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lunedì 31 luglio 2017

The High Court’s refusal to prosecute Tony Blair over the war he launched in Iraq while prime minister is “an attack on democracy” and grants Britain’s leaders “complete immunity,” campaigners say.......

Blocking Tony Blair’s prosecution for Iraq War ‘an attack on democracy’


The High Court’s refusal to prosecute Tony Blair over the war he launched in Iraq while prime minister is “an attack on democracy” and grants Britain’s leaders “complete immunity,” campaigners say.
Iraqi general Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat accused the former Labour leader of committing a ‘crime of aggression’ by invading Iraq in 2003 to overthrow former President Saddam Hussein. The general wanted to see the prosecution of Blair and two other key ministers of the time – Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, and Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general.
The men currently have immunity from criminal charges over the war after a 2016 ruling said attempting to bring any prosecution would involve revealing details kept under the Official Secrets Act.
Al Rabbat’s lawyers asked London’s High Court for permission to seek judicial review in an attempt to get the Supreme Court, now the highest court in the land, to overturn a ruling by the House of Lords in 2006 that there is no such crime as the ‘crime of aggression’ under the law of England and Wales.
Lord Chief Justice Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd and Mr. Justice Ouseley dismissed the general’s application on Monday, saying there was “no prospect” of the case succeeding. They held that there could be no prosecution as there was no such ‘crime of aggression’ under English law.
Imran Khan, who represented Rabbat, said his client was “extremely disappointed.”
“This is not justice,” he said.
“The invasion and subsequent occupation resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of individuals, as well as the displacement of over four million others including General Al Rabbat, who has had to seek sanctuary and refuge in another country,” he told HuffPost UK.
“Iraq has been left decimated and in a state of chronic instability. Despite all of this, and the clear findings of the Chilcot Inquiry, which laid bare the conduct of those that should be held to account, the High Court has confirmed that there is to be no accountability.”
He added that “those responsible are to remain unpunished,” and that the judgment gave the British government “de facto domestic immunity.”
The 2.6 million-word Chilcot report, which examined the first eight years of the war, said Britain chose to join the invasion of Iraq in 2003 before peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted, alongside former US President George W. Bush, whom Blair had already pledged to support.
It added that the UK’s involvement in Iraq was based on a false pretext that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The report found that Blair had misled the British public.
Blair’s arguments for going to war were “based on flawed intelligence and assessments” that “were not challenged [and] should have been,” the report said.
The report also detailed the private deals Blair made with Bush ahead of the invasion. Blair promised Bush “I will be with you, whatever” long before the British public was told that he had set out on a path that inevitably led to British involvement in the conflict eight months later.

Blair protected by establishment 

The Stop The War Coalition’s national officer Chris Nineham says the latest judgment is part of a “concerted and coordinated effort by most of the establishment to protect Blair.”
He said there had been a series of attempts to prosecute Blair, which have all been blocked.
“Cynicism about this controversial judgement will be widespread. Most of all because it will be seen as part of a concerted and coordinated effort by most of the establishment to protect Blair and to stop the damning findings of the Chilcot report from being turned into effective action against him.”
“The Chilcot report did in fact show that Blair systematically misled the British people, backed illegal regime change and knowingly prosecuted an unnecessary war. The conduct of the British establishment since the Chilcot Report has exposed a huge contempt for basic justice and democracy.”
CND General Secretary Kate Hudson said the High Court decision is “hugely disappointing” and means justice has been “left undone.” She said last year’s Chilcot report showed Blair had “no respect for cabinet procedure,” parliament or international law.
“Iraq was devastated by the war Blair led Britain into, millions of innocent Iraqis were killed, British soldiers were killed, and terrorism has spread across the Middle East.
“Chilcot revealed the evidence that must now be used to bring Tony Blair to justice. Only when justice is served can we prevent disasters like the Iraq War from happening again.”
Press release: Tony Blair must face justice to prevent another Iraq.
READ: http://bit.ly/2vlmtQo 
The Iraq War caused the death of 179 British servicemen and women, and cost the UK economy an estimated £9.6 billion (US$12.6 billion). It is widely held to have caused the bloody sectarian conflict that brought about the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
According to Iraq Body Count, at least 160,400 Iraqi civilians died during the war.

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If push comes to shove in the North Korean crisis, the immediate collateral damage could be Seoul, but clearly, Pyongyang is targeting America because it thinks regime change is its secret agenda, says Andrew K.P.Leung, Asian affairs specialist.......

‘US-N.Korea relationship problems can’t be outsourced to China’


If push comes to shove in the North Korean crisis, the immediate collateral damage could be Seoul, but clearly, Pyongyang is targeting America because it thinks regime change is its secret agenda, says Andrew K.P.Leung, Asian affairs specialist.
The US ambassador to the UN has warned North Korea that "the time for talk is over."
Nikki Haley said, “an additional Security Council resolution that does not significantly increase the international pressure on North Korea is of no value.
It comes after North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday.
President Donald Trump has accused China of being unwilling to tackle the North Korean issue seriously. 
I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet...
The president vowed he wouldn't let the situation continue as it has been.
On Sunday, the US flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula. 
The aircraft were flanked by South Korean fighter jets in what is being seen as a show of force in the wake of the missile launch by Pyongyang.
RT: So US Ambassador Haley's comments are being interpreted by some as a threat to bypass the UN. Does this open the door to possible unilateral action by Washington?
Andrew Leung: That would be a very dangerous venture with unknown consequences. At the very least, North Korea has a huge battery of heavy artillery aimed at Seoul, the capital of South Korea. If push comes to shove, the immediate collateral damage could be Seoul. Also, it could fire missiles at Japan or Okinawa. Let alone the latest developed intercontinental kind of missiles that are set to reach LA. I think this is a very-very problematic move and I don’t think that the US is likely to resort to that.
But of course, all these threats and show of military forces is not going to solve the problem. And of course, the problem cannot be outsourced to China because clearly, North Korea and the Kim regime is targeting America which it sees as threatening regime change as a secret agenda and that is why it is hell-bent on acquiring its delivery systems for a nuclear arsenal.
‘Ready to use force’: US supersonic bombers, Japan & S. Korea fighters fly over Korean Peninsula https://on.rt.com/8j3c 
RT: Haley and Trump have both called out China for allegedly not doing enough to challenge North Korea. How will China respond to these accusations? Will those comments by the US only add to the tension in the region?
AL: I think China is likely to caution restraint. Otherwise, the whole thing can get out of hand on all sides. It is likely to again push toward a situation where the North Korean regime, where Kim Jong-un, for example, can talk directly to Trump. I mean, that is the relationship between the two countries that caused all these problems in a first place. I think that just talking is not going to solve the problem. What North Korea wants is some sort of a guarantee for regime stability. For example, by way of a bilateral or multilateral peace treaty in exchange for some de-escalation of the nuclear program and also withdrawing some of the sanctions. Maybe both sides can work out some sort of a verifiable program of mutual de-escalation. I think that is the only feasible way forward.
RT: Is North Korea really a threat to the massive and technologically advanced US armed forces?
AL: Whether or not it is immediately able to deliver an intercontinental nuclear-armed missile, it is not really the most important thing. Obviously, North Korea is already armed to the teeth with conventional artillery. And this artillery is very close to Seoul, within less than a few hundred miles. The first collateral damage is the destabilization of the entire Korean peninsula. Just by using military coercion is unlikely to solve the problem.

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A federal judge has found former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court, for refusing a 2011 court order to stop targeting immigrants. Arpaio has acknowledged violating US District Judge Murray Snow's order, but maintained his disobedience was not intentional........


Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of contempt for targeting immigrants


A federal judge has found former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court, for refusing a 2011 court order to stop targeting immigrants. 
Arpaio has acknowledged violating US District Judge Murray Snow's order, but maintained his disobedience was not intentional.
Snow disagreed, concluding that Arpaio knowingly continued the patrols because he believed his immigration enforcement efforts would help his 2012 campaign to get re-elected, according to AP.
JUST IN: Judge finds former Sheriff Joe Arpaio GUILTY of criminal contempt; sentencing set for October 5. http://bit.ly/2uR9EKf 
Snow disagreed, concluding that Arpaio knowingly continued the patrols because he believed his immigration enforcement efforts would help his 2012 campaign to get re-elected, according to AP.
Snow found Arpaio guilty of civil contempt in May 2016. The Obama administration’s Department of Justice pressed criminal contempt charges against the sheriff in October that year. He lost the election to Democrat Paul Penzone shortly thereafter.
Arpaio, 84, served as the Maricopa County Sheriff for 24 years. He was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, citing the candidate’s opposition to illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America, and the promise of building a wall along the southern border.
His sentencing has been scheduled for October 5.

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Anthony Scaramucci is leaving after only 10 days as White House communications director. The decision came at the recommendation of the newly sworn-in chief of staff John Kelly, the White House confirmed........


No more Mooch: WH communications director Scaramucci leaves after 10 days


Anthony Scaramucci is leaving after only 10 days as White House communications director. The decision came at the recommendation of the newly sworn-in chief of staff John Kelly, the White House confirmed.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director. Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
WH confirms Sacarmucci out, says Scaramucci wants to give Kelly "clean slate and the ability to build his own team"
Scaramucci was named as communications director on July 21, leading to the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. He was to answer directly to Trump, sidestepping chief of staff Reince Priebus, who was ousted on Friday, and officially replaced with Kelly on Monday.
The language used in the White House statement about Scaramucci, namely the “clean slate” phrase, was the same as used in the statement about Spicer’s resignation.
BIG DAY FOR ME! I served in the Trump administration only 11 days less than Anthony Scaramucci. https://twitter.com/HeavySan/status/892096011119857665 
Shortly after entering the White House, Scaramucci promised to take “drastic action” to prevent leaks from the Trump administration, warning staff that “they’re going to get fired” if the leaks do not stop. He also all but accused Priebus of the leaks.
On Thursday, Scaramucci appeared on CNN to complain about leakers and rebuff allegations that he accused Priebus of releasing sensitive information to the media. He also complained that his financial disclosure form was leaked to the press. However, financial disclosure forms are available to the public upon request, so no leak occurred, nor did any felony.
Kelly, who left his position as secretary of homeland security to be sworn in as chief of staff on Monday, requested Scaramucci’s removal, the New York Times and Politico reported, citing anonymous sources in the administration.
During a staff meeting at the White House, Kelly made it clear to members that he is in charge and that they would all answer directly to him, not the president, according to the New York Times.
"Kelly is already changing the culture here," one White House aide told Politico.
There was “no way” Scaramucci could work with Kelly, a senior aide said.
It is unclear if Scaramucci will be offered another position in the administration. He was a member of the presidential transition team, and was initially named as an assistant to Trump and director of the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs in mid-January.

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The feud between the Saudi-led block and Qatar escalated over the weekend, with Doha protesting to the UN over restrictions on its citizens flying to Mecca, and Riyadh threatening "war" over what it considers calls to “internationalize the holy sites” in Mecca and Medina.......


‘Declaration of war:’ Hajj controversy widens row between Saudi Arabia & Qatar


The feud between the Saudi-led block and Qatar escalated over the weekend, with Doha protesting to the UN over restrictions on its citizens flying to Mecca, and Riyadh threatening "war" over what it considers calls to “internationalize the holy sites” in Mecca and Medina.
Following a meeting Sunday of the so-called Anti-Terror Quartet (ATQ) of Arab states which are embroiled in a conflict with Qatar, Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir lashed out at Doha, accusing it of politicizing the Hajj – the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim has to perform at least once in their lifetime.
“Qatar's request to internationalize the holy sites is an aggressive act and a declaration of war against the kingdom,” al-Jubeir told the Al Arabiya channel, adding, that Saudi Arabia “reserve the right to respond to any party” promoting such demands.
It was not immediately clear when such a move was suggested, as Doha has yet to publicly call for Islam's two holiest sites to be placed under international oversight. Al-Arabiya reported that Qatari media floated the idea after Saudi Arabia enforced new rules for Qataris travelling to Mecca in view of the air blockade on Doha.
However, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani told Al Jazeera on Monday that Doha "never politicized the issue of Hajj" and has not tried to "internationalize the issue."
"It was Saudi Arabia trying to politicize the Hajj pilgrimage amid the Gulf crisis," he said. "There has been no suggestion by any Qatari official about internationalizing the issue."
On Saturday, Qatar’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) lodged a complaint with the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of belief and religion over what it called a “stark violation of international laws and agreement that guarantee the right to worship.”
In a statement cited by Al Jazeera, the commission said it is “extremely concerned over [Saudi Arabia] politicizing religious rituals and using [Hajj] to achieve political gains” and said it was filing another claim against Riyadh with UNESCO over the maltreatment of Qataris.
Qatar's human rights commission also protested that Saudi Arabia has made it extremely difficult for many Qataris to reach Mecca by stipulating that they can only land at two Saudi airports – King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Medina.
The ban specifically targets Qatar Airways, with the Saudi authorities saying that would-be pilgrims must use other airlines for their journey. In addition, the NHRC claimed that Qataris were permitted to depart for Saudi Arabia only from Doha.
This claim, however, has been disputed by the Saudi authorities, who said that all travelers holding valid pilgrimage permits would be allowed into the country from any Qatari airport, including Doha.
The airlines which are to carry the pilgrims will be subject to mutual approval by Doha and the Saudi civil aviation agency, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of religious affairs said in a statement last week, while confirming the ban on Qatar Airways.
Speaking following Sunday's meeting, al-Jubeir dismissed allegations that Saudi Arabia is infringing on religious freedoms, saying  it “welcomes all Muslims from around the world who visit the country for their pilgrimage.” He accused Qatar of blowing the issue out of proportion as a pretext to “sway people’s attention from the core issue at the heart of this crisis – its [Doha's] support and funding of terrorism.”
He went on to denounce the Qatari authorities for their alleged meddling in the internal affairs of other countries and for disseminating “hatred and sedition.” 
“It is politicizing [the] Hajj and that is not acceptable,” he said, as cited by The Nation.
Al-Jubeir further reiterated that Doha must comply with all the 13 points of the ultimatum drawn up by the quartet, emphasizing that any preconditions for lifting the blockade “are not subject to negotiation.”
Meanwhile, Qatar announced Sunday that it has closed registration for this year’s Hajj, Al Arabiya reported, citing Qatar’s Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.
The deepening diplomatic row between Qatar and several Arab nations, which have publicly accused Doha of sponsoring terrorism, resulted in an economic and travel blockade and the subsequent 13-point ultimatum. Among the demands, the quartet are insisting that Qatar stop its support for terrorists, expel the Turkish military from the country and shut down the state-funded Al Jazeera international news network.
The UAE later considered softening the Al Jazeera demand, saying the channel must still be “fundamentally reformed.”
Doha has rejected the 13-point ultimatum, with Qatar defiantly speeding up the deployment of Turkish troops to the country. And in another development, the Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah told RT Arabic Tuesday that joint drills between the Turkish, Qatari and US militaries were said to be in the final stages of preparation.

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EMMANUEL MACRON...... More than 21,000 "verified" emails allegedly associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron have been released by WikiLeaks. The whistleblowing organisation claims the batch of 21,075 emails, dating from March 2009 to April 2017, are uniquely verified through its DKIM system........


WikiLeaks releases 21,000 ‘verified’ Macron campaign emails


More than 21,000 "verified" emails allegedly associated with the French presidential campaign of Emmanuel Macron have been released by WikiLeaks.
The whistleblowing organisation claims the batch of  21,075 emails, dating from March 2009 to April 2017, are uniquely verified through its DKIM system.

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RELEASE: 21,075 verified searchable emails from the campaign of President Macron  https://wikileaks.org/macron-emails/ 
A full archive of 71,848 emails with 26,506 attachments from 4,493 unique senders is provided for context, according to a WikiLeaks statement.
It states that while only the 21,075 emails marked with its green "DKIM verified" banner are certified by WikiLeaks as genuine, it believes “based on statistical sampling” that the “overwhelming majority” of the remainder are also authentic.
“As the emails are often in chains and include portions of each other, it is usually possible to confirm the integrity [of] other emails in the chain as a result of the DKIM verified emails within it,” the statement reads.
Macron’s presidential campaign was hit with a huge email leak in the days before the presidential election on May 7. The electoral commission prohibited the French media from publishing the contents of the leak.
Last month French investigators said they found no traces of a Russian hacking group in the cyberattack on Macron’s election campaign.
The head of the French government’s cyber security agency, Guillaume Poupard, told AP  the hack was “so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone.”

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