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 LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, December 24, 2012

Carnage in the Congo

Click here to access article by Thomas C. Mountain from CounterPunch.
Thomas C. Mountain is the most widely distributed independent journalist in Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006.
He writes about an Empire program that seems to be in operation in many strife-ridden areas of the world: creating crises and chaos:
...the UN [which] remains little more than a front for US foreign policy and crisis management is the USA’s policy in Africa, as in create a crisis and then manage the chaos to better loot and plunder, so one should expect business as usual as in the UN, murder and mayhem in the Congo.