Cannabis – reclassification or decriminalisation?

20 August 2007 The war on drugs has failed, yet the government is considering reclassifying cannabis as a class B drug and reintroducing tougher penalties. This knee-jerk response is driven by an ill-informed moral panic that won’t protect young people. Perhaps it is time we considered Dutch-style decriminalisation and coffee houses? Dr Evan Harris MP, […]

Ethnic cleansing of Arabs in Iran

20 August 2007 Iran is a racist, imperialist state, which is ethnically cleansing its Ahwazi Arab population. Tehran is using sham trials, torture, executions, cultural colonialism, forced re-locations and mass impoverishment to subjugate its Arab population. The south-west Arab region of Iran is the richest in oil, but has African levels of malnutrition, slums, illiteracy […]

Jamaica – homophobia, murder music and free speech

9 August 2007 Is Jamaica the most homophobic country in the world? Does reggae/dancehall “murder music” contribute to anti-gay violence? Stop Murder Music campaigners, Dennis Carney of the Black Gay Men’s Advisory Group, and Brett Lock of the gay human rights group OutRage!, discuss with Peter Tatchell. Peter Tatchell writes: Eight leading Jamaican reggae/dancehall stars, […]

Hands off the people of Iran

7 August 2007 Neither Washington nor Tehran. A war against Iran would be another disastrous neo-imperial adventure, which would strengthen the Tehran dictatorship. The overthrow of the clerical regime by the Iranian people – not US military intervention – is the best way to resolve the nuclear crisis and prevent a needless, unjustified war. Peter […]

Britain’s corrupt voting system

31 July 2007 The electoral system is rigged against democracy. It is corrupt, unrepresentative, anti-democratic and unfair. Peter Tatchell interviews Chris Huhne MP of Make Votes Count and Mary Southcott of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform. Peter Tatchell writes: At the 2005 general election, Labour won 35% of the vote but bagged 55% of […]

Prison isn’t working

26 July 2007 The prison system is not fit for purpose. Failing both prisoners and society, it neither deters nor rehabilitates. Overcrowding, poor welfare provision, victimisation and reoffending are rife. Juliet Lyon, Director of the Prison Reform Trust, discusses with Peter Tatchell what’s wrong with the prison service and how to fix it. Peter Tatchell […]

Gordon Brown – change? What change?

20 July 2007 Gordon Brown promised change. But has he delivered? Chris McLaughlin, editor of Tribune, Labour’s left weekly, discusses Gordon Brown’s performance as Prime Minister and the prospects for a snap election in the autumn. Peter Tatchell writes: Much of the country was hoping that Prime Minister Gordon Brown would break with the disastrous […]

Gordon Brown’s great nuclear con trick

12 July 2007 Gordon Brown says expanded nuclear power is essential to cut carbon emissions and global warming. The Prime Minister is wrong. Roger Higman, Campaigns Coordinator of Friends of the Earth, discusses with Peter Tatchell the cheaper, greener and safer alternatives, such as energy conservation, wind, wave, tidal, hydro, geo-thermal and solar power. Peter […]

Baluchistan freedom struggle – Pakistan colludes with Taliban

3 July 2007 Mehran Baluch, the Baluch representative at the UN Human Rights Council, discusses the Baluch struggle for liberation from Pakistani occupation and oppression. Pakistan invaded and annexed the newly-independent state of Baluchistan in 1948. But the Baluch people have never given up their struggle for freedom. After six decades of occupation and bloody […]

Somaliland – An African and Muslim success story

25 June 2007 Somaliland is an African and Muslim nation that is embracing peace, democracy, human rights and economic development. Peter Tatchell interviews Dr Mohamed-Aar A Mohamed of the Somaliland Research Society UK and Lulu Farah of the Somaliland Forum UK. In contrast to the war, chaos and human rights abuses in Somalia, the independent […]