Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

December 16, 2010

VLADIMIR PUTIN AND DANCING ISRAELI SOLDIERS

This is the third in a series of “Video dispatches”.

I attach five music videos below.

-- Tom Gross


OPERA AMONG THE SHOPPERS OF TEL AVIV

The shoppers are singing a much-loved chorus piece from Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

Filmed, July 2010 in the Friday morning food market atTel Aviv’s Dizengoff shopping center.

 

VLADIMIR PUTIN SINGS "BLUEBERRY HILL"

Last week, Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister (and probably soon to be president again) last week sang “Blueberry Hill,” the popular 1940s American hit. When he rode bareback on wild stallions across the Russian heartland, that was for votes. This time it’s for charity, with the likes of Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and other Hollywood celebrities in the audience.

Stalin also wrote poetry.


 

“WE ARE FAMILY” (OF DICTATORS)

This video was made by the Iranian opposition movement and is very popular among Iranian bloggers.


 

IDF SOLDIERS ROCK THE (HEBRON) CASBA


This was filmed in the summer of 2010 on a Hebron side street early in the morning. I was in Hebron twice recently and, like other West Bank towns, the city is in many ways prospering. The streets and markets are for the most part full and crammed with goods and people.

Nevertheless, on past record, the UN and certain West European governments may well condemn this dance as a war crime.

 

US SOLDIERS DANCE TO LADY GAGA IN AFGHANISTAN


This was filmed in the summer of 2010.


Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:

* Video dispatch 1: The Lady In Number 6

* Video dispatch 2: Iran: Zuckerberg created Facebook on behalf of the Mossad

* Video dispatch 3: Vladimir Putin sings “Blueberry Hill” (& opera in the mall)

* Video dispatch 4: While some choose boycotts, others choose “Life”

* Video dispatch 5: A Jewish tune with a universal appeal

* Video dispatch 6: Carrying out acts of terror is nothing new for the Assad family

* Video dispatch 7: A brave woman stands up to the Imam (& Cheering Bin Laden in London)

* Video dispatch 8: Syrians burn Iranian and Russian Flags (not Israeli and U.S. ones)

* Video Dispatch 9: “The one state solution for a better Middle East...”

* Video dispatch 10: British TV discovers the next revolutionary wave of Israeli technology

* Video dispatch 11: “Freedom, Freedom!” How some foreign media are reporting the truth about Syria

* Video dispatch 12: All I want for Christmas is...

* Video dispatch 13: “Amazing Israeli innovations Obama will see (& Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz!)

* Video dispatch 14: Jon Stewart under fire in Egypt (& Kid President meets Real President)

* Video dispatch 15: A rare 1945 BBC recording: Survivors in Belsen sing Hatikvah (& “No Place on Earth”)

* Video dispatch 16: Joshua Prager: “In search for the man who broke my neck”

* Video dispatch 17: Pushback against the “dictator Erdogan” - Videos from the “Turkish summer”

* Video dispatch 18: Syrian refugees: “May God bless Israel”

* Video dispatch 19: An uplifting video (& ‘Kenya calls in Israeli special forces to help end mall siege’)

* Video dispatch 20: No Woman, No Drive: First stirrings of Saudi democracy?

* Video dispatch 21: Al-Jazeera: Why can’t Arab armies be more humane like Israel’s?

* Video dispatch 22: Jerusalem. Tel Aviv. Beirut. Happy.

* Video dispatch 23: A nice moment in the afternoon

* Video dispatch 24: How The Simpsons were behind the Arab Spring

* Video dispatch 25: Iranians and Israelis enjoy World Cup love-in (& U.S. Soccer Guide)

* Video dispatch 26: Intensifying conflict as more rockets aimed at Tel Aviv

* Video dispatch 27: Debating the media coverage of the current Hamas-Israel conflict

* Video dispatch 28: CNN asks Hamas: “Do you really believe Jews slaughter Christians?” (& other items)

* Video dispatch 29: “Fighting terror by day, supermodels by night” (& Sign of the times)

* Video dispatch 30: How to play chess when you’re an ISIS prisoner (& Escape from Boko Haram)

* Video dispatch 31: Incitement to kill

* Video Dispatch 32: Bibi to BBC: “Are we living on the same planet?” (& other videos)

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