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

Sunday, June 10, 2012

US in Mali: Disintegration of a State

Click here to access article by Joe Penney from Al Akhbar. 

Although Africom, the Empire's military mission in Africa, tries to keep a low profile, their fingerprints are all over the place; and as usual, we find a nation torn by various warlords with questionable sponsors. Whether the disintegration of Mali is planned or a result of Western bungling, it appears that Mali is another state descending into chaos.