Ian Birrell is a former Deputy Editor of The Independent and co-founder of Africa Express
20 January 2013 12:00 AM
As Islamist militants try to take over, suppressed artists show support for the French
13 January 2013 07:47 PM
If Mopti fell, it would plunge 120,000 into the arms of the Islamists, with their segregation of sexes, banning of music and brutal interpretations of sharia
08 January 2013 07:00 PM
Turkey, France and Holland are building trade links with resurgent African nations
27 December 2012 06:19 PM
It may be low politics or high principle but the Government is right to push for this
23 November 2012 07:57 PM
Tagging along on an all-party trip to Equatorial Guinea, Ian Birrell saw how reality can quickly be forgotten
18 November 2012 07:12 PM
He's been hailed as the "Wizard of Oz", but there are limits to the wizardry of the man who'll be running the Conservative election campaign.
11 November 2012 12:45 AM
The Director General has stepped down, but the broadcaster needs yet more radical surgery
At last! Commissioners will restore public trust in the police by devolving power and are long overdue
23 October 2012 06:05 PM
Lamentable leadership and the influence of unions have held back the men in uniform for too long. Now you can vote and exert some control over their actions
09 October 2012 12:00 AM
Human warmth is at the heart of relationships between vulnerable people and their carers. But heightened fears about abuse mean simple friendship is increasingly viewed with suspicion
07 October 2012 04:59 PM
David Cameron needs to remind people who he is – a compassionate and modern conservative.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
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- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'
- 4 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 5 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football