Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Want to see Cuban Performers? Tough!

Jackson Browne protests the US Policy in an article from the NY Times. Visas have been denied to other Cuban artists because their visits are "detrimental to the interests" of our country. In essence, the government says that if Carlos Varela plays concerts in the United States, the money he makes would go to Fidel Castro. This is untrue. In Cuba, renowned artists keep much of what they earn, because the government does not want them to leave the country and live somewhere else. Yet, the Bush administration used the same reasoning to keep Ibrahim Ferrer, of the Buena Vista Social Club, and Manuel Galbán from attending the Grammy award ceremony in Los Angeles last month. (Both men won awards.)
Jackson Browne, a singer-songwriter, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15

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