๐๐š๐ณ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง ๐™๐š๐ ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ข-๐‘๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž - ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ. ๐€ (๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ) ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐: 1/ Today, at the crack of dawn, I am up listening to the BBC World Service - cont'd/
2/ continued:
I hear it reported that some autocrat admits that he takes responsibility for an action - but that 'responsibility does not equate to culpability'.
cont'd/
3/cont'd: I find that declaration of nonequivalence a very topical philosophical subject.
The word responsible originates in the late 16th century (in the sense โ€˜answering to, correspondingโ€™): cont'd/
4/ from (the now obsolete) French responsible, from Latin respons- โ€˜answered, offered in returnโ€™, from the verb respondere.
cont'd
5/ Its meaning includes: 1/ Having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one's job or role; 2/ Being the primary cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it; and 3/ Morally accountable for one's behaviour.
cont'd/
6/ A responsible person or entity, for example, implies that they are capable of being trusted.
So, with rights, surely, must come responsibilities?
cont'd/
7/ Culpable, on the other hand, is much simpler: "Deserving of blame".
In this new Aquarian 'post-post-Modern' age we find ourselves entering (on the lower slopes), these differences are either muddied
cont'd/
8/ and/ or used as flaming talismans against 'the enemy' as we form more and more (cultural and armed) militias against each other, in an increasingly atomized world.
cont'd
9/ This is at precisely the same moment in our shared history on this planet when working/ playing for the common good is most desperately required from us.
Naturally, this applies to everything - the personal & the political, the seemingly trivial as well as the seismic.
cont/
10/ I was thinking about this in relation to one woman and her family today: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a forty-two-year old Iranian-Brit, who has suffered intolerable shit since 2016 - since, while on a visit to Tehran (at Nowruz, Iranian New Year) with her 22-month-old daughter
11/ to see her mother and father, she was arrested at Tehran's main airport on charges of "plotting to topple the Iranian government". According to the Prosecution. she was running "...a BBC Persian online journalism course which was aimed at recruiting and training people to
12/ spread propaganda against Iran".

From that day, things have gone from bad to worse for the Zaghari-Ratcliffes, not aided by the British government: a year after her imprisonment, the current UK Prime Minister,
13/ who was then the foreign secretary (arguably, the most bumbling and inept in the country's centuries of history) stated publicly, "When we look at what Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was doing, she was simply teaching people journalism, as I understand it, at the very limit."
14/ If he had been doing his job, he would have known that a central part of Zaghari-Ratcliffe's defence was that she was there on a holiday and never worked to train journalists in the country.
15/ Her employer, Thomson Reuters Foundation, called on Johnson to "immediately correct the serious mistake he made" in this statement. They added "She is not a journalist and has never trained journalists at the Thomson Reuters Foundation". Four days later, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was
16/ returned to court in Iran where the Foreign Secretary's statement was cited as evidence against her.
17/ He - Johnson - has never taken responsibility or culpability for his actions in this situation, or indeed, for anything else, including mounting charges of sleaze and cronyism.
18/ Today, I learned that Nazanin has just been sentenced to a further year in prison (and a further travel ban of another year after that) by the Iranian Justice system. This is in stark contrast to the soundings from Tehran that she was finally
19/ going to be allowed to return home ( her home, by the way, is just a mile away from where I am writing this).

But I also learned that the UK government owes the Iranians millions of pounds for tanks they (the UK) were paid for but that they have never delivered.
20/ Iran has taken their claims to the international courts of arbitration and won - Whitehall admits this refund is due to Tehran but still refuses to pay it.
21/ The basic tenet of the law - the Principle of Clean Hands ("He who comes to equity must approach the court with clean hands") - is surely a stumbling block in any diplomatic attempts to free Nazanin.
22/ Governments across the globe need to protect and defend their citizens: this is just one example of the British Government signally failing to do so - and they must be held responsible now!

..... ๐„๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐š๐.

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