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Sacco and Vanzetti: murdered in an American crusade against ‘terrorism’

28 August 2007
The last 100 years of the US’s history has been punctuated at regular intervals with crusades not just against the enemy without but the enemy within. That has involved the legal death sentence and extra-legal lynchings and assassinations.

Heathrow climate protest defies anti-terrorism laws

14 August 2007
New Labour’s anti-terror legislation is being used this week against protesters wanting to take part in the climate camp near Heathrow airport.

Judges halt deportations

31 July 2007
The deportation of three Algerian men accused of terrorism was halted by appeal court judges on Tuesday who ruled that the government could not be certain that they would be safe from torture after they were sent back.

Lords refuse to hear Babar Ahmad's appeal against extradition to the US

12 June 2007
Campaigners for Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker threatened with extradition to the US on trumped-up "terrorism" charges, have reacted with anger to a decision by the House of Lords to refuse him an appeal.

Gordon Brown moves to attack civil liberties

05 June 2007
Last weekend prime minister-to-be Gordon Brown announced plans to hand a host of new powers to the police under the pretext of "anti-terrorism".

‘I took a picture of Tower Bridge and was arrested for terrorism’

29 May 2007
Government ministers and police chiefs are demanding new powers to allow the police to stop and search people in the streets if they suspect them of terrorism. These powers echo the notorious "sus laws" of the 1970s.

Palestine defies Israeli terrorism

18 November 2006
George Bush and Tony Blair’s chatter about new sweeping peace initiatives in the Middle East will come as little comfort to the 1.4 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. Israel, the US’s ally in the region, has unleashed another bloody assualt on civilians in the besieged territory.

Babar Ahmad: a message from my prison cell

23 September 2006
Terrorism is the bulldog used by Tony Blair’s administration to frighten the electorate into accepting repressive legislation. And once that legislation is set in stone, it is used against anyone but terrorists.

Bush’s ‘long war’ is falling apart

23 September 2006
Five years after 11 September 2001, George Bush and his advisers continue to affirm that they are engaged in a global "long war" against terrorism.

Deported to torture?

02 September 2006
A secret British court ruled last week that an acquitted terrorism suspect can be deported to Algeria, despite continuing evidence of torture in that country.

Irish civil rights leader Eamonn McCann arrested at occupation of Raytheon

19 August 2006
Nine anti-war protesters, including socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann, have been charged under terrorism laws following an occupation of the offices of US arms manufacturer Raytheon in Derry, Northern Ireland. Police claim £350,000 damage was done to computer equipment during the protest.

Who are the true terrorists?

19 August 2006
The political fallout from the alleged plot against airliners is a sign of how far the wider debate over the "war on terrorism" has shifted against the government.

Talha Ahsan extradition case

05 August 2006
Another young man from Tooting, south London, has been arrested by British police following an extradition request by US authorities on trumped up "terrorism" charges.

Babar Ahmad fights back against extradition plans

15 July 2006
Babar Ahmad, the British IT worker from south London threatened with being sent to the US to face trumped up terrorism charges, started his High Court appeal against his extradition on Tuesday of this week.

Last chance for Babar Ahmad

08 July 2006
Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker threatened with deportation to the US on trumped up terrorism charges, will begin his appeal against extradition next Tuesday.

Gordon Brown wants to reopen debate on detention without trial

08 July 2006
Chancellor Gordon Brown said last week that he wants to further extend the period that terrorism suspects can be held without charge.

Britain’s chilling role in Northern Ireland death squads revealed

03 June 2006
The British state is guilty of murder and terrorism.

Assassins: a musical that asks why people try to kill presidents

25 March 2006
Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins is a nightmarish vision of a US system which generates inequality and despair. Originally performed as George Bush senior attacked Iraq in 1991, the show was condemned by many theatre critics as sinister, dangerous and of glorifying terrorism.

Terrorism debate: no glory for New Labour

25 February 2006
New Labour managed to pass its latest terrorism bill through parliament last week.

Duelling Blair and Brown are both in decline

25 February 2006
Last week didn’t go too badly for Tony Blair. He was able to persuade the House of Commons to approve legislation introducing identity cards and prohibiting the "glorification of terrorism".

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