We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Conflict in Yemen: Who is Getting the Upper Hand?

Click here to access article by Valery Kulikov from New Eastern Outlook (Russia).

Kulikov asks what appears to be a rather trivial question, but the author's answer reveals the hidden actors behind most of the wars occurring in the Middle East. 

Incidentally, Kulikov appears to be on the EU's sanctions on Russians list. I wonder what motivated them to place this name and any of the names on the list. Are they "terrorists"? Have they engaged in illegal activities? Have they in their actions threatened the European Union? It's strange, is it not, that we always hear about reports of sanctions against Russian individuals, but it's always expressed as individuals associated with Russian President Putin? It seems that the sanctions are purely politically motivated.

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