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, August 25, 2012
America’s Syria Obsession Explains Its Rendezvous With Al Qaeda
Today, I am once again posting an article from a website which draws from many independent sources of information regarding the conflict in Syria because there still seems to be so many in the US progressive movement that still rely on Al Jazeera for their information on subjects related to NATO interests. For example, I noticed this morning two articles posted from Al Jazeera posted on Occuworld (see this and this), a website which appears to support the Occupy movement.
Al Jazeera, owned by the Qatar government, has in the past, and still does on many subjects, provide excellent independent coverage of events throughout much of the world. But, I, and many other observers, have noticed that whenever Qatari immediate interests are involved, their coverage of events in the Middle East is always consistent with Empire interests. This is to be expected since Qatar is ruled by an Emir who is closely associated with, and supportive of, NATO along with the other backward, semi-feudal states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
Thus, Occuworld's sourcing of information from Al Jazeera regarding the Syrian conflict indicates one of two interpretations: they have been infiltrated by Empire agents or their grasp of international political events is very naïve.