". . . 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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Guantánamo Bay

     . . . .  From an overlook -- the Bahía de Guantánamo.  See the wisps of clouds reflected like gossamer in the waters of the bay.

Somewhere to the left of the first photo is the infamous U.S. torture prison.  This is as close as anyone can get to it, who isn't a prisoner or a guard. From what I understand from a young friend in the airforce who has had the miserable duty of flying prisoners to the base during the height of the dubya reigns, the pilots are not allowed to deplane.

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