Mark Seddon

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Will Britain Finally Get A Referendum on Europe?

(15) Comments | Posted 22 May 2012 | (00:00)

A quiet suburban street set in the leafy suburbs of Cheadle, Manchester, yesterday witnessed a coming together of a former Leader of Manchester City Council, Labour MP Graham Stringer and a local Conservative MP with a strong independent streak, David Nuttall. This unlikely couple had joined forces with activists from...

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Vladimir Putin: A Man Who Believes He Is President in Waiting

(2) Comments | Posted 22 February 2012 | (23:00)

Make no mistake, Vladimir Putin's blog, published today on The Huffington Post, is a very clear statement of intent from a man who believes that he is president in waiting. It is also one from a man who knows that his first term in office as president is...

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The Commonwealth Should Threaten to Expel the Maldives

(9) Comments | Posted 9 February 2012 | (09:28)

In 1956, as the British and the French launched their ill fated bid to seize back the Suez Canal from General Nasser, the Soviet Union used this as cover to send in its tanks to crush the Hungarian uprising. As the World focussed it's fury on the British and French...

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The Syrian Ball Stops With the UN Secretary General

(13) Comments | Posted 6 February 2012 | (23:00)

War is an obscenity. Yet somehow a civil war transcends even that. Today Syrians are killing Syrians with an intensity and ferocity that seemingly knows no bounds. The sheer scale of the attacks now being launched by the Syrian State on rebels and civilians alike has bought about howls of...

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After Libya, the UN Must Adopt a More Reasonable Approach to Post Conflict Resolutions

(4) Comments | Posted 12 January 2012 | (23:00)

Those expecting UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to use his second term as a period of quiet consolidation, before beginning the slow process of winding down, were in for a surprise as the New Year began.

The 67 year old instead announced his priorities, aimed primarily at fostering the...

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What's Next for North Korea?

(2) Comments | Posted 23 December 2011 | (09:43)

I have reported from inside North Korea on several occasions, travelling widely and was the first reporter to report live from the capital, Pyongyang for al Jazeera English TV. I have also travelled and reported from South Korea. None of this gives any special insight, but since so few have...

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Iran's Nuclear Programme: The World Should Listen to the UN's Warning

(3) Comments | Posted 11 November 2011 | (22:00)

A former British Prime Minister, James Callaghan, once warned that sudden squalls could blow into major storms, and often from unexpected places. Not very long afterwards, the Argentinians began to make bellicose noises towards the British ruled Falkland Islands, which they claimed as the Islas Malvinas.

This was 1978,...

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Westminster's EU Farce Ignores the Overwhelming Majority

(10) Comments | Posted 25 October 2011 | (00:00)

Before history is quickly re-written and the essentials forgotten, the vote taken on Monday night in the House of Commons on whether British voters should be allowed a referendum on membership of the European Union came about because a petition of over one hundred thousand electors demanding just that had...

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The European Elephant in Ed's Room

(5) Comments | Posted 27 September 2011 | (00:00)

A former British Prime Minister, James Callaghan will forever be remembered for the words 'Crisis? What crisis?' even though he never actually said them. Callaghan had the misfortune of having his ever so slightly complacent remarks on his country's dire economic situation turned into tabloid-ese in the late 1970s. He...

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Ban Ki-moon, the man With a Mission, Comes of age

(5) Comments | Posted 21 September 2011 | (00:00)

Sir Brian Urquhart, one of the oldest surviving senior UN staff members, reminded us recently in an article in the New York Times that a former Secretary General of the UN, Dag Hammarskjold, had once said; "The United Nations was not created to bring us heaven, but to save us...

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With Iran in his sights, why does anyone still take Blair seriously?

(5) Comments | Posted 13 September 2011 | (00:00)

It simply beggars belief that there are some in the British media who still take the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, even vaguely seriously. Last Friday, we were treated to two 'exclusives' featuring Blair; on the front pages of The Times and the the Daily Mirror. All this in...

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Questions Blair Must Answer Over Libya

(0) Comments | Posted 7 September 2011 | (00:00)

Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and former UK Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw and David Miliband, now face some extremely tough questions as to how much they knew about the extraordinary rendition of prisoners to Libya where they were tortured.

The discovery of some extraordinary archives in the ruins of...

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The EU Grabs More Power; The Rest Do Nothing

(22) Comments | Posted 29 August 2011 | (00:00)

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. That is what some of the Euro-sceptics of Left and Right have been saying, but because...

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A Victory for the Libyan People - and the UN

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2011 | (20:11)

We live in the age of instant punditry, and I am as guilty of it as anyone else. On the basis of having reported from inside Libya three or four times from the early 1990s onwards, some UK media stations have had me on as a commentator. But what can...

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Ban Ki-moon Sets the Pace in Syria

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2011 | (13:02)

When President Bashar al Assad was elected (unopposed) in 2000, many in the West heralded this as progress. Assad's father in law, Fahwaz - who I came to know - was a Harley Street doctor in London. Assad himself was young, metropolitan and talked of reform. It was possible to...

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UK Prime Minister Fails to Tip Waitress Shock

(0) Comments | Posted 4 August 2011 | (22:29)

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. Here is the story, breathlessly revealed...

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Abusing George Orwell

(2) Comments | Posted 26 July 2011 | (20:25)

No journalist worth his or her salt should rejoice in the downfall of another. There are plenty of commentators in particular that I could name who infuriate me, who have in fact infuriated for me for years, or who I have had real spats with. I would be disappointed if...

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