US Whitewashes Murder Of Calipari

Nicola Calipari
Nicola Calipari

Italians have reacted with outrage to news that an inquiry in the United States into the shooting of an Italian secret service agent in Iraq has cleared the American troops who killed him.
(Source: The Independent)

Have a look here for the story of how the US murdered Nicola Calipari.

And here are more US whitewashes:

* In 2003 a US military inquiry concluded that a US tank crew acted in self-defence when it fired at a Baghdad hotel used by journalists and killed a cameraman. The tank was said to have fired because a spotter was thought to be co-ordinating Iraqi fire from it. Journalists had informed the US they were based at the hotel.

* Last week a Pentagon inquiry cleared the senior officer at Abu Ghraib jail of blame for abuses. Claims that Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez was culpable were “unsubstantiated”.

* CBS reported in February that an inquiry into the killing of a wounded and unarmed Iraqi fighter in a Fallujah mosque last year had decided not to charge the US Marine who was filmed shooting the man. The Pentagon said the inquiry was continuing.
(Source: The Independent)

Note that last pearler: here we have video footage of a US soldier shooting an injured civilian dead. Murdering an unarmed and helpless man. And still the US government doesn’t consider this soldier worth charging. Iraqi lives mean so little to them.

Again, I want to ask you to imagine different circumstances. Imagine that Korean or Soviet soldiers shot an unarmed, injured civilian in video footage. Can you hear the uproar and pompous posturing the US would produce?

And here’s another one. Imagine it’s the Soviet era again. Imagine that there is a well-known academic who is suddenly under suspicion of leaking classified information to non-approved media. And then imagine if, very conveniently, that academic turned up dead. The authorities all declare it an obvious suicide.

What would you think? What do you think really happened to Dr. Kelly?

The smug ease with which the US government is clearing itself of any guilt regarding Calipari’s murder is not suprising. It’s not even un-common, as you can see from the above examples.

The message is clear: the US can kill whoever it wants, whenever it wants and it will evade justice in any manner it pleases.

Iraq War Illegal Says Leaked Dossier

The Iraq war was thrust dramatically into the election spotlight last night after long-sought government legal advice, cautioning that the invasion could be illegal, was leaked.

The document appears to confirm for the first time that the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, had serious reservations about the legality of the conflict, only to change his mind as British and US troops massed on the border of Iraq ready to invade.

The 13 pages of legal advice that Goldsmith drew up on 7 March, according to a report in today’s Mail on Sunday, warned that Blair could be in breach of international law for six reasons ranging from the lack of a second United Nations resolution to UN inspector Hans Blix’s continuing search for weapons.
(Source: The Guardian)

The truth won’t be hidden: eventually, it will unmask Blair as the butcher he is.

The manipulation, the distortions, the lies about Britain being ’45 minutes’ from attack. All of it is out there, all of Blair’s mendacity is on public record. And yet he keeps grinning that insane ‘trust me!’ grin and pretending to be clean and respectable. In reality, he’s filthy, covered with the shit of his lies and the blood of Iraqis.

To believe, now, that Britain went to war with Iraq on genuine grounds concerning its national security, you would have to be a total moron.

The evidence is overwhelming that Blair went to war to be the best poodle Bush could have, jumping up to protect his idiot master in his warmongering. Lying, cheating, killing for his master’s sake.

How can a man as evil as this remain leader of the Labour Party?

What does that say about the Labour MPs who support him?

Richard Dawkins: Vote Blair Out!

Reginald Keys
Reginald Keys

Blair deceived Parliament into backing an illegal war. Blair flouted our constitutional tradition of collective cabinet responsibility. Blair crawled to the most ill-qualified American President in living memory. Bush constantly makes political capital out of Blair’s support for him. A vote for Blair is a vote for Bush. What a splendid signal the voters of Sedgefield could send the world if they elected Reg Keys.
(Source: The Independent)

Richard Dawkins strikes again! Isn’t it great that a scientist who can write books as fantastic as this also has his heart in the right place? He’s throwing the power of his celebrity as an academic and populariser of science behind Reg Keys campaign.

Here’s what Reg Keys says:

“Tony Blair led this country into an illegal war on the basis of weapons of mass destruction which did not exist, and he asks us, with his schoolboy grin, to put this behind us.

“I’m sorry Mr Blair, but there has to be accountability – you cannot just walk away from this with impunity. I am here to hold you to account for the human and material costs of this war.”
(Source: Reg Keys For Sedgefield)

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if Blair lost to Keys in Sedgefield and was out on his ear?

Please…please…

FLASH IS SHITE!

CUNT!
A trendy web designer earlier today. Cunt.

ARGGHHHHHHH!

What is it with trendy bastard web designers?

I’ve just spent 10 minutes trying to find gig listings at a venue. To do this, I had to chase some “cool” Flash graphics round a screen, attempting to click on them while they jerkily fluttered around. Then, when I did, the listings came up but the site crashed Firefox. Tried it again. Crashed Firefox again. So I looked for a plain text version.

There wasn’t one. Basically, the web designers are saying if you haven’t got Flash, fuck off.

Are trendy web designers insane? Is it compulsory to come from the Nathan Barley school of style over functionality?

What use is a website that you can’t access, that you can’t click on and that doesn’t even display the basic information the user wants to see?

Flash is only a tool. Conceivably, there might even be websites that use Flash in a good way. Maybe. Somewhere.

But the sad truth is, every website I’ve ever come across that uses Flash as its main interface is absolutely awful. You wait and wait for the Flash to load and when it does, you realise your time was stolen from you.

I know designers who love Flash and use it for every project. They’re primarily graphic designers who aren’t geeky enough to realise interfaces in CSS / PHP / Javascript / whatever. Flash is their shortcut to impressive results with little effort and it’s the users’ shortcut to crash-your-browser-sir? hell.

Please, webheads, ditch the shite Flash. We don’t care how clever or cool you think you are, we just want the info.

British Museum

British Museum

Some snaps I took inside the British Museum when I was last in London. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out. It’s a wonderful, thrilling building, packed full of fascinating exhibits. And it’s a part of history in its own right: top moment for me was standing in the reading room where Karl Marx studied:

Marx spent most of the time in the Reading Room of the British Museum, where he read the back numbers of The Economist and other books and journals that would help him analyze capitalist society.
(Source: Jewish Virtual Library)

Spooky and quite moving.

Click here for the piccies!

Asian Tories = Jewish Nazis

I’m watching the news. There’s just been a Tory candidate for Cardiff on.

And he was Indian.

How fucking stupid can someone be? Being an Asian Tory makes exactly as much sense as a Jew joining the BNP.

The Tory party is the most racist major party in Britain. Apart from Howard’s Enoch-like race-baiting in this election, the Tories have long had links to the BNP, National Front and every other neo-Nazi bunch of boneheads. Tory leaders pick their allies carefully:

In October 1995, Duncan Smith was one of several Tories who met senior figures in the French National Front and later drank with them in a bar at Westminster. Bruno Gollnisch MEP, Le Pen’s deputy, was at the meeting, which was said to be about the European Union.
(Source: Black Information Link)

And let’s not forget the Monday Club, that gaggle of racists that has long had sway in top Tory circles:

John Bercow, the [then] Shadow Treasury Minister, was secretary of the Monday Club’s Immigration Committee in the 1980s, when he called for the voluntary repatriation of black and Asian people, repeal of the Race Relations Act and abolition of the Commission for Racial Equality.
(Source: Black Information Link)

Anyone remember Ann Winterton?

The Tory party has been involved in promoting racism in Britain for as long as I can remember. They are to the BNP and National Front what Sinn Fein are to the IRA.

And any Asian who votes Tory, let alone joins their rotten, stinking party, is a fool beyond measure.

Tories Use Cheap Migrant Workers

Eastern European migrants allegedly earning less than the legal minimum wage are delivering Conservative Party leaflets in a key marginal constituency.

Despite conducting a high-profile campaign calling for tough controls on immigration, the Tories are using a company employing low-paid foreigners to distribute campaign literature.
(Source: The Independent)

You know, I’m not even surprised by this. The Tory party has proved, from Thatcher onwards, that there is no moral low to which it will not sink, no nadir of hypocrisy un-plumbed.

Posing as the voice of morality while knocking-up secretaries, gerrymandering and every other form of sleaze imaginable. Now, Howard is waving the race card at the same time as his party is employing hapless migrants and not even paying them fairly.

Business as usual for the Conservatives.

Never Forget

Arbeit Macht Frei

Hundreds of survivors of the Nazi concentration camps Bergen-Belsen, Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen have marked the 60th anniversary of their liberation by Allied forces with ceremonies across Germany.

At Belsen yesterday, where an estimated 70,000 people died, mostly Jewish, ceremonies were held after more than 150 former inmates marked the camp’s liberation on Friday.
(Source: The Independent)

Pretty soon, the survivors of the camps will be gone. Then who will counter the neo-Nazis and other anti-semites when they deny the murder of millions? Who will say, “I was there, I saw it happen?”

How did the horror happen? Look around you today. There are politicians pointing fingers at travellers and refugees, immigrants and “ethnic minorities.” They’ll do anything to get votes. If racism sells, they’ll be hawking it. Look at the leathery, weasel face of Kilroy when he starts his ranting and tell me a little black moustache would look out of place. I think it would finish him off perfectly. But then, I would say that, being part of the swamping wave of immigrants.

I’ve quoted him before but I feel Bronowski hit the nail on the head here:

“There are two parts to the human dilemma. One is the belief that the end justifies the means. That push-button philosophy, that deliberate deafness to suffering has become the monster in the war machine. The other is the betrayal of the human spirit, the assertion of dogma that closes the mind and turns a nation, a civilisation, into a regiment of ghosts.”

Never forget.

And never again.

Labour Official Resigns Over Iraq

Rose Gentle and Reg Keys
Rose Gentle, left and Reg Keys. Both lost children because of Blair’s lies.

A senior Labour figure in Tony Blair’s constituency has resigned to support an independent candidate.

Derek Cattell is quitting in protest at the Iraq war which he said had raised questions about Mr Blair’s integrity.

He will instead support Reg Keys, whose son was killed in Iraq and is standing against Mr Blair in Sedgefield.

Mr Cattell has been on the executive committee of the Sedgefield Labour party for the last 10 years.

He said it was a “big decision” to leave the party he had been a member of for more than 30 years.

But despite wanting a Labour government, he could not vote or work for Mr Blair personally.

“I’m not prepared to vote Labour through gritted teeth,” he said.

(Source: BBC News)

Thirty years is a long time to be a supporter, member and official of any political party. It must have been a huge wrench for Cattell to leave. But he examined his conscience and recognised that it was morally untenable to support Tony Blair. Perhaps when the Labout party comes to its senses and evicts the warmongers that now control it, Cattell can re-join it.

So who is Cattell supporting instead? Reg Keys:

Mr Keys, 52, is standing on a predominantly anti-war platform.

His son, Lance Corporal Tom Keys, 20, was one of six military police officers killed by an Iraqi mob in Al Majar Al Kabir on June 24 2003.

Mr Cattell said: “Reg is really ramming home the message that Tony Blair’s conduct in relation to the whole question of the war raises questions about the prime minister’s integrity and honesty.”

He urged other candidates to stand aside to give Mr Keys a free run against Mr Blair – something already done by former MI5 officer David Shayler.
(Source: BBC News)

Well done to David Shayler for withdrawing – it would be nonsensical to split the anti-war/anti-Blair vote.

It’ll be interesting to see if Blair gets a bloody nose in his constituency. Of course, I would love to see him unseated and humiliated but he has a huge majority so I don’t know how likely that is.

But you can always dream…