". . . 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

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fidel's May Day Address


[ The last word cannot be said yet on the future evolution of the present US administration. There are new elements, both objective and subjective. We are carefully watching and studying its every step. We are not incendiary assome would imagine, but neither are we fools who can be easily duped bythose who think that the only thing important in the world are the laws ofthe market and the capitalist system of production. We all have the duty to struggle for peace; there is no other alternative. However, never should the adversary be under the illusion that Cuba will surrender.

We hope that every May 1st thousands of men and women, in every corner of the globe, will share International Workers' Day with us, a day which wehave been celebrating for 50 years. It was not in vain that long before January 1st, 1959, we had proclaimed that our Revolution would be theRevolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble. Theaccomplishments of our Homeland in the areas of education, health, science,culture and other fields, and especially the strength and the unity of thepeople, are demonstrating this, in spite of the ruthless blockade.

Fidel Castro Ruz

April 30, 2009

6:18 p.m. ]

The full text of Fidel's address is here.

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