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, November 1, 2018

It Is a New Era, but China’s Balancing Act Will Fail in the Middle East

Click here to access article by Ramzy Baroud from The Palestine Chronicle.
Although ties between Washington and Tel Aviv are stronger than ever, Israeli leaders are aware of a vastly changing political landscape. The US’ political turmoil and the global power realignment – which is on full display in the Middle East – indicate that a new era is, indeed, in the making.
This is the perfect segue to articles I've recently posted (here and here), and I still haven't decided whether China's long term strategy is the correct one. On the pro side they seem to be succeeding in their very careful ascent in the global power struggle in which they ostensibly wish to promote a multilateral world that is pitted against the US capitalist Empire's ambition to rule the world. On the negative side I don't see a future in the long-term for human inhabitants in the Earth's increasingly fragile habitat that supports human life. Of course, as always, you must decide for yourself using your critical thinking skills and understanding of what is going on in the world.

Baroud appears to see the issue only in terms of a power struggle: who will dominate the world--China or the USA? Because this strategy largely ignores the apartheid that Palestinians endure, he sees it as immoral.