". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Cuban Cooperative Farms

Cuba lifts ban on farmers buying supplies
By Marc Frank
March 17, 2008

[ HAVANA - Communist Cuba has lifted a ban on some farmers buying supplies inthe latest sign that new President Raul Castro is looking to individualinitiative to stimulate food production. Agricultural sources told Reuters on Monday that Cuba will soon open stores for farmers to buy tools, herbicides, boots and other supplies for the firsttime since the state took over all the country's shops in the 1960s. ]