like to share this this ...Read More...
Posted on 10/11/2011 6:01 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 24 September 2011
At a recent conference on ethnomusicology held in the U.S., I met an Arab researcher. His paper on traditional Arab music was indecipherable and full of postmodern jargon. After he finished his presentation, he confided to me in private, "We have to be careful what we say about music ...Read More...
Posted on 09/24/2011 8:02 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Most of those who have spoken here before me have commended the lawgiver who added this oration to our other funeral customs. It seemed to them a worthy thing that such an honor should be given at their burial to the dead who have fallen on the field of battle. But I should have preferred that, when ...Read More...
Posted on 09/11/2011 11:33 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Italian Treasury: Folk Music and Song of Italy
It is an elegantly designed CD, simply titled, Folk Music and Song of Italy. On the cover is a black and white photo of four women in worn out 1940s-style clothing, standing arm and arm as they sing. This is a sampler from the 10-volume Italian Treasury ...Read More...
Posted on 07/23/2011 6:45 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Depending on your point of view, the war in Yemen can be explained in two ways. It’s a war in which a government that favours the largely Sunni citizens of the former “communist” state of southern Yemen is violently opposed by tribally based Shiites in what was once the independent ...Read More...
Posted on 06/11/2011 10:47 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
The American government and its armed forces named the secret operation to kill Osama Bin Laden "Operation Geronimo." This was a major mistake. Geronomino and bin Laden are in many ways the complete opposite of each other.
The real Geronimo was an Apache Indian from the southwest of what ...Read More...
Posted on 05/10/2011 2:11 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Monday, 9 May 2011
With the war in Libya showing no sign of abating, we shouldn’t be surprised to discover that, as Moammar Gadhafi’s dictatorial hold weakens, two exiled Libyans are claiming to be the crown prince of that former European creation: the short-lived monarchy once called the Kingdom of Libya.
Libya ...Read More...
Posted on 05/09/2011 5:02 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 5 May 2011
John Szwed, author of the recent biography of the late Alan Lomax, subtitled his book “The Man Who Recorded the World.” During his lifetime, Alan recorded thousands of hours of traditional music in the American South, the Caribbean, and Europe, while at the same time copying, archiving, ...Read More...
Posted on 05/05/2011 5:50 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 21 April 2011
On Feb. 20, the world woke up to news that a group of Libyan rebels in the eastern part of the country (the coastal bulge known, since ancient times, as Cyrenaica) had risen up against Muammar Gaddafi. News outlets quickly framed the revolt as one of democracy activists versus a dictator, following ...Read More...
Posted on 04/21/2011 11:58 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 19 March 2011
The Arab world is in turmoil. The residents of Egypt and Tunisia have been driven out of office by people power. This week in Yemen, anti-government tribesmen killed four people, despite their President's pledge to step down. In Libya, a brief civil war is reaching its bloody conclusion. Even the ...Read More...
Posted on 03/19/2011 5:39 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Walter R. Newell writes in Jewish World Review:
Since the French Revolution in 1789, revolutions have shown common features that are directly relevant to what is happening in Egypt right now. Since the final outcome in Egypt after Mubarak's ouster -- a new regime -- may be weeks, even months ...Read More...
Posted on 02/15/2011 6:11 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Friday, 21 January 2011
The Congo River basin is home to 18% of the earth's remaining tropical rainforest. In and around it live 60 million people spread across six nations, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During the last 10 years, experts estimate, more than four-million deaths have been caused by the ...Read More...
Posted on 01/21/2011 1:31 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
In the book of Matthew, we are given an account of the Last Supper. Many scholars now believe it was a Passover Seder where Jesus and his disciples most likely recounted, in story and song, the exodus of the Jewish people from their bondage in Egypt over a thousand years earlier. In verse 30 we are ...Read More...
Posted on 12/21/2010 11:01 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Some African journalists are calling it the Nile Revolt: Last May, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania signed the Nile Cooperative Framework Agreement, a document that could profoundly change the way the life-giving waters from one of the world's most important rivers are distributed. Congo ...Read More...
Posted on 12/18/2010 12:11 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
If you manage to gain entrance to the music library of a fair-sized university you will find a small number of LPs of traditional Afghan music. With a valid student or alumni library card, you will be permitted to listen to these recordings for limited time periods on turntables -- the sort that only ...Read More...
Posted on 12/07/2010 4:44 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield