April 6th, 2009

Chris Keeley

carl brown

From Carl Brown, former Chairman of Princeton's Middle East Studies Dept.

I strongly concur.  This speech of Obama in Ankara was a gem.   The many
connections or analogies in US and Turkish history were brilliantly
conveyed.  I was impressed, no, moved, by the deft connection between
the Armenian  tragedy of 1915 and the not-so-easy elimination of slavery
in the US.  Point Made:  We Americans are not preaching to you.  We're
in this together as fellow humans trying to build on (which means also
overcoming) our history).

I could go on -- Obama managed to champion Ataturk and also Islam, and
in a way that did not seem forced.

The jaded will, as always, say that rhetoric can take you only so far,
but (1) masterful rhetoric can take one much farther than cynics suspect
and (2) Obama's rhetoric reflects a substantive strategy that is
coherent and promising.
Chris Keeley

Susan Bank: Cuba, Campo Adentro Susan Bank: Cuba, Campo Adentro (48 black & white photographs) at Z


 Susan Bank: Cuba, Campo Adentro
Susan Bank: Cuba, Campo Adentro (48 black & white photographs) at Zone Zero. "...The 'Campo Adentro' project began in March 2002 as an accident. What I intended to be a weekend retreat from the hustle of Havana became a deeply intense personal journey, returning again and again for the next five years to barrio Cuajaní, in the Valley of Viñales, Pinar del Río Province.
Landing in Havana, that illusive, mythical citadel of contradictions and juxtapositions, one feels catapulted back in time to the 1950’s. To know Pinar del Río, is to feel gently pulled back another fifty years."

Chris Keeley

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This is a helpful, authoritative exposure of the visceral dilemma faced by Palestinians who are resident within the present boundaries of Israel.
Regards,  Collapse )