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Ian Birrell

Ian Birrell writes a weekly column for i. He is a former deputy editor of the Independent and an award-winning foreign correspondent. He was awarded Health Journalist of the year in the 2018 Press Awards and was highly commended in the feature writing category.

Article thumbnail: A serviceman mourns next to a Ukrainian flag at a makeshift memorial for fallen soldiers at Independence Square in Kyiv, on November 10 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Biden has failed to grasp the difference between the wars in Ukraine and Gaza

Binding these two wars into a single narrative is disingenuous

I worked for Cameron and he is a clever politician - but this is a desperate move

If an MP 'celebrates' blocking homes for those with learning disabilities what hope do we have?

Article thumbnail: These issues of arrogance, ineptitude, selfishness, shallowness and tribalism go beyond Boris Johnson and his toxic team (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

Margaret Thatcher can teach Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak how to deal with a crisis in Israel

Israel's fury is justified, but peace-loving Palestinians deserve safety too