Corin Redgrave

Corin Redgrave

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* Son of actor Michael Redgrave
* Brother of actress Vanessa Redgrave.
* Co-founded the Guantanamo Human Rights Commission
* Co-founded the Peace and Progress Party, which in 2005 nominated the British Muslim and suspected terrorist Babar Ahmad for a Parliamentary seat
* Passed away on April 6, 2010

Corin Redgrave is a British-born actor and an activist who works on behalf of Islamic prisoners captured by the U.S. in the war on terror.

Redgrave was born in London in July 1939. His father, the Shakespearean stage actor Sir Michael Redgrave, and his mother, film and television actress Rachel Kempson, had three children — Vanessa, Lynn and Corin — all of whom pursued careers in the acting profession. Corin was first educated at Westminster School, an all-boy’s academy in London, and thereafter attended Cambridge University.

Corin Redgrave began acting in the mid-1960s and, since then, has appeared in more than sixty big-screen and television productions, including: The Avengers (1964); In the Name of the Father (1993); Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994); and To Kill a King (2003). In 1999 he was nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actor for his performance in Tennessee Williams’ Not About Nightingales.

Like his sister Vanessa, Corin Redgrave is a committed communist and an apologist for Islamic terrorists. A week after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, Redgrave and playwright Harold Pinter co-wrote a letter to the The Daily Telegraph urging the U.S. and its European allies to eschew any thoughts of military reprisal. “Terrorism cannot be defeated by bombs, bullets or secret intelligence,” said the letter. “Terrorism is the language of hatred and despair. Out of the carnage and rubble of a new crusade will come new terrorists, even more desperate and ruthless than before.” Blaming United Nations sanctions for the deaths of a million children in Saddam Hussein‘s Iraq between 1991 and 2003, the letter concluded: “We must make war, but on poverty.”

In 2001 Jonathan Bowden, a British political figure who founded the Revolutionary Conservative Caucus in 1993, said the following about Corin Redgrave:

“I met Corin Redgrave once, who was one of the leaders of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party. And Redgrave … [said] in the middle of this party as he was chain-smoking. He said, ‘When we’re in power, we’re going to have iron-hard — iron hard destruction of the bourgeois class’ [emphasis in original]…. And I said, ‘But Corin, you could be regarded as one of the most bourgeois men in all of Britain.’ And he said: ‘No, no, it’s all in the mind!’ And of course it is all in the mind. He said something very interesting … about the extraordinary mental [outlook] that this theory can cast. Somebody said, ‘Well, what about Stalin, then, Corin?’ And he said, ‘Stalin is the recrudescence of the theory of the class enemy which occurs mentally as a hypostatization within the class that falsifies its ideology and history and is the class enemy at a particular moment of struggle. If you refer to Trotsky’s The History of the Revolution, chapter 8, paragraph 92, he tells you everything that you need to know about it.’”

In January 2004 Redgrave co-founded, along with sister Vanessa, the Guantanamo Human Rights Commission (GHRC) — a prisoners’ rights group committed to defending enemy combatants that U.S. troops had captured on Middle Eastern battlefields and transferred to a detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Redgrave penned a 2004 article wherein he stated that the Guantanamo detainees’ “welfare remains an unknown, because the Red Cross, which even the Nazis allowed to visit prisoner-of-war camps, has not been given access. The little information that has come out is alarming.” In truth, the Red Cross had been making routine visits to Guantanamo detainees since early 2002 and had found no evidence of the prisoners being mistreated.

On March 10, 2004, Redgrave and Center for Constitutional Rights President Michael Ratner went to the United Nations to demand that the Guantanamo detention center be closed immediately.

In 2004 Corin and Vanessa Redgrave co-founded the Peace and Progress Party, a British political entity professing a commitment to “conflict resolution, fair trade, and economic and social justice.” Chief among the Party’s concerns are: ending “the occupation of Iraq”; closing all nuclear bases leased to the United States; canceling all debts owed by poor nations; ending internment without trial; freeing all Guantanamo detainees; fighting “global warming”; and ending the “humanitarian crisis” facing the Palestinian people at the hands of Israel.

In November 2004 Redgrave helped draft a motion to secure a House of Commons debate on whether British Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached. According to Redgrave and his fellow drafters, Blair had been guilty of “gross misconduct” in the run-up to the war in Iraq. One of the document’s signatories was Member of Parliament (and Saddam Hussein apologist) George Galloway.

In 2005 Redgrave was a signatory to a letter addressed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, charging that “the U.K. Government and the U.S.A. in coalition partnership” were guilty of: (a) “planning and conducting an aggressive war using deceit, including deliberately falsifying reports to arouse passion in support of this war”; (b) “political persecution by initially sacking all Baath party members, thereby very severely reducing the administrative and professional class who had been obliged to be members”; and (c) “failure to treat P.O.W.’s humanely, especially those held in the open in the sun.”

In the 2005 British general elections, Redgrave’s Peace and Progress Party nominated British Muslim and suspected terrorist Babar Ahmad, who had been arrested in August 2004 on charges of raising funds for Islamic terrorists in Chechnya and Afghanistan. Redgrave announced that the Party was “immensely proud to say that Babar Ahmad [would] stand as a candidate” for Parliament. “Electing Babar would be the most powerful message on human rights and justice that could be given,” Redgrave said at a campaign event. “Just let the Americans try to say that an elected MP [Member of Parliament] should be extradited.”

Redgrave is the author of the 1996 biography Michael Redgrave: My Father. He also has written two plays, Roy and Daisy and Fool for the Rest of His Life.

He died on April 6, 2010.

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