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Babar Ahmad was arrested last December in one of home secretary David Blunkett’s "terror" raids. The 30 year old IT worker from Tooting, south London, was released without charge a week later.
‘I want you to know the truth about my son. Despite everything that has happened, all the lies and ridiculous allegations, I still believe justice will be done.
Ashfaq Ahmad was speaking at a conference in Tooting, south London, last Sunday to protest against harassment of Muslims by police.
"FOR OVER 16 years we have been used as political scapegoats. The police told us from the start they knew we hadn’t done it." Paddy Hill one of the Birmingham Six—a group wrongly convicted of terrorist bombing—on his release in March 1991
Arshad Suhail Masih is one of the many refugee prisoners held at Dungavel prison near Glasgow.
Duncan Milligan (DM): I’m Duncan Milligan. I’m writing a story for Firefighter. I want to talk about Monday’s vote.
SOME 50,000 firefighters and emergency control operators were to begin balloting this week for fresh strikes over their long-running pay campaign.
RESPECT ACTIVISTS in Hartlepool have begun their campaign for the forthcoming by-election. The election was sparked by the appointment of Peter Mandelson as a European Commissioner.
TEN WOMEN shop workers at Cadbury World in Birmingham have won their fight for pay parity with Cadbury factory shop staff.
ABOUT 100 York postal workers staged a lightning one-hour strike last week over unpaid bonuses.
MEMBERS OF the TGWU union at the Uniq company in Annan and Finnarts Bay have voted to strike against low pay by a huge majority.
THE NATIONAL Pensioners Convention held a successful meeting recently at the Priory Street Centre in York.
THE TWO-DAY strike of 98,000 workers in job centres and benefits offices at the end of last month was the best supported yet.
WORKERS AT the Edrington whisky group in Glasgow were set to strike again on Thursday and Friday of this week.
SOME 4,500 members of the GPMU union in the paper industry have voted for industrial action over pay.
WORKERS AT First Group buses in Sheffield and South Yorkshire have won a major victory after three weeks of indefinite strike action.
DOCKERS AT 23 ports are to vote on their first national strike for 14 years.
IT ISN’T just Britain that is experiencing a crisis of New Labour style politics.
A MYSTERY has been unfolding. It’s not so much a whodunnit as a howdunnit.
SOCIALIST WORKER sellers are reporting a good response from civil service workers who are facing a government attack.
What is striking about last week’s dossier, released by three men from Tipton in the West Midlands, is the detail. It came out just as four French people were released. Two of them reportedly told their lawyers a similar story.
WHO DEMANDED this week that workers should work longer hours, saying, "An obsession with the 35-hour week is now part of Europe’s economic problem, and not the solution"?
THE CWU postal and telecom workers’ union is encouraging members to come along to the European Social Forum to be held in London from 14 to 17 October.
THE OLYMPICS seem to be an innocent enough event. Who could object to people having some fun and watching sport? Won’t ordinary people benefit if the Olympics come to London and areas are regenerated?
USUALLY WHEN the Olympics are staged by one of the big countries there is an appeal to people to "rally round the flag", and highlighting the medals the home team could win.
NEW LABOUR may have given up on tackling the growing gulf between rich and poor, but it still pretends to be progressive on issues of inequality between men and women.
IN BOLIVIA in October 2003 hundreds of thousands of workers and peasants surround the governmental palace in La Paz. They demanded the resignation of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozado, the country’s hated millionaire president. Within days, he was forced to resign and flee to Miami in disgrace.
The Second World War was even more barbaric than the First. If one country felt that barbarity more than any other, it was Poland.
SkinnyMan has been a stalwart of the underground British hip-hop scene for years, working with his crew Mud Family.
In March Love Music Hate Racism organised a tremendously successful gig at London’s Astoria.
HUNDREDS OF Iraqis dead. US and British troops under heavy fire. Oil prices shooting up. That’s not a description of the height of the war on Iraq. It has occurred during the last week in the "peace" that we are told reigns.
When Ken Sprague first met Martin Luther King, the US civil rights leader started telling him exactly how he wanted a poster for his campaign to look.
These new laws are aimed at all of us Whatever you think about animal rights, we should all be very worried about the new laws proposed to deal with "animal rights extremists".
INDIAN TRUCK drivers who were offered lucrative contracts in Iraq have come away with a low opinion of US troops.
"Sorry, we cannot put it back."
Saturday 14-Sunday 15 August Joyfest—Love Music Hate Racism event, Ocean, Mare Street, Hackney, London. Phone 020 8533 0111. Organised by Filthy Little Angels.