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About Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair is the author of The March That Shook Blair: An Oral History of 15 February 2003, published by Peace News Press. He tweets @IanJSinclair.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

How Britain is a bad influence on the Gulf states – an interview with David Wearing

 Could Britain ever promote democracy in the Gulf? Only if it turns its own foreign policy away from neoliberalism and militarism, David Wearing argues in a new book.

The propagandistic nature of the liberal media: Interview with Florian Zollmann

A new study exposes in forensic detail how Western newspapers have in recent years applied journalistic double standards to reporting human rights abuses, from Yugoslavia and Iraq to Libya and Syria.

Britain’s collusion with radical Islam: Interview with Mark Curtis

From Syria to Saudi Arabia, historian Mark Curtis’s new book sets out how Britain colludes with radical Islam – and how the British media is failing to inform us.

This year’s Nobel prize winners are changing the culture on nuclear weapons - interview

Changing the culture around nuclear weapons to seeing them as just another dangerous weapon of mass destruction, won ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) a pivotal UN treaty and the Nobel Peace Prize last month. Ian Sinclair interviews Rebecca Sharkey, ICAN’s UK Coordinator from 2012-2017 on the background, the future – and the UK’s role in it.

Universal Credit - internationally “unique” in its harshness, and headed for 7 million of us

Universal Credit is “the flagship policy of a man who does not really believe in social security” and who has mooted a shift to private unemployment insurance schemes, says benefits expert Bernadette Meaden. Can Universal Credit be fixed – or should we scrap it and start again?

Aesthetic labour, beauty politics and neoliberalism: An interview with Rosalind Gill

Rosalind Gill is Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at City, University of London, and is Co-Editor of the new book ‘Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism’, publishe...

Resisting the Nazis in numerous ways: nonviolence in occupied Europe

Non-violent resistance to Nazi occupation is a page of history few of us are familiar with. In this interview, George Paxton tells us about its success stories, its occasional failures and its heroes.

Retrieved from the memory hole: British intervention in Greece in the 1940s

Britain's intervention in Greece during the second world war is a shameful episode in British history. We would do well to remember it. 

Working to stop the war in Yemen: Interview with peace activist Sam Walton

Why did Sam Walton try to arrest a Saudi general, and what impact did it have?

The BBC and the financial crisis: interview with Dr Mike Berry

What can we learn from how the BBC's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and the long recession that followed?

The BBC is neither independent or impartial: interview with Tom Mills

Is the BBC really impartial? Interview with scholar of the BBC, Tom Mills, on his new book.

How we can win the Nordic model for the UK: an interview with George Lakey

Ian Sinclair interviews George Lakey about the popular uprisings which led the Nordic economies to be the most successful on earth. Active in social movements since the 1960s, in 1971 American Geor...

Refocusing our attention on Western airstrikes in the Middle East

Russian atrocities shouldn't stop British people criticising our own government for the civilian deaths it is causing in Syria.

Why Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party should reach out to non-voters

Non-voters aren't apathetic, but alienated. Corbyn needs to mobilise them to win.

Is UK foreign policy helping to fuel the conflict in Syria?

Oxfam's Andy Baker talks to Ian Sinclair about the UK's humanitarian and military interventions in Syria.

Can a 'green growth' strategy solve climate change?

Ian Sinclair interviews Samuel Alexander about the limits of decoupling or 'green growth' in tackling climate change.

Who is Owen Smith?

What do his on-the-record comments and voting record tell us about the challenger for the Labour leadership and his differences with Jeremy Corbyn?

Who is Angela Eagle?

Who is the MP said to be challenging Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader?

No, the intervention in Libya wasn't a success

Shadi Hamid's claims that the Western war in Libya went well ignore significant evidence of disaster.

Dangerous omissions and intellectual obfuscation: the ‘left-wing’ case for Trident

Recent arguments claiming to make a left wing case for Trident are riddled with holes.

Do British international relations scholars question British foreign policy enough?

An interview with Eric Herring, professor of world politics, on how academic IR can confront power.

Climate change, the elephant in the Gulf

Soaring temperatures threaten to make Gulf States uninhabitable. Yet their leaders know that abandoning oil means relinquishing power.

The West and Syria: the corporate media vs. reality

The media keeps saying that the West isn't involved in Syria. This isn't true.

Meat and climate change: an interview with Chatham House’s Laura Wellesley

Do the public understand the link between meat and emissions, and if they did, would it affect how they ate?

Countering Peter Tatchell’s pro-war anti-war arguments on Syria

Tatchell's comments raise more questions than answers.

10 facts the government doesn’t want you to know about Syria

And why they matter when it comes to our airstrikes.

The media and public intellectuals: Fred Halliday vs Noam Chomsky

If the media lionises one and demonises the other, the favoured man must surely have been right on the big issues of the last 15 years. Right?

Who needs context? James Strong, Jeremy Corbyn and public opinion

The latest response in an ongoing exchange between Ian Sinclair and James Strong: does Corbyn really represent public opinion on foreign policy?

A deviation from the mainstream? Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy positions and public opinion

Contrary to what James Strong claims, Corbyn’s views on big foreign policy questions are representative of the electorate as a whole.

What Jeremy Corbyn supporters can learn from Margaret Thatcher

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

The west, the Middle East and oil: a conspiracy theory?

Western governments do not always get what they want, but arguing that oil is the key factor behind western actions in the Middle East is one of the most evidence-based statements that one can make.

7 myths about immigration

On the face of it, our many misconceptions about immigration form a very depressing picture. Yet more accurate information can shift public opinion in a more positive direction.

Polly Toynbee, Jeremy Corbyn and the limits of acceptable politics

If anyone is "out of touch" with British public opinion it is not Jeremy Corbyn, but the liberal intelligentsia. 

Just how anti-war is Ed Miliband?

His supporters see in him an alternative to the Conservatives’ aggressive foreign policy, but Ed Miliband has repeatedly backed wars of choice to further his own career. 

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