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

Monday, June 14, 2010

US finds vast Afghan mineral riches

from Al Jazeera. If this is true, and I have little doubt that it is, then it likely means that the Empire will never leave the country. But listen to the Empire's Afghan puppets enthuse:
Waheed Omar, Karzai's spokesman, said at a news conference on Monday... "I think it's very, very big news for the people of Afghanistan and that we hope will bring the Afghan people together for a cause that will benefit everyone," he said.

"This is an economic interest that will benefit all Afghans and will benefit Afghanistan in the long run
This would be laughable, if it wasn't so tragic. Maybe ordinary Afghans will have other ideas.