Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hey Juanes

Hey Juanes, I have a few questions.

Here are two Cuban musicans in Cuba that I'm sure would love the chance to play at your peace concert. Why not invite them?

Why import musicians who don't even deal with the day to day suffering of Cuba? Flying them in on planes is a waste of money that can go to feeding the Cuban people. A full belly is a closer step to peace than noisy propaganda.

Why bother bringing Cuban expats to play with you (like Orishas), when you can have your fill with local rock and rap artists?

Jose Marti said: "Everything that divides men, everything that specified, separates or pens them, is a sin against humanity." Having some musicians play and not inviting others because their views are contrary to the government is divisive, sinful and separates one from the other. This is contrary to the meaning of peace, which always seeks equilibrium.

Jose Marti also said: "Peace demands of Nature the recognition of human rights." Not recognizing the rights of the local Cuban musicians to play at the concert simply because the Cuban government sees these musicians as deviant is a slap at their human right to free speech. In other words, not extending the invitation to these musicians who sing for a better homeland is a slap to the very nature of peace itself.

How can you sing for peace when your actions don't reflect your song?

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