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

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Israeli generals revolt against Israeli obscurantism

Click here to access article from VoltaireNet.

Members of the Israeli security establishment have been making some unusually candid attacks on the credibility of Netanyahu's key policies toward Iran and Palestinian. This is the latest attack reported in the Haaretz newspaper and VoltaireNet provides a PDF link to access the newspaper article.
The former head of the Shin Bet security service has accused Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister Ehud Barak of deceiving the people on both Iran’s nuclear program and the peace process with the Palestinians, saying he has no faith in their leadership.
(For a briefer online version of the Haaretz report, click on this link.)