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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.

‘I fear that Islamophobia will increase’

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

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.

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.

The police protect the state

28 October 2008
According to "C12", one of the police officers who killed Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell on 22 July 2005, "Everything I have ever trained for – threat assessment, seeing threats, perceiving threats and acting on threats – proved wrong."

More ‘war on terror’ lies from Labour

21 October 2008
In May 2004, Tony Blair told MPs that neither he nor any member of his government knew anything about the torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison.

42-day detention gets thrown out

14 October 2008
One aspect of New Labour’s attacks on civil liberties crashed to the ground this week when the government was forced to abandon its plans for interning people for up to 42 days without charge.

The US, cluster bombs and 'weapons of mass destruction'

30 September 2008
You might have thought George Bush’s administration had enough on its hands with the financial meltdown, but last week it was announced that the US air force is pressing ahead with a new generation of "intelligent" cluster bombs.

US war woes intensify as instability spreads

30 September 2008
As the global financial markets went into meltdown on Monday, US general David Petraeus came knocking at Gordon Brown’s door.

Inquest into de Menezes killing opens

23 September 2008
A banner reading "Inquest Not Cover-Up" hangs from flats near The Oval cricket ground, south London, where Southwark Coroner’s Court is sitting for three months.

New Labour banging war drums - again

02 September 2008
The new Labour government is leading the West’s war of words against Russia in its dispute with Georgia.

British state is complicit in Guantanamo torture

26 August 2008
Evidence at the High Court last week has revealed that once again the British government has being lying over the use of torture, and has been illegally kidnapping people as part of the "war on terror".

Teenager’s conviction on ‘terrorism’ charges shows threat to civil liberties

19 August 2008
Hammaad Munshi became the youngest person convicted under the Terrorism Act this week. He was under police surveillance from the age of 16 and was found guilty along with two other men of "making a record of information likely to be useful in terrorism".

Protest for Guantanamo detainee

29 July 2008
On Thursday 24 July Binyam Mohamed turned 30. For six years he has been held without trial by the US in Guantanamo Bay.

British use torture

22 July 2008
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said last week, "The UK can no longer rely on US assurances that it does not use torture, and we recommend that the government does not rely on such assurances in the future."

Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar cleared of contempt

01 July 2008
There was cheering on the steps of Edinburgh’s high court on Tuesday morning as supporters heard that civil rights lawyer Aamer Anwar had been found not guilty of contempt of court.

Gordon Brown wins 42 days detention, but at what price?

17 June 2008
Gordon Brown narrowly scraped home in a crucial parliamentary vote on 42-day internment last week. Britain now has the most draconian anti-terror laws in the Western world.

Speaking out against Islamophobia in Manchester

10 June 2008
"When I was arrested at first I thought it was a joke. Then I realised – I’m a Muslim, I had the Al Qaida training manual on my computer, I could be locked up and disappear into Belmarsh or anywhere."

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