Ian Birrell

Joseph Kony (Photo: Getty)

The horrifying life of the African guerrilla

31 December 2016 9:00 am

When George Omona first saw soldiers in the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army, he was amazed. The scary fighters who had…

Real human skull as crime scene

Murder in the blue lagoon

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Cher Hughes loved the beauty, the white sand beaches and sun-kissed climate of the tropical islands of Bocas del Toro…

The aftermath following airstrikes in Syria (Photo: Getty)

Further dispatches from Syria’s maelstrom

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The mechanic, blinded in one eye by shrapnel, spent three days searching for his family in the destroyed buildings and…

Mexican soldiers stand amidst poppy flowers and marijuana plants (Photo: Getty)

The war on drugs is stupid and counter-productive

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Rosalio Reta was 13 years old when recruited by a Mexican drug cartel. He was given a loyalty test —…


Crimean notebook: ‘They’ll have to break all my bones to make me a Russian citizen’

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Vladimir Putin still swears that there are no Russian troops in Crimea, so their mission is to say as little…

Burkina Faso President Blaire Compaore (

Africa’s Afghanistan

14 July 2012 6:00 am

Al-Qa’eda has found a new stronghold: Mali

Big charity

18 February 2012 3:00 pm

The aid business has grown fat. It’s time there was proper scrutiny


Hell or high water

22 January 2011 12:00 am

As his battered bomber hurtled towards the Pacific in May 1943, Louis Zamperini thought to himself that no one was going to survive the crash.

The making of the coalition

4 December 2010 12:00 am

David Cameron was despondent on the evening of 10 May.


That turbulent decade

23 October 2010 12:00 am

On 2 January, 1980, a new decade was ushered in with a strike by steelworkers.


Caught in the crossfire

24 July 2010 12:00 am

Maqbool Sheikh dreaded hearing a knock at the door of his home.

The hell I share with David Cameron

22 October 2005 12:00 am

Ian Birrell on the shocking state of the NHS, and the desperate experience of having a disabled child