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War on Terror


Guantanamo trial collapses

05 June 2007
The US government faced further legal embarrassment on Monday of this week when a military judge threw out charges against two Guantanamo Bay detainees.

‘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.

Detainee beats off deportation

15 May 2007
An Algerian asylum seeker who was cleared of involvement in the so called "ricin terror plot" has won a court battle against government attempts to deport him.

Questions that remain over fertiliser 'bomb plot'

01 May 2007
This week’s "bomb plot trial" verdicts have not satsified all questions about the case.

Letter from Beeston residents protests at arrests

10 April 2007
On 22 March, three South Asian men were arrested in Beeston. Subsequently it has been reported that they were being held for questioning in relation to bomb attacks in London. Police were given first one week and subsequently another week’s extension to hold the men for questioning in London.

Free the Guantanamo Bay hostages

07 April 2007
Bisher al-Rawi, a British resident incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay after being detained in Gambia in 2002, finally came home on Monday of this week. Abu Bakr Deghayes, brother of British detainee Omar Deghayes, spoke to Socialist Worker about why the camp should be shut down for good

Deported from Britain to torture

03 March 2007
The ruling that Muslim cleric Abu Qatada can be deported to Jordan because he faces "no real risk of persecution" there has highlighted the question of international removal pacts.

Nasty Nick Cohen’s attack fails to hit his targets

24 February 2007
Socialists welcome criticism. Our arguments always need sharpening, and a good debate is an excellent way to do this. Unfortunately, the journalist Nick Cohen’s new book, What’s Left?, isn’t much help in this (or any other) respect.

Mike Davis on US politics

17 February 2007
Not since 1949 has the US foreign policy establishment been so theoretically unified as it is today around the bipartisan Baker-Hamilton plan and the "realist" strategy of multilateral imperialism.

Forest Gate families' angry statement on 'terror raid' investigation

17 February 2007
Families caught up in last summer's Forest Gate anti-terror raid in east London have criticised the findings of an inquiry into the police operation.

Birmingham terror raid arrestee: ‘We will not be divided’

17 February 2007
‘I was born in Sparkhill in Birmingham. I went to college locally and then to Birmingham University where I got a degree in theology and a masters in education.

Salma Yaqoob to be on Question Time Thursday 8 February

10 February 2007
Birmingham Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob will be on BBC1's Question Time at 10.35pm tonight, Thursday 8 February. Among other topics, she is likely to be talking about the war on a terror, in a week when many of her own voters feel increasingly threatened.

Anger at Birmingham terror raids

10 February 2007
The terror raids carried out in Birmingham last week highlight once again the manner in which the Muslim community is being victimised.

Worldwide protests on Guantanamo’s 5th anniversary

13 January 2007
The global anti-war movement will be marking the fifth anniversary of Guantanamo Bay with protests this week. Activists, including Cindy Sheehan and former prisoners, will lead a demonstration outside the detention facility in Cuba.

US aerial assault on Somalia

13 January 2007
US aircraft rained death on Somalia, east Africa, this week, in a further horrific escalation of the "war on terror".

Ghost prisoners: the truth about ‘extraordinary rendition’

11 November 2006
Since the beginning of the "war on terror" the CIA intelligence agency, on the orders of George Bush’s administration, has used a fleet of executive jets to secretly transport prisoners around the globe.

Former BNP man faces charges

28 October 2006
A former election candidate for the Nazi British National Party (BNP) and a dentist have appeared in court on explosives charges.

Anger grows as Special Branch spies on students

28 October 2006
Staff and students at Dundee university are campaigning against the presence of police officers from Special Branch on the campus.

Warmongers play race card

21 October 2006
Britain is facing a sustained attempt to whip up full-blooded racism. Each day government ministers are clamouring to appear on camera denouncing Muslims and demanding their neighbours and teachers spy on them.

General Dannatt’s attack: a blow that has left New Labour reeling

21 October 2006
Tony Blair received a body blow last week from a most unexpected source - General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the British army.

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