“If only 2016 had seen the same outpouring of grief for the Syrian people as there has been for Prince, Bowie, & George Michael.”

–Dalel Benbabaali

James Taylor cancels Manila concert to protest Duterte’s death squads

After seeing so much blood-thirsty & macabre enthusiasm in Russian media & among Assad supporters for president Rodrigo Duterte’s vigilante death squads in the Philippines, it is marvelous to read that James Taylor has cancelled his February 2017 concert in Manila to protest Duterte’s drug war against the poor.

Taylor isn’t known for being politically outspoken & is somewhat conventional. But he’s a man of principle & someone who values human life. Give us one like him any day over ten-thousand who blither anti-imperialism but support the shooting down of poor young people alleged to be drug users.