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, September 14, 2015

The Capitulation of “Grand Liban”

Click here to access article by Ghassan Kadi posted on A bird's eye view of the Vineyard.

This author appears to offer a very fresh, unique perspective on the current situation in Lebanon (which in US media appears only as garbage protests) and nearby Syria. His perspective includes what I recognize as an accurate history of the region: French and European colonialism marked by the old divide and conquer strategies. Based on this analysis, he goes further to make some startling predictions.