Our treatment of prisoners condemns us all

by Maurice Mcleod  There’s an old cliché that you judge a society by how it treats its weakest and while this is still a very good measure I’d argue the real test of a society is how it treats it least popular members. In Britain, as in most societies, the people who garner the least… Read More

The War on Terror in Clay

Exhibition Review: “Stuff Happens” – May Ayres by Hamja Ahsan  Theresa May gave her first obligatory Eid address as Prime Minister this month to Muslims living in Britain and worldwide. In the broadcast, she spoke of the “spirit of togetherness” and “the way people are brought together with those around the world through the strong… Read More

Pomp, ceremony and hypocrisy

by Maurice Mcleod In a move that will have Nigel Farage fearing a left-wing conspiracy to “rub our noses in diversity”, Black Rod bashed on the doors of Parliament and demanded our representatives go to the House of Lords and listen to an old lady read out David Cameron’s plans for the year. It was… Read More

Are Britain and America’s Drug Laws Racist?

By Kojo Koram That Justice is a blind goddess, Is a thing to which we black are wise, Her bandage hides two festering sores, That once perhaps were eyes. Langston Hughes,Justice (1923) Last week, at the annual convention of the NAACP, President Obama recognised that the US criminal justice system is in critical need of reform.… Read More

Everyday Prisons – Women’s Lives Under Occupation

by Samah Saleh Hanan, a Palestinian woman, was released in a prisoner exchange, after serving five years of her life sentence. In an interview, during my research on women in Israeli prisons, Hanan closed her eyes as she described prison as no more than a series of boxes. The boxes are connected to each other’ she… Read More