Zimbabwe’s students resist Mugabe’s tyranny

19 April 2007 In his weekly TV programme, Talking With Tatchell, Peter Tatchell interviews Washington Katema, National Coordinator, Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU). Zimbabwe Independence Day on 18 April should have been a day of national pride and celebration. Instead, it was day of mourning and protests – in Zimbabwe and by Zimbabwean refugees across […]

British democracy isn’t working

12 April 2007 British democracy isn’t working. Public confidence and participation is falling. In 2005, the Labour government was re-elected with the support of a mere one-fifth of eligible electors. More people didn’t vote (39%) than voted Labour (less than 36%). The first-past-the-post electoral system disenfranchises millions of voters. Many people feel alienated; that their […]

Animal research is poor science

6 April 2007 On his weekly TV programme, Talking With Tatchell, Peter Tatchell interviews Dr Gill Langley, Scientific Director of the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research. Medical research using animals is scientifically flawed. The physiological differences between animals and humans are so great that it is not possible to accurately apply data gained from […]

Iraq – Occupation, privatisation, theocracy and death squads

30 March 2007 On his weekly TV programme, Talking With Tatchell, Peter Tatchell interviews Nadia Mahmood of the Iraqi Freedom Congress. The allied occupation of Iraq has paved the way for the mass looting of the country. Billions have gone missing. Corruption is rife. The US has strong-armed the Baghdad government into privatising Iraq’s oil […]

Solar power is the future of global energy provision and security

23 March 2007 Nuclear, coal and gas-fired power are based on finite resources and are environmentally destructive. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is the tried-and-tested, safe, non-polluting, cost-effective and permanently sustainable energy technology that can meet the world’s entire electricity needs and spur the economic development of many currently arid, impoverished nations. It is the key […]

Iran – regime change from within?

16 March 2007 Peter Tatchell interviews Maryam Namazie – Iranian broadcaster, humanist, feminist and communist – on the value of solidarity with the Iranian people’s struggle for democracy, socialism and human rights. Over the last year, Iran has seen rising levels of resistance to President Ahmadinejad’s repressive regime. Strikes by bus workers and teachers, women’s […]

ID cards and the surveillance state

10 March 2007 Big brother is watching you. ID cards are ineffective, costly, an invasion of privacy and a threat to civil liberties. They will pave the way for a huge increase in state surveillance, with the government owing and controlling our identities. On his weekly TV programme, Talking With Tatchell, human rights campaigner Peter […]

Russia’s flawed and failing democracy

2 March 2007 Peter Tatchell interviews Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian gay human rights campaigner who is organiser of Moscow Gay Pride and head of the LGBT Human Rights Project of Gay Russia. Russia’s transition to pluralist democracy is at best shaky and at worst being reversed. The relatively liberal Yeltsin era has been eclipsed by […]

West Papua’s fight for freedom

23 February 2007 More than 40 years after Indonesia invaded and occupied West Papua, the people there are still fighting for independence. Peter Tatchell interviews Benny Wenda, Chair, Koteka Tribal Assembly, West Papua, Maria Wenda, West Papuan independence and women’s rights activist, and Richard Samuelson, Co-director of the Free West Papua Campaign (UK). At least […]

Are the Greens the new Left?

16 February 2007 As Labour slides to the right, the Green Party is shifting to the left. Are the Greens destined to displace Labour as the main left party of democracy, social justice, human rights, peace and environmental protection? Peter Tatchell interviews Derek Wall, Principal Male Speaker of the Green Party. Opinion polls reveal growing […]