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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Carrots and sticks: New Iraq crisis is part of US agenda to target Syria and Iran

Click here to access article by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya posted on RT. 

This independent Canadian sociologist and geopolitical analyst has been focusing his attention on the Middle East and North Africa for quite some time. Now he offers his interpretation of the strange events currently occurring in Iraq and nearby areas. One things is certain: the biggest capitalist gang of all, known widely as the Empire, loves to promote conflicts and hostile divisions as a part of its divide and conquer strategy to control the fossil fuel rich Middle East. 
The anti-government forces ravaging Iraq and Syria are mostly the same overzealous or gung-ho head choppers, rapists, extortionists, thugs, and cannibals that were pillaging and senselessly devastating the Syrian countryside with the aim of occupying Damascus in 2011. These ever morphing and constantly name changing groups are not new at all. They have just been rebranded.