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, March 12, 2013

Exclusive Investigation Reveals Pentagon Directly Involved in Iraqi Torture Centers

Click here to access article by Livia Bergmeijer from Muftah. (Note: We must also acknowledge the great contributions by whistle-blowers like Bradley Manning and Julian Assange who have sacrificed so much to bring such revelations to light. We must continue to do whatever we can to support them.)
The use of torture in Iraq had destructive consequences for the country’s future, and teaches us one thing: sectarian warfare was not the ‘natural’ result of Iraq’s diverse population. Rather, it was the product of divide-and-rule practices, whether carried out by the country’s despotic ruler or by invading foreign armies seeking to impose their own brand of governance.