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What legitimacy does Israel have to be de-legitimised?

Ibrahim Hewitt

Southampton University is hosting a conference next month which has stirred a whole raft of Zionist anger. "International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism" is, say its detractors, "anti-Semitic" and will, according to one British MP, "de-legitimise the existence of a democratic state". Ah, is that the same "democratic state" wherein one-fifth of its citizens face official discrimination on a daily basis and the de-legitimisation of their culture, identity and existence in their own land?


Will a British court deliver justice for Bahraini torture victims?

Alastair Sloan

Campaigners are continuing with their attempt to hold a member of the Bahraini royal family to account over his alleged torture of pro-democracy protesters during the Pearl Roundabout uprising in February 2011. Their persistence is admirable and, it seems, they are making progress, step by step.


Inside the UK's pro-Israel lobby

We Believe in Israel

Through the heavily-securitised doors of London's exclusive Lancaster hotel, several hundred smartly-dressed delegates are milling around drinking coffee or eating kosher sandwiches and snacks. The air is filled with the hubbub of chatter and the clinking of glasses, occasionally punctuated by a security announcement reminding everyone not to disclose their location on social media platforms "for security reasons".


From Washington to Riyadh, Britain is on bended knee

bring Home Shaker AaamerSince Britain dropped the "Great" prefix from its name and its superpower status became nothing more than a reference point in some history books, it has struggled with its ratings on the world stage. One defining moment came in 2003 when the then Prime Minister Tony Blair was accused of turning the country into the 51st state of America; even worse, Britain became known as America's poodle.


UK: Championing human rights while creating conflict?

Alastair SloanVIDEO

Last week, the small English town of Farnborough hosted the Security and Policing Event. It was a commercial festival for human rights abusers wanting to get their hands on weapons for state repression - with previous attendees including delegations from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Libya and Algeria, amongst others. Details of the governments which attended this year's event have yet to be released.


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