New Issue Of Traveling Soldier Is Out!

March 24, 2008

New Issue Of Traveling Soldier Is Out!

This issue features:

1. “Without the active support of military service members, this war cannot continue. … [W]ithout people to drive the trucks, to man the checkpoints, and to go out on nightly raids, no war is possible”

2. “The tide is beginning to turn” writes Iraq vet J.D. Englehart of IVAW & The Military Project.

3. Bridging the Gap – a conference for those who want to do military organizing hosted by the Military Project.

4. Bridging the Gap – a poem by a Vietnam Vet written for the Conference.

5. Active-Duty and Vets Organize Against the War at Fort Hood

6. “It’s soldier’s lives being tossed away on this never-ending bad wager, in the hope that somehow, someday, a big win will come out of it”

Click here to read the entire issue


Latin Music Giant “Cachao” Dies at 89

March 24, 2008

Mambo creator ‘Cachao’ dies at 89

Cuban-born jazz musician Israel “Cachao” Lopez, credited with inventing the mambo, has died in Miami at the age of 89.

The bassist and composer left Cuba for the US in the early 1960s and continued to perform until his final months.

The mambo emerged from his improvisational work with his late brother, multi-instrumentalist Orestes Lopez, in the late 1930s. A family spokesman said Lopez died with his relatives around him. He had fallen ill in the past week and died at Coral Gable Hospital, the spokesman added.

Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia, who made a 1993 documentary about the musician, praised him as the “musical father” of Cubans.

“He is revered by all who have come in contact with him and his music,” Garcia said in a statement.

“Maestro… you have been my teacher and you took me in like a son. “I will continue to rejoice with your music and carry our traditions wherever I go, in your honour.”

Lopez, a classically- trained bassist who began performing with Havana’s symphony orchestra as a teenager, was a prolific composer of songs and pieces of music based on the Cuban music style of son.

In the 1930s, Lopez and his brother pioneered mambo after experimenting with Afro-Cuban music.

In a 2004 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, he said the origins of mambo “happened in 1937”.

“My brother and I were trying to add something new to our music and came up with a section that we called danzon mambo,” he said. “It made an impact and stirred up people. “At that time our music needed that type of enrichment.”

The new genre enjoyed popularity in the 1950s and, since then, has been a jazz staple.

After he emigrated in 1962, Lopez performed at New York’s Palladium nightclub with the leading Latin bands of the day.

He collaborated with Latin music stars including Tito Puente, Tito Rodrigues and Gloria Estefan.
But, after moving to Miami in the 1980s, he fell into relative obscurity.

In the 1990s, thanks partly to Garcia’s documentary, Lopez came back to international attention and released several successful albums.

In 2003, he was honoured with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Accepting the award, he said: “Imagine, this is for all of you. “I want to dedicate this award not only to my country, but all Latin America and the United States.”

In 2004, he received a Grammy Award for his album Agora Si.

A funeral service will take place on Wednesday.

Cartoon of the Day

March 24, 2008


March 20, 2008


Uno hace versos y ama
la extraña risa de los niños,
el subsuelo del hombre
que en las ciudades ácidas disfraza su leyenda,
la instauración de la alegría
que profetiza el humo de las fábricas.

Uno tiene en las manos un pequeño país,
horribles fechas,
muertos como cuchillos exigentes,
obispos venenosos,
inmensos jóvenes de pie
sin más edad que la esperanza,
rebeldes panaderas con más poder que un lirio,
sastres como la vida,
páginas, novias,
esporádico pan, hijos enfermos,
abogados traidores
nietos de la sentencia y lo que fueron,
bodas desperdiciadas de impotente varón,
madre, pupilas, puentes,
rotas fotografías y programas.
Uno se va a morir,
un año,
un mes sin pétalos dormidos;
disperso va a quedar bajo la tierra
y vendrán nuevos hombres
pidiendo panoramas.
Preguntarán qué fuimos,
quienes con llamas puras les antecedieron,
a quienes maldecir con el recuerdo.
Eso hacemos:
custodiamos para ellos el tiempo que nos toca.

– Roque Dalton García

Music Video of the Week

March 20, 2008

Erykah Badu – Soldier

Open Letter to the Democratic Front-runner

March 20, 2008

Voice of the Day

March 20, 2008

“It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.”

– Carl T. Rowan