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Hit It! What's No. 1 On World's Music Charts

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

Worldcrunch’s pick of the week is The Clash’s “Bankrobber.” The band's frontman, Joe Strummer, who died in December 2002, would have been 61 this week. The song chronicles the life of the narrator’s father, who “loved to steal your money” but would “never hurt nobody.” It also focuses on the drudgery of working-class jobs in Great Britain. This version of the track combines the original 4:33 song and a dub version that was added later to the group’s 1980 compilation album Super Black Market.


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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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