Foco Nuevo streaming this Friday 7th August

Foco Nuevo Streaming on 7th August 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. To start, click HERE. During these uncertain times we are continuing to stream Foco Nuevo via our Jumping Fences Facebook page and we are pleased to again feature contributions from international guest musicians. This month we bring you performances by Silvio Alejandro and Duo Jade … Continue reading Foco Nuevo streaming this Friday 7th August

Beirut has its own Hiroshima

While being an industrial accident, one cannot ignore the political, social and military situation either. More than half of the people in Lebanon live below the poverty line after a Ponzi scheme run by the Central Bank crashed the Lebanese currency and economy. Government and business corruption, warfare and Coronavirus epidemic have made the country ungovernable, so there are bound to be serious breaches of regulations, failures in reporting of dangerous substances, etc. And given the violence in the region over many years, there are bound to be all sorts of dangerous things stored everywhere without accountability. This is a recipe for continuing disasters! (And one can't totally discount the possibilities of assassination and other political things - next Friday a UN backed international tribunal will deliver its verdict over four men related to Hizbullah who are accused of planting the truck bomb that murdered the former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri some 15 years ago. But the incident might be totally unrelated to that. Wikipedia has added this disaster to its timeline of major disasters caused by self-sustaining decomposition, or SSD), of Ammonium nitrate NPK fertilizers which has also been responsible for the loss of several cargo ships. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_nitrate_disasters