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
Monday, October 8, 2012
West using terror to plunder oil resources of Nigeria
The headline really should be posed as a question. The author does provide considerable evidence and arguments that suggest a deliberate Empire strategy to destabilize and divide Nigeria, but it is not conclusive. We see many familiar elements from other countries that experienced destabilization and NATO intervention: inter-religious and sectarian violence, terrorism, groups suddenly appearing well equipped with modern weapons, evidence of NATO or Western military/political secret operations, oil resources and other strong Western geopolitical interests.