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Rebel Alliance

In the fictional universe of Star Wars, the Alliance to Restore the Republic is a stateless interstellar coalition of republican dissidents, revolutionary factions and anti-imperialist clandestine cell systems in a resistance movement against the imperialist Galactic Empire. The Alliance's goal is to restore the Galactic Republic; as a direct reactionary movement to the formation of the Empire, the Rebel insurgency conducted covert operations on Imperial garrison-worlds and utilized a stateless strategy in conjunction with guerrilla warfare against the Imperial Fleet throughout the galaxy. While the Empire considers all dissent and rebellion as acts of extremism and terrorism in Imperial propaganda, the Alliance is described and portrayed in various Star Wars media as a group of resilient freedom fighters, based on tolerance, self-empowerment, a hope for a better future using insurgency weapons and tactics; the Rebel Alliance was first featured as the main protagonist-faction in the films Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

The faction's origins were alluded to in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, their early activities are featured in the Disney XD television series Rebels and the anthology film Rogue One. Senator Mon Mothma – Co-founder, she died few days after founding the Alliance. Died during Revenge of the Sith while giving birth to Luke and Leia The origins of the Alliance to Restore the Republic are told during the events of Revenge of the Sith, it is explained that the Delegation of 2000 is a group of Senators who are disgruntled about the unjustified extraordinary powers of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, as the Clone Wars were waning. The group included Bail Organa, Padmé Amidala, Mon Mothma, amongst others. At the time, Amidala was the most famous and prominent of the group, was thus their spokesperson, she realized that this made her a target and advised the others to go quiet in their dissent and exclude her from any future proceedings. The young senator died in premature childbirth not long after her last-ditch attempt to prevent Anakin Skywalker's fall.

The Disney series Rebels depicts the rebellion against the Galactic Empire beginning five years before A New Hope and fourteen years after the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order in Revenge of the Sith. The show focuses on a motley group of rebels that band together aboard a freighter starship called Ghost. By the end of the first season, it is revealed that there are various clandestine cell systems that are resisting the Empire. Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan and former Jedi Ahsoka Tano both play a pivotal role in coordinating these splinter cells into a legitimate threat capable of challenging Imperial rule. Funded by the Royal House of Alderaan, the alliance began to allocate resources towards a united front against Imperial rule. Near the end of the third season of Rebels, one of the Alliance founders, Senator Mon Mothma, escaped assassination for speaking out against the Emperor, she calls out to the various rebel cells and insurgency factions to unite into a unified coalition: We, the beings of the Rebel Alliance, do this day send forth this Declaration to His Majesty, the Emperor, to all sentient beings in the Galaxy, to make clear to all the Purposes and Goals of this Rebellion.

We believe that the Galactic Empire has willfully and malignantly usurped the rights of the free beings of the Galaxy and therefore, it is our unalienable right to abolish it from the Galaxy. We, the Rebel Alliance, do therefore in the name—and by the authority—of the free beings of the Galaxy, solemnly publish and declare our intentions: To fight and oppose you and your forces, by any and all means at our disposal. To these ends, we pledge our property, our honor, our lives. Many Rebel ships arrive at a rendezvous point above Dantooine to unite and form the "Alliance to Restore the Republic". Gial AckbarSupreme Commander of the Alliance Fleet. Died during Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, when a squadron of TIE fighters destroys the bridge of a Resistance ship. Cassian Andor – Pilot and Intelligence Officer. Died during Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in the Battle of Scarif. Crix Madine – General of the Alliance Special Forces. Ahsoka Tano – Former Jedi Padawan. Breha Organa – Adoptive mother of Princess Leia Organa.

Played a pivotal role in securing Alderaan's support for the Rebel Alliance as its primary galactic advocate. Died during Episode IV: A New Hope, when the Death Star destroys Alderaan. Wedge Antilles – Imperial Defector and Commander of Rogue Squadron. Raymus Antilles – Captain of the famous Alderaanian cruiser Tantive IV. Escort to members of the Royal House of Alderaan. Died during Episode IV: A New Hope, killed by Darth Vader. Lando Calrissian – General and former Cloud City administrator. Carlist Rieekan – General and Commander of the Alliance's Echo Base on Hoth. Jan Dodonna – General and Commander of the Alliance's Base One on Yavin 4. Hera Syndulla – General and pilot of

Rainbow Takeaway

Rainbow Takeaway is the eighth studio album by Kevin Ayers. The core band is the same as its predecessor, Yes We Have No Mañanas. Rainbow Takeaway marks the close of the 1970s Ayers progressive sound, with Billy Livsey’s synthesizer flourishes on "A View from the Mountain" providing a final coda to that era. Soul and Country elements are present on Rainbow Takeaway coupled with the reggae rhythms on the standout track "Beware of the Dog II"; the eccentric Ayers mélange is in full effect on the chaotic closer "Hat Song". Ayers retired to Spain shortly after the album's release. All tracks composed by Kevin Ayers "Blaming It All on Love" – 3:00 "Ballad of a Salesman Who Sold Himself" – 4:30 "A View from the Mountain" – 6:15 "Rainbow Takeaway" – 3:50 "Waltz for You" – 5:22 "Beware of the Dog II" – 5:59 "Strange Song" – 2:41 "Goodnight Goodnight" – 3:06 "Hat Song" – 1:17 Kevin Ayers – guitar, vocals Ollie Halsall – guitar Billy Livseykeyboards Rob Townsenddrums Charles McCracken – bass, guitar Anthony Moore – keyboards Graham Preskett – violin Barry DeSouza – drums Anthony Moore – producer Kevin Ayers – producer Brian Palmer – art direction Sharon Coventry – artwork Peter Vernon – photography

Trust (Jaci Velasquez album)

Trust/Confío is a studio album by Jaci Velasquez, released on March 31, 2017 as a two-disc collection where one disc contains her eighth English-language album,Trust, while the other disc contains her fourth Spanish-language album, Confío. At the 48th GMA Dove Awards, Confío won Spanish Language Album of the Year; the album reached No. 7 on the Billboard Latin Pop chart and was nominated for the 2017 Latin Grammys for Christian Album of the Year. On August 9, 2017, the Gospel Music Association announced that Confio was nominated for a GMA Dove Award in the Spanish Album of the Year category at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards. On October 17, 2017, Confio won the GMA Dove Award for Spanish Album of the Year with producers David Leonard and Chris Bevins being the receipts at a ceremony at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee