Anti-terrorism laws: unjust powers
protests against the
"glorification of terror"
Do anti-terror laws make us safer? Whom do they protect?
- define terrorism more broadly, thus blurring any distinction between anti-government protest and organized violence against civilians;
- label numerous organisations as ‘terrorist', as a basis for placing entire communities under suspicion of associating with ‘terrorism';
- use ‘intelligence' obtained by torturing detainees abroad;
- and detain and prosecute people for suspected activities which could just as well be handled under other laws. Read more
A packed meeting took place on the evening of 20th June at SOAS University to mark the UK launch of an important new report by Adem Uzun titled, Living Freedom: The Evolution of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey and the Efforts to Resolve it. - 26 June 2014
Two MPs, Tom Watson and David Davis, are to sue the government for introducing "ridiculous" emergency legislation allowing police and security services access to people's phone and internet records. The MPs from either side of the House of Commons have applied for a judicial review of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (Drip) - Channel 4 News, 22 July 2014
Governments across the world have put into place a strategy of ‘securitisation’ whereby potentially all societal conflicts are portrayed as threats of disorder or malign enemies. ‘Security measures’ have become pervasive, supposedly to protect the public from threats such as ‘terrorism’, ‘extremism’ and ‘suspicious behaviour’. - Les Levidow & Saleh Mamon Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) June 2014
Exclusive: NSA whistleblower says it 'defies belief' that bill must be rushed through after government ignored issue for a year - The Guardian, 13 July 2014
Prof Uma Chakravarti delivers the Sixth Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Lecture on the 12th of July, 2014 on the topic "Nirbhaya, Muzaffarnagar, Badaun And Beyond: Sexual Violence In Contemporary Indian Society."
The United States came out of the Second World War as the hegemonic power in the world economy. The war had lifted the U.S. economy out of the Great Depression by providing the needed effective demand in the form of endless orders for armaments and troops. - Surveillance Capital, John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney
Includes a screening of Dirty Wars, a film by Jeremy Scahill
Date: Tuesday, 5 August, 7-9.30pm
In a Democracy Now! special, we go inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London to interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He has been holed up there for more than two years, having received political asylum. - Democracy Now, 7 July 2014