United States

Boris is a mini-Biden

22 September 2021 4:00 am

It’s been said far too many times that Boris Johnson and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Trump himself…

The real reason France was excluded from Aukus

19 September 2021 6:30 am

The fallout from Australia’s cancellation of its submarine contract with France and the new trilateral Indo-Pacific security pact between Australia,…

I loved prison

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Memories for me are like beautifully edited copy: all cleaned up and retaining only the good parts. The wife tells…

Australia and the new special relationship

18 September 2021 8:56 am

The awkwardly-named AUKUS agreement reflects Washington’s escalating concern about China’s dominance in the Indo-Pacific. It signals London’s determination to be…

The folly of American imperialism

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Mercedes Benz heir Mick Flick and I have been friends for more than half a century. We both married…

How the fight against terror in Afghanistan will change

7 September 2021 8:40 pm

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the West entered a new age: it was the era of the ‘shadow…

Was Hurricane Ida really caused by climate change?

1 September 2021 7:00 am

It’s climate change, innit? No sooner had Hurricane Ida smashed into the coast of Louisiana with winds of around 150…

Iran is an immediate winner of the Taliban takeover

25 August 2021 5:00 pm

A staple of observing politics is watching rhetoric curdle into reality. Operation Enduring Freedom, thought up and slapped together in…

New York’s vaccine passport scheme could have a nasty side effect

4 August 2021 7:11 pm

The latest French export to the United States is a requirement that people show proof of vaccination to visit indoor bars,…

Why Haiti's president was assassinated

14 July 2021 4:01 pm

There was a time when Haiti was at the centre of the New World. It was one of the richest…

The school that made an American century

8 May 2021 9:00 am

New York With the Karamazovian hangover now only a weekly occurrence, the healthy life rules supreme. Well, most of the…

The dark history of dance marathons

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the dark history of dance marathons

Is it time to cancel Sophocles?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad The sun has returned, the snow is so-so, and exercise has replaced everything, including romance. What a way to…

The lost magic of Palm Beach

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad Good old Helvetia. I’m quitting her for the rainy but pleasant land of England. The cows are beginning to…

In praise of femininity

21 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Who was it that first coined the expression ‘It ain’t over until the fat lady sings’? The great…

How to have a happy old age

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   Birthdays at my age are for the birds, but always a good excuse for a party. Messages of…

The forgotten victims of communism

11 July 2020 9:00 am

I just read a piece by Scott McConnell in the American Conservative, a magazine we co-founded 18 years ago. He…

The death of free speech

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Oh, to be in America, where cultural decay and self-destruction compete equally with hyper-feminist and anti-racist agendas. Gone with the…

America’s immune system is failing

30 May 2020 6:48 pm

‘This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,’ said President Donald Trump in his inauguration speech on January…

Covid statistics are just politics by other means

5 May 2020 9:57 pm

Statistics is the continuation of politics by other means, to misquote Clausewitz. One hundred and fifty years after the crushing…

Iran’s generals are weeping for Qasem Soleimani. But soon they will prepare to fight

4 January 2020 9:56 pm

It has been 24 hours since America droned Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad airport. Now both Iran and the United States…

Secession is much closer than we think

American breakup: secession is much closer than we think

5 December 2019 10:34 pm

The United States is ripe for secession. Across the world, established states have divided in two or are staring down…

From the archive: Brothers-in-arms

26 May 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The new crusade’, 25 May 1918: It is curious to think how great must soon have been the spiritual…

It is a sin to die in the Land of the Depraved

21 April 2018 9:00 am

New York Remember when the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other such useless gimmicks were supposed to usher in an era…

Donald Trump has a genius for damaging his own reputation

3 February 2018 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why Donald Trump gets angry. He is presiding over a robust economy, growing at the fastest…