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Mark Seddon

Big Think blogger and British journalist

Mark Seddon is the former United Nations Correspondent and New York Bureau Chief for Al-Jazeera English TV. He reported from eighteen countries during that time, including North Korea, China, Haiti, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has interviewed, amongst others, Ban Ki-Moon, Lech Walesa, Tony Blair, Hans Blix, Michael Foot, Mia Farrow, and George Clooney. In a journalistic career spanning over twenty years, he has been Editor of Tribune and an elected member of the UK Labour Party's National Executive Committee. He has written for most British newspapers and many magazines, including The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Times, The Spectator, New Statesman, Private Eye, British Journalism Review and Country Life Magazine. For a number of years he was a Diarist at the London Evening Standard, and has also reported for, amongst others, the BBC and Sky TV. He lives in Buckingham, England.

Will Britain Finally Get A Referendum on Europe?

Clearly fast moving events elsewhere in Europe, particularly in Greece and Spain, are giving added impetus to the whole issue of Britain's relationship with the European Union. They are also driving the issue closer and closer to the decision makers in the main parties. In recent weeks, we have seen a growing number of establishment Labour figures accepting that a referendum may have to be held.
21/05/2012 22:18 BST

The Commonwealth Should Threaten to Expel the Maldives

As the world watched the Syrian regime roll in tanks to crush, kill and maim its own civilians in grotesque numbers, a bunch of corrupt gangsters staged a coup d'état in the small Indian Ocean state of the Maldives. The democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, was forced to tender his resignation.
09/02/2012 11:08 GMT

What's Next for North Korea?

North Korea may be threatening as it is equally mysterious to outsiders, but with the old guard there has always been logic behind their every move, which essentially are aimed at the regime's survival. But as the North Korean's leader period of lying in State come to an end, what next?
23/12/2011 10:52 GMT

The European Elephant in Ed's Room

Ed should, since the YouGov poll makes it absolutely clear that Labour voters - and many of the five million lost working class Labour voters are absolutely clear
26/09/2011 23:59 BST

Questions Blair Must Answer Over Libya

The idea, frankly, that Tony Blair can continue to act as the Quartet's envoy to the Middle East, is increasingly untenable. Given his links with the Gadaffi regime and his personal friendships with some members of the murderous Gadaffi family, he should stand down, and stand down now.
07/09/2011 00:04 BST

The EU Grabs More Power; The Rest Do Nothing

The economic crisis is proving useful for those who want to see the European Union make the final and logical leap to becoming a unitary state, with a single currency and a single government.
29/08/2011 02:15 BST

UK Prime Minister Fails to Tip Waitress Shock

One there was 'Watergate'; now every minor, irritating little faux scandal as the mocniker 'gate' attached to it. The latest being 'Tipgate', an August silly season story that has found the Prime Minister, David Cameron failing to pay a tip in an Italian restaurant.
05/08/2011 12:57 BST