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Police admit abuse of Babar Ahmad

24 March 2009
Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker who has been held in jail for over four years, won a small taste of justice last week. The Metropolitan Police admitted to beating him up in December 2003 and paid him £60,000 in compensation.

Babar Ahmad’s court case begins

17 March 2009
Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker who has been detained without charge in Britain for over four years, started his civil suit against the Metropolitan Police for assault in the High Court on Monday of this week.

Britain’s cover-up of torture is unravelling

17 March 2009
There were more revelations this week about the British government’s complicity in the torture of suspects as part of the "war on terror".

British authorities step up their vendetta against Hicham Yezza - by jailing him

10 March 2009
Hicham Yezza, the Nottingham university administrator who was falsely accused of terrorism for printing off an "Al Qaida" document, has been jailed for nine months for immigration irregularities.

No promise of peace from Gordon Brown or Barack Obama

10 March 2009
After more than seven years of war in Afghanistan, the British and US governments openly admit that they are no closer to victory than they were when they invaded in 2001.

Police spy on protesters

10 March 2009
Police officers are using a criminal database to store information on "thousands" of political activists who have been neither arrested not charged with any crime.

Exposed: Britain’s internal rendition

03 March 2009
In an astonishing breach of normal legal procedure, home secretary Jacqui Smith last week sent five bailed men to prison, overriding the ruling of a senior judge.

Preventing Violent Extremism: who defines ‘extremism’?

24 February 2009
For the last two years the government has attempted to divide the Muslim community in this country by launching a programme called Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE).

Men arrested on Gaza convoy are released

24 February 2009
A high profile raid on activists joining a humanitarian convoy to Gaza has highlighted how the police are using "anti-terrorism" laws to harass campaigners.

Binyam Mohamed: ‘British officers were allies of my abusers’

24 February 2009
Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed has finally been released after seven years locked up without charge.

Anger grows at police for arresting Muslims on Gaza aid mission

20 February 2009
Three men from Burnley, Lancashire, were released without charge yesterday after being arrested under anti-terrorism legislation on their way to join a humanitarian mission to Gaza.

‘We’re photographers, not terrorists’

17 February 2009

The racist truth about Dutch film maker Geert Wilders

13 February 2009
The banning of Dutch film maker Geert Wilders from Britain has led to renewed arguments about free speech. Last year Maina van der Zwan from Socialist Worker's Dutch sister organisation examined his Islamophobic film, Fitna, describing it as, "a disgusting piece of racist propaganda which resembles Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew), a film Nazis used in 1940 to 'expose' the Jews of Europe".

The British government is implicated in torture

27 January 2009
Foreign secretary David Miliband has welcomed Barack Obama’s decision to close Guantanamo Bay.

Islamophobia: reject the divisions

13 January 2009
Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyhu wrote that "militant Islam threatens us all". The Israeli state has lost the political and moral argument over its assault on Gaza just as it did over its invasion of Lebanon in 2006.

Unjust show trials at Guantanamo

09 December 2008
Five men accused of connection with the 9/11 attacks of 2001 emerged this week from the isolation of the Guantanamo detention centre to stand before a military commission. Each entered a guilty plea and demanded the death sentence. Their spokesperson Khaled Sheikh Mohammed had been subjected to torture.

Press targets British Muslims

02 December 2008
The British press has responded to the events in Mumbai with a frenzy of sensationalist and unsubstantiated claims about the involvement of British Muslims in the attacks.

‘I fear that Islamophobia will increase’

02 December 2008
‘My initial reaction was shock and horror.

Start mobilising now to join the European anti-Nato demonstration

11 November 2008
The Strasbourg protest will begin with a counter-summit bringing together anti-war activists, writers and politicians from around the world. It will start on Thursday 2 April.

42 - Red Card Theatre

04 November 2008
This play explores the issues surrounding the proposed 42 days detention without trial which, although rejected by the Lords, will be enforced in the event of a terrorist attack.

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