Dico Lucidas - Taceo Nubilas
Wisdom is the sunlight of the soul
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing
It was my intention to make a Blog, partly because I wanted to communicate with my large, and extended family, in a way that all members could see it. Partly, because I wanted to tell my life story before my family read someone else stories about me. Because I have never spoken, others have seized control of my story. Now I will attempt to tell my story, in a way that futures members of my family will have something to read about me, my words, my truth and not all the lies and fiction.
The great writer Amos Oz, in his memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, writes “my ambition was to be a book. Not a writer. People can be killed like ants, writers are not hard to kill. But not books. However systematically you try to destroy them there is always a chance that a copy will survive.” I believe that in the age of the Internet, something will remain in someone’s mind and the seed will have been sown and perhaps one day, the truth will emerge from the darkness and soil of lies.
Many writers have long argued that is senseless to distinguish between fiction and non-fiction; it is all writing. We live faster than ever before with information, facts and content raptures form. Breaks and changes it, there are no borders between fact and fabrication, one flows into the other. Witnesses are never impartial. In telling a story, humans create, they wrestle time like sculpture does marble. They are actors and creators.
I wrote a few years back the following:
“There is something finer than the ardor of youth, and that is the endurance of experience. Ardor of youth may turn to dust in the impact with disaster; but he who has faced the worst and lived through it not once but many times knows that he can live through it, and so meets serenely what fate may have in store, going forward undaunted, undismayed.”
Experience is our best teacher – why then shun and evade it? Life is a serious matter and the most serious thing in it is doubt and indecision.
I will watch with eager and steadfast eyes for the dawn upon the hills, and as I did, the sea. In good time, it will come; in the best, the perfect time, adjusted to Karmic Law and laden with blessing, as Romana and I enjoyed. It will come with hush and coolness, with the still and fragrant breath. With the Master’s peace it will come, the peace He gives to the disciple who is as Himself – a warrior tried and true.
Not to the man who waits can it come, not to him who avoids the conflict, not to the fretful, not to the objector, not to the fear-ridden, not to the over sure; but to him who battles to the end with back against the wall and broken sword, it may be. Watch, watch, I say, for the dawn upon the hills’ hope to see the dawn upon the hill, the mountain, and the sea, I hope to receive my Master’s peace.” I have been a Seeker for many years, possibly, since the events in Denmark near forty years ago. Not alone of the basic needs of my body, but more the needs of my mind. I do not need to Seek, as I have witnessed.
At this moment of writing, I am indeed looking out at the mighty ocean, so blue and littered in the sunshine. An ocean, I have given all my truths for safekeeping and tales I would have written in all my loneliness. How many times I wished to step into your limitless blue bosom.
I have taken more blows than most
No doubt, certainly in our part of the world. Some of them were my own fault, ignorance, and neglect. Yes, I have taken the blows that life throws at all of us. Many had the foundation of a father and grandfather, I did not have grandfathers or a father who left me anything and I never received any inside into their life’s and views. I should have liked their experience and guidance when I started out in life and my youth, even though my life. Experience and strength expressed in the following:
Let me not pray to be sheltered
but to be fearless:
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain
but for the heart to conquer it:
Let me not look for allies in the life’s battlefield
but to look for my own strength:
Let me not pray in anxious fear to be saved
but to hope for patience to win my own freedom
The Great Indian Poet Tagora
I shared every word of these lines, many moments every day for years and tried to aspire to every line and sentence.
To my own astonishment of emotions that pour out unexpectedly when one can no longer trust or rely on one’s own mind and the body buckles in grief. I have been in the deep, so deep valley of grief and despair since Romana, my soulmate left this world.
Words must not become barriers between us; sadly they have for generation, even about fact and truth, which many times, in translation can totally change in meanings. Yet words are our tools and we must not be afraid to express the truth we know is the best words can say.
Sadly, I am not a writer, nor am I able to express my true emotion in words and prose. I should like to write the history of my soul, the monument to suffering and courage and hope.
Despite, I am late in life, dealing with illness, I have still hills to climb and major issues to see to, all related to my past. I had hoped I could leave all this and just paint and walk with my dog, Lady Rose – but no, I must see to the past, once for all, put it to rest. I must have a professional investigation of the travesty of Justice in London. Even more important, go after the crooked lawyers and trustees, from Equiom Trust in Jersey, Channel Islands, who have stolen our home for many years, Villa les Anges. They succeeded in my absence, as the owner, selling my property to themselves without having to give me the proceeds. They just stole my home and everything in it. When anybody shows signs of weakness, everyone is feeding on the carcass.
Most of all I must fight for justice again, against Denmark, a final fight. I should have loved to fight also against UK and Germany for what took place in London in 2008, however, the British very cleverly made this impossible by removing my laptop with all the data, just in time to prevent such action.
As you may note a part of this blog can only be seen with a password for my family and friends. I hope not to be too sorrow gazing and I will endeavour to clarify my self-knowledge and experiences.
On the wall of my home for many years, Villa les Anges, it is written in old Latin: “Dico Lucidas – Taceo Nubilas. According to the view of experts on old Latin, it says: I see the light, I do not see darkness.
I have seen the Darkness but also the Light
Where to start, I am a Dane in my 79th year. I am sure many will agree when I say that I have had an interesting life.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
My life has been full of events. Many of which I was responsible for and sadly others were outside my control. The most important thing in life is love and experience (you walk the path). I have known pain and failure, but know that true happiness comes from giving to others.
I certainly have been so fortunate to enjoy a lot of love, specifically from the devoted love of a soul mate. Love is the very base of life. I have walked (and at times crawled) the path of the deep and cold winter night, deep in the snow, in the depth of the valley getting slowly up to the mountain, with sun and blue sky, being fortunate and lucky indeed, spending most of my time where the eagles fly.
I am so thankful that all my sons and my grandchildren all have enjoyed good health. I am thankful for waking up to three of my grandchildren’s eyes gazing at me and to have played in good times with many of my grandchildren in my home overlooking Monaco. I am thankful for speaking recently on Skype to my 24 years old grandson, who reminded me that I am head of a family with 38 members and only recently, for the first time, to have seen four of my beautiful grandchildren, living in Asia. My grandchildren among themselves speak more than ten languages, but not Danish, my home language.
Further, I was so fortunate to spend 18 years of my life with the most incredible human being, Romana, giving me so much happiness and love. I was so privileged to witnesses her death and transition from this life leaving me with humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit, as expressed by Albert Einstein. To me, she defeated death and is here from eternity to eternity. Romana and I enjoyed a love, for nearly 19 years, that most people will never experience, she was a true soulmate.
The birth of three of my sons, seeing my four sons growing up, my family and private life, my travels, work with charities, financial market, and business experiences and seeing my lovely grandchildren, all events which have shaped my person, all precious memories. However, the experience to have been a victim of the Inquisitorial legal system in Denmark and 33 years later the Adversarial legal systems in the United Kingdom, are experiences that I could have done without. These two events left a deep scar and imprint on my life, worse it affected my relationship with my sons and their families. My experience must be considered unique for any person.
All victims are guilty somehow, for them to become a victim, in the first place, – so am I, guilty of becoming a victim, not once, but twice. The second time, I was very ill and total incapable to deal with anything, allowing my enemies to stab me in the back and destroy what was left of my dignity.
Sadly, the first time, I made a very bad mistake in life, a mistake of youth, possibly by not having the experience of a father or grandfather around. I came back to my birth country Denmark in the mid-1970s, to a place where the unwritten Scandinavian social code Janteloven, the rule “Do not believe that you are anything”. At the time, I really did not understand this unwritten law – and that was truly my stupidity.
The Danish Inquisitorial Legal System
My confrontation with the Danish Inquisitorial legal system ended up at the European Court of Human Rights, where Denmark lost their first case. I had not received a fair trial, the foundation of justice.
The Danish authorities prevented me from making the most serious complaint, for me, to the European Commission of Human Right, namely about my 309 days of total solitary confinement, ending in a 55 days hunger strike. This they were able to do as they held all communication with the Commission back for 26 months, something, totally against the Convention itself.
The British were even more calculated by making certain that my Application to the Court of Human Rights would not happen, as to my in-absentia jury trial in London. They deliberately took a laptop (which had taken me 15 months to get from the Ministry of Justice) with the completed application to ECHR with documentation in January 2017, only days before the six months limit, imposed by the Convention in Article 35. They had been listening to my telephone calls to my lawyer and family.
The British Adversarial Legal System
The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘adversary’ as ‘one’s opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute’. That definition goes some way to explaining the adversarial legal system in the England and Wales under which, essentially, representatives from each party take opposing positions to debate and argue their case, whilst the Judge’s role is to uphold principles of fairness and equality and to remain neutral until the very end when he gives judgment.
We all have seen the scenes from British and American Courtrooms, with the prosecution on one side and the defence team on the other front bench of the court. Each side presenting its case and arguments to the jury and judge.
A strong defence is a vital component of a fair trial. The defence teams represent and protect the rights of the defendant (suspect or accused). All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt before the Court.
The facts as to my in-absentia 6 weeks jury trial in 2008-9:
No defendant present • No defence representation • No defence documentation • No defence witnesses and as to these proceedings, I was first contacted at my home nearly one year later.
So no defence team was present to protect the rights of the defendant, me. So no adversary’ as ‘one’s opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute – only the side of the prosecution. Even worse.
The Judge acted as the second prosecutor; all the prosecution’s witnesses had been led; there were no defence lawyers, no defense documentation and witnesses and the accused was not there or had even seen the indictment.
According to the special Court-appointed counsel to advise the Court, the amicus (see Amicus Submission Re Closing Speeches – 13.12.2008), the Judge acted as the second prosecutor and all the witnesses had been led. Amicus, Edward Jenkins QC came from the same law chamber as the prosecutor and only appointed a few days before the trial. Edward Jenkins made a submission prior to the in-absentia trial, that such trial will be a breach of Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights. All his submission was ignored by the Judge.
I had never commented as to the outrageous allegation, malicious and brazen lies, nor did I ever see the final indictment, which had been altered during the trial. Anyone would ask a very simple question, “where is justice?” “It was evil, it was corrupt, it was dirty cops, it was liars”
Until this event, I believed in the British justice system, I could not have been more wrong. Not only has the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom been brought to its knees by funding cuts, but it is also set up in such a way that its mistakes cannot be effectively identified, rectified, or learned from.
In considering the whole case in London, the allegation, the indictment, and the in-absentia trial, one has to fundamentally understand that I was a trustee for Pamela Schutzmann’s discretionary trust for many years and had her general power of attorney.
A trust is a legal act by means of which a person, in this case, Mrs Pamela Schutzmann, (called the settlor) transfers assets to a person called the trustee (me), who will manage or dispose of them in favour of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. The assets of the foundation are legally under the ownership of the trustee, the foundation can purchase and hold any assets of any kind and can enter into any agreement. The control and administration of the assets in the trust is the power of the trustee. I was the trustee of Pamela Schutzmann foundation, Spazi Foundation in Panama, which through a company held the assets of her home in London, in addition to shares in other companies.
Prior to becoming Pamela Schutzmann’s trustee, I had two-signed Power of Attorneys, including a so-called General Power with control of all her personal assets, an authority I had for eleven years. Moreover, when I arranged to transfer her Foundation from Liechtenstein to Panama, I become the sole trustee and received full signed indemnification from Pamela Schutzmann. Under this indemnification provision, Pamela Schutzmann pledged to hold the trustee harmless against all financial consequences associated with litigation. The trustee, me, was indemnified against claims asserted in any kind of action (civil, criminal, administrative, actual, threatened, pending, or completed), and for payments in virtually any form (judgments, fines, settlement sums, and lawyers’ fees).
Pamela Schutzmann agreed to this transfer and indeed signed for the transfer of her property, witnessed by an independent lawyer. Prior to Romana Labunski, our son Alexander and I was the appointed directors of the Company, which owned her property, Pamela Schutzmann had signed indemnification for all the directors. Later on, Pamela Schutzmann signed a special indemnification for the mortgage taken out on the property, as Romana Labunski was against taking out this mortgage. Pamela Schutzmann received all the proceeds from this mortgage. Despite this, the property was in 2012 transferred back to Mrs Schutzmann, total unencumbered, based on her lies and false statement.
Considering that I was innocent and only acted for the beneficiary of the foundation, I did not plead guilty to any part of the indictment. Worse, the Court was never shown the signed documentation, powers of attorneys or indemnities, these important documents were all hidden by the police and prosecution, like many other important documentations. Further, there was a systematic campaign by a handful of malevolent people to destroy my reputation and impugn my character.
It is my intention to commence proceedings against Denmark
For Denmark’s assistance to the British Prosecution and Denmark’s neglect of protecting me, as a Danish national, against an in absentia trial with entirely fabricated evidence. An in-absentia trial was against Article 6 of the Human Rights Convention. Further, to allow Germany to extradite me on false claims and documentation. It is clear from the submissions to the Court on November 2008, by the Court-appointed Counsel, that the European Arrest Warrant could not be used in my case, as an in-absentia trial would be against Article 6 of the ECHR.
Denmark failed to protect me, as a Dane, against legal abuse by another country and left me to rot in the worst possible place, without any help or assistance at an age well into the seventies, ill and frail.
The EAW Protocol and EU Framework Decision were blatantly abused by the British authorities. The British prosecution deliberate lied and mislead the German authorities. The Council of the European Union, the Council Framework Decision governing Article 5. (1) as to the decision rendered in absentia.
The extradition was in contravention of the German extraditions rules, ‘International Rechshilfeverkehr in Strafsachen (IRG)’, art.8
The in absentia trial was a breach of Art.6 of ECHR, as set out by amicus (Submission dated the 17 November 2008).[Findlay v. UK 24. E.H.R.R. 221] ”
The in absentia trial was not adversarial as stated by amicus to their submission dated 13 December 2008 to the Court. The defendant had been incarcerated for more than 4 years and 5 months, in conditions which the Chief Inspector for prisons has stated is “inhuman, squalor and filth, conditions not even fit for a dog” (The Times, 9th January 2016 pages 8 and 9).
It is my contention that Denmark bent backwards to assist the British prosecution and police to blacken my character and at the same time ignored my right as a Danish national to be protected. Specifically when an in-absentia trial had been held, a trial in clear breach of the Convention. The aim was to blacken my character and justify the misdeed committed against my family and me.
Denmark translated and supplied the most damaging documentation to the in-absentia trial, documents, which was read out during the in-absentia trial to the 12 member jury.
A six weeks trial without me, the defendant being not present, without any defence lawyers, defence documentation and witnesses. These manufactured transcripts were 28 years old, and was dictated by Judge Claus Larsen and had nothing to do with the facts and truth. All manufactured to cover up the deeds of the Special Special Prosecution in 1980.
The European Commission did not wish to see these hundreds of pages, back in the early 1980s, because they knew they had all been dictated, in order, to justify my long incarceration and the whole political case. These so-called transcripts were manufactured and doctored by “judge” Claus Larsen. When the case went forward to the European Court of Human Rights, the Court did not wish to see these transcripts, they knew the truth.
So manufactured documentation, which could not be of any use for the European Court of Human Rights, was 28 years later effectively, used to blacken my person in front of 12 jury members and the Court.
No defence counsel was present. The adviser to the Court and the in-absentia trial, the amicus, Edward Jenkins QC, wrote objectively about his observation and what he and his assistant Dominic Lewis witnessed. He noted that the Judge acted as the second prosecutor and further, he requested that witnesses should not be lead, which they appear, all had until that moment.
It is important to understand that this special appointed Court-appointed Counsel, came from the same Chamber as the prosecution, a partner of the prosecutor when considering his observation and objectivity. Furthermore, he was only appointed a few days before the trial, obviously having no time to look into the ten thousand selected documentation by the prosecution, nor proper prepare to advise the Court.
I have never seen the final indictment, nor ever the detailed judgment of this in-absentia trial, court records or documents which normally should be kept from such as a trial. However, I was subjected to the most terrible treatment at my late age in life, a treatment which caused me so many illnesses, diabetes one, arthritis and hearth deterioration, suffering for years – all at a time when I was unable to fight due to illness and bereavement
The greatest agony and pain, apart from my bereavement and the injustice, was the fact, that none of my sons was bothered to even read the indictment or look into the case and its background. The trauma and injustices in Denmark and the subsequent separation with their mother made irrevocable damage to our father and sons’ relationship.
When considering how the former head of Renault–Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, fled his Japanese home and escaped injustice, my children had more resources and wealth at their disposal but left their old and ill father to fight alone, they could have saved me from all this injustice.
I had no one to help, none so ever, accept one of my sons helped with money in the early stages, after my arrest in Germany, and also later during the restrain proceedings. However, I had no financial support to engage lawyers for a re-trial or even making an application for Habeas corpus, which according to a leading barrister would have resulted in my immediate release from prison in 2015. All my assets had been restrained leaving me without funds to pay for lawyers. I had successfully used the Habeas Corpus writ in 2007 and was immediately released.
Later, I even had to use the money, I had set aside for my funeral expenses, just to get my own application for a re-trial and other legal work was done as to print out the documents. Even worse there is no doubt that one of my sons wanted me to go to the UK, despite my illness. He contributed by his by non-action, to let his appointed advisors in Jersey the Channel Islands, steal my home Villa les Anges. A place where the love of my life Romana’s ashes remain, our home for many years.
My adopted son, Alexander, who was subject to a horrendous treatment, returning from China for Christmas in 2008, had his case thrown out after 11 months of being kept in London. My son blamed me for all this, despite I was ill and totally unable to deal with anything at the time. Worst, this event has caused serious damages to our relationship.
The difficult part, there are many complications as to a regress against Denmark. It is not like in the USA or the United Kingdom, even Germany, where such claims can be filed against the state, under quite similar circumstances, however, Denmark protects itself with statutes of limitations. Some nations have no statute of limitations whatsoever. Many jurisdictions toll or suspend the limitation period under certain circumstances
Having fought hard and long before against Denmark at the ECHR, I must keep up the fight for justice to the bitter end. Everything is possible, I see that President Trump has pardon Conrad Black. The former press baron Conrad M. Black was found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice after swindling his company, Hollinger International, of $60 million. That is the USA today, with a President like No Other! Conrad and his wife Barbara Amiel crossed twice Romana’s and my life, once in Venice and in London, both impressive people. Read this article from the Telegraph, which he once owned: Conrad Black, the former owner……..At least, The Daily Telegraph did not just copy this article from a police press release, as they did with my in-absentia trial.
As Carl Gustav Jung observed more than eighty years ago, the only real danger that exists is the man himself, and we know nothing of man. It is pitiful how little we know about the man. For one, we are the origin of all common evil and could very well be sleepwalking into oblivion
I am most concerned for my grandchildren about the time we live in, although, without doubt, a time, with the greatest opportunities for mankind, because of communication. However, where most of us assume the future will more or less resemble the present, I know this is not necessarily so. In a long and eventful life, I have witnessed several periods and times of disequilibrium and we are living in such a period today. Nevertheless, like Steven Pinker, the experimental psychologist recently wrote; “Progress is a historical fact. The numbers show that over the past seven decades humans have become (on average) longer-lived, healthier, safer, richer, freer, fairer, happier and smarter, not just in the west but worldwide. Progress is not, however, a natural force. The laws of the universe are indifferent to our wellbeing, with vastly more things that can go wrong than go right.” In fact, everyone should read Steven Pinker, a great thinker (https://stevenpinker.com/biocv). Another important expert is Philip E. Tetlock, his book together with Dan Garner Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, could be one of the most important books since Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow and The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg.
It is not that I have become a cynic, I am a realist, this month’s revelations of a catastrophic collapse in insect populations, jeopardising all terrestrial life, is another serious warning. The escalating disasters of climate breakdown and soil loss. The last, the Coronavirus making devastation beyond any so-called experts warning. I believe millions will die, conveniently most of the older part of the population, a perfectly designed virus to get rid of the old. A few lines from the Guardian (21.03.2020)
“According to Sam Gorovitz, a professor of philosophy at Syracuse University and member of the task force, the revisions to the ventilator allocation guidelines include the formation of designated triage committees to determine which critically ill patients will or will not receive life-supporting respiration. Gorovitz told the Guardian he is “100% certain” that New York health administrators will face ethical decision-making in the near future about whom to ventilate – just as it is now making decisions about the allocation of masks and protective equipment. “Consider a patient, 85 years old, on a ventilator, out of hospice care. Along comes a 45-year-old, with a family, and in fundamentally good health and a good prospect of full recovery from coronavirus if treated with the best available treatment.
“Is it not only acceptable but ethically necessary to take grandpa off the ventilator and switch him to palliative care, wipe away the tears, and switch the ventilator to the younger patient?” he said.“These decisions are already being faced with regard to protective equipment that is inadequately supplied,” Gorovitz said. “That’s not the same as ventilator allocations, but everyone knows it’s coming and those decisions are likely being made right now.”
According to the latest death toll in Italy, the average age of the 25,000 plus death is 79, my age!!
Humanity stands at a precipice.
The moral philosopher Toby Ord set out in The Guardian his new book, The Precipice, we are much less adept at anticipating potential catastrophes that have no precedent in living memory. “Even when experts estimate a significant probability for an unprecedented event,” he writes, “we have great difficulty believing it until we see it. ”Our species could survive for millions of generations — enough time to end disease, poverty, and injustice; to reach new heights of flourishing. But this vast future is at risk. With the advent of nuclear weapons, humanity entered a new age, gaining the power to destroy ourselves, without the wisdom to ensure we won’t. Since then, these dangers have only multiplied, from climate change to engineered pandemics and unaligned artificial intelligence. If we do not act fast to reach a place of safety, it may soon be too late.
What about compensation?
China has received billions of orders for various medical equipment – good business for some. One of my sons argues that there should be a place in international law, which allow the nations to sue for compensation after all, countries such as Japan and Germany have paid huge war compensation (War reparations); moreover, companies are made responsible for their misdeeds. Considering the trillion invested by China in the USA, at least the USA is sitting comfortably.
Knowing lawyers, they must have looked at this issue. When suing a country, most countries take different positions over how they litigate cases. Some just never show up. And so you’ll have a default judgment entered against them. That should not be difficult in the US.
Many lawyers get into such litigation (for the big kill) even it can take years. The real question at the end of the day is not whether you can get a judgment against a foreign country but whether you can enforce it, whether you can collect the damages that a federal court might say you’re entitled to. Here I do not see any problems considering all the assets Chinese own (and the state) in the USA. In fact, this is also the case as to many other countries with a large amount of Chinese assets, many owned by the communist state of China.
I will argue that countries which have no hygiene requirement and allow the so-called wet markets to operate throughout their land, should stand to account. According to the Medinenet: “Wet market: A live animal market, a common sight in many areas of the world and a source of influenza viruses and other infectious disease agents for human beings. SARS outbreaks have been traced to wet markets in southern China. Wet markets sell live poultry, fish, reptiles, and mammals of every kind. Animals may stay from days to weeks.” Wet markets that sell live animals can risk creating the types of dangerous conditions where viruses can spread from animals to humans, due to the close quarters and potentially unsanitary practices – especially, if they keep rare animals or those captured from the wild, experts say. How can this be allowed?
The latest news:
A class-action lawsuit filed in Florida this month seeks to “make China pay for what they’ve done” in its handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying the country acted “negligently in their handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
A personal injury law firm based in Boca Raton, Fla., is bringing the suit against China and various Chinese government agencies on behalf of “individuals and business owners in the United States and the State of Florida, for damages suffered as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.”
The suit claims China “knew that COVID-19 was dangerous and capable of causing a pandemic, yet slowly acted, proverbially put their head in the sand, and/or covered it up in their own economic self-interest.“
Although I do not believe much what the British tabloid press writes, The Mail on Sunday, published this:
A report, which is published tomorrow and has been seen by the Mail on Sunday, outlined a number of possible legal avenues including going to the UN (United Nations) and International Court of Justice.
The study titled ‘Coronavirus Compensation: Assessing China’s potential culpability and avenues of legal response’ said: “The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) sought to conceal bad news at the top, and to conceal bad news from the outside world.
“Now China has responded by deploying an advanced and sophisticated disinformation campaign to convince the world that it is not to blame for the crisis and that instead, the world should be grateful for all that China is doing.”
Professor Naill Ferguson writes: Let’s Zoom Xi Jinping. He has questions to answer about coronavirus
FT writes 11 May 2020: “China’s diplomats have done away with diplomacy. In a quest to counter western accusations that coronavirus originated in their country, Beijing’s emissaries have over the past two months substituted courtesy for intimidation.
Claiming that pensioners in French retirement homes were being left to die, threatening a boycott of Australian produce if Canberra pursued an investigation into Covid-19, pressuring governments from Prague to Wellington for public praise in exchange for mask shipments, and tweeting conspiracy theories that the US created the pandemic to hurt China — Beijing has jumped headlong into a furious fight over the pandemic’s narrative.
China’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomats — named after a set of films in which Chinese special-operations fighters defeat west-led mercenaries — have emerged over the past three years. But the virus has pushed its combative tactics to the centre of Beijing’s foreign policy approach.
Chinese and western analysts said that watching Europe and the US struggle to contain the epidemic had helped convince Beijing that it would eclipse America as a global power. “We are seeing version 2.0 of the assertiveness Beijing exhibited following the 2008 global financial crisis,” said Jude Blanchette, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the US think-tank. “It is a result of the conviction of their rising power versus a west in decline.”The push is also driven by frustration that efforts to build what China calls “discourse power” on the international stage have had minimal impact. Even after more than a decade of attempts to counter the west’s more negative narratives about China, “the west still dominates the game”, Nadège Rolland, an analyst at the National Bureau of Asian Research, a US think-tank, wrote in a recent report.”
As to suing the government, after my win at the European Court of Human Rights (in 1989) against Denmark, Geoffrey Robertson QC considered suing Denmark for damages in the United Kingdom, however, Denmark had no assets in the United Kingdom, only shares in Scandinavian Airline System. If one was to seize a plane or two, it could be done by a Mareva Injunction, however, we would have to put up the same amount we were seeking to get from Denmark in damages. Considering Denmark’s involvement in the events in London with my outrageous trumped-up case, I am again serious looking at this but is a difficult issue.
Almost everywhere trust in governments, international institutions, and local parliaments collapsing. Even elections and referendums seem to be manipulated and our shared civic life is replaced by closed social media and circles that receive entirely different, often false, information. Even during this Corona crises, nearly all government lied and acted totally irresponsible.
The widespread sense that politics has become so corrupted that it can no longer respond to ordinary people’s needs and wishes, has provoked a demagogic backlash that in some countries begins to slide into fascism, already seen in many countries, Philippines, Turkey, Hungary, and Brazil. Despite years of revelations about fake news, front groups and micro-targeted ads on social media, it has been left to carry on and nothing has changed. All government and nearly all politician are corrupt, lies and produce fake news.
People do crazy things, I witnessed it first in 1979 with the Iranian Revolution, setting the country back to the middle ages, later we now have witnessed Brexit, where Bank of England’s economists has estimated the cost of Brexit to the British economy is running at £40bn a year, 4 years ago, no one would have predicted such waste and loss for nothing.
When I grew up, we believed that doctors and nurses “had a call” to serve mankind, I soon learned that this for most was totally untrue. Recently, one of my sons told me that he had never seen so much greed for money as he has seen among many doctors in Sweden, and he should know. I recall when we lived in Harley Street, our neighbour was a doctor occupying a 5 story house. His beautiful wife used to go up and down Harley Street, looking for people driving in large chauffeured cars. She was trying to (re) direct them to her husband’s practice. I told him that he should have a display window, showing the best offer of the month for a new kidney or a plastic surgery operation.
An American friend of mine, Woody Brock, already years ago said to me, God help you if you are really wealthy and ill in the USA, they are an object for maximum exploitation. Yes, we are often kept as a ransom of many professions.
I see how the pharma industry works, having observed for years Glaxo making billions on a drug against stomach ulcers when it could be treated with just anti-antibiotic.
We have witnessed so many times in the last thousand years how a whole dynasty has been created on others misery, sufferings and deaths. Recently, the Sackler family.
The Sackler family, a sprawling and now feuding transatlantic dynasty, is famous in cultural and academic circles for decades of generous philanthropy towards some of the world’s leading institutions, from Yale University to the Guggenheim Museum in the US and the Serpentine Gallery to the Royal Academy in Britain. But what’s less well known, though increasingly being exposed, is that much of their wealth comes from one product – OxyContin, the blockbuster prescription painkiller first launched in 1996. I still recall the discussion at the Royal Academy of Art, none considered where the money came from. To me there is no difference between this family and some Mexican and Colombian drug lords, the only thing is perception.
This pill is stronger than morphine and sparked the opioid crisis that’s now more than 100 people a day in America die and has spawned millions of addicts. It is estimated that the opioid crisis has caused more than two hundred thousands Americans died from overdoses related to OxyContin. There are many lawsuits alleging ongoing deception about the safety of OxyContin, which the company had previously misbranding in a 2007 criminal case. Everyone should read the New Yorker’s magazine’s article “The Family that Built an Empire on Pain“.
Lawsuit Claims Roche Duped US for $1.5 Billion in Tamiflu Sales
“Lawyers who took on a case against Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche stated on Monday (16 March 2020) that the corporation falsely claimed that Tamiflu, one its highest-grossing products, could help limit a potential influenza pandemic by preventing the transmission of the virus. To verify its claims, Roche relied on a number of flawed scientific studies, sometimes written by Roche-hired ghostwriters or people with close ties to the company, the lawsuit said.” See more: The Pharma Letter
They use to say in Switzerland that if broke the banking secrecy you could end up dead somewhere, however, if you had something on the Swiss pharma industry, you for sure would end up in concrete at the bottom of the Vierwaldstättersee. The lawyer feeding on my Swiss estate von Wyss had for years been the head of the association of Swiss pharma distributors when I asked him about this saying, he just smiled and said sure!
When I was young, we believed that lawyers were wise about the law. At my age, I know that most professions are leaches, more or less. I have seen Dentists, who the first year of school learn only about client relationships and how to extend treatment. I have lost millions on lawyers neglect and exploitation.
Bankers are always banksters, they simply can’t help it, that is in the nature of banking. Just take the latest Great Fraud (mostly American), where 5 trillion Dollars was lost, with 8 million people losing their jobs and 6 million losing their homes, just think of the misery and only one banker went to jail. Even, (of course) the rating agencies were in on this systemic fraud.
We will soon see the greatest fraud of all, money, what is money, today’s fiat currency is solely based on trust and I.O.Y. issued by countries to their citizens. Most people are totally blind to the deceit by the few, how long can the printing press go on? To me, the paper and promises issued by countries and international monetary authorities will be worthless. See the growing debts of the world from The Economist’s The global debt clock. We are witnessing the beginning of the end with soon a USD 60 trillion debt, the chickens have come home to roust, with the issues of trillions of debt to support the fight against the Covid-19, ultimately leading to a total collapse of our present financial system and let us hope a new world order.
Perhaps we can hope that it will teach us a lesson about inequality. I believe that inequality is the most significant problem in our time. It is most unfair and felt unfair by the people who endure so much suffering.