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Will Chilcot bite?

The witness sessions of the Iraq Inquiry, chaired by John Chilcot, didn't have the air of a witch hunt but the questioning pulled few punches. Nonetheless, there is the ever present danger that it will be limited to a "lessons learned" exercise rather than hold people properly to account.

The Hutton Inquiry into Tony Blair's "dodgy dossier" on Saddam Hussein's fictional weapons of mass destruction was a whitewash, exonerating Blair and his cronies, leading to the ejection of BBC chairman, Gavyn Davies, Director General, Greg Dyke and Journalist, Andrew Gilligan - all to save the criminal government. They say revenge is a dish best served cold - it should be just about right by now.

Lock Him Up!

How Chilcot Could 'Slap The Cuffs' On Tony Blair by Andrew Gilligan

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Economical with the truth

Earlier this month, Daily Pickings exposed the lie touted by the Economist, that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created jobs in the US, Canada and Mexico.

But often, the most insidious perversion of truth is achieved far more subtly than with outright lies. There are two examples in the Economist which stand out this week. The first involves the cost of doing business in California, penned under the Schumpeter column.

The not so Golden State

For all Silicon Valley’s vibrancy, California can be a lousy place to do business

The article could be regarded as a legitimate critique but the picture heading the piece is subliminally suggesting the "Russian Bear" is squashing business and enterprise, turning California into a Soviet state. Nowhere is this reflected in the text - so why the bear and the red star?

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In cahoots

Defined as: colluding or conspiring together secretly, "in cahoots" exactly describes the unholy alliance between the UK government and the City of London to undermine EU proposals to curb finance. A recent report from the World Development Movement (WDM) exposes:

1. Shortly after the European Commission announced its intention to review MiFID [Markets in Financial Instruments Directive] in autumn 2010, UK government ministers and officials had a series of meetings with the financial services industry during which it shared the government’s position and encouraged the industry to take action.

2. During the meetings with industry, the government advised the City to coordinate its lobbying efforts on MiFID with the Treasury.

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Fallujah

Yesterday's Daily Pickings referred to the allegations of torture and murder by the Assad regime. The evidence to date is flimsy and may have been timed to disrupt the negotiations between the regime and the rebels. Who knows? However, we do have evidence of an atrocity which goes unaccounted for.

Fallujah: US Marines – Further Allegations of War Crimes Surface By Felicity Arbuthnot

It is not the young men who perpetrated these atrocities who are guilty, nor even those that authorised the operation. It is our deeply flawed global economic system which drives conflict resulting from the systemic imperative to control, land and resources, money, labour and the populace.