Bob Marley, Michael Manley and the Reach of the Bully … David Cupples

“…So my first inspiration in writing the book was to add my small voice to the I-dren out there who see the Truth that escapes—and is suppressed by—the mainstream West …”  

” …the peoples of the Third World continue to be suppressed by various means despite the fact that legal slavery has long been outlawed …”

“…In Stir It Up the plot revolves around what I believe was the CIA destabilization program against Manley in the 1970s …”

David Cupples

David Cupples, author of the outstanding book Stir it Up: The CIA Targets Jamaica, Bob Marley and the Progressive Manley Government, responds to the question.

What inspired you to write this excellent novel?

Russell, thanks for your question and your interest in my book. The question covers a lot of ground so I hope I can bring it all together for your readers. It might be helpful if I break it into parts so let’s consider this Part One of my response.

bob 5The first inspiration for the book of course was the great Bob Marley, considered by many (including me) to be the Musical Artist of the 20th Century. (Let’s give credit too to both incarnations of the Wailers (I, with Peter and Bunny; II, with the I-Three, with Family Man, Carly, Tyrone, Wyah, Junior and various other musicians constituting part of the Wailers’ word, sound and power as well).

For me, Bob was not merely the best musically but was the most important in a more noble sense, as the Voice of the Third World (if the expression may be allowed; I eschew the term “developing nations” because I think it is a euphemism that hides the fact that the West doesn’t really want the economically poorer nations to develop). I believe Continue reading

Humor From My Pen

gerardo 2Political cartoons by Cuban Five Prisoner Gerardo Hernandez.

On display at the Meg Perry Center
May 1 – May 25, 2013 in Portland Maine
Reception on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 6:00 PM to 9:00 P, at the Center, 644 Congress St, in Portland

Refreshments at 6 PM. Discussion begins at 7:00 PM.

  • Nancy Kohn of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 talks about the Five.
  • Rob Shetterly discusses political prisoners whose portraits, done by him, are at the Center.
  • Richard Cambridge reads poems about Cuba, authored by himself and the Five
  • Chris Teret speaks about the U.S. labor – Cuba connection. May 1 is International Workers’ Day.

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Dr. Fuhrman: Exercise Daily for Excellent Health

dr fuhrman 2Exercise is much more than just burning calories.  The calories burned during exercise, unless you’re a professional athlete, make up a very small portion of our total calories burned for the day; what we eat has a much greater influence on our body weight.  So why should we bother to exercise? Because burning a few calories is just one of the many benefits of exercise:

 

The heart:

  • Regular physical activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes by 30-50%.1
  • When you exercise, your heart muscle is getting a workout too.  Over time, the heart becomes more efficient, allowing the resting heart rate to decrease – beneficial, since a high resting heart rate is a risk factor for cardiac mortality.2, 3
  • Regular exercise helps to increase production of nitric oxide, a key regulator of blood pressure.  In addition to reduced blood pressure, this results in improved blood flow to skeletal Continue reading

Emergency Alert: Lynne Stewart In Grave Danger

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Just last week the warden of Carswell FCI agreed to forward the compassionate release petition to the DOJ. The time to increase the heat is now.
Imagine, you are 74 years old, wearing ten pounds of shackles from ankle to ankle, up to your hands and around your waist, while traveling on a prison bus to get chemotherapy for stage four lung cancer treatment. The odds of beating this type of cancer are very bad; they get a whole lot worse in a Texas prison.
Lynne Stewart’s spirit is strong but the chemotherapy has made her weak. Her life is in grave danger, and she needs your help. As Lynne herself quipped “Well, getting old ain’t for sissies nor is chemo.”
Compassion demands that Lynne Stewart be released immediately from prison so she and her family can fight for her…

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Pay Pal Blocks Funds Earmarked for 5 Days for the Cuban 5

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One day after a matching fund appeal was sent out by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, PayPal stopped all donations coming in and froze all assets in the committee’s account. The purpose of the appeal was for much needed funds for the upcoming Five Days for the Cuban Five, May 30 – June 5 in Washington D.C.

Donors received the following message: “Unfortunately, we are not able to complete this particular transaction. This reversal is specific to this transaction and does not affect the use of your PayPal account. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information, see Government regulations and policies. Sincerely, PayPal”.

The committee’s account administrator called PayPal and followed it up with the following letter:

“You suspended this account for three days and then cleared it after I made a phone call, which is great. However, we still do…

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Sing a song for Chavez…

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Reblogged from Dear Kitty. Some blog.
http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/us-singer-david-rovics-concert-in-england/

For the moment the horizon is on fire
Democracy rising balanced on a wire
Liberation, you can smell it in the air
Things are moving and the rich are all aware
Some will talk along the sidelines, others they will do
Me, I’ll sing a song for Chavez before the coup

For the moment the airwaves are alive
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High Public Debt Does Not Consistently Stifle Economic Growth … Professor Robert Pollin

Source:  The Real News Network:  http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10120

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN:


Photo:  Professor Robert Pollin

robert pollin As we reported on The Real News last week, a new study from the PERI institute written by Michael Ash, Bob Pollin, and Thomas Herndon refuted, some people say, something that had been described as one of the intellectual touchstones of the move towards government austerity efforts. That’s a study by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, two eminent Harvard economists, which essentially presented the argument that if debt-to-GDP ratio reaches 90 percent, there will be no growth in the economy.

Read more/listen to the interview at: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10120