Gareth Porter: Syria is Not About Saudi Pipeline

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Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter

The War Against the Assad Regime Is Not a “Pipeline War”

If it’s not a pipeline war, why is the US intervening in Syria? The US decision to support Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in their ill-conceived plan to overthrow the Assad regime was primarily a function of the primordial interest of the US permanent war state in its regional alliances. The three Sunni allies control US access to the key US military bases in the region, and the Pentagon, the CIA, the State Department and the Obama White House were all concerned, above all, with protecting the existing arrangements for the US military posture in the region.

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Sep 25

Joe Brewer: The Connective Intelligence of Life

Joe Brewer

Joe Brewer

The Connective Intelligence of Life

Try to find a boundary anywhere in the system and you’ll quickly realize that no actual boundaries exist, everything is interconnected. How can this insight be applied to the convergence of global crises humanity is now confronting? First off, we can name the confusion around “issues” that claim global warming to be separate from violence against women; wealth inequality separate from extreme opulence; police brutality separate from systems of marginalization and oppression; and so on. All of these things are connected. Yet our minds are conditioned to treat them as separate entities.

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Sep 25

Antequinus: David Quinn on Saving Civilization

Antechinus

Antechinus

Ishmael author Daniel Quinn: Saving the World, Moving Beyond Civilization

If the world is saved, it will not be by old minds with new programs but by new minds with no programs at all. No matter how many new laws you pass we’re not going to survive here if we go on clinging to the medieval belief that humans belong to an order of being that is separate from and superior to the rest of the living community. All the laws and programs in the world won’t do it if that false belief remains in place.

Video below the fold.

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Sep 25