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CAGE is an independent advocacy organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror. The organisation highlights and campaigns against state policies, striving for a world free from oppression and injustice.
CAGE has been campaigning against the War on Terror for more than a decade. Its work has focussed on working with survivors of abuse and mistreatment across the globe. Its website is one of the leading resources documenting the abuse of due process and the erosion of the rule of law in the context of the War on Terror. CAGE has delivered more than 750 lectures across the UK, produced cutting edge reports and provided a voice to survivors of the War on Terror through its media work.

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CAGE is an independent advocacy organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror. The organisation highlights and campaigns against state policies, striving for a world free from oppression and injustice.
CAGE has been campaigning against the War on Terror for more than a decade. Its work has focussed on working with survivors of abuse and mistreatment across the globe. Its website is one of the leading resources documenting the abuse of due process and the erosion of the rule of law in the context of the War on Terror. CAGE has delivered more than 750 lectures across the UK, produced cutting edge reports and provided a voice to survivors of the War on Terror through its media work.

    Universal Enemy: Rethinking Jihad and Humanitarianism in Bosnia

    Universal Enemy: Rethinking Jihad and Humanitarianism in Bosnia

    A conversation with the author of 'The Universal Enemy' Dr Darryl Li and witnesses of the Bosniak jihad, discussing the role of volunteer supporters and fighters in overseas conflict zones.

    Chair: Dr Asim Qureshi
    Guests:
    Dr Darryl Li
    Babar Ahmad
    Moazzam Begg

    Date of recording: Friday 6 November 2020

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    A Virtue of Disobedience

    A Virtue of Disobedience

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    'A Virtue of Disobedience' by Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

    We are the disobedient
    look upon us and despair
    for we outlast history, time and memory
    we are always there.

    We are the unquenchable thirst for justice
    the bodies that do not bend
    tongues you cannot straightjacket
    and eyes that will not be turned blind.

    We are the step you trip on in the night
    the nightmare you wake from but cannot recall
    the lump under the rolling hill that reminds you what is buried there.

    We are the disobedient.
    We bear witness and we testify.
    We love despite the lie that we are not worthy
    We hold despite being told we should hide.

    Yes; we are the disobedient
    who refuse to die
    for bodies without eulogies
    will never remain in their graves
    we are the ghosts of the unmourned
    and the spirit of the never grieved.

    We are the original traitors to the tireless tyrant
    We are Mohammed
    We are Malcolm
    We are Moses and Assata
    We are Toussaint and Bhashani
    We are Rosa and Rabbani
    We are the disobedient.

    Truth speakers with tongues of fire
    Knowledge seekers who provoke your ire
    Mouths always moist from sincere prayer.
    We are hearts beating for the truth
    not like fluttering birds in cages
    but like the earth in her final convulsions
    like mountains when they scatter to dust
    We dismantle, uproot, expose.

    We are the disobedient
    and we have come not to claim what is yours
    but what is and always was ours:
    our humanity.
    But no – not claim
    for it was always with us
    and our announcement of that
    is the blasphemy you burn us for.

    But there’s a reason you mustn’t play with fire
    because flames are not bound by only your aims
    if you burn our bodies in the morning
    the fire will be licking your heels that night.

    Do you feel secure then?
    When we are bound not by law but justice?
    Loyal not to pen marks on paper but truth?

    We are unconquerable and unmanageable
    because you can take what you want
    if all you want is to take.
    We are your greatest fear: fearless
    loyal not even to life.
    There is no bargain to be made then
    for disruption is our only security
    in a world which says that security is ensured only through our repression
    - what basis has such authority to be obeyed?

    No; we are the disobedient
    who refuse to know our place
    undivided, low, and mighty
    we are a We
    a unity, a community,
    a principle above place.

    We are the disobedient.
    We declare the emperor naked
    and don’t kneel before the queen
    we smash the idols
    confront the Pharaoh
    upend the fabric of the world
    we will not sell our souls for hallowed halls
    we cannot be unmoved.

    We are the disobedient
    we exceed the boundaries
    overspill and overspeak.
    We are unboxed, unharnessed, unfathomable
    unpalatable
    uncompromising.

    Oh Ozymandiases of the world
    do you really think yourselves kings of kings?

    How quickly you forget.
    Nothing outlasts the fading of the day
    but the light of truth itself?

    • 2 min
    Moazzam Begg - In His Own Words

    Moazzam Begg - In His Own Words

    Moazzam Begg describes his journey, from his kidnap & incarceration, to his eventual release.

    This recording (dated December 2013) was made in Johannesburg, during Moazzam's last trip abroad.

    • 54 min

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