Beyond Libya, Howard Davies had never got to grips with the Middle East

Seph Brown looks at Howard Davies's serial failures of moral leadership over the Middle East - not just his close financial links the the vile Gaddafi regime.

Seph Brown is the UK Director of Prosper Palestine, the international campaign to promote Palestinian goods and highlight the effects of illegal Israeli settlements; he is a former student at the LSE


Director of the London School of Economics, Sir Howard Davies, resigned on Thursday over the university’s financial links to Colonel Gaddafi. After his acceptance of a $1.5 million donation from the Gaddafi Foundation turned sour, Davies said in his resignation letter:

“…however laudable our intentions, in the light of developments in Libya the consequences have been highly unfortunate, and I must take responsibility for that.”

He also admitted being “embarrassed” by the decision to accept the dictator’s investment. His repeatedly lacklustre reactions to this colossal lapse in judgement is indicative of the fact that he has simply never got to grips with the seriousness of close cooperation with troubled countries throughout the Middle East.

In 2008, students and academics – including myself as Anti-Racism Officer of the Students’ Union at the time – raised concerns over a £2.4 million investment from Sheikh Abdullah al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates. In return, the university’s sleek new theatre was named after the late dictator, Sheikh Zayed.

The UAE is a country which denies citizenship to 80 per cent of its population, and hence most of the civil and human rights afforded only to citizens of the state. Moreover, Harvard’s Divinity School returned a $2.5 million donation after its benefactor, the Sheikh Zayed Centre, was linked to anti-Semitic and anti-American discourse. Davies was not ‘embarrassed’ by any of this.

It was not only the financial side of the university in which Davies mis-stepped in the Middle East.

In 2007, Davies intervened on a potential debate called within the University and College Union (UCU) over British links to universities in Israel. At this point in time the conversation was entirely academic and had not been brought to the LSE, yet Davies angered staff and students by effectively vetoing any discussion. He then refused calls to balance his statement by offering similar support to struggling Palestinian universities.

Whatever views there are on an academic boycott of Israel – I am against it – this hypocrisy did not go unnoticed across British universities.

The fact that Davies believes his support for Saif “fight to the last bullet” Gaddafi merely “backfired” shows the extent of his unwillingness or inability to engage with the serious consequences of overlooking human and civil rights in search of investment; however, Libya is not the only example where Sir Howard failed to uphold the ethical and academic integrity of the London School of Economics.

Hopefully the next Director will offer more thought to the values of the university rather than its balance sheet.

9 Responses to “Beyond Libya, Howard Davies had never got to grips with the Middle East”

  1. Jane Phillips

    RT @leftfootfwd: Beyond Libya, Howard Davies had never got to grips with the Middle East: http://bit.ly/gIQWfu writes @SephRBrown

  2. Joseph Brown

    RT @leftfootfwd Beyond Libya, Howard Davies had never got to grips with the Middle East: http://bit.ly/gIQWfu writes @SephRBrown

  3. Joseph Brown

    Later than @inwang, my predictably nuanced take on Davies, Gaddafi etc http://bit.ly/gIQWfu (@wilbarber, @sheldonline, @aleddilwyn)

  4. sean gittins

    RT @leftfootfwd: Beyond Libya, Howard Davies had never got to grips with the Middle East: http://bit.ly/gIQWfu writes @SephRBrown

  5. Mr. Sensible

    Seph, I cannot comment on the specific case with the LSE, but on this issue in general i’ve heard a lot of criticism of Britain dealing with Libya.

    We must condemn what’s going on there, but at the same time I think it was right for Britain to try and bring the regime in from the cold; if we had just left them to develop nuclear weapons I wouldn’t really like to think where we would be now.

  6. Anon E Mouse

    Mr.Sensible – How could they develop nuclear weapons without weapons grade plutonium?

    Aren’t you more annoyed that Peter Mandelson went on his holidays with Saif Gaddafi?

    The criticism is with the last Labour government Mr.S not with Britain…

  7. Jon Wilson

    Gaddafi & LSE: http://bit.ly/fac9ZP. I'm proud that while LSE took cash from Libya, King's College London turned down money from Mubarak

  8. jack loach

    Update
    — Feb. 2014.

    Pictet
    & Cie Bank —- List of Crimes.

    1996 —–
    F.S.A— Breach in London.

    2003 —– F.S.A.
    — States rogues operating in Pictet’s London office. Ivan Pictet
    states that documents
    were forgeries but were later proved to be genuine in the British
    Courts. He had documents destroyed in their London office –hoping to
    hide the crimes.

    2007
    .- – – The Securities and Exchange Surveillance issued a
    recommendation that the Prime Minister and The Commissioner of
    the FSA to take disciplinary action against Pictet Asset Management –
    Japan Ltd.

    2008
    .– Dec. – Pictet Bank state – ” We have never chosen
    any funds linked to Madoff.

    2011 – – – Madoff
    Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. Bank for $156 Million.

    2011- – – Pictet &
    Cie Bank abetted a Bribery Scheme – Oil company sues Pictet for
    $350Million

    2012 – – – April
    – Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax Scheme. ( USA.)

    2012 — – June.
    — Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.— USA Trust Fund Investors were
    sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank in order to
    collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF)

    Even after the SEC
    in the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and
    drain whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90 million
    lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 – – – July.
    — De – Spiegel. — states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox
    company in Panama and
    a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain German
    millionaires as clients.

    2012
    – – – August —- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of
    “organised crime.”

    2013
    — Jan.— Swiss MP’ table motion to freeze Tiab Mahmud’s assets of
    ” criminal origins”

    held
    in Swiss banks – $18 million held in 5 accounts at Pictet &
    Cie. Bank. Bahamas.

    Ironically
    the Pictet & Cie.Bank partners are bigger criminals than the
    criminals who have accounts in the their bank.

    The
    bank is now seeking to re-structure — to cut the partners liability
    – hoping to off load their decades of criminal responsibilty –
    and move onwards to carry out new crimes. The Germans are right —
    the bankers should go to prison if found guilty of financial crimes..

    Both Ivan Pictet
    and Monty Raphael.Q.C. conspired to withhold crucial documents
    requested by the High Court – the FSA — and the Police Fraud
    Squad.

    Written
    Parliamentary Questions received by the table office ..

    (1) To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks
    such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU
    law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based
    subsidiary.

    (2)To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to protect the rights of
    UK citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss
    banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    Quote.
    ( America’s Top Lawyer .)

    You can be
    the richest man in the world with the best lawyers that money can buy
    but you cannot win against a man who has got nothing left to lose and
    is telling the truth.

    *** We
    note that there has been a sharp increase in Peters & Peters
    partners leaving to go to other practices. Moving does not alleviate
    them of any responsibility from any illegalities that may have
    occurred at Peters & Peters during their partnership tenure. From
    1999 onwards.

    The consensus of
    opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their
    U.K. banking licence should be taken away.

    Their Solicitors at
    Peters & Peters .London “ struck off and prosecuted..”

    *** Started
    campaign — June 6th.2008.

    5years —- approx
    10 .5 million e-mails – – – but still no writs, injunctions or
    threats of litigation – – – WHY – – – because it is all true.

    *** . The
    bigger they are — the harder they fall.!!!
    In America —- they would have
    all been in prison for the last seven years.

    Feb 2013,—
    Pictet & Cie Bank Partners remove their unlimited liability.They
    realise that all their personal wealth is at risk , the people they
    have conned might want their money back.

    Full Story.***

    . ” Google ”
    or ” Yahoo” .

    Insert– ( Charles
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– ( Ivan
    Pictet.Banker.

    Insert– ( Jacques
    de Saussure.Banker.

    Insert– ( Nicolas
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– (
    Jean-Francois Demole.Banker.

    Insert — (
    Philippe Bertherat. Banker.

    Insert– ( Renaud
    de Planta. Banker.

    Update.
    Jan. 24th. 2014.

    Over
    the last three years we posted the following on hundreds of sites .

    ***
    Were currently waiting for the West Yorkshire Police ;-

    Chief
    Constable . Sir Norman Bettison

    Forces
    Solicitor. Mike Percival.

    Head
    of Economic Crime Unit. Det Chief Inspector. Steven Taylor.

    -to
    see if they continue to cover up this case like the FSA. – “
    watch this space.”

    ****
    We can now state that all the above have been removed from their
    posts. All three facing criminal allegations.

    ****
    These three senior police officials assisted in covering up the
    crimes carried out by Pictet & Cie Bank and it’s lawyers.

  9. jack loach

    Sods —–
    Law.

    March.—-
    2014.

    For almost two
    decades we have strived to get justice for the injustice we have
    suffered at the hands of a world renowned bank— PICTET & CIE.
    BANK.

    Two yorkshiremen
    both running their own small family businesses trying to resolve the
    problem by taking all the correct legal procedures to recover their
    monies.

    The matter was
    raised in Parliament – twice– the FSA investigated the matter
    concluding that PICTET had rogues operating in their London Bank —
    but the rogues had left —saying no one left to prosecute.??? —–
    so there.

    We then
    approached the Financial Ombudsman Service. (FOS) — our case was
    dealt with by seven different people —- then our numerous E-Mails
    were ignored — nobody would speak to us ——-so there.

    We then asked the
    SFO ( Serious Fraud Office.) to investigate our case —- the
    criteria of our case ticked all their boxes. — we were instructed
    not to send them any documents/evidence.—— in fact they wrote to
    us advising us to go to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.(CAB.)

    Richard Alderman
    the SFO boss —- who responded to our letter was the same man who
    would not investigate the “ Madoff” scandal or the “Libor”
    fiasco.

    The MP’s
    committee —- said he was sloppy— and the SFO was run like “
    Fred Karno’s Circus” —– it was an office of fraud.—– so
    there.

    Our M.P.
    approached our local Chief Constable to investigate—– he was
    called—- Sir Norman Bettison— Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
    Police —- a force that made “ Dad’s Army” look like the S.A.S.
    They were inept – corrupt —malicious — from top to bottom. We
    were criminally dealt with by the Forces Solicitor—- the Head of
    the Economic Crime Unit —-and the Chief Constable —– so there.

    We were then
    advised to pass our complaint against West Yorkshire Police to the
    I.P.C.C. – which we did — they advised us to make our complaint
    to —- the West Yorkshire Police — we did with reluctance — all
    we got was abuse and obfuscation. —– so there.

    Sir Norman
    Bettison —- The Forces solicitor— and the Head of the Economic
    Crime —- have all been removed from their posts and facing criminal
    allegations.

    —— so there.

    We even sought
    justice through the Courts — culminating in a visit to the Court of
    Appeal-London.— On leaving the Courts of Appeal that day our
    barrister a “rising star” informed us — that if that was
    Justice then you can keep it. He quit the law and moved to Canada
    —– so there.

    A few years later
    we learned that one of the judges in our case at the Court of Appeal
    was related to a senior executive of the Pictet Bank —–so there.

    Pictet & Cie
    .Bank — voted private bank of the year 2013.

    Ivan Pictet —-
    Voted banker of the year 2012. —- the senior partner — lied on
    numerous occasions and had documents destroyed — also said genuine
    documents were forgeries. —– so there.

    Ivan Pictet in
    Oct. 2013 —- Given the Legion of Honour — but saying that —-
    honours were given to Hitler — Eichmann — Mussolini —Franco
    — he’s in fitting company. —-so there.

    MONTY
    RAPHAEL.Q.C. — Peters & Peters.London. They were the banks
    lawyers.

    Monty
    Raphael.Q.C. along with Ivan Pictet withheld crucial documents
    requested by the High Court —- the FSA —- and the police Fraud
    Squad. —-so there.

    Monty
    Raphael.Q.C. became an Honorary Queens Counsellor in March. 2012.

    Monty
    Raphael.Q.C. became a Master of the Bench in Nov.2012.

    An expert in
    Fraud —the Doyen of Fraud Lawyers. —– so there.

    This says a lot
    about Banks — the consensus of opinion is that they are highly paid
    “crooks” —- no wonder they voted Ivan Pictet banker of the
    year.

    It appears that
    crimes in the “establishment.” are honoured by their peers.

    “HONOURS
    AMONG THIEVES.”

    Full Story.—-
    “google or Yahoo”

    Insert.

    Ivan
    Pictet.Banker.

    Monty
    Raphael.Q.C.

    Ivan Pictet/Monty
    Raphael.

    Update
    — March. 2014.

    Pictet
    & Cie Bank —- List of Crimes.

    1996 —–
    F.S.A— Breach in London.

    2003 —– F.S.A.
    — States rogues operating in Pictet’s London office. Ivan Pictet
    states that documents
    were forgeries but were later proved to be genuine in the British
    Courts. He had documents destroyed in their London office –hoping to
    hide the crimes.

    2007
    .- – – The Securities and Exchange Surveillance issued a
    recommendation that the Prime Minister and The Commissioner of
    the FSA to take disciplinary action against Pictet Asset Management –
    Japan Ltd.

    2008
    .– Dec. – Pictet Bank state – ” We have never chosen
    any funds linked to Madoff.

    2011 – – – Madoff
    Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. Bank for $156 Million.

    2011- – – Pictet &
    Cie Bank abetted a Bribery Scheme – Oil company sues Pictet for
    $350Million

    2012 – – – April
    – Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax Scheme. ( USA.)

    2012 — – June.
    — Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.— USA Trust Fund Investors were
    sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank in order to
    collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF)

    Even after the SEC
    in the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and
    drain whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90 million
    lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 – – – July.
    — De – Spiegel. — states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox
    company in Panama and
    a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain German
    millionaires as clients.

    2012
    – – – August —- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of
    “organised crime.”

    2013
    — Jan.— Swiss MP’ table motion to freeze Tiab Mahmud’s assets of
    ” criminal origins”

    held
    in Swiss banks – $18 million held in 5 accounts at Pictet &
    Cie. Bank. Bahamas.

    Ironically
    the Pictet & Cie.Bank partners are bigger criminals than the
    criminals who have accounts in the their bank.

    The
    bank is now seeking to re-structure — to cut the partners liability
    – hoping to off load their decades of criminal responsibilty –
    and move onwards to carry out new crimes. The Germans are right —
    the bankers should go to prison if found guilty of financial crimes..

    Both Ivan Pictet
    and Monty Raphael.Q.C. conspired to withhold crucial documents
    requested by the High Court – the FSA — and the Police Fraud
    Squad.

    Written
    Parliamentary Questions received by the table office ..

    (1) To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks
    such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU
    law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based
    subsidiary.

    (2)To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to protect the rights of
    UK citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss
    banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    Quote.
    ( America’s Top Lawyer .)

    You can be
    the richest man in the world with the best lawyers that money can buy
    but you cannot win against a man who has got nothing left to lose and
    is telling the truth.

    *** We
    note that there has been a sharp increase in Peters & Peters
    partners leaving to go to other practices. Moving does not alleviate
    them of any responsibility from any illegalities that may have
    occurred at Peters & Peters during their partnership tenure. From
    1999 onwards.

    The consensus of
    opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their
    U.K. banking licence should be taken away.

    Their Solicitors at
    Peters & Peters .London “ struck off and prosecuted..”

    *** Started
    campaign — June 6th.2008.

    5years —- approx
    10 .5 million e-mails – – – but still no writs, injunctions or
    threats of litigation – – – WHY – – – because it is all true.

    *** . The
    bigger they are — the harder they fall.!!!
    In America —- they would have
    all been in prison for the last seven years.

    Feb 2013,—
    Pictet & Cie Bank Partners remove their unlimited liability.They
    realise that all their personal wealth is at risk , the people they
    have conned might want their money back.

    Full Story.***

    . ” Google ”
    or ” Yahoo” .

    Insert– ( Charles
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– ( Ivan
    Pictet.Banker.

    Insert– ( Jacques
    de Saussure.Banker.

    Insert– ( Nicolas
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– (
    Jean-Francois Demole.Banker.

    Insert — (
    Philippe Bertherat. Banker.

    Insert– ( Renaud
    de Planta. Banker.

    Update.
    March. 2014.

    Over
    the last three years we posted the following on hundreds of sites .

    ***
    Were currently waiting for the West Yorkshire Police ;-

    Chief
    Constable . Sir Norman Bettison

    Forces
    Solicitor. Mike Percival.

    Head
    of Economic Crime Unit. Det Chief Inspector. Steven Taylor.

    -to
    see if they continue to cover up this case like the FSA. – “
    watch this space.”

    ****
    We can now state that all the above have been removed from their
    posts. All three facing criminal allegations.

    ****
    These three senior police officials assisted in covering up the
    crimes carried out by Pictet & Cie Bank and it’s lawyers.

    Swiss Bank
    Accounts. 2014.

    Is your monies safe
    in these accounts —- definitely NOT.

    Would you get your
    money back if every body decided to withdraw all their accounts –
    NO WAY.

    Economic Experts
    say that there would only enough money to repay 50% of their clients.

    Are you going to be
    in the 50% — that loose your money.– Get it out NOW.

    2012 — – June.
    — Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.— USA Trust Fund Investors were
    sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank.Switzerland. in
    order to collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF) —Even after the SEC in
    the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and drain
    whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90,000,000
    million lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 – – – July.
    — De – Spiegel. — states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox
    company in

    Panama
    and a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain

    German
    millionaires as clients.

    2012
    – – – August —- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of
    “organised crime.”

    All
    the fines that crooked Swiss banks have incurred in the last few
    years exceeds £75.Billion.

    It
    is also calculated that the secrecy ” agreements” with
    regards to tax evation by their clients will cost the banks another
    £450 Billion.( paid out of your monies.)

    The
    banks are panicking — the are quickly restructuring their banks
    —- from partnerships —

    to
    ” LIMITED COMPANIES.” —– this will probably mean that
    in the future — they could

    pay
    you only 10% of your monies ” if you are one of the lucky ones”
    —- and it be legal.

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