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, September 9, 2016
Geo-Strategic Change: Syria, Ukraine and the G20 [a "best post"]
So far I have been exceptionally impressed with the reports issued by this panel, and this piece reinforces that impression. I think it is particularly insightful toward an effort to untangle the mysterious muddle currently going on in Syria and Turkey, and the world at large.
You might also be interested in Professor Alexander Azadgan's rather pessimistic commentary entitled "US rulers - psychopaths,who will not allow peace in Syria".