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

Friday, February 7, 2014

What about apologizing to Ukraine, Mrs. Nuland? [A must-read/view]

Click here to access article from Oriental Review. (Note: if you are not informed about recent US involvement in Ukraine, to fully understand this article I recommend you read this, this, and this.)

This is a major exposé featuring an intercepted phone call between Assistant Secretary of State and the US Ambassador to Ukraine. I have no idea how this was intercepted or by whom, but I am convinced it is real. Here you get a rare, actual conversation of US officials who are conspiring to meddle in the affairs of another country.
Yesterday’s leak of the flagrant telephone talk between the US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R. Pyatt has already hit the international media headlines. In short, it turned out that the US officials were coordinating their actions on how to install a puppet government in Ukraine.
Update 1 at 5:30 PM: I just watched ABC news coverage of this event. They covered it only by mentioning the "f--- the EU" phrase which was attributed only to a "well-known diplomat". However, they went on to frame this as Obama selling ambassadorships, many of whom were completely unqualified. They ended the coverage by admitting all presidents do this, but Obama did it more. Of course, the coverage totally misconstrued who said the forbidden "fuck" world--it was the Assistant Secretary of State not the Ambassador--and far worse, the total context was missing! This is news coverage American corporate style! See for yourself at this link.  

Update 2 at 6:40 PM: However, the newscast did mention that they covered this incident last night. Here is that coverage last night from 8:33-9:05 where she was clearly identified.  Here also the context was distorted: the conversation was merely referred to as a phone call in which "she was asked about including our allies in Europe in the conversation...." Then her recorded voice came on to say, "That would be great, I think, to have them help glue this thing, and to have the UN help glue this thing and, you know, ---k Europe." ABC followed this report by an ABC talking head who reported that she immediately apologized implying that the apology was for using the naughty word in relation to Europe, and went on to explain that it was a private conversation which likely was intercepted by the Russians and circled throughout Twitter. The talking head left it as just another spy story. Wink, wink, chuckle, chuckle.