About Carol Anne Grayson (Radical Sister)

I have been involved in human rights issues all my life and was actively involved in the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) in the UK. This continues today with my support for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement “which works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.”

In my early years I grew up following the work of John Pilger, Australian journalist and documentary film maker reporting on the Vietnam war who continues to inspire me today. In 1993 I was fortunate to visit the country and learn about the conflict from those who lived through it. I also visited El Salvador during the 12 year civil war.

My background is in psychiatry with additional qualifications in addiction counselling and health education. I worked in the field of AIDs and hepatitis from 1983. This has taken me to the former Soviet Union in 1987 as part of the UK/USSR Medical Exchange Programme, to America, Washington DC, to participate in haemophilia workshops and to China to work with lawyers and AIDs activists following the contaminated blood disaster in Henan.

I was involved in a documentary on a school/orphanage in Dumbraveni, visiting Romania twice after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu. The programme was given a regional media award. My love of travel and campaign interests led to time spent in over 50 countries volunteering in a number of projects including an orphanage in the Guatemalan jungle.

A visit to Kashmir in 1991 shortly after Kunan Poshpora attack opened my eyes to the human rights abuses under Indian occupation. It was during this period I had my first encounter with militants in the region and developed an interest on writing on insurgency.

My Masters was in Gender, Culture and Development (Distinction) studying Indian feminism, Black Power movement and Civil Rights, Islamophobia, Post Colonialism and Media Interpretations on the War on Terror. I wrote my dissertation on the impact of the global blood trade on the UK haemophilia community following a personal tragedy and received two awards for my work. These were the ERSC Michael Young Award and the COTT Action =Life award. I was invited to give lectures on combining activism and academia on the MA in Activism and Social Change, Leeds University.

I was Executive Producer for Incident in New Baghdad short documentary nominated for an Oscar and researcher for a BBC Newsnight special on Contaminated Blood (2007) nominated for a Royal Television Society (RTS) award. My late husband and I ran a Bad Blood Campaign jointly with the Newcastle Journal which won awards and assisted in the research for Blood Brothers documentary also awarded. I also won a local cup for photography.

My interest in writing on insurgency and conflict resolution led me to run a website jointly with award winning Pakistani investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad with specific interest in the region of Afghanistan, Pakistan exploring human rights, militant movements and drone warfare. Saleem was a mentor to me and served as the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online (Hong Kong) and Italian news agency Adnkronos (AKI). Tragically he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 2011. His first book Inside Al Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11 was published shortly before his death. In June 2011 Shahzad was awarded the Ischia International Journalism award and his name is included on the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum in Washington. I try to continue his work on Radical Sister blog, claiming back the word from a negative connotation to its meaning of “characterized by departure from tradition; innovative or progressive.” 

I aim to expose human right abuses, uphold truth and justice and work towards conflict resolution.

Carol Anne Grayson 

55 Responses to About Carol Anne Grayson (Radical Sister)

  1. hey Carol

    I was wondering if you eve did make it to Waziristan either last year or if you have plans to go this year?
    Kind regards,


  2. mikemagee says:

    Your blog seems excellent, Carol, excellent enough for you to make this page a proper “about” page by substituting what “wordpress” have put here by your own objectives. I will always look at the “about” page, when there is one, to get an idea of what I am likely to find. It saves me wasting time on fascists, jesters and eccentrics, but does not give a good impression when the “wordpress” boilerplate words have not been changed after four years.

  3. anonymous says:

    How can I contact u?

  4. Faqir Ipi says:

    Carol Anne Grayson

    Your Email ID

    Wana share some material please.

  5. Rami Rajeh says:

    Could we use your entry “Brand Malala”: Western exploitation of a schoolgirl posted on October 9, 2013 in a course book?

  6. Shagufta says:

    Please keep blogging. Your doing a great job 👍 Throughly enjoy reading your work

  7. Thank you Carol, I thoroughly enjoyed reading that piece.

  8. Farrukh Aziz says:

    Carol, I really appreciate your work.u doing a marvellous job. I wanna contact you, through what channel, facebook, twitter ? I have something to share with you. In fact, i am a writer in my own right, penning articles on socio-political issue, marginalisation, exploitation of the impoverished, gender based violence, etc. I am happy to see you write on the illegal abductions of the people of Sindh. allegedly by the agencies of the country. I myself am from Sindh province. Kindly let me know about the contact details. Regards.

  9. Madeeha Niazi says:

    Hi Carol, I’m amazed by your blog and your activism. I am a Pakistani student at Central Saint Martins. We have an event on th 12th of Nov. I couldn’t find any other way of contacting you to invite you properly. Do you have an email address? I’ll email you the details. Regards

    • Thanks, very kind of you, appreciate your words. Unfortunately I am unable to attend on the 12th however you can DM me details on Twitter @Quickieleaks as would be interested to read about it…

  10. Kaushik Das says:

    So now you are in the payroll of the terrorists you bitch

  11. Kaushik Das says:

    You should be charged with inciting terroism

  12. Kaushik Das says:

    Why dont you write against Islamic radicalization?You whore.

  13. Kaushik Das says:

    You seem to be the mouthpiece of islamic radicals?

  14. Kaushik Das says:

    You deserve such languages?Where do you live?You are abusing freedom of speech.

  15. Kaushik Das says:

    Why dont you write against Islamic radicalization?Islamic society, honour killings genital mutiliation forced marriages etc.

  16. Kaushik Das says:

    You must be a terroist yourself

  17. Kaushik Das says:

    Send me the links on your articles on Islamic radicalization?Islamic society, honour killings genital mutiliation forced marriages

  18. Kaushik Das says:

    Why are you a radical sister you must be an islamic radicals yourself

  19. Kaushik Das says:

    Carol are you Muslim?

  20. Kaushik Das says:

    Which country do you live in?

  21. Kaushik Das says:

    We all know your agenda you are a fucking whore

  22. carol ann love says:

    found ur site tru adnan rasheed daughter message im delighted with the truth u spread

    im so happy allaah creates the likes of u

    wud tht i cud marry u and wake u up with a smile everyday and tht u cud be the mother of our babies with them green angel eyes

    i pray allaah almighty showers love islam blessin strenght on u carol ann u rock

    well ill watch ur updates at times

    kind regards and love and thinkin of ur face alot from today on

    shabir burhani from holland i can be find on twitter maiwand2016

    • Thank-you for your kind words and taking the time to leave a comment. Allah guides us to be fair and speak without fear and nothing can be greater than the teachings He has given us. May Allah bless you with all good things.

  23. Request says:

    Hi, Carol
    Please follow me on Twitter, I would like to DM you.

    Thank you.

  24. shelbydavisblog says:

    Hi! Would you be interested in giving a comment on insurgency in Afghanistan/Pakistan for my undergrad thesis? If so, may I contact you?

  25. Honey Clombs says:

    Re Islamophobia. A good thing [aka Proactive security}. As having read the quran, it its world destabilizing, a crime inciting belief system. Just the way it is. Different sects cant agree, the killing of Christians, the want/ need to remove Israel from ‘the map”; the ushering in of the 12 or 13th “imadi” at a cost to Human life {aka Holocaust} , the need for “world domination to impose sharia is not to be diwcounted,
    Thank you.

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