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The Guardian: New Met chief faces urgent task to rebuild public trust

Sir Mark Rowley becomes leader of the Metropolitan police knowing its problems are so severe, with public confidence so low, that failure to reform may make him the last commissioner of the force as we know it, writes Vikram Dodd. Already there is renewed talk of taking away the Met’s status as the national lead for counter-terrorism so that it can better focus on serving London’s communities. And the Met commissioner is the only police chief answering to two bosses – the London Mayor and the Home Secretary. Source: New Met chief faces urgent task to rebuild public trust | The Guardian

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BBC News: Muslims describe abuse suffered at work

Islamophobia Response Unit, a London-based charity that helps Muslims facing discrimination based on religion, says people are being bullied and harassed at work because they express themselves as Muslims. The Unit told the BBC that Muslims have had prayers mats stolen, been verbally and physically assaulted (one man’s colleagues had “physically pulled on his beard”), and one woman had bacon placed in her lunchbox by colleagues when she came to break her fast while working during Ramadan. Source: Islamophobia: Muslims describe abuse suffered at work – BBC News

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The PROP Expert View: Prevent is a tool for a new secular authoritarian future

Prevent’s “pre-crime” “risk-based” legal architecture delivered in the name of “keeping us safe” will bring an authoritarian future. Since the introduction of Prevent, the number of “non-violent” terrorism (itself an oxymoronic term) offences have increased – and we can expect more of them.Prevent continues to operate within, and sustain, its own legal hinterland – both in terms of criminalisation and generating activity in a newly defined “pre-crime” space. To justify such developments, a campaigning political landscape as opposed to a landscape of good governance is required and is indeed, being vigilantly fostered. We hear legal experts saying that the problem with Prevent and other policies lies firstly – and crucially – in their legality under British due process, as well as their common sense. But these are opinions are being ignored. Into this steps Islamophobia as a kind of “wedge” issue behind which the government has been able to gather […]

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Declassified UK: Manchester bomber was a UK ally

Manchester bombing accused Salman Abedi and his closest family were part of Libyan militias benefiting from British covert military support six years before he murdered 22 people at the Manchester Arena in 2017. He was 16 at the time, reports Mark Curtis. The UK facilitated the flow of arms to Libyan rebel militias at the time, and helped train them, in a programme outsourced to its close ally, the Gulf regime of Qatar. This echoes claims by the legal team representing families of the deceased in the Manchester bombing, who have suggested that the bomb was due to a failure of the security services to act, and family members have accused Mi5 of ‘obfuscation and cover up‘ . Source: Manchester bomber was a UK ally

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The New Arab: How Prevent impacts Muslims’ access to UK’s public health

22 June, 2022 – COVID-19 brought to light the widespread racial inequity in the UK’s public health sector, compounded by the poverty crisis, social housing issues, and the air pollution crisis. The past two years stressed the importance of access, trust, and care in public health services for racially minoritised communities in Britain that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. However, as long as Prevent exists in the NHS, these crucial cornerstones of healthcare will remain out of reach for the Muslim community. Source: How Prevent undermines Muslims’ access to UK’s public health

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Johnson’s attacks on ‘lefty lawyers’ are childish and sinister

David Renton explains how the government has attempted to justify its Rwanda policy in the press and through attacks on lawyers. Instead of letting refugees settle here, Boris Johnson intends to force them to live in central Africa. The main justification of the Rwanda scheme is that it is so unpleasant that it will scare refugees and dissuade others from following them, so that the number of people coming to Britain will fall. But the focus here is not on the ridiculousness of the scheme as such, but rather the way the government has attempted to justify it in the press through attacks on left-wing lawyers. Source: Johnson’s attacks on ‘lefty lawyers’ are childish and sinister | Morning Star

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