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Taking The Myth – 23 May 2016 Edition

This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and Iram Ramzan discuss the big topics with guest callers. We talk about: The Trafford Centre ‘Terrorism’€™ controversy, the governments’ Prevent Strategy, ‘€˜British values’€™, Witchcraft and Iran’€™s religious police. And the ASLAN Awards!

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Christopher Hitchens And That Dubious Iran ‘Quote’

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I often see people attributing the following statement to the late Christopher Hitchens on the topic of Iran:

As for that benighted country, I wouldn’t shed a tear if it was wiped off the face of this earth.”

This occurs across social media, in comment threads and in news articles.

Now, It would be untrue to claim that Christopher Hitchens never engaged in hawkish rhetoric from time to time, but given that Hitchens had also visited Iran, spoke fondly of it and voiced his solidarity with the Iranian people – I remained unconvinced with the authenticity of this particular quote.

Every attempt to identify a primary source led me back to a book called ‘Unhitched’ by Richard Seymour. This book is what one typically refers to as a ‘Hatchet Job’. Here is the quote as it appears in Seymour’s book (p92):

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Ep#62 – Peter Tatchell – Human Rights

 

Prolific Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell (@PeterTatchell) will be joining me on The #GSPodcast this week. We touch on a number of big topics including: LGBTI Rights, the Iran Nuclear deal, ISIS, Russia and Sex education. Also: how do you engage the Muslim community on Gay Rights? Peter will also be telling us about The Peter Tatchell foundation and how you can support his tireless efforts.

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