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
BBC Censors Video Showing Syrian Rebels Forcing Prisoner to Become Suicide Bomber
The article mostly summarizes a BBC video, which they re-post, and reports on it being taken down from the BBC website for obvious reasons: the video reveals how the "Free Syrian Army", a mostly mercenary army financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and directed by the CIA and the Mossad, have tricked a prisoner into becoming a suicide bomber. It makes one wonder how often the FSA have done this.