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

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The War on Libya is a War on Africa [11:55m video]

From Global Research TV we listen to an independent UK journalist who speaks (in English with French subtitles) truth to the lies of mainstream media regarding NATO's invasion of Libya. She concludes her talk with some brief remarks about the implications the invasion of Libya has for other independent countries in the area. I found this to be a much needed antidote to the orgy of triumph that characterizes US mainstream media coverage.
Back in the UK, after several months spent in Libya covering NATO war crimes and uncovering mainstream media lies, freelance journalist Lizzie Phelan continues to fight for truth and justice on behalf of the Libyan people. Her testimony below is a gripping example of her commitment.

Lizzie Phelan spent her last days in Libya - where she was reporting for PressTV - trapped in the Rixos Hotel, together with Thierry Meyssan, Mahdi Nazemroaya and two other members of the Voltaire Network team.

She said a Western-backed genocide is taking place in Libya and there are no independent journalists left on the ground to cover the story.


See also this excellent piece from Global Research entitled, "Murder of Gadhafi is next step to wider U.S. wars in Africa by Sara Flounders.