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, October 29, 2015

Trident Juncture and the No To NATO Movement

Click here to access article by Christopher Black from New Eastern Outlook.

The very notable international human rights attorney draws our attention to the ongoing aggressive military events perpetrated by Empire directors very near Russia's borders. This reportage is almost completely missing from mainstream news sources, particularly from TV news programs. Instead the latter news reports, which most ordinary Americans follow for news of the world, are filled with trivia, entertainment, celebrities, scandals, election debates among candidates sponsored by the ruling class, and with a little anti-Russian and anti-Chinese slanted coverage thrown in. This type of corporate media coverage is a deliberate strategy designed by ruling capitalist class directors to keep ordinary people distracted and dumbed-down as to the directors' war crimes, preparations, and provocations that are carried out under the banners of the US and NATO.

Black in this article attempts to fill us in on an important missing segment: a major military exercise now going on in the Baltic states under NATO's direction. He carefully examines the texts and subtexts of official reports about this exercise and finds that it is a very aggressive, provocative project aimed like a dagger at Russia.
The NATO war machine is now engaged in its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War. Exercise Trident Juncture began on September 28 and continues through to November 6 with exercises taking place in all NATO countries but with major field operations taking place in Portugal, Spain and Italy. The exercises, involving 35,000 personnel, over 200 aircraft and 50 warships is taking place as the confrontation between the United States of American and its dependencies in the NATO war alliance on the one hand and Russia and its allies on the other continues to develop in a very alarming way on two fronts, Syria and Ukraine.