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Hit It! Daft Punk, Kylie Monogue, More On World Music Charts

Hit It! Daft Punk, Kylie Monogue, More On World Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.

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This week, British heavy metal band Motörhead announced they will organize a festival cruise setting off from Miami next fall. Named “MotörBoat,” the rock ’n’ roll cruise will also hit Key West and Cozumel before returning to the U.S.

No dates or band lineups have been confirmed yet, but the MotörBoat Facebook page has promised to make an announcement so soon. Only last month, the band had to cancel several European tour dates because of frontman Lemmy Kilmister’s health issues.

MotörBoat won’t be a typical Florida cruise. Until then, here is a video of Motörhead’s Lemmy and “Philthy Animal” destroying a hotel room in 1983:

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

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PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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