Solidarity 057, 2 September 2004

What is the Muslim Association of Britain?


Sacha Ismail

Since September 2002, Stop the War Coalition protests have been co-sponsored by an organisation called the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB). More recently, the SWP-sponsored Respect electoral coalition has worked closely with the MAB, with former MAB President Anas Altikriti heading Respect’s Yorkshire and Humberside slate for the European elections in June 2004.

European Social Forum

14-17 October, London

Join Workers' Liberty and No Sweat activities and meetings at the ESF. Tel 020 7207 3997 for Workers' Liberty details. Tel 07719 283132 for No Sweat details.
Friday 15 October: all day: ESF plenaries, seminars and workshops at Alexandra Palace, N22
6pm–late: No Sweat meeting in Palms Bar, ULU, Malet Street, London W1, followed by social, details:

Oppose slave labour scheme for asylum-seekers!

Back in June, and at the last moment, David Blunkett inserted a clause into the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act.

The clause makes accommodation for a failed asylum seeker conditional on she or he undertaking "community service".

There are many "failed asylum seekers" in the system — many of them have indeed come from dangerous countries, but still have not got asylum, because they have fallen foul of bureaucratic regulations.

Industrial news in brief

  • Wembley steel workers sacked
  • Met Uni lecturers strike
  • Swansea council strike set to escalate
  • Fire pay dispute settled

Wembley steel workers sacked

Steel construction workers on the Wembley Stadium project picketed the site on Monday 23 August after they were sacked. 200 of them, members of unions GMB and Amicus, were sacked on Friday 20 August by their employers Hollandia-Fast Track. The companies say they sacked the workers for taking unofficial action in a dispute about working hours and breaks.

The Two Souls of the Comintern part 2

Communism and philistinism

This is the second part of an obituary article of James Patrick Cannon, one of the founders of the international Trotskyist movement.

Letter: Multiculturalism is bad

from Paul Flewers
Annie O’Keefe’s review of Darcus Howe’s depressing programme on growing hostility between non-white people in Britain (Solidarity, 13 August) fails to indicate a factor that has helped to exacerbate hostility both between white and non-white people and amongst non-white groups.

Socialists and Muslims: Holier than thou?

My letter is inspired by Cathy Nugent’s review (Solidarity 3/56) of the novel Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam.

“I hope the Russians love their children too.”
Song lyric by Sting

“You give me 20 minutes or an hour — a special programme to dissect the Koran — and I will show you that we have a monster in our midst.”
Nick Griffin, BNP leader on “Newsnight”, 14 July 2004

No hero of ours

Paul Hampton reviews Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution by Mike Gonzales (Bookmarks, £8.99)

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