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By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Littles, his lickle brawd Youngs along with P Double and Reeper = #COS.

LET US RUMBLE.

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— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

So you checked that ill ass Footsie riddim I posted earlier, right? That joint was Foots’ answer to the war cry kicked off by JME earlier, in which producers were challenged to go to war with mighty riddims. Well, Don took that challenge, and hit them off with this badboy:

Shit is getting an ace response and has done 600 plays in 2 hours.

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That was just a jab though. Round 2′s coming up and I have some fucking NAPALM ready to drop on these heathens.

EDIT: Here is some PRPRXPRS unexpected BOOM!

 

#AMEN.

Check the rest of the combatants in this handy Grime Forum playlist. Some excellent shit in here.

Oh, and that uptop’s me and my lil nephew Hanzo Kanyama Deacon singing the Power Rangers theme like Gs.

PEACE!

PS – don’t forget I dropped this new video this morning! WHAT A GREAT DAY!

— Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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YESSSSSS MY G I JUST THREW MY INFANT SON OUT THE WINDOW HAILE SELASSIE AMEN

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Sunday, September 8th, 2013

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From New Statesman:

Events over the past month have dramatically illustrated the true nature of military power in the world today: not, for the most part, a means of self-defence, but a tool of internal repression and external power projection.

In Egypt, having toppled the elected president in July, the new military government moved to eradicate the political opposition, arresting its leaders and murdering hundreds of activists during a few days in August. In Syria, the armed forces of a regime with deep roots in the military appear to have used chemical weapons on civilians in rebel-held areas, again killing hundreds. In Western capitals, cruise missile strikes are threatened against Syria for reasons that clearly have nothing to do with self-defence, nothing to do with humanitarian principle (witness the continued, substantive support for the junta in Cairo), and everything to do with a geopolitical game being played with the lives of the Syrian people.

Britain’s place at the heart of global militarism is well established. It is a member of the elite club of nuclear states, spends more on “defence” by proportion of GDP than most developed nations, regularly involves itself in armed conflicts abroad, and holds perhaps 15 per cent of the global market in arms dealing, second only to the United States and ahead of Russia and France. In terms of exports, recent revelations that the UK allowed the sale of chemical precursors to Syria highlight the degree of commercial cynicism at work. But often, as one would expect from an industry largely dependent on the nanny state, political concerns shape the destination of exports. Britain mostly sells weapons to allies such as Saudi Arabia (with whom Margaret Thatcher signed Britain’s largest arms deal) not to strategic opponents like Iran.

Next week, with atrocious timing given recent events in Egypt and Syria, London hosts the world’s largest arms fair, the “Defence Security Equipment International” (DSEi) exhibition, organised with the help of the British government and part-subsidised by the UK taxpayer. One of the participating firms hoping to network and make deals at the event is theRussian State Technologies Corporation  (Rostec), whose arms export wing supplies weapons to the Assad regime. It is not yet known which states the British government has invited to attend this year, but past guests provide an indication. Colonel Gaddafi’s notoriously brutal son Khamis appears to have received a personal invite in 2009, while 2011’s guests included delegations from Bahrain and Egypt. A few months before the 2011 event, Bahrain had violently crushed a broad-based pro-democracy movement with the help of a Saudi-led intervention force, while later that autumn the Egyptian military massacred two dozen civilian protestors in Cairo . Many states have pavilions at DSEi to showcase their wares, including Israel, which boasts that its kit has been battle-tested. Clearly the enemies of democracy and self-determination will once again be out in force at this year’s event.

The mindset of militarism has been reflected in the debate over Syria this past fortnight, with even the most liberal of those advocating direct intervention repeatedly insisting that the choice is between waging war and “doing nothing”. In the Syrian case, it is hard to see how serious attempts at diplomacy and serious provision of humanitarian aid (unlike the wholly inadequate efforts made on both fronts so far) can credibly be classed as inaction. Elsewhere, people wanting to do something to counteract the forces of state violence and repression, in the Middle East and elsewhere, could do worse than get involved in the range of creative anti-DSEi protests planned by campaigners for next week, including a mass action on Sunday by Occupy London, a ‘meet-and-greet’ for arms dealers and protests against government support for the arms industry outside Parliament. These too are “humanitarian interventions”, conducted at the level of civil society, aimed at ending British complicity with violent anti-democratic forces around the world.

David Wearing is researching a PhD on British relations with the Gulf states at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Find him on Twitter as @davidwearing

Read the original article at New Statesman. 

— By Akira The Don on Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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Two dope videos for you today my brothers and sisters! Below we have myself and brothers Narstie and Ev Dash, performing Games For The Thrones all acoustic like on a (yes) balcony (as blogged about when it happened a few weeks back)… not just any balcony, mind, but the balcony of that great big Methodist Church in central London, the one where Luke and Mary Turner’s dad runs things in the manner of the head of a church, which is sort of what he is.

The session came out very dope, I am happy to report, despite us only getting one take and not being particularly rehearsed and Ev cocking up the end. Good work Balcony dudes! ALL HAIL!

The second video, then, is a pretty mightily serendipitous affair. A few hours ago I was like, crap, I need to put a video on my new Youtube Channel, there hasn’t been one since Saturday! SO I looked in my Competed VIdeos folder, and I saw THIS… Thank You Beyonce, a thing I created at the behest of the 02 a few months back, to celebrate Beyonce’s series of shows at the former Millennium Dome. I’d started a version with titles, that I was going to out on my channel, so I decided right there and then to FINSIH THAT THING, right away, in the manner of the head of a company (which I am). Anyway, when I’d finished it and was rendering, the internets informed me that today is NATIONAL BEYONCE DAY, and also that very same Beyonce’s flipping BIRTHDAY! HOLY SYNCH BATMAN!

Anyway, enjoy this thing of beauty, it made me cry while I was creating it. Those people love that woman SO MUCH.

 

— Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Monday, September 2nd, 2013

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From The Independent:

The Government was accused of “breathtaking laxity” in its arms controls last night after it emerged that officials authorised the export to Syria of two chemicals capable of being used to make a nerve agent such as sarin a year ago.

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will today be asked by MPs to explain why a British company was granted export licences for the dual-use substances for six months in 2012 while Syria’s civil war was raging and concern was rife that the regime could use chemical weapons on its own people. The disclosure of the licences for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride, which can both be used as precursor chemicals in the manufacture of nerve gas, came as the US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had evidence that sarin  gas was used in last month’s atrocity in Damascus.

Mr Kerry announced that traces of the nerve agent, found in hair and blood samples taken from victims of the attack in the Syrian capital which claimed more than 1,400 lives, were part of a case being built by the Obama administration for military intervention as it launched a full-scale political offensive on Sunday to persuade a sceptical Congress to approve a military strike against Syria.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills insisted that although the licences were granted to an unnamed UK chemical company in January 2012, the substances were not sent to Syria before the permits were eventually revoked last July in response to tightened European Union sanctions.

In a previously unpublicised letter to MPs last year, Mr Cable acknowledged that his officials had authorised the export of an unspecified quantity of the chemicals in the knowledge that they were listed on an international schedule of chemical weapon precursors.

Downing Street insisted today that Britain’s system for approving arms exports to Syria is working even though licences for two chemicals capable of being used in making nerve gas were approved by the Government and blocked only by EU sanctions.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “You see the system working, with materials not exported. The facts are that the licences were revoked and the exports did not take place. The Prime Minister’s view is that that demonstrates that the system is working. There is a sanctions regime, which  is a very active part.”

Critics of the Business Secretary, whose department said it had accepted assurances from the exporting company that the chemicals would be used in the manufacture of metal window frames and shower enclosures, said it appeared the substances had only stayed out of Syria by chance.

The shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna told The Independent: “It will be a relief that the chemicals concerned were never actually delivered. But, in light of the fact the Assad regime had already been violently oppressing internal dissent for many months by the beginning of 2012 and the intelligence now indicates use of chemical weapons on multiple occasions, a full explanation is needed as to why the export of these chemicals was approved in the first place.”

The Labour MP Thomas Docherty, a member of the Commons Arms Export Controls Committee, will today table parliamentary questions demanding to know why the licences were granted and to whom.

He said: “This would seem to be a case of breath-taking laxity – the Government has had a very lucky escape indeed that these chemicals were not sent to Syria.

“What was Mr Cable’s department doing authorising the sale of chemicals which by their own admission had a dual use as precursors for chemical weapons at a time when the Syria’s war was long under way?”

The licences for the two chemicals were granted on 17 and 18 January last year for “use in industrial processes” after being assessed by Department for Business officials to judge if “there was a clear risk that they might be used for internal repression or be diverted for such an end”, according to the letter sent by Mr Cable to the arms controls committee.

Mr Cable said: “The licences were granted because at the time there were no grounds for refusal.”

Although the export deal was outlawed by the EU on 17 June last year in a package of sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the licences were not revoked until 30 July. Chemical weapons experts said that although the two substances have a variety of uses such as the fluoridation of drinking water, sodium and potassium fluoride are also key to producing the chemical effect which makes a nerve agent such as sarin so toxic.

Western intelligence has long suspected the Syrian regime of using front companies to divert dual-use materials imported for industrial purposes into its weapons programmes. It is believed that chemical weapons including sarin have been used in the Syrian conflict on 14 occasions since 2012.

Mr Cable’s department last night insisted it was satisfied that the export licence was correctly granted. A spokesman said: “The UK Government operates one of the most rigorous arms export control regimes in the world.

“The exporter and recipient company demonstrated that the chemicals were for a legitimate civilian end-use – which was for metal finishing of aluminium profiles used in making aluminium showers and aluminium window frames.”

— By Akira The Don on Monday, September 2nd, 2013