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Hearts and minds in the domestic 'war on terror'... While anti-terrorist legislation has been widely debated, less attention has been given to the government’s attempts to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of Muslim citizens, through the promotion of ‘moderate’ versions of Islam and the imposition of core values.
(18 October 2005)

Asylum assault claims may be tip of the iceberg... The cases of 35 asylum seekers who allege they have been assaulted by security guards charged with their care are being examined by leading solicitors, it has emerged. (11 April 2005, from The Big Issue magazine)

The South Asian Crime Unit: policing by ethnicity?... What lies behind the recent creation by the Metropolitan Police of a South Asian Crime Unit? (7 July 2004)

Fortress America... As America plunges into a period of imperialist expansion, immigrant communities - particularly of Middle-Eastern and South Asian descent - have been caught in the teeth of a new domestic totalitarianism. (CARF 71, Summer 2003)

The hate industry... Arun Kundnani on how Britain's tabloid media has become obsessed with 'scrounging' asylum seekers, out of control immigration, foreign 'plagues' and Muslim terrorists. (CARF 70, Spring 2003)

An unholy alliance? Racism, religion and communalism... For too long there has been a reluctance to discuss the issue of communalism in British Asian communities, says Arun Kundnani. (CARF 67, Summer 2002)

Community cohesion… Blunkett's new race doctrine... David Blunkett's proposal of an oath of allegiance for immigrants marks a new era in British racism (CARF 66, February/March 2002)

The summer of rebellion: CARF special report... Youths in Burnley, Stoke, Leeds and Bradford have taken to the streets to defend their communities from racist violence. But it was in Oldham where rioting first erupted. CARF visited the town to report on a catalogue of police failures which never made it into the mainstream media, failures which led to the Asian rebellion at the end of May, and gave the far Right the opportunity to make Oldham its best ever electoral success. (CARF 63, August/September 2001)

When they came in the morning… An asylum seeker from Tanzania spoke at the Manchester meeting, as part of the CARF/NCRM Civil Rights Caravan tour, in October 2000. (CARF 63, August/September 2001)

Challenging racial violence using the law... Anti-racists have long campaigned against the way the police and criminal justice system have failed to deal with racist attacks. In 1998 the Crime and Disorder Act introduced, for the first time, a series of racially aggravated offences – to take account of racial motivation. (CARF 63, August/September 2001)

Licence to hate... Politicians are inflaming public opinion against asylum seekers. CARF reviews three months of racist campaigning and reporting and asks, what can be done? (CARF 62, June/July 2001)

The Terrorism Act - embracing tyranny... Making an asylum claim could lead to criminal charges under anti-terrorism legislation. (CARF 62, June/July 2001)

Racial motivation: now you see it, now you don't... We thought that, at long last, we were seeing change in how the system deals with racist attacks. Macpherson’s recommendations, we were led to believe, had set in place a systematic process through which racist attacks would now be taken seriously by the police, Crown Prosecution Service and courts. But now a judge has called into question Macpherson’s proposals. (CARF 61, April / May 2001)

How anti-trafficking initiatives criminalise refugees... The right of refugees to seek protection in Europe is under threat from anti-trafficking initiatives, argues campaigner John Morrison. (CARF 61, April / May 2001)

Killer politics... The season of goodwill? The month around Christmas 2000 revealed a level of racism hitherto practically unknown in the UK: politicians playing the race card, papers headlining the asylum threat, decomposing bodies found in fields below flight paths, stabbings and assaults. But the most frightening thing about it all was the way in which this whole panoply of racism went unremarked and uncontested as though it were part of everyday life in the new millennium. (CARF 60, February / March 2001)

Prison for asylum seekers... The government has been drawing up secret plans to increase the numbers of asylum seekers held in prisons. The plan is that asylum seekers will generally be held in separate wings from the general prison population. However they will be subject to the same prison rules and face prison officers who are trained to contain convicted criminals. (CARF 60, February / March 2001)

Burying Macpherson... It took 50 or so years of struggle against racism in Britain to get the fact of institutional racism accepted. In that sense the Macpherson Report into the death of Stephen Lawrence was a milestone – for it vindicated the repeated claims of racism that black people had made against the police and the criminal justice system. (CARF 59, December 2000 / January 2001)

Hope or hijack? Racism and the Human Rights Act... The government parades it as an emblem of its own enlightenment. The Right sees it as yet another stick for criminals, asylum-seeking scroungers and their politically-correct allies to beat the liberal establishment with. How profoundly will the Human Rights Act change things in Britain, and more particularly, will it help the fight against racism? (CARF 59, December 2000 / January 2001)

Refugees from Globalism... Do anti-racists need new perspectives in the present fight for asylum rights? CARF asked writer and activist A. Sivanandan for an overview and analysis. (CARF 57, August / September 2000)

Behind closed doors: racism in prisons and detention centres... While the existence of institutional racism may have been accepted theoretically by the authorities in the criminal justice system, those individuals who choose to stand up to daily racism, in either prisons, detention centres or asylum hostels do so at the risk of even more serious maltreatment. (CARF 56, June / July 2000)

Asylum, popular racism and the local elections... Anti-racism has been largely an urban tradition, associated with towns and cities with settled black communities. But as William Hague, backed by the Tory press, targets seasides and shires, the need to address racism there is more urgent than ever. (CARF 56, June / July 2000)

Lessons in resistance... The recent Refugee Congress at Jena, Germany, was one of the most significant milestones in European anti-racism. CARF's delegate reports. (CARF 56, June / July 2000)

Stop this bogus tabloid nationalism... Over the last two years, tabloid attacks on asylum-seekers have grown in frequency and ferocity, spreading from the open hatred of local newspapers in Dover to national press ‘exposés’ of spurious refugee crime waves. And this xenophobia easily spills over and mixes with the racism that longer established black communities already face. (CARF 55, April / May 2000)

Racial violence on the increase... There is little doubt that, with the massive upsurge of xenophobia against asylum-seekers, the fall-out is affecting anyone perceived to be foreign or different. (CARF 55, April / May 2000)

Europe's asylum-prison complex... Once you imprison, not individuals who have committed a specific crime, but a whole social group who have committed no offence at all, you follow the logic of fascism. (CARF 55, April / May 2000)

Race investigations: the families' perspective... CARF takes a look at the last two years of policing of racial violence to see what, if anything, has changed. (CARF 54, February / March 2000)

Dispersal and the new racism... When the UK government proposed to institutionalise forced dispersal and no-choice accommodation for asylum-seekers, CARF predicted that asylum-seekers would be dumped in slum areas and would become sitting targets for racist campaigns and attacks. Up and down the country, that's what's happening. (CARF 54, February / March 2000)

The politics of stop and search... By Lee Bridges, Professor in the School of Law, Warwick University. (CARF 54, February / March 2000)

Wasting the Macpherson opportunity... The Macpherson report appeared to be a break with the past. But old ways are reasserting themselves. (CARF 53, December 1999 / January 2000)

Adding racism to the criminal justice system... After the Macpherson report, which found institutional racism running through policing and the criminal justice system, a clear commitment to tackling racism in this area was expected from the government. But the opposite has happened. (CARF 53, December 1999 / January 2000)

Learning the lessons of Dover... CARF goes to Dover to find out what could be learnt from the experiences of asylum-seekers and anti-racists in Kent. (CARF 52, October/November 1999)

Straw's war... The tabloid media and the Tories have been calling for Jack Straw to get tough on asylum, but Straw's real weakness has been his inability to take on the bogus values of middle England. (CARF 52, October/November 1999)

Uniting Against Globalisation... Special report on struggles against economic globalisation, corporate bio-piracy, and the arms trade. (CARF 51, August / September 1999)

From Schengen to La Linea: breaking down borders... Anti-racists in Poland, Denmark and Germany are linking up to fight the human rights abuses and popular racist culture that are growing up at Schengen's eastern border. (CARF 51, August / September 1999)

The Politics of Numbers: Police Racism and Crime Figures... At a time when the police stand accused of institutional racism, their political use of crime figures (supported by the media and academia) has become a major weapon in their struggle to win back popular support. (CARF 50, June / July 1999)

What welcome for war refugees?... We are told that NATO's war against Milosevic is unique in that it is waged purely for humanitarian reasons. If only policies towards the victims of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia matched this rhetoric. (CARF 50, June / July 1999)

Exclusion: New Labour Style... A government committed to combating social exclusion is segregating asylum-seekers from mainstream society and condemning them to a life of poverty and despair (CARF 49, April / May 1999)

The Press, the police and Macpherson... Sections of the press have tried to undermine Macpherson's conclusion that the police are institutionally racist. Anti-racists have been charged with being politically correct, anti-English and giving the police a confidence problem (CARF 49, April / May 1999)

Will the police be accountable?... Leading human rights lawyer Louise Christian looks at the implications of the Macpherson report (CARF 49, April / May 1999)

Stop and Search... Strong words but limited action (CARF 49, April / May 1999)

Institutionalised racism and human rights abuses... A special CARF investigation into 45 deaths in Europe in 1998 (CARF, March 1999)

Racism & the press in Blair's Britain... CARF examines how the press today has sharpened its race reportage to reflect the cool 'inclusive' nationalism of Blair's Middle England. Beneath the surface, however, the old hatreds remain. (CARF 48, February / March 1999)

Europe, the press and crime... Across Europe, thanks to press reporting, 'criminal', 'immigrant', 'Roma' are becoming interchangeable. (CARF 48, February / March 1999)

The great cop out... A special CARF report on the question of institutionalised racism in the police. (CARF 47, December 1998 / January 1999)

Terorr Act: a charter for repression... The new anti-terrorism law will put refugee communities at risk and stifle criticism of dictatorships abroad (CARF 46, October / November 1998)

The internet: new media or old values?... Does the internet offer an alternative news agenda for covering the Third World? (CARF 46, October / November 1998)

Racism goes global... Globalisation, we are told by the likes of Tony Blair, is, in the final analysis, a good thing. But good for whom? For the West or for the Third World? For rich or for poor? For black or for white? Here, in the UK, counter-globalisation networks are publicising the facts that European politicians like Blair seek to obscure. (CARF 44, June / July 1998)

The Stephen Lawrence inquiry... The public inquiry into the official handling of the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence opened in March. Police were accused of incompetence, insensitivity and racism in their response to the stabbing and to Stephen's parents and the survivor of the attack, Duwayne Brooks. Below is a summary of the main points to emerge by the third week of May. (CARF 44, June / July 1998)

Two Cultures of English Cricket... While football and rugby league authorities have at least paid lip service to the cause of anti-racism, the cricket authorities have up till now adopted a 'hear no evil see no evil' approach to the touchy subject. However, a new study from the Centre for Sport Development Research at Roehampton Institute has confirmed that cricket in England suffers a major racial divide which threatens the future of the game in this country. (CARF 44, June / July 1998)

Behind Glasgow's gangs... The death of 15-year-old Imran Khan, who was stabbed by a group of white youths outside a Glasgow chipshop on 13 February, has focused attention on the position of Glasgow's Asian community and the response of young Asians to racism and deprivation. It has also rekindled concern about the extent of racialised gang violence in the city. (CARF 43, April / May 1998)

Soccer's hidden racism: blowing the whistle... Are anti-racist football campaigns reaching the grassroots? (CARF 43, April / May 1998)

Robbery isn't colour blind... An Asian shopkeeper has been murdered in Greenwich, sparking a debate among anti-racists about robbery and racism. (CARF 42, February / March 1998)

Interactive anti-racism... One of the most exciting and innovative anti-racist educational projects is being produced by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR). CARF sneaked a preview and talked to its creators. (CARF 40, October / November 1997)

Getting through? New approaches to tackling youth racism... How do we tackle racism among a hard core of white working-class youth who have proved totally unreceptive to anti-racism in the classroom? (CARF 40, October / November 1997)

Prisoner left hanging... When can human beings just stand and watch another human being hanging? When the dying man is a black prisoner and the onlookers are prison guards. (CARF 39, August / September 1997)

Austerity hits migrants first... One of the principal concerns European campaigners are airing at alternative rallies during the Intergovernmental Conference in Amsterdam is the need to preserve the welfare state from draconian austerity packages in the run-up to the signing of the new Maastricht Treaty. (CARF 38, June /July 1997)

The ballad of the 'sans papiers'... In August 1996, 1,500 French riot police broke up the St Bernard's hunger strike in northern Paris. But the struggles of the sans papiers continue, finding an echo across Europe. (CARF 37, April / May 1997)

Law, order and the politics of convergence... On the streets, in their homes and meeting-places, in the police station, in court and in prison, the criminal justice system bears down heavily on black communities. And the competition between the Tories and Labour to see who is toughest on crime makes for an even heavier burden. (CARF 37, April/May 1997)

Racism goes underground... It's becoming very difficult to compile our annual review of deaths across Europe as racism has gone into the under-world of the undocumented. (CARF 36, February/March 1997)

From refugee to terrorist... The UK is leading the way in calling for anti-terrorist and emergency powers to be used against Europe's refugee communities. (CARF 33, August/September 1996)

The truth about the human trade... Those who seek to aid refugees fleeing persecution are being tarred with the same brush as the profiteering human smugglers. (CARF 33, August/September 1996)

The fight against racist science... CARF spoke to Steven Rose, professor of biology at the Open University and a leading campaigner against the racialisation of science. (CARF 32, June/July 1996)

Leftspeak / Rightspeak / Newspeak... Across Europe, as centre-Left parties are moving to the right, the centre-right parties are adopting issues associated with the Left. And in this game of musical chairs, immigration and asylum are key. (CARF 32, June/July 1996)

Black America today... CARF spoke to Barbara Ransby, leading Black feminist and co-founder of African American women in Defense of Ourselves, about recent events in the US. (CARF 29, December / January 1995 / 1996 )