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War on Terror

Internet ruling is civil rights victory

19 February 2008
Civil rights campaigners have welcomed last week’s decision by the appeal court to overturn the convictions of five young Muslims who were jailed under anti-terrorism laws simply for downloading material from the internet.

Campaigners oppose extradition of Omar Deghayes and Jamil el-Banna

19 February 2008
Supporters of former Guantanamo prisoners Omar Deghayes and Jamil el-Banna protested outside their hearing on Thursday of last week. The Spanish government is trying to extradite them on terror charges. Both men have suffered severely in Guantanamo Bay and their supporters say they are medically unfit to stand trial

Anything to declare in the ‘war on terror’?

19 February 2008
This government is capable of sending tanks to Heathrow to avert a supposed terrorist threat, but when an international criminal turns up, don’t expect the police to arrest him.

This is what the US calls justice

12 February 2008
The US’s decision to seek the death penalty for six Guantanamo Bay detainees in connection with 9/11 is a crime against the very idea of justice.

Counter-terror bill threats

05 February 2008
A new counter-terrorism bill currently going through parliament is set to remove juries from some inquests into how people have died.

Real victim of bugging scandal is Babar Ahmad

05 February 2008
Arrested on the wishes of the US. Thrown in jail for the past three and a half years. Threatened with extradition on trumped up "terrorism" charges. And now it has been revealed that the police bugged his meetings with his MP.

Guantanamo chaplain exposes US torture

11 December 2007
James Yee served in the US army and was posted as a Muslim chaplain to Guantanamo Bay.

Guantanamo Bay: hopes for freedom

11 December 2007
Family and friends of Omar Deghayes – the Brighton man incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay for six years – are greeting with cautious optimism media reports that he and three other British detainees are soon to be released.

Threat of 42 day detention limit

11 December 2007
Gordon Brown’s government is pushing ahead with plans to further extend the period that terrorism suspects can be held without charge.

Growing campaign to defend Aamer Anwar

20 November 2007
Over 250 people attended a Glasgow public meeting on Tuesday of last week, in support of human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar.

Students ‘welcome’ US ambassador

20 November 2007
Glasgow and Strathclyde university Stop the War groups mobilised to oppose US ambassador Robert Tuttle’s visit to Glasgow University last Wednesday.

Somalia demo: ‘We want our country back’

13 November 2007
Over 500 people joined an angry demonstration in London against foreign intervention in Somalia on Saturday of last week.

Resisting the war

13 November 2007
The global anti-war movement has achieved unprecedented, astonishing successes. Launched in many cases before a single bomb fell on Afghanistan, it rapidly crystallised into an expression of the grave doubts about US strategy in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks, before becoming the organised expression of outright hostility to George Bush’s policies.

Aamer Anwar: human rights lawyer faces contempt charge

13 November 2007
Leading Scottish human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar has been told that he will face a hearing over possible contempt of court charges.

Jean Charles De Menezes: two reports, one conviction, but no charges

13 November 2007
Last week’s Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report into the shooting of the Jean Charles de Menezes notes that not one of the 17 witnesses on the Northern Line tube train could recall hearing armed police identify themselves as they rushed into the train carriage where Jean was shot dead.

Pakistan crisis: eyewitness report from Karachi

06 November 2007
Within 24 hours of it being declared, over 200 people defied the state of emergency to gather on the steps of the Karachi press club.

The sentencing of Mohammed Atif Siddique

30 October 2007
In Edinburgh High Court last week, Mohammed Atif Siddique, a 21 year old Scottish born Muslim student, was sentenced to eight years in prison for terrorism offences.

Jean Charles de Menezes trial

16 October 2007
The Metropolitan Police commander who ordered the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes knew the Brazilian was not one of the 21 July bombers some time before he was killed, a court heard last week.

German MPs want more war

16 October 2007
The German parliament voted to keep German troops in Afghanistan last Friday.

Jean Charles de Menezes: Israel advised Met Police on suicide bombings

09 October 2007
A senior police officer giving evidence in the trial of the Metropolitan Police over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, said that the Israeli security forces had given advice to the Met on handling suicide bombers.

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