By Ishmael Reed
Oakland is a blues urban, brawling and husky . . .
Often overshadowed via San Francisco, its twinkling sister urban around the Bay, Oakland is itself an American ask yourself. town is surrounded through and choked with common beauty—mountains and hills and lakes and a bay—and structure that mirrors its historical past as a Spanish venture, Gold Rush outpost, and residential of the West’s so much devious robber barons. It’s additionally a urban of artists and blue-collar employees, the birthplace of the Black Panthers, neighbor to Berkeley, and residential to a colourful and unstable stew of immigrants and refugees.
In Blues City, Ishmael Reed, one in every of our such a lot terrific essayists, takes us on a travel of Oakland, exploring its interesting heritage, its attractive hills and waterfronts, and its bizarre cultural juxtapositions. he's taking us right into a yr within the lifetime of this awesome urban, to black cowboy parades and Indian powwows, to Black Panther reunions and homosexual satisfaction live shows, to a jap jazz membership the place a Lakota musician performs Coltrane’s “Naima.” Reed presents a desirable travel of an un-tamed, unruly western outpost set opposed to the backdrop of political intrigues, ethnic rivalries, and a gentrification-obsessed mayor, establishing our eyes not just to a unique urban, yet to a newly rising the USA.
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Because of this continuation of Cold War policies between the United States and Cuba, and the pivotal role these tensions have assumed in the relations among the nations in the region, the Wilson Center cosponsored with the Centro de Estudios sobre América (CEA) and the Instituto Venezolano de Estudios Sociales y Políticos (INVESP) a second conference on May 2021, 1993, with the generous support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the John D. and Catherine A. MacArthur Foundation, with INVESP serving as host and coorganizer.
Not only in terms of trade and investment but in issues of security and law enforcement as well, some authors argue that the Caribbean needs integration with Cuba more than Cuba needs integration with its smaller island neighbors. This perceived difference could yet prove a significant obstacle to initiatives for Cuban reintegration into the region. At the end of 1995, the bilateral relationship between Cuba and the United States appeared stuck: stuck in a mode of antagonistic posturing left over from the Cold War, stuck in the rigid domestic political configurations on both sides, and stuck in a pattern of obdurate rhetoric that makes any progress virtually impossible.
In so doing, they have interacted with each other and with local actors in and around the American Mediterranean. These local actors have been quite varied as well, ranging from states to individuals. The issues over which there has been contestation range. This article originally appeared in Spanish in Andrés Serbín and Joseph S. , El Caribe y Cuba en la posguerra fría (Caracas, Venezuela: Instituto Venezolano de Estudios Sociales y Políticos, Editorial Nueva Sociedad, 1994), 93108. *A first version of this essay was presented at the workshop on "The Caribbean and Cuba in the Post-Cold War," May 2022, 1993, Caracas, Venezuela.
Blues City: A Walk in Oakland (Crown Journeys) by Ishmael Reed