Revolving Doors

There seems to be a seamless progression of civil servants and politicians pursuing lucrative second careers…and vice versa. “The former chief executive of BT, who is now a senior Government trade minister, is at the centre of a row over Britain’s alleged role in America’s secret drones’ war. Ian Livingston was head of the telecoms…

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Terrorism Laws – crows come home to roost?

The misuse of Britain’s hastily conceived anti-terrorism/counter-terrorism laws and security regimes is now affecting society as a whole…  Rajeev Sayal reports in the Guardian: “MPs have criticised Britain’s leading tax official after HM Revenue & Customs used powers meant to catch terrorists to hunt down an employee who exposed a secret multimillion-pound ‘sweetheart’ deal with…

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Metrics of Domestic Security

“Since last April at least 940 people have been referred for assessment under the Channel programme  because of concerns they are at risk of being drawn into terrorism, according to official figures.The numbers, disclosed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) via a Freedom of Information request, include 467 under-18s – representing more than…

We Did It! Assassinations…Regime change…

  “Relatives of unarmed rubber plantation workers killed by British troops in Malaysia said on Wednesday they would appeal to the supreme court after three senior UK judges said they had “forged the first link in the chain” in their campaign for an independent inquiry into the massacre.” Richard  Norton-Taylor in the Guardian, 19 March…

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Lessons for socio-political activists

              Yahia Hamed, minister in the overthrown Morsi government: “If only the country was maintaining some sense of social cohesion while it was being hurtled towards economic disaster, perhaps the Sisi regime could have claimed some victory. Instead, the country is hurtling towards economic disaster under the most repressive…

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Simon Woolley rocks!

On Wednesday 5 March an extraordinary meeting of minds took place at the office of Operation Black Vote in Bethnal Green.  The theme was ‘The Power of the Black Vote’ and it aimed at creating a coalition of activists to put ‘race equality back on the agenda’.  The message: that it was essential for the…

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Immigration – Britain cannot do without!

          Business Secretary Vince Cable:  ”In the decade since 2001, recent migrants from the EU paid in 34 per cent more tax than they took out in benefits and services. Far from being a mass of unskilled people, a third of European immigrants and 43 per cent of non-European migrants have…

The grooming of Agent Badat?

Salaam’s Inventory of Arrests section has been tracking this young man’s adventures for some years. He first came to notice in November 2003 when he was charged for terrorism offences. The Home Secretary of the time David Blunkett did not wait for a court hearing to declare: “it is the belief of the security and special…

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Extremists – what us?

The trial this week of a Rwandan genocide suspect in a Paris courtroom is a well-earned victory for the French human rights groups who lobbied so hard and so long for justice. The milestone trial signals the end of France as a safe haven for génocidaries. But more than this, the trial is likely to…

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Archives’ sorry tales

An unhappy catalogue of lost (or concealed) archives…. Britain Records relating to the British Army’s help in Operation Bluestar (Amritsar 1984) destroyed! Martin Horwood (Cheltenham, Liberal Democrat) Given the distress that is felt by the Sikh community and its desire for clarity on the events at Sri Harmandir Sahib, it is obviously very regrettable that…