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, January 28, 2013

Syria: Subversion Stalls while Government Succeeds with Reconciliation and Reforms

Click here to access article by Christof Lehmann from nsnbc

I haven't had enough experience with him to ascertain how reliable he is as a source of information, however what he argues seems to correspond well with other information provided by independent sources.
The Syrian strategy of inclusiveness and amnesty on one hand, while combating terrorism and armed subversion on the other, continues to pay peace dividends. The question now is, how long time will it take and how many people have to be murdered and maimed on both sides, before international diplomacy begins constructive negotiations about the core issues that caused the crisis.