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Why the government’s 2050 net zero carbon target is not fit for purpose

Why the government’s 2050 net zero carbon target is not fit for purposeby Ian SinclairMorning Star24 September 2020 2019 was an extraordinary year for UK activism on the climate crisis. Extinction Rebellion’s April 2019 rebellion, the school strikes and David Attenborough’s BBC documentary Climate Change: The Facts all helped to radically shift public opinion. June […]

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BBC Document and the reality of UK foreign policy

BBC Document and the reality of UK foreign policyby Ian SinclairMorning Star12 October 2020 In the introduction to his first book, The Ambiguities of Power: British Foreign Policy Since 1945, historian Mark Curtis notes two broad approaches are available to those attempting to understand British foreign affairs. “In the first, one can rely on the […]

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Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill: Andrew Boswell interview

Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill: Andrew Boswell interviewby Ian SinclairMorning Star30 September 2020 On 12 August Green MP Caroline Lucas, with the support of a group of eleven cross-party MPs, tabled the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, a private members bill, in parliament. According to the campaign backing it, the Bill “has the potential to […]

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Book review. Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

Book review. Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregmanby Ian SinclairPeace NewsOctober 2020 The basic argument of this book is very simple. Contrary to the ‘persistent myth that by their very nature humans are selfish’, Dutch author Rutger Bregman argues that ‘most people, deep down, are pretty decent.’ The assumption of human selfishness underpins huge […]

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Book review. War in the Age of Trump: The Defeat of Isis, the Fall of the Kurds, the Conflict with Iran

Book review. War in the Age of Trump: The Defeat of Isis, the Fall of the Kurds, the Conflict with Iranby Ian SinclairPeace NewsAugust 2020 Currently writing for the Independent and the London Review of Books, Patrick Cockburn is one of the most experienced foreign correspondents working in the Middle East today. His latest book is largely made […]

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The elite versus the public: the struggle over UK foreign policy

The elite versus the public: the struggle over UK foreign policy by Ian Sinclair Peace News August 2020 After interviewing more than 36 senior officials in the Johnson and Nixon administrations for The War Within, his 1994 book about the movement against the Vietnam War, US historian Tom Wells concluded that ‘the movement played a major […]

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Documentary review: COUP 53

Documentary review: COUP 53 by Ian Sinclair Morning Star 13 August 2020 Speaking to the BBC in 2011, Noam Chomsky explained “the West has an extremely ugly history” in the Middle East. We may not pay attention to this history, the US dissident noted, but the people in the region negatively impacted by Western military […]

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Neil Clark and other ‘anti-maskers’ vs. the scientific evidence and public wellbeing

Neil Clark and other ‘anti-maskers’ vs. the scientific evidence and public wellbeing by Ian Sinclair Medium 25 July 2020 There is a small, but vocal group of people who are strongly opposed to the wearing of masks to reduce the transmission of Covid-19. One of the most prominent ‘anti-maskers’ is Neil Clark, a self-professed socialist writer and […]

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Black Lives Matter: the largest and most effective US social movement in history?

Black Lives Matter: the largest and most effective US social movement in history? by Ian Sinclair Morning Star 13 July 2020 Like many people I’ve followed and been inspired by the extensive news coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States. But I really didn’t understand their extraordinary size until I read […]

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How public opposition has forced Tory government U-turns

How public opposition has forced Tory government U-turns by Ian Sinclair Morning Star 8 July 2020 While there are always some people who are quick to dismiss grassroots activism as ineffective, the last couple of months has provided inspiring case studies showing how protest can have a huge impact on the government and the wider […]

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