Hassan Mahamdallie

High class muscle men for capital

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In May 1916 US troops entered Santo Domingo. They would leave eight years later, after reshaping the economy in the interests of US big business. But the legacy of the occupation has been much more lasting both economically and in terms of democracy, writes Hassan Mahamdallie.

On 5 May 1916 an advance party of two seaborne companies of US marines landed on the coast of the Caribbean republic of Santo Domingo (also known as the Dominican Republic) with orders to secure US interests. Ten days later they had taken over the capital city. They would not leave for another eight years, by which time they had made sure that Santo Domingo’s freedom had been subjugated to the political and economic imperatives of the US.

Resist the racist offensive against Muslims

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Red fist

The coalition government has unveiled new laws that target Muslims, while across Europe there is growing Islamophobia. But our movement can resist this onslaught, argues Hassan Mahamdallie.

The demonisation and securitisation of Britain’s Muslims are accelerating at a bewildering pace. What prime minister David Cameron meant in his speech in Munich in February 2011 by his call to flex “muscular liberalism” in response to the so-called “war on terror” is becoming clearer by the day. As is the grotesque myth of “superior” Western liberal ideas and values continually vaunted by politicians in Europe and on both sides of the Atlantic.

Mariner, Renegade and Castaway by Christian Hogsbjerg

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Published by London Socialist History Society and Redwords, 4.00

Christian Hogsbjerg has done a magnificent job in piecing together the story of the revolutionary seaman Chris Braithwaite.

Along the way Hogsbjerg shines light on a generation of radical fighters against racism, injustice and exploitation, their lives and political careers sandwiched between not only two world wars, but the spark of light generated by the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and the crushing darkness of Stalinism.

A tradition of resistance

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Socialist Review spoke to Hassan Mahamdallie, one of the contributors to the new book Say it Loud, about the fight against racism in Britain, the role played by socialists and the lessons for today.


How has racism changed in Britain over the past 30 to 40 years and what's been driving those changes?

Let's go back a little further - let's talk about the past 50 years. If you think about the first generation of West Indian and Asian and other groups that came to Britain to fill the labour shortages and rebuild Britain after the Second World War, they experienced naked racism.

Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

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Richard Stone

Twenty years ago this month Stephen Lawrence was struck down by racist attackers and died on the pavement in Well Hall Road in south east London.

Although two of his attackers have been jailed for murder, at least another three are walking free, as are all those who covered up for them.

Dr Richard Stone, one of the three advisors who assisted Sir William Macpherson in the official inquiry into the Metropolitan Police's role in the failure to catch the killers, has written a book of personal reflections on his involvement in the case.

Tories sow false divisions

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Last month David Cameron used a speech in Munich to attack multiculturalism, gaining fulsome praise from far-right and fascist organisations across Europe. Hassan Mahamdallie exposes Cameron's racist lies, while considering the legacy of multiculturalism in Britain

David Cameron travelled to Munich, of all places, at the start of last month to make a speech attacking our multicultural society and the more than one million Muslims living in it.

Why was this speech of such significance? It could be argued that Cameron was only travelling further down a road mapped out by Tony Blair. The deafening silence from New Labour, apart from frontbenchers distancing themselves from MP Sadiq Khan's condemnation of Cameron, was indeed wretched.

Frank Crichlow: Standing tall against racism

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Frank Crichlow, a life-long anti-racist from west London, died recently. In a hitherto unseen interview from 1995, he spoke to Hassan Mahamdallie about his life.


Frank Crichlow

I've been in Notting Hill for quite a long time now, since the 1950s. I first came in contact with Notting Hill police station when I opened a cafe called the Rio in Westbourne Park. A lot of people used to go there.

Beyond Black and White

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Manning Marable, Verso, £12.99

Manning Marable is one of the most valuable analysts of race and racism in the US today. He is the author of a series of books tracing the changing contours of "the colour line", which combine a radical viewpoint with a wealth of empirical data and historical depth. Beyond Black and White is an argument for a transformative solution to racism.

A Suitable Enemy

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Liz Fekete, Pluto; £17.99

One of the most revealing and alarming aspects of A Suitable Enemy is the way in which it describes the same phenomenon erupting across western Europe, country by country, maybe at different speeds, but all moving towards the same barbaric endpoint.

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