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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.

Articles by Ian Sinclair

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Mehmet Kurt is this week’s guest editor, on a theme of ‘New Turkey, and Old Troubles’.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

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. 

Defending the status quo: Labour and leftist responses to the Green Surge

Shouts of "you'll let the Tories in!" are again doing the rounds, will it ever be acceptable to vote for a lefty party that isn't Labour?

Yusef Sarwar got 12 years in prison. What about William Hague?

Two men supported the Syrian rebels, one is in prison, the other is a government minister.

The BBC whitewashing our failures in Afghanistan

John Simpson's description of Afghanistan's progress couldn't be further from the truth.

The joined-up policies of the Green Party

Is it any wonder that much of the mainstream media and political elite are attempting to exclude the Green Party from the UK's television election debates?

Metamorphosing from a butterfly to a slug: The Daily Herald and The Sun

A crucial tale on the role that money and advertising play in how our media is shaped, and to whose interests the media must consequently serve.

Reconsidering the failure of the anti-Iraq war march

Ten years on from the largest public demonstration in British history, NLP’s Alex Doherty spoke to Ian Sinclair, author of the new book The march that shook Blair: An oral history of 15 February 2003.

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