Editorials and interviews

Update on Iraq Inquiry Progress

07/18/2013
On 15 July the Iraq Inquiry has published an unpdate on its progress that Sir John Chilcot sent to Prime Minister David Cameron . In his statement, Chilcot says that the Inquiry has made significant progress with writing its report. It has begun a dialogue with the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood , about material the Inquiry wishes to include in its report covering discussions in Cabinet and Cabinet Committees, Mr Blair's notes to President Bush, and records of discussions between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and George Bush and Barack Obama . It will be in a position to begin the “ Maxwellization process ” (a process of writing to individuals that may be criticized) by the end of...

David Mathieson on Iraq, Chilcot and democracy

06/12/2013
From 1997 to 2002 David Mathieson served as a Special Advisor to former Minister for Foreign Affairs (until 2001) and Leader of the House (until 2003) Robin Cook , who passed away unexpectedly in 2005. Cook presented his resignation in opposition to the military intervention in Iraq two days before the start of the war. He motivated his decision with a memorable speech at the House of Commons on March 17, 2003 . During a meeting at his house in Madrid , David Mathieson spoke to Matteo Angioli about Robin Cook and Tony Blair ’s diverging visions and points of view on the world order , relations with George Bush and integration with the European Union . These elements were...

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...

Iraq today: interview with William Spencer

04/27/2013
In the last four days, nearly 200 people lost their lives in Iraq due to serious episodesof violence which took place between the army, protesters and Islamic militants. The bloodiest clashes took place in the city of Hawija (450,000 inhabitants), north of Baghdad, when the police violently suppressed a demonstration of Sunnis - predominant in the area, but a minority across the country – where they demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki . The Premier Al-Maliki issued an appeal to avoid a new inter-confessional conflict in the country. Over the last two months four Sunni ministers have resigned to protest against the anti-terrorism laws that are often used to restrict political opponents: Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, Minister of...

Cameron Government condemned, dealmaker Blair snubbed (again)

04/26/2013
On Monday, 22 April, the House of Lords condemned the two-year delay in the publication of the final report by the Chilcot Inquiry, caused by the Cameron Government . In 2011, Sir John Chilcot asked David Cameron to declassify as many documents as possible, particularly those relating to some communications between Bush and Blair. Mr Stephen Plowden , a private citizen living in London, on the basis of the Freedom of Information Act, has also requested the declassification of a telephone conversation between the two former Heads of State, which took place on 12 March 2003. The Foreign Office has thus far neutralized this request. During Monday’s session, Liberal-Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Lord Dykes asked the Leader of the House...

Berlusconi visits Bush today: "Eravamo quattro amici al ranch.."

04/24/2013
Today Silvio Berlusconi is in Dallas , Texas, to attend the inauguration of the Presidential Library , the "big library-museum and, also, a center for study, research and philanthropic initiatives, wanted by former U.S. President George W. Bush. The leader of the Freedom's People was invited by George Bush himself: a lasting friendship between the Cavaliere and George. The event will include the predecessors Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. Among invited leaders will be present Tony Blair and Josè Maria Aznar . Ten years after the four old pals have a chance to recall the historic conference call of 22 February 2003 (which took place in Bush's Texas ranch) when Bush and Aznar, plus Blair and...

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...

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...

Blair is a superstar only in authoritarian countries

10/22/2012
On 15 and 16 October Tony Blair paid his first two-day visit in Vietnam and Laos. Meeting with students and teachers in Hanoi at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam , a diplomat-training university belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he said that Vietnam will become one of the strongest countries in the world. For Blair, the rise of China is unavoidable, therefore it is crucial to establish harmonious relations for the sake of prosperity, stability and peace of course. Speaking about a world connected like never before, he said that “ the world today depends on people with open minds. Connection and openness will open opportunities to those with open minds, but they could cause those with narrow minds...

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