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26 January 2011, Enemies not Allies Seminar, London

Seminar on ‘Enemies not Allies’
26 January 2011
18.30-20.00 hours (Registration at door at 18.00)
No need to reserve space at this late date; please come at 18.00 to register for the seminar at the door
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL – see map
Entry fee: £5 individuals; £10 voluntary and statutory organisations

Bigots and neo-Nazis feigning to campaign for rights… ‘anti-racist’ groups promoting fascism… ‘anti-war’ rallies run by supporters of terrorism and dictatorship… Enough!

The One Law for All campaign is holding a seminar to expose how important debates including on Sharia law have been hijacked by the far-Right to promote their racist agenda, and by anti-racist and anti-war groups to defend Islamism, both at the expense of people’s rights and lives. The seminar will focus on: The British National Party, the English Defence League, Stop Islamisation of Europe (also Stop Islamization of America), the Stop the War Coalition, the Respect Party, and Unite Against Fascism.

Speakers at the seminar are Adam Barnett (One Law for All), Rahila Gupta (Women’s Rights Campaigner), Marieme Helie Lucas (Secularism is a Women’s Issue), Ghaffar Hussain (Quilliam Foundation), Douglas Murray (Centre for Social Cohesion), Maryam Namazie (One Law for All), and Shiraz Maher (International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation), with John Adams (Emeritus Professor at the University of Hertfordshire) to chair.

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Speaker Bios:

John C Adams is Emeritus Professor at the University of Hertfordshire. In an academic career of over 40 years John has taught, researched and examined in Economics in two UK and three overseas universities. He has authored over 150 books, articles and conference papers. John was formerly Chair (now Vice-President) of the National Governors Association, is a Founder Member, Judge and Fellow of the National Teaching awards and an executive member of the General Teaching Council. He has served on numerous government advisory boards in the UK and also advised the Education Department of the Russian Federation on the establishment of school governing bodies.

Adam Barnett is Research Co-ordinator for the One Law for All campaign. A writer and musician, he is the author of the forthcoming Enemies Not Allies: Exposing the British Far-right, and campaigns with Iran Solidarity UK.

Rahila Gupta is a campaigning journalist and has written several plays, contributed short stories and poems to many journals and has edited several anthologies. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Times Higher Education Supplement. She co-edited Flaming Spirit, a collection of short stories by Asian Women with Rukhsana Ahmad. She is the editor of From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers: Southall Black Sisters and co-author of Circle of Light, a book about the Sikh-British woman Kiranjit Ahluwalia, who was imprisoned for the manslaughter of her abusive husband. Her last book, Enslaved: The New British Slavery explores the role of immigration controls in enslaving people with no formal status.

Ghaffar Hussain is Director of Training and Consultancy at the Quilliam Foundation and author of A Brief History of Islamism. He holds a BSc (HONS) in Psychology from the University of Wales. Ghaffar previously worked as a Business Development Manager for a number of IT firms and ran his own business venture. In his youth, he was a very active supporter of a number of non-violent Islamist organizations in the UK. He now works to challenge extremists’ ideas and to promote positive modes of political engagement. Ghaffar regularly travels to the UK, North America, and Europe to deliver lectures and organise training sessions for policy makers and practitioners, as well as students and journalists. These sessions focus on raising awareness of Islamist radicalisation as a phenomenon, as well as addressing external contributory factors such as identity, alienation and perceived grievances. Ghaffar has been quoted in a range of international outlets including: The National, Paris Match, The Guardian, Der Speigel, Kultur Austausch, Islamonline, LBC and the BBC. He is also on the Advisory Council of CSARN (City Security and Resilience Networks).

Marieme Helie Lucas is an Algerian sociologist who taught epistemology in the social sciences in Algiers University. She is the founder and former international coordinator of the international network Women Living Under Muslim Laws that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. She is also founder and present international coordinator of the network Secularism Is A Women’s Issue.

Douglas Murray is a bestselling author and political commentator, and Director of the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC), a non-partisan think-tank in Westminster, London. Founded in 2007 to promote human rights, tolerance and greater cohesion among the UK’s ethnic and religious communities and within wider British society, the CSC is the first think-tank in the UK to specialise in studying radicalisation and extremism within Britain. He is the co-author of Hate on the State: How British Libraries encourage Islamic Extremism and Victims of Intimidation: Freedom of Speech within Europe’s Muslim Communities. Murray regularly appears in the British and foreign press and media. A columnist for Standpoint magazine, he writes for a variety of other publications, including the Sunday Times, Spectator and Wall Street Journal.

Maryam Namazie is a rights activist, commentator and broadcaster. She is Spokesperson of Iran Solidarity, One Law for All, Equal Rights Now and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She is also National Secular Society’s 2005 Secularist of the Year award winner and an NSS Honorary Associate; Central Committee member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran; Vice President of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association; Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association; and Emeritus member of the Secular Humanist League of Brazil. Maryam was selected one of Elle Quebec’s top 45 women of the year in 2007. Her blog has been ranked one of the top 100 atheist blogs. She is the co-author of Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights.

Shiraz Maher is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at Kings College London. He has worked as a journalist, reporting on terrorism, radicalisation and the Middle East for some of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programmes including Newsnight, Panorama, Our World, World News America, the World Service and Radio 4. In 2007 Maher was awarded a bursary by the Rory Peck Trust for Hostile Environments Reporting. His writings have also appeared in the Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Guardian, New Statesman, Prospect, Wall Street Journal and Standpoint. Maher was subsequently a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange where he worked on Security, Counter-Terrorism and Foreign Policy.

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