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Syrian refugees' classmates determined they should stay

Amnesty International has reported its grave concern that families returning to Syria are being imprisoned, and that children are being tortured in custody.

Firm escapes after an asbestos death

I AM reeling from shock and anger, and I just had to tell as many people as possible about a great scandal and injustice. So I have written to you. My old workmate, James Maguire, had to watch his wife, Teresa, die from cancer.

Help create history

THE PROBLEM of debt repayment is at its most acute in Africa where countries already blighted by war are also forced to spend billions repaying or simply servicing debt. This means that there is no investment in infrastructure, education or health. As a campaigner for refugees in Glasgow I have been working with the African community to stop deportations.

Refugees welcome

Working class Glaswegians have responded much more positively to the dispersal of asylum seekers to their city than many media reports have suggested, according to a recent study. The Building Bridges report, by Dr Karen Wren, identifies the voluntary work of local people within community networks as the single most positive aspect where the integration of asylum seekers in Glasgow is concerned.

Culture of brutality

"I SAW recruits bullied to death. It was disgusting and I’ll tell that to the inquiry." Those were the words of Scott Knowles, a former serviceman who served at the notorious Deepcut army training camp in Surrey between 1992 and 1997.

His legacy lives on

THE INTRODUCTION of identity cards is not a small step in the fight against terrorism—it is a giant leap towards a police state that will affect the privacy of every person in the country.

The debate on ASBOs

I WAS delighted to see your recent supplement on Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) in Salford (Socialist Worker, 4 December). It covered a situation that the mainstream press has largely shunned.


I'd strike tomorrow I read your coverage about working in supermarkets (Socialist Worker, 27 November).


Fit for next US call? NEW LABOUR’S decision to fight the next general election on a law and order and security platform is more than just electioneering.

Climate issue hots up

COMMENTING ON "Can We Stop Global Warming?" (Socialist Worker, 20 November), there is an aspect seldom touched upon when discussing global warming and climate change—are humans as a species too clever by half and so incompatible with their continuance on earth?

War as a video game

The mainstream media have covered the devastating US assault on Fallujah as if it were a video game, using cartoonish graphics to depict attacks which have cost hundreds of lives.


Children should be heard and not hit So let's get this right. After last week’s parliamentary vote you can smack your child – but only a mild smack – and take care to leave no signs of visible bruising, or you will be in trouble!

Already watching us

IDENTITY CARDS were abolished in this country because the then Tory government, led by Winston Churchill, described them as "draconian" and an "extreme measure".

Did he really say ‘It’ll be over by Xmas’?

Tony Blair promised the Black Watch troops serving in Iraq last week that, even if they are sent north, they will still be "home by Christmas".

They said I would fail

THANKS TO your paper my eyes have been well and truly opened. I didn’t realise there was so much that they don’t tell the general population.

The union leaders who vote for murder

AT THE recent Labour conference the big four unions—including my own, the TGWU—voted to endorse the war in Iraq.

I was the heckler at the conference

Just under a month ago, at the launch of our Save Our World charity concert in North Devon, myself and mutual friends put our heads together.

Ken Livingstone is on the wrong track

THE RACIST harassment of asylum seekers on the London Underground described by K Babasola (Socialist Worker, 18 September) is not the only form of harassment now happening on London’s transport.

Stoking the mood against the BNP

I WAS very disturbed to hear last week that the BNP had won a council seat in Barking and Dagenham.

Civil liberties abuse

FOR OVER a year we have had the constant presence of British immigration officers working alongside the police and London Underground’s revenue control inspectors on London Underground.

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