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Iraq Inquiry: getting there?

02/15/2014
Almost five years since its inception, the Iraq Inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot seems to have found its way to the conclusive phase with the publication of its final report due in mid-2014. The gridlock which stalled the Inquiry for years has been sorted out by a compromise agreement between Chilcot and the Cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood . The latter, instructed by David Cameron , in turn “instructed” by Blair, had been resisting calls for the publication, within the final report, of the correspondence between Tony Blair and George Bush in the months before the war. Extracts of the correspondence are expected to be published in the report in redacted form. When the Chilcot Report will be out,...

"A State of Ignorance". Report by Brian Rappert

04/21/2011
A State of Ignorance A State of Ignorance critically examines attempts by the UK to assess the number of civilian deaths resulting from the 2003 Iraq war and the violence that followed. Using documents released under the UK Freedom of Information Act over several years, it outlines the internal deliberations within government and Whitehall about Iraqi deaths. It concludes that the effort was fundamentally inadequate. A State of Ignorance, by Prof. Brian Rappert Extracts The UK is part of a Core Group of states promoting the 2006 Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, which commits states to achieve “measurable reductions” in armed violence. This report is not endorsing particular methodologies or particular studies estimating civilian deaths and injuries in...

Bush-Aznar transcript: The war crime of the century

03/01/2011
By prof Juan Cole 28.9.2007 I made two claims about the transcript published by El Pais of Bush's conversations with Spanish leader Jose Maria Aznar on 22 February, 2003, at Crawford, Texas. The first is that the transcript shows that Bush intended to disregard a negative outcome in his quest for a UN Security Council resolution authorizing a war against Iraq. Bush wanted such a resolution. He expressed a willingness to use threats and economic coercion to secure it. But he makes it perfectly clear that he will not wait for the UNSC to act beyond mid-March. He also explicitly says that if any of the permanent members of the UNSC uses its veto, “we will go.” That is, failure...

Dictators who have gone into exile

11/21/2010
Idi Amin, 77 (Uganda): Reportedly responsible for 300,000 political killings, Amin fled to Saudi Arabia in 1979, where he has lived extravagantly on the Red Sea in Jiddah. His family has been campaigning for his return to Uganda, in vain. He died in August 2003 in Saudi Arabia. Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, 51 (Haiti): Accused of an estimated 60,000 political killings, Duvalier departed in 1986 for France, which agreed to take him to aid democracy in Haiti. Living in Paris on handouts, he is a largely forgotten figure. Hissene Habre, 60 (Chad): Accused of killing 40,000 and torturing 200,000 more during his eight-year rule, he fled to Senegal in 1990, where he has maintained a low profile, living outside the...

Testimony by Rai journalist Duilio Giammaria to Radio Radicale

11/19/2010
Rome, 21.10.2010 Duilio Giammaria : During those years, as the Iraqi situation unfolded, we obviously paid frequent visits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which proved to be a real discovery since we found a world revolutionizing itself and of tremendous economic development. Those who know the region, know there are seven Emirates. Usually we would fly aboard military aircraft, leaving from Abu Dhabi, about 150 km north of Dubai. Travel time on these 150 km is about one hour by car on a huge highway consisting of eight lanes. Exactly in the middle of this route between Abu Dhabi and Dubai , one finds a particular place, strongly defined by a long, endless and very orderly line of fences...

European Deputies Tremosa and Rinaldi (ALDE) qustion the Commission and the Council

11/07/2010
During the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week, MEPs Niccolò Rinaldi and Ramon Tremosa i Balcells of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) presented a written question to the European Commission and the Council to ask what information is available to these two institutions on the negotiations for the exile of Saddam Hussein before the outburst of the war. Responses are not to be expected for less than six weeks. The text of the written questions Subject: Exile for Saddam Hussein in 2003 as a possible alternative to war In view of: – the details that have already emerged, in particular from the minutes of the meeting held in Crawford, Texas on 22...