Archive for January 10th, 2008

Is it just me?

I’m accused of being everything from a neocon ‘Uncle Tom’ to an ‘Islamofascist’. Does this mean I’m doing my job properly?

So asks someone writing in Comment Is Free. The short answer is no.

Maybe they were purely the voices in my head, but I remember hearing people, apropos of the Northern Ireland situation, saying things like ‘if he’s pissing off people on both sides, he must be doing something right’.  Yet this ‘must’ is far too forceful. The person in question could be simply an annoying fathead.

Laughing all the way to the bank

From 2006:

Northern Ireland criminal justice minister David Hanson said: “It is wrong for convicted criminals to profit for their crimes, whether directly from the proceeds of the crime itself or indirectly through cashing in on the story of their crime.”

He added: “It is not only distasteful but contrary to the principles of natural justice that they should be able to exploit for financial gain crimes that have devastated the lives of victims and their families.”

The Guardian.

From a few weeks ago:

The Just Foreign Policy group in the US places over 1.1 million Iraqis dead as a direct result of the US led invasion and occupation. A conservative estimate of the wounded would be 3 million.

The UNHCR enlists an approximate 2.2 million Iraqis that have fled the country altogether, and another 2.4 million that have been internally displaced. An Oxfam International report released in July found another 4 million Iraqis who were in need of emergency assistance.

Iraq’s population at the time of the US invasion in March 2003 was roughly 27 million, and today it is approximately 23 million. Elementary arithmetic indicates that currently over half the population of Iraq are either refugees, in need of emergency aid, wounded, or dead.

Dahr Jamail.

And from today:

It is not known how much JPMorgan will pay him, but some estimates say more than $1m (£500,000) a year. The bank said he had a “unique perspective”.

It said Mr Blair would advise the firm’s chief executive and senior management team, “drawing on his immense international experience to provide the firm with strategic advice and insight on global political issues and emerging trends”.

BBC News.

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January 2008