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, January 4, 2016

Hearing the Russian Perspective [warning below]

Click here to access article by Gilbert Doctorow from ConsortiumNews.
Without mincing words, the new Russian documentary World Order is a devastating critique of U.S. global hegemony justified in the name of “democracy promotion” and “human rights” ever since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1992.

It is directly in line with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first repudiation of the American unipolar world issued in his speech to the Munich Security Conference in February 2007 and his further, ever more explicit exposés in a succession of speeches that challenged specific manifestations of “American exceptionalism.”

World Order, which is now posted on YouTube (in Russian) and at another site (with English subtitles), illustrates through graphic footage and the testimony of independent world authorities the tragic consequences, the spread of chaos and misery, resulting from U.S.-engineered “regime change” and “color revolutions,”
Although this post is an exception to my usual practice of only posting articles that I have read (or viewed), I agree with Doctorow and any intelligent person that we need to hear the other side and all sides to major issues facing the world. We must not be like those who practice "willful ignorance" by following only those authoritative sources given to us by our ruling class.

This film can be viewed here in the US with English subtitles by using this link which takes you to a series of 7 videos making up the film. 

8:40 PM Pacific Time zone: I have viewed the first three videos at the LiveLeak site, but couldn't find the rest. Because the Russian script was so poorly translated and the LiveLeak website where I could view the interview in English was suspicious, I regret this post and do not recommend it for viewing. The YouTube link that Doctrorow listed (in Russian) might be okay.