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Dr David Nicholl is a consultant Neurologist based in Hagley. He has campaigned tirelessley for the release of all Britons in Guantanamo, and shows no signs of stopping until the last one, Shaker Aamer, is released.


The story of Shawki Omar Ahmad, detained without charge and tortured at the hands of American forces for seven years, is a symbol of Iraq’s judicial system in the wake of the US invasion and occupation. The Swiss human rights group Al Karama has now sent a second urgent appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, on Ahmad’s case. His wife demonstrates every week outside the US embassy in London in attempt to draw attention to her husband’s fate.

“There is no celebration marking the 10th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s statue destruction, rather [there are] popular protests” Wadah Khanfar, President of Al Sharq Forum and former Director General for Al Jazeera

Thursday, 04 April 2013 19:44

Ever wondered if you were being spied on?


Muslims sometimes get paranoid (often rightly so), thinking they are being observed by security agencies or placed under some sort of lists due to a loose definition of extremism. Actually, there is an easy way to know if you have indeed been profiled by the police.

In 2009, The Guardian published a very simple step-by-step process (reproduced below) allowing you to find out if you are on the main secret database of political activists.

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The re-arrest of Abu Qatada hit the headlines on Friday evening. He was conveniently taken to Belmarsh prison just a day and a half before a government bid to have him deported to Jordan where he faces a possible conviction based on torture evidence. 



Centuries before Guantanamo, Muslims were abducted, sold and transported to the Americas to become slaves there. Back then already, such practices were facilitated by local and corrupt rulers.

However, some men of wisdom rose up against this injustice and left us words which our governments should ponder over.

Nasir al-Din was a 17th century West African scholar who denounced and fought against the animist kings of his time because they sold their subjects to European slave traders under frivolous pretexts. He stated:

“God does not allow kings to raid, kill, or enslave their people; he has them, on the contrary, to guard them from their enemies. The peoples are not made for the kings but the kings are made for the peoples”.


Sign the petition to return Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo to the UK

Sign the petition to return Nabil Hadjarab from Guantanamo to France


Friday, 15 February 2013 19:00

Nabil Hadjarab, the French Shaker Aamer

The story of Nabil Hadjarab, an innocent French resident who has spent 11 years in Guantanamo Bay.

In a 35 minutes phone call he was permitted to give to his lawyer, Mahdi Hashi was able to give a glimpse of the mistreatment he suffered during his disappearance in East Africa. These revelations prove that Barack Obama, despite his words, is indeed a proud inheritor of the legacy of rendition and torture left by his predecessors.

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