Justice is not about fixing the past; it’s about healing the past’s future.

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Rama Valayden in June 2013, led a team of criminal lawyers who offered their time towards the publication of Wrongfully Convicted, a report that exposes the innocence of the 4 people who have been wrongfully convicted for the Amicale case (a terrible crime that saw the death of 7 Mauritian citizens). The publication of the report brought the issue into the limelight and has seen the organisation of a campaign to shed light on the Amicale Case, Free the Wrongfully Convicted and find those who committed the horrific crime. Here are the links to download and read the
reporthttp://www.pdf-archive.com/2013/06/30/the-report/ 
and annexureshttp://www.pdf-archive.com/2013/06/30/annexures/

The fundamental basis by which the court’s decision is made at times, in itself, imperfect and subject to contradictions. There is very little consideration given to a priori knowledge regarding the circumstances being presented and as a result, arguments must be made empirically, under the assumption that assumptions themselves are, in fact, likely to give way to specious reasoning…Decisions must be made meticulously and according to specific, yet immeasurable criteria that cannot only be based with the ability to make emotional pleas based on a requisite amount of inconsequential evidence to affect any judicial decision. And so, in this respect, the law is capable of proving nothing except that its absurd attention to detail is really a kind of a façade meant to cover up the fact that a truly logical and just way to deal with such matters has not yet been devised.

Zafer Amikal 4“, Amicale four, “ZA4” or “Inosan” is not just a real life story nor a story of 4 men, but is beyond all the functioning of our judicial system and the lower executive levels primarily the enquiry aspect of things. Produced and directed by Jameel Peerally, recording by Pascal Pierre and music by Jean Alain Residu, this Mauritian short film has for aim to raise awareness of how innocent people can end up behind bars due to gross judicial errors.
Release schedule for soon and looking forward for it! 

Capitalism ‘Dangerous Idea’ For Building Society

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One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

“The Wire” creator David Simon talked about greed and the flaws of capitalism during an appearance at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, Australia.

An edited excerpt titled “There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show” was published by The Guardian this weekend, and details how, in Simon’s view, America is divided economically and politically. “Mistaking capitalism for a blueprint as to how to build a society strikes me as a really dangerous idea in a bad way,” Simon said.

He also added “I’m utterly committed to the idea that capitalism has to be the way we generate mass wealth in the coming century.”

Here’s an excerpt of Simon’s comments:

People are saying I don’t need anything but my own ability to earn a profit. I’m not connected to society. I don’t care how the road got built, I don’t care where the firefighter comes from, I don’t care who educates the kids other than my kids. I am me. It’s the triumph of the self. I am me, hear me roar.

That we’ve gotten to this point is astonishing to me because basically in winning its victory, in seeing that Wall come down and seeing the former Stalinist state’s journey towards our way of thinking in terms of markets or being vulnerable, you would have thought that we would have learned what works. Instead we’ve descended into what can only be described as greed. This is just greed. This is an inability to see that we’re all connected, that the idea of two Americas is implausible, or two Australias, or two Spains or two Frances…

And so in my country you’re seeing a horror show. You’re seeing a retrenchment in terms of family income, you’re seeing the abandonment of basic services, such as public education, functional public education. You’re seeing the underclass hunted through an alleged war on dangerous drugs that is in fact merely a war on the poor and has turned us into the most incarcerative state in the history of mankind, in terms of the sheer numbers of people we’ve put in American prisons and the percentage of Americans we put into prisons. No other country on the face of the Earth jails people at the number and rate that we are…

I’m utterly committed to the idea that capitalism has to be the way we generate mass wealth in the coming century. That argument’s over. But the idea that it’s not going to be married to a social compact, that how you distribute the benefits of capitalism isn’t going to include everyone in the society to a reasonable extent, that’s astonishing to me.

And so capitalism is about to seize defeat from the jaws of victory all by its own hand. That’s the astonishing end of this story, unless we reverse course. Unless we take into consideration, if not the remedies of Marx then the diagnosis, because he saw what would happen if capital triumphed unequivocally, if it got everything it wanted.

You can read the complete excerpt here or check out the video here.

Capitalism IS the Problem by Occupy Wall street
http://occupywallst.org/article/capitalism-is-the-problem/#.Uzw46dhxyh4.twitter