US Politics

Putin’s cronies take a hit from the US

April 6, 2018 6:40 pm

“I’m afraid we no longer have oligarchs. That was a concept of the ’90s,” Russia’s deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich…

In defence of Paul Manafort

April 6, 2018 10:43 am

Poor Paul Manafort. Manafort, who tried to extricate himself from the Mueller investigation by filing a civil case alleging prosecutorial…

Why won’t America join the war on plastic bags? 

April 6, 2018 9:32 am

Bangladesh was the first to ban them back in 2002. Other countries, from Rwanda to Macedonia, have followed and in many places they…

Why does nobody seem to care that Isis has used chemical weapons?

April 5, 2018 9:41 am

A new era of chemical warfare is upon us—an era of chemical warfare as psychological warfare. The poisoning of Russian…

Why the Democrats won’t win big in November

April 5, 2018 8:00 am

Is a big blue Democratic wave poised to sweep the Republicans out of Congress in the 2018 mid-term election?  To…

Does Donald Trump wish he owned a newspaper?

April 4, 2018 6:04 pm

Edward Luce warns today in the Financial Times that Donald Trump’s fusillades at Amazon and its proprietor Jeff Bezos are…

Could Sebastian Gorka make a return to the White House?

April 4, 2018 5:03 pm

Dr Sebastian Gorka, the much-maligned television personality, defence brain and former Trump official, is making moves again. At the moment,…

Mohammed bin Salman’s fake news

April 4, 2018 10:53 am

Some people will believe anything, so other people will say anything, especially if they’re desperate. The headline news in Saudi…

Does Melania’s cold shoulder explain Trump’s Twitter tantrums?

April 4, 2018 9:32 am

The First Lady has far more influence than her critics realise

Cynthia Nixon and the growing celebritisation of US politics

April 3, 2018 6:03 pm

She was the angry one from Sex in the City, and now Cynthia Nixon is venting her spleen on behalf…

Parkland’s secular saints shouldn’t be immune to criticism

April 3, 2018 11:42 am

Oh America, what have you done to your kids? Consider David Hogg, the 17-year-old survivor of last month’s massacre at…

Gina Haspel’s nomination to head the CIA is a new low

April 3, 2018 11:13 am

Mere days after 9/11, Dick Cheney said the United States would have to work “the dark side” to prevent future…

Can Scott Pruitt win his battle against the Green Blob?

April 3, 2018 8:10 am

Scott Pruitt is the greatest-ever Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. To be fair, though, the competition was never exactly stiff. The…

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Why are Harvard and MIT selling out to the Saudis?

April 2, 2018 6:40 pm

Harvard and MIT will sell anything to anybody, regardless of the national interest

The perfect recipe for a Trump meltdown

April 2, 2018 6:10 pm

President Trump has invited Russian president Vladimir Putin to the White House. This news is rocking Washington, but it shouldn’t…

Are you a winner or a loser in Trump’s trade war?

April 2, 2018 4:26 pm

China’s imposition today of tariffs on 128 imports from the US was inevitable – and is no doubt exactly the…

A trade war with China sounds terrifying – but the US is doing the right thing

April 2, 2018 2:44 pm

Nobody likes the sound of trade war, and rightly so. China’s new retaliatory tariffs against US products feel like the…

Does President Trump believe in the resurrection?  

March 31, 2018 6:44 am

Easter weekend must be interesting for the interfaith First Family

If Trump is Bertie Wooster, who is Jeeves?

March 30, 2018 4:19 pm

California, once a citadel of conservatism, now a bastion of liberal progressivism, continues to harbour a few intellectual redoubts on…

On guns and porn, morally elevated citizens should tell the busybodies to buzz off

March 30, 2018 12:27 pm

Will foreign pornographers be the last defenders of the Bill of Rights? America is going through one of its periodic…

Trump’s new VA Secretary has worked for four successive presidents. The media doesn’t care

March 29, 2018 12:29 am

Context is everything. But if you’re a busy person trying to navigate the personal and professional traps of modern life…

Why isn’t Donald Trump tweeting about expelling Russian diplomats?

March 27, 2018 3:38 pm

“President Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian officials from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian…

Revealed: Cambridge Analytica and the passport king

March 27, 2018 2:15 pm

The Cambridge Analytica story is full of hot air. Everybody delights in talking about how scary Facebook is, and lots…

Trump vs Biden, Peterson vs Mishra — American culture is going the way of WWF

March 26, 2018 8:43 pm

Americans breathed a sigh of disappointment last week when the promised super-heavyweight bout between Joe Biden and Donald Trump stalled…

Donald Trump turns on Putin

March 26, 2018 5:37 pm

It seems like only yesterday Donald Trump was buttering up Vladimir Putin. His congratulations on Putin’s victory and failure to…