Both Tortuous and Torturous

Magistrate Vanessa Bararitser walked into Westminster Magistrates Court No.1 at 10.12am this morning with the sunniest smile and most carefree disposition I have ever seen her adopt. Her shoulders appeared visibly lifted. She positively beamed at Clair Dobbin, counsel for the US government, as she invited her to put the case for the prosecution as … Continue reading “Both Tortuous and Torturous”

The ICC’s Indefensible Decision on Alleged UK War Crimes in Iraq

Support for the rule of international law, and for the institutions which uphold it, is one of the principles of this blog. I have therefore always been extremely keen to defend and support the International Criminal Court, despite widespread criticism that it is simply a tool for use against leaders in the developing world and … Continue reading “The ICC’s Indefensible Decision on Alleged UK War Crimes in Iraq”

Hypocrisy on Display at Assange’s Extradition Hearing

I went to the Old Bailey today expecting to be awed by the majesty of the law, and left revolted by the sordid administration of injustice. There is a romance which attaches to the Old Bailey. The name of course means fortified enclosure and it occupies a millennia old footprint on the edge of London’s … Continue reading “Hypocrisy on Display at Assange’s Extradition Hearing”

Western Media Misperceptions About Belarus, Lukashenko, and Putin

There is a misperception in western media that Lukashenko is Putin’s man. That is not true; Putin views him as an exasperating and rather dim legacy. There is also a misperception in the west that Lukashenko really lost the recent election. That is not true. He almost certainly won, though the margin is much exaggerated … Continue reading “Western Media Misperceptions About Belarus, Lukashenko, and Putin”

Assange Extradition: One Outrage After Another, Says a Former British Ambassador

The imprisonment of Julian Assange has been a catalogue of gross injustice heaped upon gross injustice, while a complicit media and indoctrinated population looks the other way. In a truly extraordinary twist, Assange is now being extradited on the basis of an indictment served in the UK, which is substantially different to the actual indictment … Continue reading “Assange Extradition: One Outrage After Another, Says a Former British Ambassador”

Assange Extradition: The Deadly Magistrate

Mark Sommers QC, the extremely erudite and bookish second counsel for Julian Assange in his extradition hearing, trembled with anger in court. Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser had just made a ruling that the names of Julian Assange’s partner and young children could be published, which she stated was in the interests of “open justice”. His partner … Continue reading “Assange Extradition: The Deadly Magistrate”

Assange Extradition: The Armored Glass Box Is an Instrument of Torture

In last Thursday’s separate hearing on allowing Assange out of the armored box to sit with his legal team, I witnessed directly that Baraitser’s ruling against Assange was brought by her into court BEFORE she heard defense counsel put the arguments, and delivered by her entirely unchanged. I might start by explaining to you my … Continue reading “Assange Extradition: The Armored Glass Box Is an Instrument of Torture”

Trump’s Bantustan-Lite Palestine Plan Shows the ‘Two State’ Solution Was Always a Lie

I have read through the entire 181 pages of Trump’s “peace deal” for Israel, and it is breathtaking. It is not just that the “solution” it proposes is ludicrously one-sided, it is the entire analysis of the problem to be solved which reads as pure, unadulterated zionist propaganda. For example, the word “violence” is used … Continue reading “Trump’s Bantustan-Lite Palestine Plan Shows the ‘Two State’ Solution Was Always a Lie”

Lies, the Bethlehem Doctrine, and the Illegal Murder of Soleimani

In one of the series of blatant lies the USA has told to justify the assassination of Soleimani, Mike Pompeo said that Soleimani was killed because he was planning “Imminent attacks” on US citizens. It is a careful choice of word. Pompeo is specifically referring to the Bethlehem Doctrine of Pre-Emptive Self Defence. Developed by … Continue reading “Lies, the Bethlehem Doctrine, and the Illegal Murder of Soleimani”

The USA Doubles Down on Its Saudi Allegiance

For the United States to abandon proxy warfare and directly kill one of Iran’s most senior political figures has changed international politics in a fundamental way. It is a massive error. Its ramifications are profound and complex. There is also a lesson to be learned here in that this morning there will be excitement and … Continue reading “The USA Doubles Down on Its Saudi Allegiance”