Monday, April 21, 2014

Will there be justice?

Please see "International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis" by Dahr Jamail

The conference represents the most powerful and most current organized attempt in the world to bring justice to those responsible for the catastrophe in Iraq ..

Their goal for the conference was to begin taking concrete steps toward international lawsuits that will bring former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush, along with those responsible in their administrations, to justice for the myriad war crimes committed in Iraq.

"Adriaensens is aiming to generate one massive lawsuit that condemns former (and current) members of the US and UK governments for war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace for their roles in the Iraq invasion and occupation."

Many people were duped by our information supply into supporting the invasion of Iraq. But now time has gone my and people have had the time to think about it, and likely have spoken with better informed people and the "alternate news" along the way, and now have a better sense of what happened.

By now, hopefully, a majority of Americans (and Brits) have come to realize that we've been duped and the total injustice of that invasion demands these proceedings and the justice that is likely to follow. Without a belief in justice we will -deservedly - lose it all.


An Indictment of the Invisible Hand

Please see "An Indictment of the Invisible Hand" by Jeffrey Madrick, Moyers & Company

Writing about Thomas Piketty's 700-page book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, some quotes:

The only way to rectify the imbalance is more aggressive taxes on property and high incomes to reduce inequality.

some of this capital has been put to good use, but as it grows so much faster than the economy, it seems more than obvious that it is the result of monopoly, rents that are not related to real returns of investment, manipulation of markets and regulations, political influence, and so on. Free market competition has not worked.

Instead, he believes higher taxes are the only solution. But regulation of monopolists and Wall Street manipulators would be part of such a solution. More vigorous anti-trust prosecution would be another. Fairer and more strongly implemented labor laws would have given workers a fairer shake, as would more union-friendly regulations and a higher minimum wage.