Elegía de América

June 30, 2007

Elegía de América

América sin más nombre que tu solo nombre
sin más hoy que el que nos dejaron,
crisol de tristeza, fragua de la alegría.

Tierra de los diaguitas, incas, toltecas, mapuches,
pampas, matacos, tehuelches, sioux, chiuanos , kaiapos
no quedan más que memorias de sus lejanos tambores.

“América de los americanos, América de todo el orbe”
continente donde mezclamos, las sangres y los amores
indios, colonos, conquistadores; hoy somos tu sal y tu siembra.

América de Walt Whitman, Neruda, Vallejo,
Luis Franco, Martí, Javier Heraud.

Suelo de la desnutrición, los caudillos y los esclavos;
horizontes del horizonte, las “nuevas Indias y “el cabo”.

Amétrica conectada con el pasado y oriente,
la de la coca, el peyolt, la chicha y el pescado.

Comarcas del Machu Pichu, del Titicaca y el Ande.

La de la cruz y la espada, de mitos y de leyendas,
de brujos y sacrificios, de “civilización” y de mártires.

América de Tupac Amaru hollada por la tortura
los soles y los quebrantos, la muerte y los centenarios.

Elegía de la esperanza, fénix de razas y llantos,
letanía de tantos hombres, América de antepasados.

América con la ilusión de la ciudad de los Césares,
el oro se lo llevaron y no quedan más que sueños
para escribir este canto.

– Guillermo Ibáñez

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These coloreds don’t run

June 30, 2007


Michael Stuart brings salsa into 21st century

June 30, 2007

Michael Stuart brings salsa into 21st century

By Ed Morales

Last year, Michael Stuart’s “Back to da Barrio” employed an innovative strategy – he picked several major reggaetón hits and did conventional salsa versions of them.

So a song like Boricua Boys’ “Mayor Que Yo” gets its dembow rhythms trimmed off, replaced by a salsa piano tumabao, and a new tropical sound came into being. Now Stuart is back with “Sentimiento de un Rumbero” (Machete/Universal), an album that continues this innovative young singer’s quest to usher mainstream salsa into the 2st century.

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Voice of the Day

June 29, 2007

“Alliance: In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted into each others’ pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third”

– Ambrose Bierce


Iraq by the numbers

June 28, 2007

Click on the article link for the rest of the grim statistics that give a fuller picture of the reality on the ground in Iraq, the reality of a lost war and the amount of death and destruction that has been brought upon the people of Iraq as a result.

Iraq by the Numbers
Surging Past the Gates of Hell
By Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes, numbers can strip human beings of just about everything that makes us what we are. Numbers can silence pain, erase love, obliterate emotion, and blur individuality. But sometimes numbers can also tell a necessary story in ways nothing else can.

A caveat about numbers: In the bloody chaos that is Iraq, as tens of thousands die or are wounded, as millions uproot themselves or are uprooted, and as the influence of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s national government remains largely confined to the four-square mile fortified Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, numbers, even as they pour out of that hemorrhaging land, are eternally up for grabs. There is no way most of them can be accurate. They are, at best, a set of approximate notations in a nightmare that is beyond measurement.

Here, nonetheless, is an attempt to tell a little of the Iraqi story by those numbers:

Iraq is now widely considered # 1 — when it comes to being the ideal jihadist training ground on the planet.

Iraq is # 2: It now ranks as the world’s second most unstable country, ahead of war-ravaged or poverty-stricken nations like Somalia, Zimbabwe, the Congo, and North Korea, according to the 2007 Failed States Index, issued recently by the Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy magazine.

Number of American troops in Iraq, June 2007: Approximately 156,000.

American military dead in the surge months, February 1-June 26, 2007: 481.

American military dead, February-June 2006: 292.

Number of attacks on U.S. troops and allied Iraqi forces, April 2007: 4,900.

Percentage of U.S. deaths from roadside bombs (IEDs): 70.9% in May 2007; 35% in February 2007 as the surge was beginning.

Percentage of Iraqis now living on less than $1 a day, according to the UN: 54%.

Number of Iraqis held in American prisons in their own country: 17,000 by March 2007, almost 20,000 by May 2007 and surging.

Average number of Iraqis who died violently each day in 2006: 100 — and this is undoubtedly an underestimate, since not all deaths are reported.

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Para la paz

June 23, 2007

Para la paz

Será cuando la luna se despida del agua
con su corriente oculta de luz inenarrable.

Nos robaremos todos los fusiles,
apresuradamente.

No hay que matar al centinela, el pobre
sólo es función de un sueño colectivo
un uniforme repleto de suspiros
recordando el arado.
Dejémosle que beba ensimismado su luna y su granito.

Bastará con la sombra lanzándonos sus párpados
para llegar al punto.

Nos robaremos todos los fusiles,
irremisiblemente.

Habrá que transportarlos con cuidado,
pero sin detenerse
y abandonarlos entre detonaciones
en las piedras del patio.

Fuera de ahí, ya sólo el viento.

Tendremos todos los fusiles
alborozadamente.
No importará la escarcha momentánea
dándose de pedradas con el sudor de nuestro sobresalto,
ni la dudosa relación de nuestro aliento
con la ancha niebla, millonaria en espacios:
caminaremos hasta los sembradíos
y enterraremos esperanzadamente
a todos los fusiles
para que una raíz de pólvora haga estallar en mariposas
sus tallos minerales
en una primavera futural y altivarepleta de palomas.

– Roque Dalton García


Music Video of the Week

June 22, 2007

Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit