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
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Libya and Gaza: Double Standards in Conflict Reporting at The New York Times
I have been noticing amplified US mainstream coverage of war crimes and atrocities in Libya and Syria perpetrated by their respective regimes, and noticed how different the crimes are in scale from the greatest purveyors of violence and war crimes--US and Israel. This rather lengthy article provides some of the horrifying details of this different coverage as well as the non-coverage of NATO caused civilian casualties during their "humanitarian" mission in Libya.