". . . 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, November 18, 2007

Letter Re Cuba

{Foxessa here: I strongly recommend going to and scrolling thrugh the list of those who have signed on to this letter.

It's an impressive group, running from Vaquero, to Gloria Steinem, to Gore Vidal, to Sean Penn, to Mickey Hart, to Erica D. Zielinski, General Manager, Lincoln Center Festival.

Do you realize that there have been no Cuban artists or musicians allowed into the U.S. since 2003? And we are certainly not allowed to go there. This letter and signatory list of names is in support of a letter by Alicia Alonso, on the occasion of once again, bringing the issue of the Embargo Against Cuba, the vote of the United Nations. }


Foxessa said...

Tonight C-Span is broadcasting a story on the Embargo of Cuba.

It will also be available, live, on C-Span.

Love, C.

Graeme said...

Our policy towards Cuba is nothing short of disgusting. It is one of my goals to make it there within the next couple of years.