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  1. That is really my main takeaway from these elections too. Even if Biden (now likely) wins, personally I wouldn't have much reason to celebrate if I was a Democrat in the US. Trump has not lost popularity since 2016, in fact, given the 2+ million extra votes he received in total (and still counting), you could argue he even grew in popularity, and that is despite COVID-19 and all the other stuff. I'll be very very curious to see how Biden will be able to deal with over one third of America's population still clearly disapproving of Democrat policies. It could turn out to be a pyrrhic victory to some extent I'm afraid.
  2. The one thing doesn‘t exclude the other. Any preacher who has been proven to do this should be barred from ever holding religious service again, regardless of the institution. It‘s more than understandable though that the focus right now should be on islamic centers, particulary the ones with salafist and/or foreign ties, as they have been the ideological breeding ground for the majority of terror attacks in Europe the last years. If we continue to object to the fact „Islamism is a massive threat to European society“ with „All radicalism is a threat“, and to demands like „We need tougher measures on islamic centers“ with „We need tougher measures for all religious institutions“....we will just go in circles, which will achieve nothing and allow the status quo to continue (and then people are in surprise when right-wing parties continue to be succesful...) PS Do you understand German a bit? There was an interesting documentary made by ARTE some time ago where they investigated the ties of various islamic centers in Western Europe. It was revealed that Qatar has financed the construction of more than 140 insitutions - including schools and cultural centers - with hidden connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, who support the idea of Sharia law. There are clear signs of a systematic effort by foreign nations to spread the ideas of radical islamism within today’s European society and recruit people for it through seemingly impartial islamic institutions. I really don‘t think Europe can afford to ignore this elephant in the room much longer, regardless of whatever issues the Catholic church or other problematic institutions also cause. For anyone interested, here‘s the link: https://programm.ard.de/TV/arte/katar--millionen-f-r-europas-islam/eid_287242017741449
  3. In this particular attack (but also in many previous ones) the terrorist was a native-born citizen, so deportation is tricky...Still, I agree tougher measures need to be introduced. This guy who committed the attack yesterday was known to police and intelligence service, he was arrested when he wanted to leave Austria for Syria to join ISIS in fighting. He was sentenced to prison for 22 months, but released early because he took part in a 'de-radicalization' programme and pretended to have turned away from his beliefs - he tricked authorities and they stopped surveilling him. I know we in the West usually let ourselves guided by humanistic views, "everybody deserves a second chance" etc. but in this situation there is a point reached now where we can't hold on to this any longer. IMO the moment somebody takes the decision to join a radical islamist organization, and there's conclusive evidence for it, it should be game over - life in prison, and for everybody around that person who actively and intentionally influenced him to take that decision. I know many islamists still won't be deterred from committing heinous crimes like these, but at the very least this would send out a strong and clear message to both the islamists AND the European public at large that governments are taking this seriously. Statements of solidarity, expressing how horrible the crime is, lighting candles etc. and then going back to the modus operandi after 2 weeks won't cut it much longer I'm afraid. If Europe doesn't finally tackle these issues surrounding radical islam with all its might, and conveys this to the public convincingly, I fear grave social and political consequences. At the end of the day, the Muslim community is one of the biggest sufferers of all this, as with every further attack, the mistrust and discrimination against them grows as well. And, when it comes to politics, we all know how the right-wing parties love to exploit this issue of islamism, and as we also know, it has worked great in many EU countries the last years...And it will continue to work as long as people have the impression that European leaders respond weakly to islamist terror. I'm already dreading the French elections in 2022, you just know this topic will be No. 1 in Le Pen's campaign. The last thing I'd want to see is the majority of EU countries under right-wing nationalistic rule by 2025. I'd say it's different throughout Europe. In Poland, yes, for sure. In Western Europe? That's debatable IMO. But in any case, this isn't really a competition of which group causes the biggest problem (and I don't think that was @elijahs point). Any place that has been proven to spread hatred against LGTB and women (and yes, many islamic centers were time and time again proven to do just that) is one place too many.
  4. Yes, I agree with you on that point. Again, as with many recent issues, it seems to me like many are only thinking in black or white patterns. It's either "You must totally support all forms of protests" or the exact opposite. Sorry, but what does any of this in the below clips have to do with fighting against racial inequality? Protesting a crime by committing a crime yourself, as robbery and theft clearly is? And it's not just the big chain stores that got robbed and looted, as clearly seen here. Again, what does destroying the property - and in many cases therefore the livelihood - of innocent people have to do with protesting the actual issues that are at hand? Having said that, it should be noted that the majority of people are not acting like this, as with most protests in recent years (also from what I've observed here in Europe), it's the minority consisting of anarchists and criminal looters, who often latch on any protest so they can act out these things without having to fear condemnation. There are plenty of clips over social media proving majority of protests are not looking like this (as with the videos posted above by other members). I fully support everyone standing up and marching against the systemic racism and police brutality, and I understand a certain extent of chaos and rioting is to be expected in huge protests like these, but people who are responsible for producing scenes like these above, I will never support. Sorry, not sorry.
  5. I actually do it find it quite ironic how she pretty much served us Dante's Inferno with her performance (and how everyone criticized her that it wasn't fitting), and one year later, look at where we are
  6. Just listened to it this evening again after a while, this is definitely growing to one of my favorite songs off the record. The variety of instruments and different layers give this song such a rich and full sound. From the Moroccan Gnawa rhythms (finally I know what that 'guitary' sound in the background is) to the strings, the trumpets, the choir... My favourite part is the build-up from the verses to the chorus, where the strings intensify and the trumpets hit. Gives me goosebumps every time. Underrated track for sure!
  7. Stunning indeed! Reminds me of the 2017 Vogue Germany cover, similar styling. Will look forward to reading the interview.
  8. At this point this is actually more of a myth though. I don't post too often in the political section, but it really should be pointed out that the problem of far-right populism has, as unfortunate as it is, become much much more complex than this. As an example, in Germany the far-right AfD became the second-strongest party in a couple of regional elections this year, but what really rocked the boat was when statistics came out showing who voted whom. Because, unlike what is often claimed, there were big amounts of supporters from pretty much any economic status, age and gender - women, people with high-income jobs, even parts of the migrant community. In addition, the far-right was the most popular party among young people below 30. It's a similar demographic with the Front National voters in France, and the Bolsonaro supporters last year IIRC. Can not speak for Spain or other countries outside of Europe that face this situation, but those results do indicate that populism is spreading far beyond its original target demography (which was the poor, middle-aged white male). As long as the rest of society and political parties don't recognize this, there will be no effective 'fighting' against this trend.
  9. Haha good on her for showing the lyrics, now we can also rest the case of 'fight against the anguish vs. English' I'd greatly appreciate a lyrics sheet for Come Alive next, I can never understand what she's mumbling in the pre-chorus
  10. You guys remember this small clip from the Apple Music Interview back in April? We never got to see more of it, and I was wondering if they're ever going to show sth more...well, I checked on Apple Music now and they have put up two more clips. One she's talking about Dark Ballet and in the other one she gets asked which previous era was Madame X inspired by the most (hint, she doesn't give a clear answer haha) I can't link but just check it out for yourself if you've subscribed there
  11. Thank you! Sounds very interesting indeed. I might check it out for myself now!
  12. Oh wow, could you tell those were older interview excerpts or is it brand new? Hope sb can capture the interview parts
  13. Yes, I get what you mean. Critical comments, those that are voiced respectfully, do deserve to have a place IMO. Sth I've always liked about the M fanbase is the variety of preferences and opinions, unlike many, and I would say, most other fan communities (of pop singers, mind you) that have pretty much turned into cults where all have to follow one line of opinion. (So also to @cocolattee, I don't see anything wrong with your post) The problem is unfortunately, at least from what I observed, many don't really know when the line is crossed which is why, way too often here, instead of critical respectful posts we get posts pretty much berating M and that makes reasonable discussions indeed very hard. See, I don't think it's automatically misogynist or wrong to discuss M's aesthetic choices such as her supposed butt implants - M has been a public figure for 40 years, and obviously she's made her outward appearance a vital part of her career. So I really don't get why it should be taboo to talk about things like her body, as long as it stays respectful....sadly, some people always have to take it over the edge. I do agree though with previous posters - even when voicing criticism, none of us should forget how spoilt we are as a fanbase. We really are in a totally unique position! To end my ramble lol, does someone know if there's any other performance planned as of now? I think she's wrapping things up now to focus on the tour?
  14. I can't @ how this word is censored here now Anyway, wanted to add I loved her military style jacket. Her styling this era so far is totally on point to me.
  15. No way I'm ranking the Top 5, picking them was already hard enough. So, in no particular order: God Control Looking For Mercy I Don't Search I Find I Rise Come Alive or Killers ...or Dark Ballet, and maybe Extreme Occident Shit, can't decide!
  16. Yes I just noticed too and wondered what was going on....wtf. I never paid much attention to the discussions there, but they did have an amazing multimedia section with so many goodies and rarities. Some of the M stuff I collected on my PC over time I would have never found without that site. Hope they keep it online tbh. Anyways, yes the performance was great. My favourite was Vogue, perfectly executed and extra points for the live singing! (Isn't this the second time ever she sang the Vogue verses live, S&S being the only other case?) Using the spy doubles was a brilliant idea, she really did trick me in the beginning - at first I was sure that lady at the typewriter was M, until the real M came up on the stairs She could have slipped that one into the Eurovision set too, would have vastly improved the atmosphere IMO. American Life was surprisingly solid, but I never had a problem with that song anyway and the album in general holds a special place in my heart, so yeah I'm biased The live reaction by the crowd seemed to be pretty good though. Kudos to her for playing God Control, and it was great to see her dancing again. Though I have to say I found the performance a bit stiff at times, it has a lot of potential but they need to work on it a little more before the tour starts IMO. Oh and did anyone else notice the little bit of Hung Up choreo? I Rise was beautiful and I never expected anything else because I adore that song. I'm still so surprised this one has gotten a somewhat lukewarm reaction among the fanbase! And yes, I definitely agree with other posters re/ the excitement for the tour. Despite the critical slagging the EV performance (particularly the Dark Ballet part) already got me very interested about what she has in store for us in September, and Pride just confirmed that. Bring it on!
  17. She‘s such a tease, playing IDSIF at the end but not performing it after all haha So this was the setlist, right? 1. Vogue 2. American Life Speech 3. God Control 4. I Rise
  18. Oh wow a Vogue performance with Madame X spies! That looks epic
  19. Can somebody rip it and share / post on YT or is that illegal? (It prolly is) Anyway, finally it looks like it's all coming together! Can someone confirm that this contains the Lisbon observatory / Red Moon footage that we saw snippets of on IG?
  20. And here comes the ESC talk That's it I take no responsibility for some of the shoddy remarks by the journalists haha
  21. You're welcome everyone! Here's the last part of the interview, they briefly brush feminism (watch what she says), Catholic church again and a rather awkward talk about Eurovision
  22. Here's part 2 of the ZEIT Interview (going to be three in total), this is where she talks about the album cover Will add the last part #soon (prolly tomorrow, not the Madame X version of soon)
  23. Ok, so here's the first part of the ZEIT interview. It's not a Q&A-kind of thing, but a lengthier article spread out over several pages with her answers incorporated The first page is just about the authors' experience waiting for the interview, mentioning how tightly controlled the access to her is etc. basically saying that interviewing M is treated by the organizers as a very exclusive event and they make everyone who's attending feel this exclusivity. (you don't say) Imma skip to the part where they start the actual interview with her, again this is abbreviated at some parts so excuse me if it sounds a bit clunky lol To be continued soon, have to grab sth to eat haha
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