A Titanic Moment In History
This is a Titanic moment in history! We as species are going through the greatest challenge in the history of humanity with climate change, resource depletion, mindless resource wars, threat of a nuclear winter, ethnic and communal strifes, environmental degradation to name a few of the threats we are facing. The saddest part is that we are going to bring the whole edifice down and about to destroy all life forms on earth. This is the reality. But the question is, are WE aware about this reality? Countercurrents readers may be aware of this and working hard to challenge this existential threat. What about the wider world, those 7 Billion others who are walking towards perdition, led by the pied pipers of Mainstream Media?
The myth of endless growth, and the all pervasive culture of greed has driven us to this predicament. With fast depleting resources stalling the engine of growth, the hound dogs of capitalism has gone mad. They are forcing ever more wars upon us, starving the poor, destroying lives, occupying the land and the homes, they are curbing our freedom with the threat of a bogeyman called 'war on terror', snooping into our privacy, driving us literally from our homes and our work places, controlling and manipulating our lives with a pimp called Mainstream Media. Where do we go from here? We have only two ways left, 1. to go down without a trace 2. to fight and try to reverse this trend, so that our children will not say we didn't try. We chose the second path. That's why Countercurrents is here, and it will be here, no matter what the challenges are.
If you listen you'll hear the voices of rebellion and resistance from the Dongria Kondh's of Niyamgiri hills of Odisha, India who rejected mining giant Vedanta's efforts to mine in their sacred hills, from the Chiapas mountain ranges of Mexico, of Zapatista resistance movement, of transition movement from Totness, UK and the stories of compassion from the streets of Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza. These stories need to be TOLD and RETOLD to inspire people to rise up as a whole to demand justice, not just for humanity and our future generation but for all species on this earth and their future progenies. How do we do this?
We, the 99 percenters, don't own NewYork Times, or CNN. We can not hope that these outlets will ever tell these stories in their TRUEST SPIRIT. Our only hope is that to build and nurture independent media outlets like Countercurrents to tell these stories and do our part to help these stories reach a wider audience.
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