Ian Birrell

Ian Birrell is a former Deputy Editor of The Independent and co-founder of Africa Express

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A Green Party supporter holds a placard

Labour should expose the Greens’ daftness – not flirt with them

Young, idealistic voters are flocking to the Greens for the same simple reason anxious older people are supporting Ukip

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in New York in 2013

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's head of state has bumbled in response to Boko Haram. With elections close, his demise may be imminent

President of the wealthiest nation in Africa, Goodluck Jonathan has certainly lived up to his name

The prospect of signing Ched Evans has led several Oldham sponsors to threaten to quit

Ched Evans: Why are politicians so keen to adopt the mentality of the mob?

Such a public rejection of the idea of rehabilitation goes against all principle

Henry Marsh said he was rather 'pleased' at the nomination

We can’t all be neurosurgeons like Henry Marsh, but it’s worth listening to someone who is

Marsh's brilliant memoir takes a scalpel to the NHS’s bumbling bureaucracy

The Ebola outbreak took three months to diagnose because it had never previously been detected in West Africa (Reuters)

My hero of 2014 sacrificed herself to save countless others

Ameyo Stella Adadevoh's selfless actions ensured Ebola did not explode in Nigeria

People whose 'parents and grandparents were born locally' should have priority in the queue for social housing, according to Ukip

We are being lied to about immigration - it is politicians, not migrants, who have run down our public services

If there are too few doctors’ surgeries and primary schools, whose fault is that?

Even in Tony Blair’s 1997 landslide, the Tories romped home in Bexhill and Battle with an 11,100 majority

My glimpse of grass-roots politics had lessons for all the main parties

I found old voters, strong candidates and EU hostility in a safe Tory seat

Ukip candidate Mark Reckless has a nine-point lead over the Tories for his Kent seat, a new poll shows

Rochester by-election: The Tories are handing victories to Ukip

Attempts to pacify the rabble win them over briefly before they return even more rabid

Since seizing the Labour crown, Miliband has failed to follow the first rule of opposition

Either you define yourself quickly or others do it for you

Health workers in Monrovia, Liberia, recover the body of a suspected Ebola victim

The aid industry endorses human rights abuses, fuels corruption and missed the Ebola crisis

So why does British aid continue to flood in?

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Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea