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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Palestinians lose in US military aid deal with Israel

Click here to access article by Jonathan Cook, an independent British journalist who frequently hangs out in Nazareth, Israel.

In this article Cook assesses the significance of the latest military aid package to Israel, the US Empire's aircraft carrier that guards the Empire's capitalist interests and dominance in the Middle East. Well, after all it is good for the US economy, the weapons industry, and well-paying jobs--as is the conflict in Yemen. He concludes with this observation: 
Mr Netanyahu has drawn the right lesson from the aid deal – he can act against the Palestinians with continuing US impunity.
Meanwhile back at the Israeli ranch, we see just that happening to the Palestinians as reported in a report by Cook entitled "Palestinians in Israel warn of bid to ‘criminalise’ political activity".