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, May 9, 2017

Syria is the dam against more bloody chaos

Click here to access article by Jonathan Cook from his blog.
Today, Israel’s vision of the region is shared by other key actors, including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, and Turkey. The current arena for destabilisation, as I warned, is Syria. But if successful, the Balkanisation process will undoubtedly move on and intensify against Lebanon and Iran.
All of these actors have their own geopolitical interests in destabilizing and fragmenting Syria, and the US Empire stands behind them urging them on and funding proxy terrorist armies. This effort to destabilize Syria appears likely to be a pivotable event in the Empire's grand design to control the entire world, not merely the Middle East as Cook implies. But not only for that reason, the transnational capitalist classes that control this Empire have thus far invested so much effort in terms of wealth and grossly deceptive propaganda into this project in combination with numerous other aggressive moves by their NATO army in Europe, against North Korea, the South China Sea, etc., that they will not give up without an enormous struggle. Russia, China, and host of other nations also see Syria as a contest that must not be lost without posing an unacceptable threat to their own security. This situation could very easily end up in a nuclear conflagration. We live in very dangerous times.

To aware activists this presents a challenge to engage in activities to undermine the weakest component of this imperial plan--the Empire's grossly deceptive propaganda war on their own populations. So far they have engaged in mostly individual efforts; but because time is rapidly running out, they must organize and consolidate their efforts so that they can be much more effective in the battle against the disinformation and propaganda that agents of the Empire are using to neutralize their home populations while pursuing dangerously aggressive efforts in multiple areas of the world.

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