Democracy in the dock

Fight the BNP but defend freedom of speech too - Eddie Ford comments

To much media rejoicing, Abu Hamza al-Masri - or "Captain Hook" - has been jailed for seven years on multiple charges of "soliciting murder", "inciting racial hatred", possession of a "terrorist encyclopaedia", etc. Furthermore, Hamza also faces the prospect of extradition to the United States on charges of trying to set up a "terrorist training camp" in the state of Oregon.

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Letters

Not all scabs; No to controls; Carry on camping; Shame on you; Police action; Strange omission; Only human; Clear stand; Lost the plot

Left merger still on hold

"An absurd fratricidal war" - this is how the political magazine Der Spiegel describes the current difficulties hampering the creation of a new left party in Germany. But the root of the dispute is not absurd at all, says Tina Becker: it centres on the important question of government participation. By employing a range of bureaucratic manoeuvres, the WASG leadership is now trying to silence its own opposition that demands the party take a principled stand against accepting ministerial posts - while the SWP's German section sides with the right

'Big brother' fallout creates divisions

Respect is an inherently unstable political formation, writes Alec Long. And the cracks are beginning to show

Respect Party Platform founding statement

Statement of objectives

Rough ride for Rees

SWP leader John Rees was only adopted as a Respect candidate after strong objections from a sizeable bloc of Bengali members. But the drive to turn him into a political celebrity is unmistakable. Dave Jacques reports

Occupation and oppression

Carey Davies reviews Romans in Britain, which has again been subject to religious criticism. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (ends Saturday February 25)

Cuckoos in the nest

The Campaign Against Climate Change looks set to grow in 2006, writes John Downes. But where is it going programmatically?

No to war, no to mullahs

Yassamine Mather (Critique and Iran Bulletin Middle East Forum) comments on the situation in Iran

Salma Yaqoob's motion to Respect national council

Points 2a through to 2d were passed

Marching towards self-organisation

Emily Bransom reports on a new website set up by disgruntled soldiers

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