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Al Qa’eda: inventing the brand

Milan Rai on the origins of "al-Qaeda"


Libya and bin Laden

Ray Davis, CND Cymru

ImageYet another war in the Middle East is materialising in front of o

Assassinating Osama

Questions around the killing of bin Laden.


Rod down, not out

Dr Rod Thornton, a lecturer in counter-terrorism at the university of Nottingham, was suspended on 4 May for documening serious misconduct by senior university management over the arrest of two uni

Paul Rogers, 'Losing Control: Global Security in the Twenty-First Century, 3rd Edition'

Pluto Press, 2010; 220pp; £17.00


Loss of control?

In the counter-terrorism review announced on 25 January, the British government proposes replacing “control orders”, found by the courts to contravene human rights legislation, with a modified syst

US terrorist attacks "help al Qa'eda"

The US raids inside Pakistan (see p1) raise the risk of terrorist attacks in London, said Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Pakistani high commissioner to Britain, on 14 September.

Freed speech

After a vigorous campaign to defend him, Nottingham University staff member and peace activist Hicham Yezza was freed from detention on 15 June and the threat of deportation lifted.

National Security Strategy News

On 19 March, the British prime minister launched the much–delayed National Security Strategy (NSS) – to little enthusiasm.

Talk to al–Qa'eda

On 15 March, Tony Blair's most influential adviser for over a decade, Jonathan Powell, revealed that he believes that “at some stage you're going to have to come to a political solution as well as