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
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Escobar: Shadow wars & no interventions - US plan for MidEast & Asia
Escobar offers some very interesting observations about Empire interventions in the Middle East and North Africa. It's about blow-back, shadow wars, and spreading chaos; and unfortunately, there appears to be more to come.
I have been watching RT programs in the early morning for several months now. I highly recommend it as a TV source of information about the world beyond Russia. Being based in Russia, I would take news about Russia with a grain of salt.
For fairly obvious reasons, news agency coverage of news in foreign lands are often much more reliable than news agency coverage of the agency's home country. I discovered this when spending extensive time in Canada and watching their TV news coverage, political analysis, and commentaries of US events. It was much more critical and covered subjects which would not be covered in US based media. I also, to my surprise, discovered in my travels to other countries that even in the foreign editions of Time and Newsweek magazines that coverage was much better than the domestic editions. Can you imagine Escobar ever appearing on US TV network programming?
Thus, I highly recommend, if you do not already watch RT TV, that you try to locate it in your area's TV cable listings, and watch it regularly.