August 2013

Your private medical records 'for sale' in the UK

The government’s recent announcement that private companies are to be given access to patient data for the princely sum of £1.00 is just the latest attack on the principles of patient confidentiality in the interests of commerce, writes Robert ...

China gives internet stars a lesson in self-censorship

A group of internet celebrities in China have endorsed a government guideline for self-censorship on a variety of topics such as law, socialism, the state, the public's legal rights, and morality, according to state-controlled media outlet the Peo ...

Hidden: World Health Organisation's report on Iraqi birth defects

Many suspect high rates of birth defects in Iraq are caused by exposure to depleted uranium ammunition.Large parts of the Middle East are now contaminated with war pollutants.In Iraq, war debris continues to wear away and erode populated cities. Such debri ...

Behind the 'Black lie' about crack-cocaine

It’s no secret that crack cocaine carries a stigma. While casual pot-smoking and cocaine use are tolerated in college dorms and clubs, crack cocaine is often considered to be on a different level - a “hard” drug, like heroin. Few well-off ...

Athletes should 'use podium to protest at Putin's olympics'

In a candid reply to gay UK celebrity Stephen Fry on Twitter this week, Prime Minister David Cameron declared that Britain would not be boycotting the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. This clarification followed the deep concern which has been shown about ...

Government's 'racist' billboard vans mocked by right and left

Politicians and campaigners have united to attack a controversial mobile advertising campaign against migrants launched by the British government. They have accused the ruling administration of stirring up racial tension by using the &q ...
The Strange Death of Harry Stanley - Award Winning Short Film

No justice after police killing of Harry Stanley

A British police apology and thousands of pounds in compensation this week to the family of Ian Tomlinson three years after an officer unlawfully killed him with a baton brought back memories of another man's death in similar circumstances. Harry Stanl ...

Making campaigner Doreen Lawrence a political 'saint' is folly

In the past few days, I have had many people from the Global African Diaspora, women especially, express their delight that ‘Doreen is now the Right Honourable Baroness Lawrence’ and that ‘there is one more of us in the Lords’. They ...