The UN General Assembly this year celebrated its 70th anniversary which is why more leaders than usual attended and participated. While the speeches were typical and mostly irrelevant for people already well-informed about world events, there was one particular point to note that made this gathering more telling than most.Just as an illustration of the bias of our corporate mainstream media, I would like you to google "UN General Assembly" and select the past month (under "Search tools") to view the selection of articles. Of the twelve entries that I found on the first page, four referred to a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Now compare this with the provisional list of the over one hundred world leaders that spoke at these sessions.
It wasn’t a point that could be discerned by simply watching the speeches play out on the floor of the General Assembly hall, but rather revealed itself in the reaction to the speeches by American policymakers online.
The 23rd of September was the annual opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Because it marks the 70th session in which many, many world leaders were in attendance and over a hundred have made speeches during the following days.
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