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, May 30, 2010

Framing Pakistan: how the pro-Israel media enables India’s surrogate warfare

from Redress. The author explores the source of what he regards as a piece of disinformation in Newsweek written by an author who is the editor of Newsweek's international editions. In the process he illustrates how mainstream corporate media has been infiltrated by people with a strong bias while pretending to be a neutral source of information.