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Ian Williams is an author, writer and broadcaster who has been a member of the Foreign Press Association of the U.S. for over 20 years. He is a frequent contributor to the Guardian’s "Comment is Free” section and is regular columnist for George Orwell’s old newspaper, Tribune. He has also been a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, the European, The Observer, and The Independent for which he was one of the founding writers. He was for years a columnist for the New Statesman. He is the anchor for a radio program, The Catskill Review of Books, on WJFF FM, and often appears on international radio and TV talking about geopolitical affairs. He has been covering international politics, business and finance for more than two decades and has reported from over sixty countries. While President of the UN Correspondents’ Association in 1995 and 1996, he inaugurated the Annual UNCA Awards for best coverage of the UN. In 1985 he won the Liverpool Press Club award for “By-line mania” when he wrote the centerfold for the Baptist Times, since then has proved how much he deserved it by writing for Penthouse and Hustler. Ian was born in Liverpool and graduated from Liverpool University. He became a professional writer after spending six months in India on a Nuffield fellowship to study labor unions in the subcontinent following the 3 years he spent as a railway union executive in Britain. Ian has published the following books as author: Tequila: A Global History (2015), The Alms Trade (1989 and republished in 2008), Deserter (2004), The UN for Beginners (1995), Rum, a Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of ‘76.