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, June 2, 2014

The Persian Gulf: Who is turning the region into a powder-keg?

Click here to access article by Viktor Mikhin from New Eastern Outlook.

The Empire's key anchor to power lies with its cozy association with the Medieval-like kingdoms of the oil-rich Middle East. Major components of this association consists of their commitment to sell oil only in US dollars in exchange for Empire protection (see this, and this) which insured the value of the US dollar, and their huge purchases of weapons from the US insures that their oil revenues get recycled back to the US's military-industrial complex. 
...billions of dollars from Arab oil exports began to flow back in exchange for new American and Western-made weapons arsenals. According to rough estimates, in the next few years, the Arab Gulf countries will buy weapons worth over $ 120 billion. American arms dealers are again rubbing their hands together and counting the windfall from their bloody business.