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, November 7, 2014

Discovering Iran

Click here to access article by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich from Libya 360°.  

We activists in the center of the US Empire need to be acquainted with people in countries targeted by Empire directors as the "Axis of Evil".  Iran has long been at the top of this shit-list because Iranians had the audacity to throw out one of the Empire's appointed dictators after installing him in another of their many subversive projects all over the world. After recently returning from another visit to Iran, the author is left with this general impression of Iranians:
This is a far superior country than the one I left behind as a child and visited throughout the years. Iran’s guardians, its keepers, are all Kazems [a man of character she describes earlier]. It has been said that the strength of an army is the support of the people behind it. The whole country is that army. As Khalil Gibran rightly observed: “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” With every wrong policy, America adds to the scars, strengthens the character and spirit of this unbreakable nation. This is what Washington is not able to grasp.
The Cubans, the Iranians, the eastern Ukrainians, and now the Syrians are all an inspiration to US activists who sometimes get discouraged by the many defeats experienced while fighting in the belly of the (Empire's) beast.