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Songs and Tanks

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Last month, a singer named Ibrahim Kashush was leading crowds in Syria. They were demonstrating against the dictatorship and for democracy and freedom. Kashush entertained, inspired, and delighted them with his songs and slogans. With his jokes, too. He was absolutely fearless — recklessly fearless — in challenging and mocking the dictatorship. The dictatorship, of course, was not amused. They slit his throat.

The singer’s friends set up a Facebook group in his honor. Fearless themselves, they vowed to “sing for freedom in Syria’s squares, even if the price is slaughter.”


Contents
August 15, 2011    |     Volume LXIII, No. 15

Articles
  • A balanced-budget amendment would not be enforced.
  • Mr. Obama has been judged, and found wanting.
  • The case for providing clear mortgage rules now, not later.
  • Social-networking sites may eventually undermine the primacy of the nation-state.
  • Will your breakfast newspaper meet the News of the World in oblivion?
  • In which the topic is, not national frontiers, but book and music shops.
Features
Books, Arts & Manners
Sections
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .