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, October 30, 2018

The US pretends to support the independence of Syria and Iraq

Click here to access article by Elijah J. Magnier, an independent journalist from Kuwait (if my memory serves me correctly). 

I regard this independent journalist as very reliable as a source of reports about the ongoing strife in the Middle East. No one is perfect, but from my daily observations of reports from other informed sources, I believe his reports are the best one can reasonably expect from any individual journalist.

In this piece he reports on statements by US diplomat Bert (sic) Brett H. McGurk at a recent meeting of the Institute for Strategic Studies, a British based "think tank", in Manama, Bahrain. One never knows if such statements are made because the speaker believes them or because he is "following orders" from his superiors, the ultimate ones in the authority hierarchy being the ruling class of the US-led capitalist Empire. Magnier writes:
The US is mustering all its diplomacy against Iran in preparation for unilateral implementation of full sanctions against the Islamic Republic, expected on the fourth of November. This is why McGurk is attacking Iran in Syria and Iran.
(If you have forgotten the fairly recent history of events in Bahrain, a colony of the US Empire, do a search using the search engines on the right-hand side of my website to remind you.)