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America's Russian sanctions are futile

3 March 2021 6:06 pm

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised to approach Russia and its irascible President Vladimir Putin with a new…

What the Khashoggi murder report means for US-Saudi relations

27 February 2021 6:36 am

Today, after pressure from senior US lawmakers and staring at an impending statutory deadline, the Biden administration authorised the release…

Biden’s vaccine drive is too slow

25 February 2021 1:33 am

I’m hooked on vaccine data. Barely an hour at my desk goes by without hitting refresh on a website telling…

What Trump's acquittal means for the future of American politics

14 February 2021 8:35 am

Former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate today, in what has turned out to be the shortest impeachment…

Donald Trump is impeached again – now what?

14 January 2021 9:48 am

Today Donald Trump became the first president in United States history to be impeached twice. He was first impeached in…

The EU is taking a gamble with China

3 January 2021 2:38 am

It took Brussels and Beijing seven years to agree an investment deal. A deal that, until its conclusion a few…

Joe Biden wins the election

8 November 2020 11:15 am

Four days after a (much closer than predicted) election, American networks have called the race for Joe Biden, who has secured more…

Does Steve Bannon’s arrest hurt the Trump re-election effort?

21 August 2020 2:21 am

Oops. Not only did the wall that Donald Trump promised to build never get built, but it turns out that…

'Global Britain' should learn from New Zealand's mistakes

11 June 2020 11:00 pm

One of the greatest prizes from Brexit is the opportunity to make the Global Britain aspiration a reality. Included is…

It is a pity both Trump and Twitter can’t lose

30 May 2020 5:22 pm

It may be the ultimate Kissinger Dilemma: Donald Trump versus the platform that helped make Donald Trump president. Contemplating war…

How will the world be changed by the war against coronavirus?

4 April 2020 9:00 am

What will post-coronavirus economies and societies look like?

Life, of a sort, still goes on in New York City

4 April 2020 9:00 am

‘How are you bearing up?’ ‘Is everyone terrified?’ ‘What’s the mood?’ These are the questions concerned family and friends are…

The West is failing to rise to the challenge of coronavirus

26 March 2020 11:43 pm

Having apparently shaken off the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda machine is now in…

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…

The riddle of Melania

Melania Trump elegantly rises above the media muck

20 October 2018 9:00 am

I am not sure that Melania Trump had the introduction of Henry IV Part 2 in mind when she sat…

Trump may be stupid or crazy, but the people enabling him are neither

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Like every journalist in Washington, I’m enthralled by the new Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury, which depicts Donald Trump…

Might Eurovision determine the outcome of the EU referendum?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

You might not think that the Eurovision Song Contest (screened live from Stockholm tonight) could have any connection with how…

It’s Trump vs Hillary: a race that should terrify all conservatives

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Following Tuesday night’s Indiana primaries, the race for the Republican nomination is effectively over. Talk of Donald Trump being overhauled…

Is this LA?: Dilapidated deco in Downtown

The heart of Los Angeles feels like somewhere else entirely

9 April 2016 9:00 am

There’s a certain kind of Englishman who falls hard for Los Angeles. Men such as Graham Nash, who swapped the…

Norma at the ENO (Photo: Alastair Muir)

Long live ENO!

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The three most moving, transporting death scenes in 19th-century opera all involve the respective heroines mounting a funeral pyre —…

What stops women from having it all

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Don’t even ask, says Anne-Marie Slaughter, law professor and former adviser to Hillary Clinton. Motherhood still means sacrifice

Distorting the truth — US presidential campaign-style

14 November 2015 9:00 am

It is hardly uncommon for politicians to lie, especially when their careers are threatened by a sexual transgression — John…

Alexander McCall Smith’s notebook: America vs my diet

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The trouble with going on an American book tour is that I know it’s going to play havoc with my…

A world crisis with no world leader

9 August 2014 9:00 am

No one wants to pay the price of speaking for the free world

You, too, can be a shale profiteer

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Here’s how to get a slice of the fracking action