Ian Birrell

Ian Birrell


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Ian Birrell is an award-winning foreign reporter and columnist. He is also the founder, with Damon Albarn, of Africa Express.

Ian Birrell is an award-winning foreign reporter and columnist. He is also the founder, with Damon Albarn, of Africa Express.

The BBC needs to sack the suits

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Africa’s catastrophic Covid response

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

The older workers condemned by Covid

BY Ian Birrell / 7 mins

How Covid exposed the world’s lack of care

BY Ian Birrell / 7 mins

Where have all the good politicians gone?

BY Ian Birrell / 7 mins

The defector taking on Kim Jong-un

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

So where did Covid come from?

BY Ian Birrell / 9 mins

The Republican Party’s descent into darkness

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Boris Johnson and the ravages of office

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

How China is exploiting pandemic panic

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Britain doesn’t care about social care

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Covid-19 will expose Africa’s tyrants

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

The WHO has failed us again

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

China is not the hero in this darkest hour

BY Ian Birrell / 9 mins

Mexico’s bloody drugs struggle

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

Where the American Dream goes to die

BY Ian Birrell / 9 mins

Boris must be bold: it could save lives

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

Why are we locking up patients for profit?

BY Ian Birrell / 8 mins

How would you respond to the rise of Nazism?

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

How my daughter disrupted my politics

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

2017: when the US woke up to its drugs shame

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Can Dominic Raab cling on to Esher?

BY Ian Birrell / 9 mins

Our prisons are a national disgrace

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Spain’s election pain: six reasons to care

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

How my daughter disrupted my politics

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

How desperate is Doncaster for Brexit?

BY Ian Birrell / 8 mins

Have we forgotten Syria?

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

Capitalism needs more heroes

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

How our first Asian MP shaped the Brexit debate

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

Our scandalous disregard for disability

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

How football raised its game

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Why the Iron Lady is an icon for our times

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

The Arab Spring is still unfurling

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

La OMS nos ha fallado nuevamente

BY Ian Birrell / 7 mins

Can we be trusted with euthanasia?

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

The invisibility of disability on screen

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

How charities are corrupted by Whitehall

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

Can Zuckerberg control his monster?

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

The charity guru who duped the world

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Analogue dictators are no match for digital detectives

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

Adventures in Trumpland

BY Ian Birrell / 8 mins

The far right’s plans to capture Europe

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

The dark genius behind the destructive creed of Putinism

BY Ian Birrell / 3 mins

Why a historic African peace deal is good news for Europe

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

In defence of the Fourth Estate

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

A new party could save politics from the extremes

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

How digital dissidents are defying the despots

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

When will politicians quit the war on drugs?

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

Slaying dragons: the stifling British green belt

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

All hail the capitalism revolution on the streets of Paris

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

Why you can’t rely on the news media to understand… Europe

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

Free Minds: Michael Clemens, a global thinker in a world filled with narrow-minded nationalism

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

Oxfam’s attack on fat cats might be more persuasive if its own bosses weren’t fat cats

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

CEOs are getting 120 times as much income as workers

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

Western aid undermines African democracy

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

It’s slow, overdue but it’s well underway. We’re on the path to the decriminalisation of drugs.

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Animals. Are they so different from us?

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

Mark Zuckerberg hid millions from world governments. Should we now trust him to run one?

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

Catalonian separatists and Brexiteers share self-defeating stupidity

BY Ian Birrell / 4 mins

The gap between Trump’s manufactured promises and life in Middle America

BY Ian Birrell / 13 mins

The great survivor of European politics – Germany’s extreme pragmatist

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins

The even more deadly hurricane surging across America

BY Ian Birrell / 6 mins

Battles remain but progress on gay rights is now global

BY Ian Birrell / 5 mins