April 2015

McCruelty. I'm hatin' it.

PETA exposes the cruel slaughter of chickens for fast food chain McDonalds

PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are campaigning to end the "cruel" methods used to slaughter chickens supplied to the fast food chain McDonalds. PETA states: "Chickens killed for McDonald's are slaughtered using an ...

Maasai and big game, my safari of a lifetime

It was an intrepid flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara game reserve because our 13-seater single engine Cessna light aircraft tilted sharply to the left to avoid a big bird as we came in to land. I found this out while chatting with the charming, talkative ...

Communities at risk as capital's policing crisis grows

A future Labour government would scrap costly Police and Crime Commissioners and use the £50 million set aside to stage elections next year to protect the 1,100 police officers due to be cut in 2016.The pledge to safeguard numbers of police came as ...

'Stars performing in Israel are supporting apartheid in Palestine'

I hadn't planned on this when I walked into the monthly London Palestine Action meeting. But, when a cultural boycott action was suggested and ideas were thin on the ground, I volunteered to subvert Robbie Williams' hits and be him, outside UNICEF ...

London police force reveals warrant card abuse by officers

Scotland Yard has published details of dozens of complaints about misuse of warrant cards by its Metropolitan Police officers. This includes one against an off-duty officer who gained free entry to a football match by showing her warrant card and claiming ...

Media sexism against female British politicians 'a disgrace'

If Scots vote as the polls suggest in the forthcoming UK general election, then Nicola Sturgeon will soon have some claim to being called the most successful British politician of her generation.In just a few short months, Sturgeon has taken her Scottish ...

Abject poverty 'fuelling violence against immigrants in South Africa'

President Jacob Zuma's mealy-mouthed language and qualified statements have done little to curb the current anti-immigration violence in South Africa.Last month, the Zulu monarch made a public statement in which he compared "foreigners" in S ...

'Why America's prison population is out of control'

Criminal justice reform in the US is rapidly becoming one of the few bipartisan issues of our time. It's about time.America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of its prisoners. ...

Counterfeit medicines are 'a risk to world health'

Fake and low-quality medicinal drugs are threatening progress made in fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, according to a collection of 17 scientific studies published at once to highlight the issue. Researchers found that up to 41 percent of med ...

How new 'digi-generation' can make the Black vote count

In a unique alliance, activists and faith leaders with large Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) populations across the UK are using the internet to fight for equality and renewal. Moreover, their websites send a clear message to their communities: make sure ...