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Election day easy listening
2 years ago

We here at MEE towers are suckers for a good tune, especially tonight as we wait for something to happen in the US election. To that end, here's our top 13 election-sort-of-themed tunes for anyone bored enough to listen. So, in no particular order:


96 Tears by ? and the Mysterians

A bold opening with this weirdo-stuffed, organ-infused piece of proto-punk. Great for post-election posturing for the winner. 

Choice is Yours by Black Sheep

Hip hop from when hip hop was hip hop, with a simple message: You could go with this, or you could go with that. And who's the black sheep?

Going Underground by The Jam

A very British railing at the status quo. "The public gets what the public wants." Check out the stripey shoes and mullet.

Impeach the President by the Honey Drippers

A song calling for the impeachment of Richard Nixon during Watergate but hey, it could come back into use. Can't think of a better accompanying beat. 

Think by Lyn Collins 

More funk. We like funk. Okay, this isn't really an election song, but it's a power women track with a call to "use what we got to get what we want". The MEE blogging team can imagine Hillary Clinton wigging out to this.

This Town Ain't Big Enough for the both of Us by Sparks

Straight out of the weird world of 70s avant garde glam rock comes Sparks. A permed falsetto on vocals, and a rather familiar looking chap on keys. The message is right up to the minute, the fashion not so much.

It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To by Barbara Gaskin 

Going out to all the Trump supporters in the house. Yes, Lesley Gore's 60s version is the definitive but the parents of most MEE staff probably weren't even born then. So we'll plump for the 80s version with its keyboards, big hair and boxing paraphernalia.

Simmer Down by the Wailing Wailers

We know we're diverting quite wide of the usual election songs. But in the words of the great Sam Jackson, "Ya'll need to chill". Put one of the most divisive elections to the side for a second and remember to simmer down. A bit of rocksteady will help.

Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane

Back from when protest movements were actually uniting forces, Jefferson Airplane gave us this classic. Patchouli oil never sounded so good.

Sabotage by the Beastie Boys

Another for the Trumpers among us, with a nod to the claims of vote-rigging. Brilliant video, brilliant tune. The hair's even Trump-esque. It's Sabotage!

Leave Them All Behind by Ride

You probably never of heard of these guys. One of them ended up in Oasis, and the lead singer now wears a dodgy hat. But the music is tops. Shoehorned in for the great opening and the lyrics: "I don't care about the colours. I don't care about the light. I don't care about the truth."

It's the End of the World as We Know It by REM

The boss asked for this one so we stood to attention. The soundtrack for every alien invasion film ever, and also American elections. Which can be pretty similar.

Steppin Out by Joe Jackson

One for the after-party. MEE towers stuck it in cos we were missing one good hopeful tune, and it definitely needed synthesisers. So there. Enjoy.

Any recommendations? Email [email protected] and I'm on it. In the meantime, get your stomp on.

VIDEO: A Trump supporter's message to Muslims
2 years ago

With this live blog, MEE has tried to bring you the latest developments in the US presidential election. We hope you have found it worthwhile. And in the spirit of fairness and reconciliation, we leave you this final post from a Trump supporter:

MEE's reporter Areeb Ullah spoke to supporters of the now president-elect Donald Trump outside the Trump Tower in NYC on the eve of the election.

One supporter had a message to the Muslim community in particular, stating that they should see Trump as their "best friend."

Watch the full interview below:

Trump win a 'Phyrric victory' for Israel: Analyst
2 years ago

Yonatan Mendel, the director of the Israeli Strategic Forum at the Oxford Research Group think tank, tells Middle East Eye that it's still unclear what Trump's presidency will mean for Israel and Palestine but cautions the Israeli right against celebrating too wildly.

"Clinton and the Obama administration were ultimately very good at talking, but their commitment to peace changed nothing in reality," said Mendel.

"The Occupation of the West Bank continued under Obama, the blockade of Gaza continued under Obama, the expansion of settlements did not stop, and there is no reason to believe that things could have been different if Clinton was elected."

But Mendel said that any tilt towards Israel in American policy under Trump, and calls from the Israeli right for Trump to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, risked destabilising the situation.

"The Israeli-Palestinian conflict yearns for a just solution, a solution that would serve the interests of both Israelis and Palestinians, and any other solution means deepening asymmetries," he said.

"The celebrations of the Israeli right attest to a creeping danger. Right-wing settlers may enjoy Trump's victory but there is no doubt that this is a Phyrric victory for Israel - a victory that ends in failure and political catastrophe."

Clinton: 'Never stop believing. Fighting for what is right is worth it'
2 years ago
Hillary Clinton concedes defeat in a speech in New York on Wednesday (Reuters)

Hillary Clinton is making her first speech since her defeat in Tuesday's presidential election and called on her supporters to accept Donald Trump's victory.

"Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead," she said, flanked by husband and former president Bill Clinton.

Acknowledging that her bid to become the first female president in American history had failed, she admitted: "We haven't shattered that glass ceiling. Some day someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think... To all the little girls who are watching this never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every opportunity in the world to pursue your own dreams."

Looking back on her long political career, she said: "Never stop believing. Fighting for what is right is worth it."

Syrian prisoner weighs in on Trump win
2 years ago

A Syrian who has been imprisoned since 2012 had the following to say upon hearing the news of Trump's win.

"I heard about Trump. They want the equitableness to be disappeared from this world. They want all the presidents from all over the world to be wrong.

"Who will judge the world now?"

Former Klan 'grand wizard' thanks Assange for helping Trump take White House
2 years ago

A former 'grand wizard' of the white supremicist Klu Klux Klan movement has offered effusive thanks to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for helping to deliver the White House to Donald Trump.

An image tweeted by former Klu Klux Klan leader David Dukes (Twitter)

Wikileaks published thousands of leaked emails sent by Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent, while she was US Secretary of State, which were seized on by Trump and his supporters to accuse Clinton of criminal conduct.

The FBI has said it has found no evidence to prosecute Clinton, but the saga derailed the final weeks of her campaign.

"GOD BLESS WIKILEAKS - Julian Assange is a hero -> America owes this man one thing -> FREEDOM!!!," tweeted David Dukes, the founder of the the founder of the Knights of the KKK.

Dukes also tweeted an image of Trump astride an M1 Abrams tank and holding a high-powered rifle.

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