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Jack Straw and Sir Mark Allen could face legal action within a month

iEngage - Wed, 23/05/2012 - 12:01
 The Daily Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/9283899/Jack-Straw-could-face-legal-action-over-rendition-claims-within-a-month.html) today reports that the former foreign secretary, Jack Straw (http://iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1806-did-mi5-betray-libyan-dissidents-to-gaddafis-regime), and the former MI6 head of counter-terrorism, Sir Mark Allen (http://iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1684-libyan-rebel-leaders-suing-former-senior-mi6-officer-), could face legal action within a month on charges of complicity in the rendition and torture of Libyan dissidents Sami al-Saadi and Abdel Hakim Belhadj. From the Daily Telegraph:“The former Foreign Secretary, and Mark Allen, the former head of counter-terrorism at MI6, have been accused of being complicit in the return of Sami al-Saadi (http://iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1593-scotland-yard-asked-to-launch-criminal-investigation-into-libya-torture-allegations-)and Abdel Hakim Belhadj (http://iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1806-did-mi5-betray-libyan-dissidents-to-gaddafis-regime), leading to their alleged torture and incarceration.
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FCO must disclose extracts of Bush-Blair conversation on Iraq war

iEngage - Tue, 22/05/2012 - 11:46
 The Guardian today reports that the Foreign Office has lost its appeal against the decision by the Information Commissioner to disclose extracts of a telephone conversation (component/content/article/1-news/1768-fco-fighting-to-conceal-transcript-of-telephone-conversation-between-blair-and-bush) that took place between then Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George Bush, just days before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Information Tribunal in its ruling stated that the “circumstances surrounding a decision by a UK government to go to war with another country is always likely to be of very significant public interest, even more so with the consequences of this war." From the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/21/bush-blair-pre-iraq-conversation?CMP=EMCNEWEML1355): “Extracts of a phone conversation between Tony Blair and George Bush a few days before the invasion of Iraq (component/content/article/1-news/693-a-serious-democratic-deficit-in-british-foreign-policy) must be disclosed, a tribunal has ruled. 
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FCO must disclose extracts of Bush-Blair conversation on Iraq war

iEngage - Tue, 22/05/2012 - 11:46
 The Guardian today reports that the Foreign Office has lost its appeal against the decision by the Information Commissioner to disclose extracts of a telephone conversation (component/content/article/1-news/1768-fco-fighting-to-conceal-transcript-of-telephone-conversation-between-blair-and-bush) that took place between then Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George Bush, just days before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The Information Tribunal in its ruling stated that the “circumstances surrounding a decision by a UK government to go to war with another country is always likely to be of very significant public interest, even more so with the consequences of this war." From the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/21/bush-blair-pre-iraq-conversation?CMP=EMCNEWEML1355): “Extracts of a phone conversation between Tony Blair and George Bush a few days before the invasion of Iraq (component/content/article/1-news/693-a-serious-democratic-deficit-in-british-foreign-policy) must be disclosed, a tribunal has ruled. 
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Faith-based free schools face local opposition

iEngage - Mon, 21/05/2012 - 14:03
 The Yorkshire Post today reports that bids to form faith schools within the government’s free school initiative has led to local opposition with some humanist campaigners arguing that the establishment of such schools “could add to religious and racial segregation in the region’s cities”. From the Yorkshire Post (http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/education/fears-over-faith-split-fuelled-by-free-school-proposals-1-4567825): “Campaigners have warned the Government’s free school programme could add to religious and racial segregation in the region’s cities after plans to create Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish schools, and a failed bid by a Christian group to teach creationism to pupils were put forward. 
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Faith-based free schools face local opposition

iEngage - Mon, 21/05/2012 - 14:03
 The Yorkshire Post today reports that bids to form faith schools within the government’s free school initiative has led to local opposition with some humanist campaigners arguing that the establishment of such schools “could add to religious and racial segregation in the region’s cities”. From the Yorkshire Post (http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/education/fears-over-faith-split-fuelled-by-free-school-proposals-1-4567825): “Campaigners have warned the Government’s free school programme could add to religious and racial segregation in the region’s cities after plans to create Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish schools, and a failed bid by a Christian group to teach creationism to pupils were put forward. 
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Government to introduce register of lobbyists ‘before 2015'

iEngage - Fri, 18/05/2012 - 13:38
  BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18102551) reports that the government is planning draft legislation which will introduce a statutory register of lobbyists ‘before 2015’.  Prime Minister, David Cameron, spoke last year of lobbying being 'the next big scandal' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/election-2010/7189466/David-Cameron-warns-lobbying-is-next-political-scandal.html). Ministers in his own Cabinet, Dr Liam Fox, the former defence secretary, and Culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, have both been implicated in scandals involving lobbying and attempts to gain access and influence over Government policy.
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Government to introduce register of lobbyists ‘before 2015'

iEngage - Fri, 18/05/2012 - 13:38
  BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18102551) reports that the government is planning draft legislation which will introduce a statutory register of lobbyists ‘before 2015’.  Prime Minister, David Cameron, spoke last year of lobbying being 'the next big scandal' (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/election-2010/7189466/David-Cameron-warns-lobbying-is-next-political-scandal.html). Ministers in his own Cabinet, Dr Liam Fox, the former defence secretary, and Culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, have both been implicated in scandals involving lobbying and attempts to gain access and influence over Government policy.
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Far-right protesters arrested in Rochdale

iEngage - Fri, 18/05/2012 - 09:47
 The Press Association (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5h0p32dAkSg-NiGPyBRXDoTOyQRjw?docId=N0156571337214543807A) and BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-18098515) have both reported on the arrest of far-right protesters in Rochdale following the conviction of nine men last week (component/content/article/1-news/1839-rochdale-sex-grooming-gang-and-the-muslim-factor) for involvement in the sexual exploitation of girls. From the PA: “Three people were arrested as far right-groups were accused by police of using diversionary tactics to promote their message. 
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Far-right protesters arrested in Rochdale

iEngage - Fri, 18/05/2012 - 09:47
 The Press Association (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5h0p32dAkSg-NiGPyBRXDoTOyQRjw?docId=N0156571337214543807A) and BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-18098515) have both reported on the arrest of far-right protesters in Rochdale following the conviction of nine men last week (component/content/article/1-news/1839-rochdale-sex-grooming-gang-and-the-muslim-factor) for involvement in the sexual exploitation of girls. From the PA: “Three people were arrested as far right-groups were accused by police of using diversionary tactics to promote their message. 
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EDL leader criticised for Twitter abuse at ‘underage’ Muslim girl

iEngage - Thu, 17/05/2012 - 15:17
 The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/16/edls-tommy-robinson-twitter-muslim-racist_n_1521110.html) reports another Twitter blunder by English Defence League leader, Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) after he racially abused a Muslim girl who claims to be 15 years old on the social networking site. From the Huffington Post: “The leader of the far-right English Defence League has come under fire after racially abusing a girl who told him she was 15-years-old on Twitter. 
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EDL leader criticised for Twitter abuse at ‘underage’ Muslim girl

iEngage - Thu, 17/05/2012 - 15:17
 The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/16/edls-tommy-robinson-twitter-muslim-racist_n_1521110.html) reports another Twitter blunder by English Defence League leader, Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) after he racially abused a Muslim girl who claims to be 15 years old on the social networking site. From the Huffington Post: “The leader of the far-right English Defence League has come under fire after racially abusing a girl who told him she was 15-years-old on Twitter. 
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SDL to appeal Edinburgh march ban

iEngage - Thu, 17/05/2012 - 14:39
  The Scotsman newspaper reports that the Scottish Defence League is to appeal the decision by Edinburgh Council to ban its demonstration planned for Saturday 26th May. From the Scotsman (http://www.scotsman.com/news/extremists-threaten-court-action-over-city-march-ban-1-2297669): “Far-right extremists are planning a new demonstration in the Capital and have vowed to pursue city leaders through the courts over a decision to ban them from marching. 
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SDL to appeal Edinburgh march ban

iEngage - Thu, 17/05/2012 - 14:39
  The Scotsman newspaper reports that the Scottish Defence League is to appeal the decision by Edinburgh Council to ban its demonstration planned for Saturday 26th May. From the Scotsman (http://www.scotsman.com/news/extremists-threaten-court-action-over-city-march-ban-1-2297669): “Far-right extremists are planning a new demonstration in the Capital and have vowed to pursue city leaders through the courts over a decision to ban them from marching. 
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Man who attacked Muslims with scaffolding pole given ‘indeterminate’ prison sentence

iEngage - Thu, 17/05/2012 - 12:15
 The Exeter Express and Echo (http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/Open-ended-sentence-racial-attack/story-16105439-detail/story.html) reports that a man who attacked a Muslim couple with a scaffold pole and threatened to kill them has been handed an ‘indeterminate’ prison sentence and sent to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital for treatment of ‘delusional disorder’. From the local paper: “A man who racially attacked a Muslim couple with a scaffold pole before he was Tasered by police in full view of a packed Cathedral Green has been sent to Broadmoor and given an indeterminate prison sentence. 
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Man who attacked Muslims with scaffolding pole given ‘indeterminate’ prison sentence

iEngage - Thu, 17/05/2012 - 12:15
 The Exeter Express and Echo (http://www.thisisdevon.co.uk/Open-ended-sentence-racial-attack/story-16105439-detail/story.html) reports that a man who attacked a Muslim couple with a scaffold pole and threatened to kill them has been handed an ‘indeterminate’ prison sentence and sent to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital for treatment of ‘delusional disorder’. From the local paper: “A man who racially attacked a Muslim couple with a scaffold pole before he was Tasered by police in full view of a packed Cathedral Green has been sent to Broadmoor and given an indeterminate prison sentence. 
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ITV News Traineeship 2012-13

iEngage - Wed, 16/05/2012 - 14:53
 For those aspiring for a career in journalism, ITV is offering an excellent opportunity on its ITV News Traineeship scheme for 2012-2013:  “This year our award winning broadcast journalism scheme is running alongside our exciting new ITV Graduate programme. Between them they will attract the very best candidates to Britain’s most popular commercial broadcaster. Whether you’re considering both schemes, or primarily News, we’re thrilled that you’re now thinking of being one of them.
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ITV News Traineeship 2012-13

iEngage - Wed, 16/05/2012 - 14:53
 For those aspiring for a career in journalism, ITV is offering an excellent opportunity on its ITV News Traineeship scheme for 2012-2013:  “This year our award winning broadcast journalism scheme is running alongside our exciting new ITV Graduate programme. Between them they will attract the very best candidates to Britain’s most popular commercial broadcaster. Whether you’re considering both schemes, or primarily News, we’re thrilled that you’re now thinking of being one of them.
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Secret trials proposals “blown out of the water”

iEngage - Wed, 16/05/2012 - 14:46
  The former shadow Home Secretary, David Davis has written a Comment piece (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/15/secret-courts-licence-to-cover-up) which appears on page 32 of today’s Guardian, in which he argues that the core argument for the introduction of a system of secret trials (component/content/article/1-news/1721-government-proposals-to-extend-mandate-for-holding-secret-trials)- that some cases rest on intelligence given to the UK by its allies (namely the US) on the promise that intelligence will not be disclosed, has been "blown out of the water" following the leaking of sensitive British intelligence in the US. Davis writes: “When American authorities revealed last week that a British agent was central to uncovering the latest Islamist suicide bomb plot, there was uproar. Quite reasonably, a great deal of concern was expressed over the risk posed to the agent, and to similar operations that might be run in the future. 
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Secret trials proposals “blown out of the water”

iEngage - Wed, 16/05/2012 - 14:46
  The former shadow Home Secretary, David Davis has written a Comment piece (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/15/secret-courts-licence-to-cover-up) which appears on page 32 of today’s Guardian, in which he argues that the core argument for the introduction of a system of secret trials (component/content/article/1-news/1721-government-proposals-to-extend-mandate-for-holding-secret-trials)- that some cases rest on intelligence given to the UK by its allies (namely the US) on the promise that intelligence will not be disclosed, has been "blown out of the water" following the leaking of sensitive British intelligence in the US. Davis writes: “When American authorities revealed last week that a British agent was central to uncovering the latest Islamist suicide bomb plot, there was uproar. Quite reasonably, a great deal of concern was expressed over the risk posed to the agent, and to similar operations that might be run in the future. 
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New research on ‘The Anti-Burqa Movement in Western Europe’

iEngage - Wed, 16/05/2012 - 13:35
 Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Sussex have published a paper examining the legislative prohibitions on face-veiling in European countries. ‘Reasons to Ban? The Anti-Burqa Movement in Western Europe’, documents what is happening in the various European countries which have already prohibited face-veiling, or are taking steps towards it. The paper analyses why it is happening and the various arguments used to justify the criminalisation of the face veil. The paper finally “explores the implications for our understanding of contemporary (ethnically and religiously) diverse societies and their governance.” 
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