I have been watching the news recently with the same astonishment and bewilderment as so many other people at the behaviour of President Trump and his advisers when it comes to his Executive Orders. From here in the UK, I have seen how some Americans reacted to the prospect (and reality) of a blanket ban on people from certain countries, by demonstrating and marching to show their feelings. That no, this is a step too far, we are not going to accept this. I have seen people from all backgrounds and ethnicities working together to promote tolerance and to question the fear mongering, alternative information and misinformation propagated by their government. America has long been touted as ‘the Land of the Free’, as a place where people from all over the world can come and thrive and be successful. The nonsensical nature of assuming that all people who live in a country that is deemed to be ‘suspicious’ are terrorists, that their only motivation to visit the USA is to blow things up and cause mayhem and destruction to the American way of life, is something we need to forcefully challenge.
My blog is about foreign-language music. I have an interest in other cultures, especially languages, and what it means to be a citizen of another country, and how that life and way of living differs to, or mirrors, my own. I have decided to look at the music of the people of the countries that Donald Trump considers unsuitable to travel to America, to see what I can learn about them. For the next seven days I shall be sharing a song by an artist from each of the banned countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
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