Julia Boutros sings in support of Gaza

Updated 27 July 2014
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Julia Boutros sings in support of Gaza

BEIRUT: Lebanese singer Julia Boutros has once again raised her voice to the cause of the resistance, this time releasing a song addressing those fighting in Gaza, dailystar.com.lb reported.
The newly released “Al-Haq Silahi” (The Right is my Weapon) is an ode to the Palestinian resistance fighting in Gaza and all those who resisted Israeli occupation.
“My people resisted the wildness of the wind/defied fear and danger/they will leave and we will stay here/the land will remain ours,” Boutros sang.
The song rejects Israeli settlements, supporting the Palestinian claim to the natural landscapes of the occupied territories.
“My home is here/my land is here/The mountains the valleys the rivers are ours,” she sings.
The voice behind several pro-resistance anthems, Boutros rose to stardom in the 1980s with a series of songs including "Ghabet Shams Al-Haq" (The Sun of Rights has Set) and "Wen Al-malayeen" (Where are the Millions).
In “Al-Haq Silahi,” Boutros worked with the same team: Nabil Abou Abdo wrote the lyrics, Ziad Butros composed the music and Michel Fadel took care of the musical arrangements.
Pan-Arab news channel Al-Mayadeen TV began broadcasting the song exclusively over the weekend, as the latest Israeli war on Gaza hit its 20th day, with more than a thousand killed in the Gaza Strip.


Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan becomes farmers’ star after clearing loans

Updated 21 November 2018
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Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan becomes farmers’ star after clearing loans

  • Farmers and other agriculture workers together make up about half India’s 1.3 billion people
  • Bachchan wrote in his blog this week that he had helped 1,398 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and felt a ‘sense of accomplishment’

CHENNAI, India: Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan was hailed on Wednesday as a star of India’s farmers after clearing loans worth more than 40 million rupees ($560,000) as an agricultural crisis forces many rural workers into extreme poverty.
India’s farmers have been hit hard by a drop in commodity prices, stagnant wages, record fuel prices and high fertilizer costs, sparking rallies across the country this year calling for better prices for produce and loan waivers.
Farmers and other agriculture workers together make up about half India’s 1.3 billion people.
“It is a very big problem that has left farmers across the country in dire straits,” Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Indian Farmers’ Union) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.
“The government policies are flawed and need an overhaul. We are fighting for that change but are thankful for any help that comes along the way.”
Tikait said Bachchan’s gesture might have been symbolic but it meant a lot for farmers who were struggling to survive.
More than 12,600 farmers and agricultural workers committed suicide in 2015 alone, accounting for about 10 percent of all suicides in India, with almost 60 percent of suicides caused by bankruptcy and indebtedness, according to official data.
Bachchan, one of Indian cinema’s most revered actors, wrote in his blog this week that he had helped 1,398 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and felt a “sense of accomplishment.”
“Gratitude leans across to the desire of removing some of the burdens that farmers continue to suffer ... and the inner peace it generates when the desired is completed,” he wrote.