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"
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.
Filmed, December 2010. Video courtesy of the Russia Today Television network.
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 GA GA IN AFGHANISTAN
This was filmed in the summer of 2010.
Other dispatches in this video series can be seen here:
-- Tom Gross