In case you don't know, I'm a big fan of AC/DC.
So I'm not sure exactly what Carlos Santana thinks he's doing. He takes the title track of AC/DC's Back in Black and does a number on it. And it's pretty ugly.
Somewhere along the way Santana got lost. It's not old age, AC/DC and the Stones are still doing it and they're doing well for themselves. So what's up with Santana?
For the record, Back in Black is the best selling album by a band and the second highest-selling album of all time with 49 million copies sold to date.
Watch Santana's version here.
AC/DC and the inimitable Angus Young show how it's done here and here.
I am pleased to hear that Kuwait's Minister of Social Affairs and Labor has announced the abolition, as of next February, of the much-criticized sponsorship system. The sponsorship (kafala) system stipulates that all expatriate employees require a local sponsor (kafeel). The minister said a public authority for the recruitment of foreign workers will be set up.
Kuwait is the second Gulf Cooperation Council state to announce an end to the sponsorship system which has been likened by human rights bodies to a form of slavery. In 2009 Bahrain scrapped the sponsorship system, calling it "outdated" and "not humane".
Qatar has announced a new humanitarian disaster relief initiative under the Banner "Hope For".
What sets this apart from your run of the mill disaster relief operations is that it will be under the umbrella of the United Nations. The announcement was made in New York last night by Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani.
The UN has been much maligned over the past few years for its perceived ineffectiveness. But perhaps member states should do more to support the international body which was originally set up as the League of Nations and re-formed as the United Nations in the aftermath of two devastating world wars.
Hope For is voluntary. Countries can choose to join. I will be interested to see how the logistics and command structure are worked out. Bringing different military forces to work under one umbrella in times of humanitarian crisis is certainly a challenge. But I see it as more of a test of humanity's humaneness.
Usually in the aftermath of a natural disaster (Haiti earthquake, Pakistan floods, etc) different nations pour in their aid and relief efforts often resulting in clogged airports, logistical nightmares and, more importantly, inadequate distribution networks.
So why not get everyone to work under one umbrella and coordinate efforts from the start?
Is there hope for Hope For? I certainly hope so.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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