There is a complete disconnect between human activity outside of work and the combined impact of human action in the name of business. This is culturally conditioned and generally an accepted distinction that allows people to profit from the destruction of people and the environment whilst also being able to use the associated reflective glory of morality of the law system as a way of authenticating dominance. For example one action by a man that ends in the murder of an innocent is condemned, his trial, sentencing and imprisonment is justified. To the tragic detriment to the murdered person and their loved ones he has proven that he is a danger to others. However when a man orders others trained and armed to kill for money on the behalf of the dominant cultural group we are conditioned to see it as excersizing a tough well intentioned love. A simple forgiveable mistake.
The recent public acknowledgement of the war crime committed by Tony Blair is an interesting case in point for a number of reasons. Firstly the report that took 6 years to produce confirmed what we already knew. It further kicks the can down the road. Part of the hope is that time will ultimately blunt the anger of the preventable violence unleashed. This report was designed not to be legally binding, just as the child abuse inquiry set up by William Hague in 1996 was not legally binding despite the evidence of child torture.The law enforcement response to the large scale child torture by prominent celebrities and government officials was purposefully protected by them which has meant that another inquiry is taking place 20 years later. This parallels with illegal weapon sales, torture and other aspects of international law enforcement in and outside the UK committed by Subsidiaries of the Crown government. Or even human rights inluding the right to privacy. What then is the point of the inquiry if it does not have any enforceable consequence for the perpetrators of harm? They are free to continue, making the inquiry an act of obstruction of justice in the cloak of being the opposite. Is the humiliation of been proven to be liar or the vindication of victims enough?
Angela Eagle in her bid to dissolve the democratic mandate of Jeremy Corbin indicated in a recent politics today interview that she doesn’t believe that legal action should be taken out against Tony Blair and that to do so would be some sought of excessive revenge not an act of justice on behalf of the millions of victims of his crime. In the Westminister bubble too many politicians continue to disregard the enormity of harms that continues to rage to this day.
The reality is is that Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell’s PR company holds an excessive amount of influence over the political discourse of this country with it’s retained links to the billionaire owned media circuit theatre. One which a group with in the party have relied upon to destroy the perception of Jeremy Corbyn. Had Tony Blair and Alaistair Campbell been held to account and a proportionate custodial sentence given in light of the mass harm perhaps the attitudes of parliamentarians would be different but that never happened and still national and international justice systems remain complicit with these crimes in their failure to enforce the laws they have been mandated to uphold by the very same government institutions breaking the law. Perhaps if law enforcement was impartial (as they falsely claim) it could save lives, lives that have now been used as cannon fodder to meet the Crowns interest. What ever the Crown interest means. At the moment the government believes that they should be allowed to break international law with impunity because the Crown interest is more important than life itself. How is that an expression of justice? This is perhaps a cultural belief that people rarely address. Address it we must. Do you believe that the British Crown government should be able to break international law? if so how do we hold people with a large influence over others to account?
The commercial gains that have been made by those protected by the Crown have meant access to more oil for big corporations, access to another countries market for JP Morgan, infrastructure contracts for Halliburton, weapons sales for BAE systems ect ect. The wars have created debt for the general public (implicates them in the crime although with many unwilling participants) that newly created credit syphoned off to tax havens to the various cartels that seek to dominate the unconquered desired space. These people that form these corporations have aided and abetted the crime of the War of Aggression. In fact they are a motivational force. As a result they hold even more monetary power in their accumulation and the debt that has been attributed to the general public means the public are forever more at their mercy. Especially if we continual to validate and subscribe to this conditioned monetary logic. A similar thing happened with the financial criminality that led to the Crash in 2008. Again the general public incurred the debt of those that have profited from the destruction of public services. Including libraries, day care centres, hospital units ect ect. Poverty has increased by 200,000 people in one year in the UK. The richest 1000 people have doubled their wealth in the last six years. The public debt has also doubled to 1.6 trillion pounds over the same period of time.
Over and over again Crown government managers have taken actions that have endangered life and property in favor of cartels. So much so we are in a state of pollution driven climate change as well as breathing toxic air. In this country alone pollution kills between 29,000 to 60,000 people a year. Yet the government continues to push fracking which will increase pollution levels by 30 percent when full scale production hits. The predicatable consequence is that an extra ten thousand or more people will be killed yearly and pollution related disease will increase. Interestingly such wilful harm is met with a muted response in the mainstream media. Unlike the killing of 57 people over the last 15 years due to terrorism. Why?
The tipping point has happened where it is in the general interest to see the folk in ownership of these cartels dis-empowered because their continued activity means a variety of expressions of wilful harms. These have implications for our lives and our children’s future quality of life. Many of which the law enforcement system is wilfully or ordered to be blind too and protect. Such institutions (which is important to remember are people conditioned to interact with others and the environment using a prescribed vocabulary in exchange for money) in this regard become the enforcers of injustice rather than their heroic narrative claims. It is important to understand that government is in fact itself a corporate enterprise. Their business is farming people, conditioning them to work for other corporations and to protect the various cartels from disruption in their objective of accumulation. Money incentivatisation from these groups acts as a train tack towards the cliff edge of exploitation, environmental destruction and perpetual large scale violence. It’s a consequence of prioritising the ownership classes (shares of companies, property and land) desires above that of the sanctity of life.
On a global scale this is evident. It is claimed that 50 million people are killed every year due to attrition caused by the order of ownership. Despite enough food being grown for 12 billion people, a third of it is thrown away or left to rot in order to serve the profit interests of owners. The World Bank claims to be meeting poverty reduction targets of the millennium development goals. They use an arbitrary measurement that claims that the earnings of $1.25 a day is living in the state of attrition known as extreme poverty. Perversely the yearly 50 million deaths caused by this improve the poverty statistics, killing poor people means there is less poor people to count. On a scale hard to comprehend folk and their environment are being rail roaded into exploitation whilst being denied access to subsist in their homeland. Access to space to grow food for family/community is the fundamental building block to an ethical way of life/economy in balance with the environment. It is being denied on a world wide scale in favour of cartel-ism that is destroying our future. The very instiutions with bases on these shores are protected by law enforcement despite their harm.
(1) "Yes. The UN has previously set up special criminal proceedings against administrations in Rwanda, Yugoslavia, and Sierra Leone, but it won't do the same thing for Iraq.
"Again, that is because those proceedings were established by the UNSC, which simply won't do anything because the UK as a member can use its veto. It just highlights the hypocrisy and duplicity of international law."
(2) "The Waterhouse report was supposed to draw a line under events which blighted the lives of so many young people.
But even at the time, critics said its remit was too limited.
The major concern lay with an order which banned the identification of 28 alleged abusers."
(3) "The UK Government is breaking national, EU and international law and policy by supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia in the context of its military intervention and bombing campaign in Yemen according to an analysis by eminent international law experts commissioned by Amnesty International UK and Saferworld, both members of the Control Arms coalition. "
(4) Anybody who is in any way surprised at today’s announcement that nobody will be prosecuted for extraordinary rendition and torture, is in deep denial about what a corrupt and rotten state the United Kingdom is.
(5) A report published this week by Just Fair finds that the UK government is in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people.
The report is the first comprehensive analysis of the extent to which the UK government is meeting its international obligations to realise the rights of disabled people in the austerity era. It examines the rights to independent living, work, social security, social protection and an adequate standard of living.
(6) "The UK government’s surveillance practices have been allowed to continue unabated and on an unprecedented scale, with major consequences for people’s privacy and freedom of expression. No-one is above the law and the European Court of Human Rights now has a chance to make that clear," said Nick Williams, Amnesty International’s Legal Counsel.
(8) Because not all war-related deaths have been recorded accurately by the Iraqi government and the US-led coalition, the 165,000 figure for civilians killed from 2003 to 2015 is lower than the actual figure.
It is unknown how many Iraqi civilians have been wounded in the war, though one report states that as many civilians have been wounded as killed.
At least twice as many Iraqi civilians may have died as an indirect result of the war, due to damage to the systems that provide food, health care and clean drinking water, and as a result, illness, infectious diseases, and malnutrition that could otherwise have been avoided or treated.
(9) An exclusive investigation by The Canary can reveal that the current Labour ‘coup’ being instigated against Jeremy Corbyn appears to have been orchestrated by a PR company where Tony Blair’s arch spin-doctor, Alastair Campbell, is a senior advisor.
He sits alongside several other figures, all of whom have direct links to the centre-right of the Labour party, and the Fabians at Portland Communications.
Portland Communications is a political consultancy and public relations agency set up in 2001 by Tim Allan, a former adviser to Tony Blair and director of communications at BSkyB.
Its corporate clients include Barclays, Morrisons and Nestle, and it say their team is made up of “former senior advisors from the highest level of British government and politics, the EU, the UN and the World Economic Forum”.
(10) Five extreme right-wing billionaires own over 80% of the UK’s national newspapers, along with huge tranches of our TV stations, radio stations, book publishers, press agencies, cinemas, cinema & TV production companies etc
They are Rupert Murdoch (The Sun), Lord Rothermere (Daily Mail), Richard Desmond (Express) and the Barclay Brothers (Telegraph).
This means that almost everything we hear, see or read in the UK has been shaped in one way or another by these 5 billionaire extremists.
This has given them enormous unelected political power over the last three decades as they make and break governments and manipulate them for their own ends.
(11) After the Iraq War of 2003, United States and United Kingdom oil giants are certain to gain privileged access to Iraq's oil resources. Excluded from control over Iraqi oil since the nationalization of 1972, Exxon, BP, Shell and Chevron will now gain the lion's share of the world's most profitable oil fields. Few outside the industry understand the huge stakes in Iraq, which amount to tens of billions of dollars in total potential profits per year.
(12) In some meetings with Arab states, where Blair is introduced as the peace envoy, he has been flanked by Jonathan Powell, his former chief of staff, who accepted a job with Morgan Stanley, another US investment bank, after leaving Downing Street. Powell has no role in the peace process, but is a senior adviser to TBA and helps to win business in the Middle East.
(13) Contractors reap $138bn from Iraq war
(14) Sales rose by almost £2bn to £15.7bn, the order book increased by almost £7bn to £38.6bn and underlying profits rose by more than fifth to £1.48bn.
"We have excellent forward visibility and a further year of good growth is anticipated in 2008," the company said in a statement.
Analysts broadly welcomed the results and the upbeat statement, with several attaching a buy recommendation to the stock.
BAE said that all its four business areas had shown good profits performance. Today's figures showed a particularly strong performance by the land and armaments business where underlying profits rose from £168m to £312m.
(15) British military interventions since the end of the Cold War could have cost the country nearly £65bn on top of its normal defence spending, a major study has said
(16) Corporations with nothing more than a postal address are
able to evade taxes in their own countries, file arbitration claims using Dutch investment agreements,
and hide ownership and account details. Amongst the big companies using the Dutch evasion routes
are a large number of arms manufacturers and major international defence companies
(17) The virtual Everest of data exposes some 120,000 letterbox entities, offshore accounts and other dubious deals in more than 170 countries, in addition to the names of 140,000 individuals alleged to have placed their money in known tax havens.
(18) David Taylor-Smith, the head of G4S for the UK and Africa, said he expected police forces across the country to sign up to similar deals to those on the table in the West Midlands and Surrey, which could result in private companies taking responsibility for duties ranging from investigating crimes to transporting suspects and managing intelligence.
(19) The number of children living in poverty in the UK has jumped by 200,000 in a year, according to the latest official data.
There were 3.9 million children living in “relative poverty” in 2014-15, up from 3.7 million a year earlier, the figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show.
(20) The collective wealth of Britain's richest people has more than doubled in the last ten years, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
(21) It is important to note that these figures don't include the effects of 'financial interventions'—government purchases of equity in banks such as RBS, Lloyds and Northern Rock—as these are counted as assets which can be sold in the future. Including these financial interventions on the government's balance sheet increases public debt significantly, taking it to £1.9 trillion in January 2016 (98.2% of GDP).
(22) Air pollution, largely from diesel vehicle road traffic, may be to blame for as many as 60,000 early deaths in Britain each year, the Government’s scientific advisors are set to warn it.
The Sunday Times newspaper reports that the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, an official advisory body, will publish a report next year showing that the premature death toll caused by road traffic pollution is around twice as high as originally thought.
(23) According to a recent report by UNEP and the World Resources Institute (WRI), about one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems.
(24) Unfair distribution and lack of access to land are key explanations for poverty and hunger. In many parts of the world, it is the rich elites, not poor rural people, who own the land. And even if they do, inequality in wealth and power relations makes the rural poor more vulnerable to losing their rights. The struggle for land reform, which would shift the balance of power in favor of marginalized landless farmers, has been going on for many decades. However the food and financial crises contribute to worsening the trend towards land concentration, in which governments, agro-industrial corporations and private investors buy up fertile land in poor countries, depriving small farmers of their ability to grow their own food.
(25) In all, 140 foundations funneled $558 million to almost 100 climate denial organizations from 2003 to 2010.
(26) The World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the World Food Program, the Millennium Challenge, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and industrial giants like Yara Fertilizer, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Syngenta, DuPont, and Monsanto, carefully avoid addressing the root causes of the food crisis. The “solutions” they prescribe are rooted in the same policies and technologies that created the problem in the first place: increased food aid, de-regulated global trade in agricultural commodities, and more technological and genetic fixes. These measures only strengthen the corporate status quo controlling the world’s food. For this reason, thus far, there has been little official leadership in the face of the crisis. Nor has there been any informed public debate about the real reasons the numbers of hungry people are growing, or what we can do about it. The future of our food—and fuel—systems are being decided de facto by unregulated global markets, financial speculators, and global monopolies.
Why do people keep an order and culture that has exploited to the point of genocide and ecocide?