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C'est La Vie, Partner: A French Wink At Country Music

To help mark France's annual Fete de la Musique, Le Monde looks back at an old study that asked whether country music causes suicide.

Garth Brooks singing "American Pie". Kill me now.
Garth Brooks singing "American Pie". Kill me now.
Pierre Barthélémy

PARIS - France recently enjoyed its 32nd "Fête de la Musique," a celebration of music in the streets — because apparently the wonderful Eurovision Song Contest just wasn’t enough. But if you're looking forward to going out and hearing some more, tread carefully, dear readers. Music may soothe the nerves, but as Billy Ray Cyrus might say, it can also lead to an Achy Breaky Heart — or worse.

Consider the 1992 American study published in the academic social science journal Social Forces. The two authors, Steven Stack and Jim Gundlach, started from the obvious idea that music directly and deeply influences our moods. What they set out to discover was how this effect can be even more powerful when the musical genre belongs to a subculture in which people share similar taste in clothes, radio shows, concerts, etc.

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Modi And The "Ideology Of Islamophobia" In India

The Gulf region's public reaction to the controversial comments on Prophet Muhammad made by two senior officials from India's ruling party is worrying Muslim Indians who feel this intervention might do more harm than good. For the author, the BJP's "ideology of Islamophobia" is the center of the problem.

Protestors in Kolkata demand the arrest of BJP leader Nupur Sharma for his comment against Prophet Mohammed

Apoorvanand

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NEW DELHI — As Muslim countries started condemning the abusive comments two leaders of the ruling BJP party made against the Prophet, a friend’s mother remarked: “We saw what happened to those who protested hate speech against Muslims in Kanpur. Like after every attack, we felt that the highest form of public humiliation of Indian Muslims would be normalized."

She added that when condemnation from foreign governments protesting started pouring in, I was reminded of the story of a swarm of ababeel [swifts] defending the holy Kaaba against an army of wild elephants.”

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