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Stop scapegoating Muslims - it’s war and racism that fuel division

14 October 2006
Jack Straw's attack on Muslim women wearing the veil was not an innocent attempt to "raise debate". He was speaking in a climate of Islamophobia fuelled by the "war on terror".

A right wing attack on multiculturalism

14 October 2006
Jack Straw’s calculated entrance into the seething right wing debate on Muslims and multiculturalism has little to do with the wearing of the veil - and still less with the need to "open a dialogue" with Muslim communities.

Anger in Blackburn at scapegoating of Muslim veil

14 October 2006
Dr Bano Murtuja told Socialist Worker that she doesn’t normally wear the niqab (face veil), but was wearing it as a protest. "I am disgusted that our MP Jack Straw is pandering to the right wing," she said.

Jack Straw's veil comments are ammunition for racists

14 October 2006
Is it possible to get the question of racism and Islamophobia more wrong than Oldham Labour MP Phil Woolas did last weekend? Muslim women who cover their faces with veils, he told readers of the Sunday Mirror, can be "frightening and intimidating". He added that Muslim veils could increase racial tensions in Britain.

Race riot in Windsor? Don’t believe the hype

14 October 2006
"Ghettos", "No-Go Areas", "Race Riots On Queen’s Doorstep" screamed the newspaper headlines last week as a Muslim owned dairy near Windsor castle became the latest victim of Islamophobic hysteria.

East London Love Music Hate Racism gig rallies opposition to the Nazi BNP

07 October 2006
Some 500 young people crammed into The Cauliflower venue in Ilford, Essex, to watch Dirty Pretty Things and Roll Deep headline a benefit night for Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) to help boost the local campaign against the fascist British National Party (BNP).

Jack Straw's veil comments threaten to inflame racism

07 October 2006
The racist onslaught on Muslims hit new and appalling levels this week.

Injustice CD: sounding the alarm over deaths in police custody

23 September 2006
A new CD has been released by the people behind the 2001 film Injustice that told the story of families seeking justice for deaths in police custody.

Remembering Mikey Powell and battling for justice

16 September 2006
The Friends of Mikey Powell campaign held a commemorative event on the third anniversary of his death in police custody. A hundred people heard an update on the campaign from Mikey’s cousin, Tippa Naphtali.

Fourth London Schools and the Black Child conference

16 September 2006
The fourth London Schools and the Black Child conference was held in central London last Saturday, focusing on the continuing inequalities experienced by children of African and Caribbean heritage in schools.

Shoot The Messenger: the message is wrong

09 September 2006
"Everything bad that has ever happened to me has involved a black person." So says Joe, the central character, espousing the recurring theme in Sharon Foster’s Shoot the Messenger which went out last week on BBC2.

Class and the civil rights movement

10 December 2005
Surely one of the most nauseating spectacles in an era that has provided us with so many was the "civil rights tour" that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosted for her partner-in-war-crimes Jack Straw in late October. During it, they had the incredible cheek to invoke the history of the black freedom struggle to rationalise their ongoing slaughter in Iraq.

Ms Dynamite: 'Music has a role in fighting racism and the system'

30 July 2005
Why did you get involved with Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) in campaigning against the fascist British National Party (BNP)?

Malcolm X: an inspiration to Muslims struggling for justice

25 February 2005
George Bush’s ‘war on terror’ has made Malcolm X’s vision of universal liberation uniquely relevant to Muslims today, writes civil rights activist Dr Adnan Siddiqui

Malcolm X: ‘We are living in an era of revolution’

25 February 2005
Malcolm X was assassinated 40 years ago this week. His ideas can continue to inspire us in the struggle for liberation today, says Cheryl Garvey

Malcolm X: ‘Show me a capitalist and I’ll show you a bloodsucker’

25 February 2005
Malcolm X was gunned down on 21 February 1965 as he addressed a political rally in Harlem, New York. The entire US establishment heaved a sigh of relief. The New York Times’ editorial the day after Malcolm’s murder said:

Claudia Jones: the black Communist who founded the carnival

13 October 2004
It was just a few months after the Notting Hill "race riot" of 1958. The small Caribbean immigrant population living in the London borough of Kensington was still reeling after being attacked by violent racist and fascist mobs during the summer.

Olaudah Equiano: the slave who raised a storm for emancipation

09 October 2004
The young Olaudah Equiano was captured in 1756, and thrust down into the stinking hold of a slave ship. No doubt his captors believed him to be little more than an animal. Yet he was to utterly confound their prejudices.

Robert Wedderburn: ‘Now I can tell slaves to murder their masters’

02 October 2004
The year is 1819, and the working class of Britain is in revolt. The year is to end with the bloody Peterloo massacre of unarmed radical demonstrators in Manchester by sabre-wielding guardsmen.

Islam and racism

17 July 2004
"Fanatic", "terrorist", "fundamentalist", "extremist", "suicide bomber" or just plain "evil". Those are some of the terms placed next to the word Muslim in the media in the last few days alone.

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