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Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

04/19/2011
Untitled Document Plans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show. Graphic: Iraq's burgeoning oil industry The papers, revealed here for the first time, raise new questions over Britain's involvement in the war, which had divided Tony Blair's cabinet and was voted through only after his claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The minutes of a series of meetings between ministers and senior oil executives are at odds with the public denials of self-interest from oil companies and Western governments at the time. The documents were not offered as evidence in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry...

Remarks on the unclear Palestinian Economic Initiative

12/02/2013
There is no doubt : "As long as the economic development prospects remain weak , so too will the prospects for peace and stability" the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the World Economic Forum held in Jordan in May last year talking about the resumption of the peace process in the Middle East. TIt's lamentable though that the proposal brought forward by an unidentified group of private consultants, cherry-picked and coordinated by the Representative of the Quartet on the Middle East Tony Blair is simply inadequate to translate this objective into initiatives that can realistically have a chance to prove successful, to the given conditions. The package of measures called " Palestinian Economic Initiative " still under consideration...

The judge who wants to prosecute Bush for murder

05/01/2013
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder is a book published in the United States in 2008 by former U.S. District Attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi . According to the author, in 2002 former President Bush intentionally misled the Congress and the American people over the evidence he used to wage war in Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein. In his book Bugliosi argues that under American law, George W. Bush is guilty of murder for the deaths of over 4,000 young American soldiers and over 100,000 Iraqi civilians. Vincent Bugliosi is known for having convicted Charles Manson and other defendants accused of the Tate-LaBianca murders. On July 25, 2008 , in a hearing before the Standing Committee of Justice...

Forget the Mafia. Our Establishment covers up its crimes better than anyone

04/05/2013
The British State protects its own. Whitehall does its utmost to safeguard former Cabinet ministers and senior civil servants from investigation by invoking the usually bogus defence of national security. In this way, a curtain is drawn over past acts of carelessness or ineptitude in government. Skulduggery and lies are concealed . Official papers are not released for at least 20 years, and even then the more incriminating ones are held back. The latest example of institutional cover-up concerns Jack Straw , the former Foreign Secretary, and Sir Mark Allen , a former senior MI6 officer. Both men have reportedly said they cannot respond to allegations of conspiracy in the torture of a prominent Libyan dissident, pleading the need to...

M. Mansfield: why Bush and Blair should be charged with war crimes over Iraq invasion

03/30/2013
Editor's note: Ten years ago the war in Iraq began. This week we focus on the people involved in the war, and the lives that changed forever. Michael Mansfield led the Legal Action Against War protest group in 2003. He is the author of "Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer." Ten years ago I was one of a small number of UK lawyers who opposed the invasion of Iraq on the grounds that it was illegal and unauthorised by the United Nations. We were all strong advocates of the notion that the rule of law was the bedrock of any civilised and democratic society . Without it our lives would be subject to a free for all in which might becomes...

Blair: Life in Iraq 10 years on not as I hoped

02/27/2013
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has told BBC Newsnight daily life in Iraq today is not what he hoped it would be when he opted to invade 10 years ago. He said there had been " significant improvements, but it is not nearly what it should be " pointing in particular to on-going terror attacks. However, he insisted that the situation under Saddam Hussein was far worse and he said although the world was not safer than 10 years ago, it was safer than it would be if he had remained. Mr Blair was speaking exclusively to Newsnight's Kirsty Wark as part of a special programme marking the upcoming 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, which will...

The culture of secrecy and the right to the truth in Britain. Interview with Baroness Neville-Jones

01/09/2013
London, 6 November 2012 Baroness Neville-Jones, in the early 1990s you have been Chairperson of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) and because the Radical Party has been following very closely the developments since the Iraq war, from 2002 until the Chilcot Inquiry and the delay that it is going through, I would like to ask how the JIC has evolved in comparison with your presidency and the Scarlett years, and if you agree that it was really instrumental to the Prime Minister of the time to have a document signed by the Secret agencies to support a political case. The JIC is a committee that brings together all the heads of the various intelligence services and also various other intelligence...

UK Chilcot Inquiry: “The Iraq War Was Unlawful”. Unanimous Legal Opinion of Foreign Office Lawyers

01/09/2013
Cameron Government is blocking publication of their “official” report The UK Cameron government is blocking publication of their “official” report on Iraq war until perhaps 2014 or later, according to the UK’s most popular newspaper website. Perhaps this delay is in part because the Blair government was advised before the war by all 27 attorneys in their Foreign Affairs Office that war on Iraq was unlawful . That would mean armed attack on Iraq would be an unlawful War of Aggression, with identical criminal implication on US armed attack on Iraq. Unlawful war requires US military to refuse all war orders and arrest those who issue them (more documentation here ). Public understanding that current wars “on terror” are not...

Lord Dykes: "United States trying to get documents not published"

12/09/2012
Interview with Lord Hugh Dykes , Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords who raised the issue of the delay in the publication of the final report by the Iraq Inquiry. Matteo Angioli: Why did you raise a point on the floor of the House on the delay that the Chilcot inquiry is going through? Lord Dykes : I think a lot of people are concerned about the delay because obviously the memory in some people will fade and this has been going for some time and one has every sympathy with Lord Chilcot and his inquiry in eventually producing the final report. They do need to go through all those procedures and I’m sure...

Interview with Stephen Plowden for Radio Radicale

11/14/2012
Stephen Plowden : As is widely known, Tony Blair lied to the British people and to Parliament about what the French were saying in order to persuade us to back his war in Iraq. I knew this at the time because when he talked in Parliament about what Chirac had said, back in March 2003, I rang up the French embassy and got the text of Chirac's speech, and so I knew that Blair was misrepresenting him. What I didn't know, until the Chilcot Inquiry came along, was that almost immediately after Chirac's speech on TV, the French were in touch with the British saying "you've misunderstood this". Of course it was not a misunderstanding but a deliberate misrepresentation. When...

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