Craig Murray: Bent Judges

24 July 2011 — Craig Murray

These is a lack of subtlety evident in the use of ‘public inquiries’ to whitewash governmental wrongdoing. The appointment of Sir Peter Gibson, the former Commissioner for the Intelligence Services, to head the judge-led inquiry into UK complicity in torture was a brazen act of corruption. Sir Peter has a choice; either he exonerates ministers and the security services, or he finds himself guilty of corruption or gross incompetence. He has already, in his capacity as Commissioner, certified as correct the conduct of the intelligence services in the period he is now ‘investigating.’ If he had any honour or genuine intentions, he would have turned the inquiry appointment down. There is no conclusion possible but that Gibson accepted the appointment with neither honour nor good intentions.

It is equally astonishing that Judge Leverson accepted the leadership of the inquiry into News International when he had at least twice been a guest in Elisabeth Murdoch’s home. I simply cannot understand why in these circumstances he does not feel he must refuse the appointment. The concept of honour appears to have disappeared entirely from public life.

This was very predictable. Thirteen days ago I blogged ‘Murdoch’s main priority on this visit will doubtless be to work with Cameron to get the right safe judge appointed’. Power people like the Murdochs do not entertain people merely because they like them; everyone around that dinner table is there because they hold power or influence. If you wonder why precisely the Murdochs were cultivating judges, of course you now have the answer. Ordinary people have to wake up to just how real is the shroud of corruption cast over British society.

Gilad Atzmon: Was the Massacre in Norway a reaction to BDS?

24 July, 2011 — Gilad Atzmon

boycott-norway.jpgI learned last night from an Israeli online journal, that two days before the Utoya Island massacre, AUF’s (Labour Party’s youth movement) leader Eskil Pedersen gave an interview to the Dagbladet, Norway’s second largest tabloid newspaper, in which he unveiled what he thinks of Israel.

In the course of the interview, Pedersen stated that he “believes the time has come for more drastic measures against Israel, and (that he) wants the Foreign Minister to impose an economic boycott against the country.”

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The Industrial Revolution: A New History By Pat Hudson

12 July 2011 — New Left Project

For 200 years the British industrial revolution has been seen largely as a story of the triumph of British science, inventiveness and entrepreneurship, promoted by a progressive liberalisation of markets and the political economy of free trade. The idea that Britain precociously took off along a path to modern economic growth, providing a blueprint that other nations and regions of the globe would and should eventually follow has been, and continues to be, powerful.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 24 July 2011

24 July 2011 —

Norway Unprepared for Terror Acts: WikiLeaks
International Business Times
According to diplomatic cables uncovered by WikiLeaks; as recently as 2009, one US official derided Norway’s security apparatus as being “in over its head” and that “it simply cannot keep up.” Other diplomatic documents noted that Oslo officials …

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Mothballed Playboy Dictator Recalled to Service By Kim Ives

13 July 2011 —

The big question Haitians are asking is: who is behind Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s surprise arrival in Haiti with an expired Haitian passport on Jan. 16 aboard an Air France flight from Paris? “I have come here to see how I can help my country,” he announced, stepping off the plane.

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War on Libya leaves Africa at a crossroads By J L Samboma

24 July 2011 — eBeefs

The Horn of Africa is today within the stranglehold of drought and famine. Libya, a significant player in the so-called African Union under any reckoning, is currently under sustained imperialist assault by the Western powers, a mass-murdering adventure led by the first black president of the United States of America.

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Video Trailer: Just Do It — A tale of modern-day outlaws

24 July 2011 —

In cinemas across the UK starting July 15th, look here to find a screening near you

Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. With unprecedented access, Just do It takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world.

Torpedoing the tired cliches of the environmental movement, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse, despite the very real threat of arrest. Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire.