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, April 11, 2011

The Afghan Drug Trade and the Elephant in the Room

Click here to access article by Jeremy R. Hammond from Foreign Policy Journal.

Several authors in the past have tried to uncover the truth about drug trafficking, but all seem to be swimming hard against the overwhelming current of mainstream media that obscures the reality. (For other excellent online sources of information, see this, this, and this.) This author makes another contribution to truth.
...big money interests and power players within the United States have a financial interest in the preservation of the global drug trade, and U.S. policies and foreign interventions have often historically been aligned with that goal – including in present day Afghanistan.