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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Syrian Rebels Caught in ‘False-Flag’ Kidnapping

Click here to access article by Robert Parry from ConsortiumNews.

Parry spots a NY Times correction posted on their business page of a 2012 kidnapping of one of their reporters in Syria which poses some very important questions about political influence that seems to have transformed US media coverage into political propaganda support for Empire policies and actions in the Middle East and Ukraine.
In December 2012, Syria’s U.S.-backed “moderate” rebels pulled off a false-flag kidnapping and “rescue” of NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his crew, getting the crime blamed on a militia tied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a propaganda scam that NBC played along with despite having evidence of the truth.  

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