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US Democrats are struggling to make sense of a socialist surge | Anne McElvoy10h US Democrats are struggling to make sense of a socialist surge | Anne McElvoy
Anti-Trump activists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Democratic Socialists of America have galvanised disillusioned votersOn the well-kept shores of Martha’s Vineyard, Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obamas arrived this month, still drawing their respective following of acolytes for book signings, cocktail parties and informal think-ins about what Democrats need to do to turn back the tide of Trumpism. The local joke is that when they leave the tiny airport “the left turns right” to their down-island destination of identical clapperboard summer retreats. Beyond this cloistered world of J Crew and clam bakes, the destination of travel looks very different. As America prepares for electoral combat season in the midterm elections this November, the centre-left is being lured to turn harder to the left. The hot movement for opponents of Donald Trump’s aggressive populism is the
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This mafia style of government makes Trump a role model for all autocrats | Jonathan Freedland36h This mafia style of government makes Trump a role model for all autocrats | Jonathan Freedland
Punishing critics like John Brennan is part of the US president’s ongoing abuse of power – and normalisation of autocracyMore than 18 months into his presidency, Donald Trump’s modus operandi – and the danger it represents – is clear. His working method is that of the mafia boss and gangland chieftain, daily wielding his power to settle scores, teach lessons and crush dissent. Anyone who’s seen
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The Guardian view on the press and Donald Trump: at work, not at war | Editorial 15 Aug 6:59pm The Guardian view on the press and Donald Trump: at work, not at war | Editorial
On Thursday, hundreds of US news organisations are publishing editorials opposing the president’s attacks on the press. The Guardian stands with themPress freedom was not invented in the United States, but there are few nations in which the importance of an independent press has been so closely woven into its long history. This great American tradition of civic respect for truth and truth-telling is now under threat. Donald Trump is
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We need to unite against the rising threat of racism and fascism in the UK | Letter 15 Aug 12:48pm We need to unite against the rising threat of racism and fascism in the UK | Letter
Original founders of Anti-Nazi League and Rock Against Racism outline steps to defend multiracial and diverse societyAll of us who are committed to a tolerant, multiracial and multicultural society face a growing and serious challenge from the racist and fascist right in the UK, encouraged by Donald Trump and his close associate Steve Bannon and now boosted by
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We like to mock Trump, but Britain’s Russia stance is even worse | Jonathan Freedland 11 Aug 1:00am We like to mock Trump, but Britain’s Russia stance is even worse | Jonathan Freedland
When it comes to evidence of Russian intervention in the 2016 referendum, Theresa May is unaccountably relaxed There are not many laughs to be had from international diplomacy, but US foreign policy in the age of Donald Trump provides a grim kind of comedy all the same. This week the world’s diplomats allowed themselves a chuckle at the risibly inconsistent US approach to Russia, in which the State Department whacks Moscow with sanctions even as the president murmurs sweet nothings into the ear of Vladimir Putin. When it comes to Russia, the US has become the Jekyll and Hyde superpower. Just three weeks ago, Trump
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The Democrats must do more than simply oppose Donald Trump | Gary Younge 9 Aug 12:05pm The Democrats must do more than simply oppose Donald Trump | Gary Younge
For too long, the party has been passive. It needs to stand for something, as well as against the presidentFor quite some time during the primary season for the 2016 presidential race, Democratic party leaders were delighted that Donald Trump was leading the Republican pack. They assumed the brash reality TV star would expose the bigotry of the Republican base before flaming out and leaving a more plausible candidate beholden to an energised mob, and consequently unelectable. After Trump
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Boris Johnson is auditioning to lead a grim, insular Britain | Martin Kettle 9 Aug 1:00am Boris Johnson is auditioning to lead a grim, insular Britain | Martin Kettle
Ambition has shifted Johnson ever further to the right as he seeks to emulate Donald Trump’s route to power For many years it struck me as amusing rather than ominous that the place where I first spent any time with Boris Johnson was a Munich beerhall. We were journalists covering a defence summit in the 1990s. We’d both filed our pieces – he to the Telegraph, me to the Guardian – and we were bored. So, along with the man from the Times, we took a taxi into the city centre and spent the rest of the afternoon drinking beer and chatting. Johnson made a lot of good jokes, and one or two rather loud and tasteless ones about Hitler and Munich beerhalls.
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American democracy is in crisis, and not just because of Trump | Simon Tisdall 7 Aug 12:59am American democracy is in crisis, and not just because of Trump | Simon Tisdall
Dark money, unchecked presidential power and a politicised supreme court are wrecking the world’s flagship democracy Nineteen months into the Trump presidency, US democracy is running into serious trouble – but it is not all, or even mostly, Donald Trump’s fault. This crisis of governance has been building for decades. It is only now, as Trump’s iconoclastic assaults on established beliefs, laws, institutions and values test the system to destruction, that the true scale of pre-existing weaknesses and faultlines is becoming apparent. This deep crisis of confidence, bordering on national meltdown, comes as the US hurtles towards midterm elections in November – a familiar American ritual now rendered strangely unpredictable by fears of foreign manipulation and an FBI investigation that could, by some estimates, lead ultimately to Trump’s impeachment. The process of degradation affects US citizens and all those around the world who hold up the US democratic system as a paradigm worthy of emulation. Friends worry that the country’s ability to sustain its traditional global leadership role – moral and practical – is being undermined. Enemies, principally anti-democratic, authoritarian competitor regimes in Russia and China, hope this is so.
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Rudy Giuliani has turned out to be a dangerous liability for Trump | Jill Abramson 5 Aug 1:23pm Rudy Giuliani has turned out to be a dangerous liability for Trump | Jill Abramson
The former New York City mayor was a 9/11 hero. But his last big job, defending the president, is a role too farWhen Donald Trump famously descended the escalator of Trump Tower to
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The crowds still love Donald Trump – but for how long? | David Shariatmadari 3 Aug 6:58am The crowds still love Donald Trump – but for how long? | David Shariatmadari
Although ‘Trump doctrine’ is being copied around the world, it has a possible expiry date: the US midterms in November “Even these horrible, horrendous people,” the president
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Europe shouldn’t fear Steve Bannon. It should fear the hype that surrounds him | Cas Mudde 30 Jul 1:51pm Europe shouldn’t fear Steve Bannon. It should fear the hype that surrounds him | Cas Mudde
Trump’s former adviser is no evil genius. But his reputation as a dangerous figure risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecyIf Steve Bannon didn’t exist, the media would have had to invent him. And, in fact, they largely did. US coverage has turned Bannon into Donald Trump’s Rasputin, single-handedly responsible for his shock election as the 45th president of the United States. And now, as Bannon crosses the Atlantic, breathless
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27 Jul 4:08pm The Economy Grows Bigly
Donald Trump has every right to take a GDP victory lap.
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Enjoy the blood moon while you can. Donald Trump has plans for it | Philip Ball 27 Jul 6:55am Enjoy the blood moon while you can. Donald Trump has plans for it | Philip Ball
While letting other space science wither, the US president is keen to open up a new American frontier on the moonThere’s plenty that’s atavistic in the buzz about tonight’s
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It’s not Trump Iranians are worried about – it’s their homegrown crises | Ali Ansari 24 Jul 10:49am It’s not Trump Iranians are worried about – it’s their homegrown crises | Ali Ansari
The US president’s Twitter outburst was misjudged, but Iran’s economic problems can’t be blamed on the ‘Great Satan’If there is one thing we can be sure of about Donald Trump’s affection for Twitter diplomacy, it’s that it generates considerably more heat than light. His
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The Guardian view on Trump’s trade wars: making a bad situation worse | Editorial 23 Jul 1:40pm The Guardian view on Trump’s trade wars: making a bad situation worse | Editorial
Donald Trump has channelled the anger felt by globalisation’s discontents to serve an agenda in line with elite interests Donald Trump’s decision to launch trade wars against all
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An image of Putin and Trump kissing isn’t funny. It’s homophobic | Lee Hurley 21 Jul 6:30am An image of Putin and Trump kissing isn’t funny. It’s homophobic | Lee Hurley
This ‘joke’ sends the message that being gay is something to be ashamed of, with horrible effects for actual queer people With both eyes closed and one hand gently caressing the face of Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump leans in for a passionate kiss with the object of his obsessive affections. It’s a hilarious image, right? Two men who imperil the lives of queer people on a daily basis would hate to be seen as gay. It’s their biggest fear, so it’s funny to pretend they are gay to annoy them. Genius. It can’t be homophobic to imply that Putin and Trump are “gay for each other”, we’re told, because the people making the “joke” are woke lefties who simply adore us queers. Heck, they even have some of us round for tapas in the summer. This is an ally action – we’ve got your back, Jack. Can I just say: if this is how you’re going to go about it, it’s better that you didn’t.
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Donald Trump, Meet Bill Browder 19 Jul 9:27pm Donald Trump, Meet Bill Browder
Putin wants Trump to help him silence the man who was also targeted by Fusion GPS.
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Donald Trump’s actions show up the perils of a unipolar world | Letters 19 Jul 1:25pm Donald Trump’s actions show up the perils of a unipolar world | Letters
Readers give their views on the fallout from the US president’s recent European tripWhile I enjoyed reading Simon Tisdall’s article (
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The ‘ultimate deal’? For Israel, maybe. We Palestinians will never accept it | Hanan Ashrawi 19 Jul 8:09am The ‘ultimate deal’? For Israel, maybe. We Palestinians will never accept it | Hanan Ashrawi
A US-backed deal to bring ‘peace’ to the Middle East would just legitimise Israeli aggression – and oppress my people furtherPresident Donald Trump and his administration have been promising to announce what has been called, ironically, the
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Nicola Jennings on the many faces of Donald Trump – cartoon 18 Jul 5:57pm Nicola Jennings on the many faces of Donald Trump – cartoon
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Was the Queen sending coded messages to Donald Trump via her brooches? Absolutely 18 Jul 7:59am Was the Queen sending coded messages to Donald Trump via her brooches? Absolutely
On the first day of his visit, she wore a brooch given to her as a mark of friendship by the Obamas. By the end of the trip, it was Queen’s brooches 3, Trump 0What fashion lessons can we learn from Trump’s visit?
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The Guardian view on the Trump-Putin summit: Russia is the winner | Editorial 16 Jul 1:37pm The Guardian view on the Trump-Putin summit: Russia is the winner | Editorial
Donald Trump was not adlibbing when he said his meeting with Putin might be the easiest part of his Europe trip. That was his intention tooBefore he left Washington last week for the Nato summit, his UK visit and talks
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Donald Trump’s visit and the rhetoric of destabilisation | Letters 15 Jul 2:20pm Donald Trump’s visit and the rhetoric of destabilisation | Letters
The idea is to confuse your opponents and force them onto the defensive, distracting the audience from the real issues at stake through personal attacks, wrongfooting and provocationLike many others I have been angered and distressed by Donald Trump’s visit to the UK, his attempted interference in our government and the predictable reactions of the pro-Brexit politicians and media. The wonderful protests against his visit cannot entirely compensate for the destabilising effect of his behaviour and words. But I am fairly certain this is the intention. As a linguist, I believe that the constant backtracking and wrongfooting – undermining Theresa May one day and appearing to support her the next; the apparent tolerance for the protests (even for the baby blimp) followed by a vicious personal attack on Sadiq Khan – is entirely deliberate. These are the tactics Trump has employed throughout his presidency, for example in his ambiguous attitude to the Kremlin and his teasing about meeting the North Korean leader.
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How did Trump go from bad joke to good bloke in the UK press? 15 Jul 9:00am How did Trump go from bad joke to good bloke in the UK press?
Enthusiasm for the US president in parts of the UK press is a very real threat to democracy Suddenly, Donald Trump is not such a bad man. A large portion of Britain’s media betrayed an increasing measure of enthusiasm for the US president even before the Sun devoted seven pages on Friday to its “world exclusive interview”. Although it meant the rest had to play catch-up, with the Daily Mail carrying a lame page imagining what Trump would say to May, they didn’t take long to repeat and analyse his genuine undiplomatic statements. Even when Trump tried to deny his Sun interview by laughingly calling it “fake news”, the Brexit-supporting papers continued to delight in his attacks on Theresa May, which the New York Times rightly described as “a breach of protocol”.
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Trump and Putin’s unholy alliance could lead to war with Iran | Simon Tisdall 15 Jul 6:00am Trump and Putin’s unholy alliance could lead to war with Iran | Simon Tisdall
When will Europe realise the American president is an antagonist, not an ally?They were right to be worried. Within hours of arriving in Europe, Donald Trump was busy insulting America’s closest friends and threatening to dismember Nato. He publicly humiliated Theresa May and did his importunate best to force regime change in Westminster, before halfheartedly apologising. Now he takes his ugly brand of rogue-male politics to Helsinki for a meeting with his best buddy, prominent campaign supporter and fellow narcissist, Russia’s Vladimir Putin. This is an ominous, possibly watershed moment for Europe, full of fear and loathing. All of which invites the question: how far will Trump be allowed to go before leaders of the western democracies finally draw the line? How long until they recognise him as an antagonist, not an ally, contemptuous of their countries’ values and interests – and act accordingly? Germany’s Angela Merkel tried firmness. May tried flattery. The EU has tried fulmination and retaliatory trade tariffs. Others, wishfully, dismiss Trumpism as an aberration, not a strategic shift. But nothing stops him as he
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Naked baby Donald Trump, we love you – cartoon 14 Jul 1:00pm Naked baby Donald Trump, we love you – cartoon
The US president flies high – in his own estimation
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An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump 13 Jul 6:45pm An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump
When he says something consistently, it will happen. And his message is that America will remain a reliable partner, but don’t expect too much.
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Alone, Britain is easy prey for Trump. It must hug Europe close | Jonathan Freedland 13 Jul 12:46pm Alone, Britain is easy prey for Trump. It must hug Europe close | Jonathan Freedland
On his UK visit, the president gave Britons a glimpse of life after a hard Brexit: one of humiliation by a ruthless exploiterVladimir Putin must be dreading Monday’s edition of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia’s big and breezy tabloid. It will doubtless splash on an explosive interview with Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Moscow, in which the US president will slam Putin’s handling of the war in Syria, suggest US-Russian relations are doomed and lavish praise on the Russian leader’s “very talented” rival. Poor Vladimir must be quaking in his boots. Oh wait. No interview like that is coming, and not only because Putin would never allow it. Trump himself wouldn’t dare speak so harshly of his Russian counterpart, just as he only ever has words of comfort and admiration for
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump in Britain: this was the visit from hell | Editorial 13 Jul 12:11pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump in Britain: this was the visit from hell | Editorial
Theresa May should have grasped that this US president is an enemy of stability in Europe. Now she should learn from her mistakeIt may once, but oh so briefly, have seemed like a good idea to invite Donald Trump to Britain. But for Theresa May it all turned into a wrecking visit by the ally from hell. To make things worse, it was entirely her own fault. And yet, strange though it is to relate, some good may unexpectedly have come from
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Is it really Donald Trump versus the liberal world order? | Letters 13 Jul 11:32am Is it really Donald Trump versus the liberal world order? | Letters
Readers respond to the US president’s visit to the Nato summit and the UK, including his demand for more defence spending and his undiplomatic interventions in British politicsIs Trump, as you write, the “leader of a very great nation” (
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Donald Trump is right. Nato is a costly white elephant | Simon Jenkins 12 Jul 1:03pm Donald Trump is right. Nato is a costly white elephant | Simon Jenkins
Its founding mission to combat a Russian invasion has faded. Europe needs a much leaner fighting forceDonald Trump is a pig, a liar, a woman-hater, a racist, a monster of bombast – and did I mention a disrupter and total bastard as well? Does that feel better? Comment on the current US president seems to require a wallow in the pit of competitive contempt. But it just plays his game. I regard Trump as an aberration, a temporary trauma afflicting US politics. He honours the thesis of the
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Facing up to the reasons Donald Trump was elected | Letters 12 Jul 12:59pm Facing up to the reasons Donald Trump was elected | Letters
Readers respond to the arrival of President Donald Trump in BritainI don’t always agree with Owen Jones but I applaud his forensic piece on Trumpism and the rise of the far right down to the last comma (
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The Guardian view on the Trump visit: not welcome in Britain | Editorial 12 Jul 9:33am The Guardian view on the Trump visit: not welcome in Britain | Editorial
Theresa May let her country down by inviting a hostile US president to make a needless visit here. We support peaceful protests against his presence and his policiesThe first sitting president of the United States to visit Britain arrived here 100 years ago. President Woodrow Wilson came to Britain in 1918 on his way to the Versailles peace conference following the first world war. He came with the most noble of objectives: to help make peace in war-ravaged Europe and to lead the construction of a liberal international order based on laws and rights. Although the global order he was decisive in establishing was rejected at home and later challenged to within an inch of its life by fascism, it survived and was rebuilt more strongly. We are all the beneficiaries. The contrast between that first presidential visit and the visit of Donald Trump a century later could not be more eloquent of the changing global role of the United States. Mr Trump does not come with a message of peace, as Wilson did, but with messages of conflict and disruption. He arrives not as the optimistic upholder of an international order but as its casual potential destroyer. Where Wilson spoke
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Donald Trump’s visit could be just the unifying moment Britain needs | Hadley Freeman 12 Jul 4:00am Donald Trump’s visit could be just the unifying moment Britain needs | Hadley Freeman
The World Cup has started to bring England back together. Loathing Trump is something I honestly feel the whole UK can get behind
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Protest against what Donald Trump represents, not who he is | Owen Jones 12 Jul 1:00am Protest against what Donald Trump represents, not who he is | Owen Jones
The US president wants his theatrics to distract us. Instead, let’s focus on the hatred he epitomises
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Kavanaugh and the Culture Wars 11 Jul 6:14pm Kavanaugh and the Culture Wars
Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination may give everyone a chance to step back from the political cliff.
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The Guardian view on the Nato summit: Europe must come together | Editorial 10 Jul 1:38pm The Guardian view on the Nato summit: Europe must come together | Editorial
Nato bosses need to explain to Donald Trump that in a turbulent world you need security to make sure the deals you strike can be lasting onesJames Comey, the former FBI director, said of Donald Trump that he bore more resemblance to a
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Don’t fawn over Donald Trump, Mrs May. He will see it as weakness | Andrew Rawnsley 8 Jul 3:00am Don’t fawn over Donald Trump, Mrs May. He will see it as weakness | Andrew Rawnsley
Historic alliances don’t matter to the US president, whose impending visit to Britain will underline the strains in the ‘special relationship’This week will feature a record-breaker: the most expensive game of amateur golf in British, and probably world, history. A £5m price tag is being put on the Scottish leg of Donald Trump’s visit to these shores. The Edinburgh government has been told that the Westminster government
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Fundamentalism is coming for us – and women, as ever, will be first | Suzanne Moore 3 Jul 1:30am Fundamentalism is coming for us – and women, as ever, will be first | Suzanne Moore
Some women have never had it so good. But across the world the misogynistic dystopia of The Handmaid’s Tale is all too real When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced last week that he will retire from the US supreme court, which means Donald Trump can replace him with a more conservative judge, there was a sharp intake of breath. “Good morning, Gilead” said American women on Twitter. Ever since
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May’s problem: Brexit and Trumpism have become monstrous twins | Rafael Behr 3 Jul 1:00am May’s problem: Brexit and Trumpism have become monstrous twins | Rafael Behr
Her EU negotiations are hampered by the Brexiteers around her who laud a White House set on wrecking Europe So quickly has the unthinkable become unremarkable. US presidents never used to conspire to undermine European security. Nowadays it is normal. We learned last week that, when Emmanuel Macron was a guest in the White House in April, Donald Trump suggested
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If You Value My Opinion, Pay Me for It 2 Jul 7:06pm If You Value My Opinion, Pay Me for It
Avis, Home Depot and even Donald Trump want free feedback.
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If Donald Trump wants civility, why does he trash political correctness? | Nesrine Malik 1 Jul 1:27pm If Donald Trump wants civility, why does he trash political correctness? | Nesrine Malik
The president’s supporters demand the right to insult others. Yet when people take a stand against this, they get upsetThe
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Letters: nasty parties, nasty immigration policies | Letters 1 Jul 12:59am Letters: nasty parties, nasty immigration policies | Letters
What hope is there of improving the environment for refugees when Donald Trump has such support and Theresa May refuses to act?I agree with your editorial (
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Here’s why you should join us on the Trump protest in London on 13 July | Shaista Aziz and Asad Rehman 29 Jun 12:27pm Here’s why you should join us on the Trump protest in London on 13 July | Shaista Aziz and Asad Rehman
We’re organising the rally to march not only against this dangerous man, but the rise of all fascism and hatredIn just under a month, the streets of central London will be hosting a bold and diverse carnival of resistance to send a clear message to Donald Trump on his
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Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court will have to be resisted | Jill Abramson 28 Jun 1:53pm Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court will have to be resisted | Jill Abramson
The campaign against the president’s zealots will be a major test of strength for civil rights and abortion rights groups. A new Democratic lion is neededRepublican president who is eager to build a clear, conservative majority on the United States supreme court – and too sure of his political ground – overreaches. He picks a rightwing zealot for the open seat created by the retirement of a justice. At stake in the subsequent political battle over his nomination is the constitutional right of American women to have an abortion.
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Donald Trump’s enforcers have lost the right to civil courtesy | Gary Younge 26 Jun 1:39pm Donald Trump’s enforcers have lost the right to civil courtesy | Gary Younge
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ ejection from the Red Hen restaurant might ordinarily be dubious. But these are no ordinary timesLast Tuesday Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was challenged on television about a
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Steve Hilton’s silence speaks volumes about the hollow men of the right | Nick Cohen 23 Jun 4:15pm Updated Steve Hilton’s silence speaks volumes about the hollow men of the right | Nick Cohen
The ex-Tory guru’s failure to challenge vile lies on Fox News is a sign of a deeper rotTS Eliot didn’t get it quite right. The world doesn’t end with a whimper but a giggle, which reveals that cruelty and lies can pass unchallenged. What was once outrageous is now just a joke at the expense of humourless moralists who don’t understand how obsolete their scruples have become. The laughter comes loudest from the “left behind”. Not the working class, but the left-behind elite who attach themselves to far rightwing (and on occasion far leftwing) movements because they boil with resentment that they no longer have or were never offered the status they took to be their entitlement. Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch and, to an extent, Boris Johnson are examples that walk among us. As are so many rightwing “contrarian” journalists who show their independence of mind by never contradicting their readers’ prejudices. The origins of their bitterness are wholly obscure to outsiders: how can Murdoch, for example, believe a British establishment that fell at his feet has “
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The Observer view on how separating families marks a moral low for Donald Trump | Observer editorial 23 Jun 4:00pm The Observer view on how separating families marks a moral low for Donald Trump | Observer editorial
The president has acted abominably. Now Europe has a duty to do better in its treatment of migrantsThe really shocking thing about the spectacle of distraught children being forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border is not the
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and migrant family separations – cartoon 21 Jun 2:56pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and migrant family separations – cartoon
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Donald Trump’s child cruelty shocks us, but it shouldn’t surprise us | Hadley Freeman 19 Jun 2:06pm Donald Trump’s child cruelty shocks us, but it shouldn’t surprise us | Hadley Freeman
The policy of separating families has the president’s name written all over it. But it also has an awful American pedigree“This is un-American!” has been one of the more common reactions to the news about the Trump administration’s decision to enthusiastically
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s immigration policy: hateful and wrong | Editorial 19 Jun 2:00pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s immigration policy: hateful and wrong | Editorial
Dividing migrant families is despicable. But the US president doesn’t care. Republicans up for election ought toIt is not just
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Despair and anger at Donald Trump’s immigration policy | Letters 19 Jun 12:54pm Despair and anger at Donald Trump’s immigration policy | Letters
Readers respond to the US immigration policy where children are being separated from their parentsYour article about President Trump’s defence of an immigration policy that separates children from parents (
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When it comes to Germany, there’s method in Trump’s madness | Alan Posener 19 Jun 9:20am When it comes to Germany, there’s method in Trump’s madness | Alan Posener
The president’s opportunistic tweets have raised hackles, but no one can deny that Merkel’s coalition is in troubleI’ve given up on trying to find a method in the madness of Donald Trump’s tweets. But his recent attack on the German government at least makes political sense. Under fire over the
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The order Trump holds in contempt was once America’s proudest creation | Jonathan Fenby 17 Jun 7:00am The order Trump holds in contempt was once America’s proudest creation | Jonathan Fenby
Seventy years ago, as a new major book suggests, America helped rebuild Europe and assumed the role of global peacemakerBehind the Twitter storms and hyperbolic self-promotion, Donald Trump is nothing if not consistent in his approach to the world. A single aim runs through his international policy – to liberate himself and his country from constraints and to leave it free to pursue whatever he determines to be its destiny. Thus, this month, he has
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Donald Trump cosies up to Kim and Putin – cartoon 16 Jun 1:00pm Donald Trump cosies up to Kim and Putin – cartoon
Human rights abuses – what human rights abuses? How the US president likes to keep his enemies close
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Trump prefers strongmen. But democracy is not a weakness | Jonathan Freedland 15 Jun 10:42am Trump prefers strongmen. But democracy is not a weakness | Jonathan Freedland
The US president praises Xi and Kim and disparages western politicians. But I’d far rather live in a nation where leaders are held to accountIn the lexicon of Donald Trump, the insult of choice is “weak”. He hurled it at Justin Trudeau last weekend, though not to his face: Trump waited till he was safely on Air Force One, having made an early exit from the G7 summit hosted by the Canadian prime minister, to tweet that Trudeau was “
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Donald Trump, North Korea and the potential global consequences 13 Jun 12:44pm Donald Trump, North Korea and the potential global consequences
Readers respond to this week’s summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-unEverybody seems to concur that the agreement between the North Korean leader and Trump is going to let the US disengage militarily from the peninsula (
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Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot 13 Jun 1:57am Updated Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot
In arguing for a sunset clause to the Nafta trade agreement, this odious man is exposing the corruption of liberal democracy He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it.
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On Big Media, the Court Speaks 12 Jun 7:03pm On Big Media, the Court Speaks
But the real question media moguls will ask themselves: Is Donald Trump listening?
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If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him? | Yanis Varoufakis 11 Jun 11:23am If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him? | Yanis Varoufakis
As horrified as we may be at Trump’s uncouth antics, it is important to understand the tectonic shifts underpinning them Donald Trump’s early departure, and his subsequent refusal to endorse the G7 communique, has thrown the mainstream press into an apoplexy reflecting a deeper incomprehension of our unfolding global reality. In a bid to mix toughness with humour, Emmanuel Macron had quipped that the G7 might become the … G6. That’s absurd, not least because without the United States, capitalism as we know it (let alone the pitiful G7 gatherings) would disappear from the planet’s face.
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The Guardian view on the US-North Korea summit: realism should trump hope | Editorial 11 Jun 8:24am The Guardian view on the US-North Korea summit: realism should trump hope | Editorial
It is a mistake to see the Singapore meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un as a negotiation. This is a show, put together by two leaders who have very different aims for the talksRoll up, roll up. There’s
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The Guardian view on Trump and the G7 summit: a watershed moment | Editorial 10 Jun 12:45pm The Guardian view on Trump and the G7 summit: a watershed moment | Editorial
The US is the cornerstone of the international order. If Donald Trump removes it, the remaining democracies must still stand togetherThe
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Macron is reviving France and calling Merkel’s bluff on European reform 10 Jun 1:00am Macron is reviving France and calling Merkel’s bluff on European reform
After the interlude of the G7, it’s back to European affairs. Can the president win over the chancellor? Emmanuel Macron returns home from his run-in with Donald Trump at the G7 summit to face what looks like an unresolvable European equation. For years, Germany worried that France was too weak a partner in Europe. Paris made promises it could not keep, failed to get its house in order and then blamed German intransigence for its own problems. Now, finally, France has called Germany’s bluff –but is not getting the response it had hoped for. Macron took office determined to restore balance to what had become an uneven Franco-German relationship, tilted towards mighty Germany. To the question: “Who runs Europe?”, the answer had been simple: Angela Merkel. German expectations about France’s ability to stick to its commitments, reboot its economy and bring down unemployment were low. This offered Berlin an easy response to demands from Paris, particularly when it came to reforming the eurozone: sort out your domestic problems first and then we’ll talk.
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Love Island’s brutal dating game shows us men are vulnerable too | Gaby Hinsliff 9 Jun 1:00am Love Island’s brutal dating game shows us men are vulnerable too | Gaby Hinsliff
Modern masculinity is usually shown as toxic or threatening but the TV hit offers a surprising insight into men’s softer sideWomen have no idea what men talk about when we are not in the room. Well, how could we? By definition, the conversation changes when we walk in. But most women have their suspicions. Locker room talk had a grim reputation even before Donald Trump. At best, women tend to assume that it’s secretly rather boring: all sport and cars, light on emotions. And that’s where the return of Love Island, ITV2’s spectacularly vacuous hit reality show, has proved unexpectedly interesting. For those readers sadly unfamiliar with the oeuvre, imagine Big Brother minus most of the clothes and all the intellectual pretensions. What’s left is a bunch of swishy-haired young women in skimpy bikinis and heels, thrown together somewhere around a swimming pool with a bunch of improbably muscled hunks in trunks. It’s about as deep as a puddle in a summer drought, the last place on Earth you’d expect to find men’s innermost feelings laid bare. But while the rather seedy hook is the prospect of people trying to cop off with each other while under 24-hour surveillance, the TV gold here is in the endless conversations.
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Trump is a useless negotiator, and Kim Jong-un will know that | Jonathan Freedland 8 Jun 12:30pm Trump is a useless negotiator, and Kim Jong-un will know that | Jonathan Freedland
The president’s desperation shows, and he has no eye for detail – flaws that have seen him suckered countless timesNext week will see tested one of the enduring fictions of current politics: the myth of Donald Trump, master negotiator. That the myth lives on was demonstrated afresh on Thursday with the
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Despite all the warnings, we are normalising Donald Trump | Gary Younge 8 Jun 1:00am Despite all the warnings, we are normalising Donald Trump | Gary Younge
The president visits the UK in July – it’s vital to make clear we have clear moral lines and he has crossed them many timesDuring the presidential election the Huffington Post’s US site carried the following editor’s note at the end of every story about the Republican nominee: “Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims – 1.6 billion members of an entire religion – from entering the US.” Shortly before 6am on that long election night – in between Trump’s winning Iowa and being declared the victor in Pennsylvania – the Washington bureau chief announced that the note would be removed, “in respect for the office”, and that it was time for a “clean slate”.
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Who should feed the world: real people or faceless multinationals? | John Vidal 5 Jun 1:00am Who should feed the world: real people or faceless multinationals? | John Vidal
The merger of corporate giants Monsanto and Bayer begs a vital question – what kind of agriculture do we really want?Unless there is a major hiccup in the next few days, an incredibly powerful company will shortly be given a licence to dominate world farming. Following a nod from Donald Trump, powerful lobbying in Europe and a lot of political arm-twisting on several continents, the path has been cleared for Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, to be taken over by Bayer, the second-largest pesticide group, for an estimated $66bn (£50bn). The merger has been called both a “marriage made in hell” and “an important development for food security”. Through its many subsidiary companies and research arms, Bayer-Monsanto will have an indirect impact on every consumer and a direct one on most farmers in Britain, the EU and the US. It will effectively control
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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump, trade wars and steel tariffs – cartoon 1 Jun 2:30pm Martin Rowson on Donald Trump, trade wars and steel tariffs – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Trump’s trade wars: who wins? | Editorial 1 Jun 12:30pm The Guardian view on Trump’s trade wars: who wins? | Editorial
The US imposition of tariffs sends a message rather than providing a solution. It could spark a damaging global conflict“Trade wars are good, and easy to win,” Donald Trump declared this spring. He may soon find out whether he was right. On Thursday his administration launched a multi-front assault on allies and renewed its threatened offensive against China. What constitutes “winning” is hard to say when the aims are so muddled and diffuse. But it may prove good for him, playing well to his base. The imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports upholds a campaign promise, as well as his inaugural pledge that “it’s going to be only America first”. All US presidents think first of the interests of Americans; they would not gain or retain the office otherwise. Yet rarely have these been construed so crudely. Most have realised that the country gains from international cooperation and a rules-based order which it did most to shape. Not so Mr Trump. But since he seems to regard his position as a performance instead of a job, outcomes are almost irrelevant.
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Italy is facing regime change. The future will be repressive | Antonella Rampino 30 May 12:59am Italy is facing regime change. The future will be repressive | Antonella Rampino
The alliance between Five Star and the League casts a dark shadow over the nation, threatening to push it beyond EU rulesIs Italy Europe’s new political laboratory – the country in which liberal democracy changes its hue and sinks below the horizon into populism? The question is legitimate, not only because historians have long established how, in his rise to power, Hitler took Mussolini as a model. And not only because Donald Trump was preceded on to the world stage by Silvio Berlusconi – another unscrupulous tycoon devoid of political experience, unfit for government, and with whom Trump shares more than a few
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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and the North Korea summit – cartoon 25 May 2:03pm Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and the North Korea summit – cartoon
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The North Korea farce makes it clear again: Trump is political Ebola | Simon Tisdall 25 May 7:52am The North Korea farce makes it clear again: Trump is political Ebola | Simon Tisdall
How much longer can the world tolerate having this dangerous narcissist in the White House?This is where hubris and arrogance lead. By indefinitely postponing his summit with Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, in a fit of petulance and political cowardice, Donald Trump has squandered a golden opportunity for peace on the Korean peninsula, plunged the Asia-Pacific region into a period of renewed uncertainty, blindsided America’s allies, and
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The Guardian view on the North Korea summit: a crisis foretold | Editorial 24 May 1:29pm The Guardian view on the North Korea summit: a crisis foretold | Editorial
Donald Trump’s meeting was all about grabbing plaudits for his over-sized ego rather than a serious effort to achieve peace on the Korean peninsulaThe commemorative summit coin
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Impeaching Trump: could a liberal fantasy become a nightmare? | Ganesh Sitaraman 22 May 6:00am Impeaching Trump: could a liberal fantasy become a nightmare? | Ganesh Sitaraman
The process presents a constitutional and political dilemma, and a brilliant new book unpacks just how risky it is Should members of Congress impeach Donald Trump?
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The Guardian view on North Korea: no art as Trump seeks deal | Editorial 18 May 12:18pm The Guardian view on North Korea: no art as Trump seeks deal | Editorial
The US president boasts of a possible peace deal with North Korea, but the prospects of success at next month’s planned summit in Singapore look worse than everIt is not clear whether Donald Trump set out
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Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee 17 May 8:17am Trump and May have one thing in common: they are incapable of reason | Polly Toynbee
This week’s migrant visa revelations have made me seriously doubt the logical powers of our prime ministerAt first sight, Theresa May and Donald Trump could hardly differ more in aspect, behaviour, demeanour and dignity. But what they share is an almost total lack of reasoning power and an ability to hold on to multiple contradictions by the sheer act of will. The daily Brexit impasse of impossibilities has been May’s hallmark, but this week’s revelation on migrant visas reminds us of the full florid extent of her unreasoning. Over
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Steve Bell on recent dialogue between US and North Korea – cartoon 16 May 6:46pm Steve Bell on recent dialogue between US and North Korea – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial 14 May 1:28pm The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial
Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military forceIt is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers
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The Observer view on Europe’s duty to confront Donald Trump over Iran | Observer editorial 13 May 1:00am The Observer view on Europe’s duty to confront Donald Trump over Iran | Observer editorial
The American president has thrown into confusion old alliances and imperilled Middle Eastern peaceDonald Trump’s
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North Korea’s release of US prisoners doesn’t mean peace | Polly Toynbee 10 May 6:47am North Korea’s release of US prisoners doesn’t mean peace | Polly Toynbee
High expectations for the coming summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump are unrealistic and dangerousHold the jubilation today as President Trump boarded the plane at Andrews Air Force base near Washington DC to greet
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The Guardian view on Iran’s nuclear deal: Trump creates a narrative for war | Editorial 9 May 1:34pm The Guardian view on Iran’s nuclear deal: Trump creates a narrative for war | Editorial
The US president’s invective is dangerous but should surprise no one. He relies on assertions that reinforce prejudices but have no basis in fact Donald Trump’s voice in foreign affairs is one that slips between brash arrogance and oily smugness. He touts supremacy from behind thinly concealed contempt. In
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By ending the nuclear deal, Trump has handed a gift to Iranian hardliners | Sanam Vakil 8 May 6:57pm By ending the nuclear deal, Trump has handed a gift to Iranian hardliners | Sanam Vakil
One of the many knock-on effects of Trump’s decision to end the nuclear deal could be the victory of hardliners in upcoming elections writes Sanam Vakil For Iranians, Donald Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the US from the nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions, despite Iran’s compliance with the deal, is deeply disappointing. This is a manufactured crisis, and in making it, Washington and its allies in Tel Aviv and Riyadh have set their sights on a zero sum option of containing and even forcing political change in the Islamic Republic.
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Selfie Kiss makes it easier to experience the real thing | Brief letters 8 May 1:00pm Selfie Kiss makes it easier to experience the real thing | Brief letters
Selfie Kiss | Finding companionship | Al Capone and Donald Trump | Predictive text | Double entendresThe Belvedere Gallery in Vienna is to be congratulated on its “Selfie Kiss” (
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The Observer view on Trump’s folly in risking not just peace in the Middle East | Observer editorial 5 May 4:01pm The Observer view on Trump’s folly in risking not just peace in the Middle East | Observer editorial
If he rips up the Iran nuclear deal, America’s relationship with Europe will also be irreparably damagedUnless he experiences a sudden, unexpected change of heart, Donald Trump will reactivate US sanctions on Iran next week and, by doing so, attempt to wreck the west’s landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran. The likely negative consequences of Trump’s decision, if confirmed, are wide-ranging and extremely serious. The Observer is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels – cartoon 3 May 1:51pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels – cartoon
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Across the world, democracy is in crisis. Here’s my plan to save it | Dambisa Moyo 2 May 1:00am Across the world, democracy is in crisis. Here’s my plan to save it | Dambisa Moyo
The rise of Trump and Brexit highlight an ailing system. But tests for politicians and voters could make a differenceThe election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum have together tested the limits of people’s faith in democracy. Many have asked if the results were warped by fake news, or by
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The Observer view on why Emmanuel Macron deserves credit for global vision | Observer editorial 29 Apr 1:00am The Observer view on why Emmanuel Macron deserves credit for global vision | Observer editorial
The French president has been criticised for cosying up to Donald Trump but at least he waved the tattered European flagBy coincidence rather than design, Emmanuel Macron’s address to a joint session of the US Congress took place on the 58th anniversary of a similarly grand Washington occasion starring another French president, Charles de Gaulle. Comparing Macron to his more famous predecessor is not particularly instructive. The two men belong to very different ages, but there are some interesting likenesses. The Observer is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent.
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Trump can come. But let him know Britain won’t stand for his bigotry | Owen Jones 27 Apr 10:28am Trump can come. But let him know Britain won’t stand for his bigotry | Owen Jones
The president’s visit should not be a means to normalise his ugly politics. He must be greeted by mass street protestsThe normalisation of racism, bigotry and misogyny: this has always been one of the principal dangers of Donald Trump. Here is a man who
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Don’t get angry when Donald Trump comes to Britain – get even | Stella Creasy 25 Apr 1:38pm Don’t get angry when Donald Trump comes to Britain – get even | Stella Creasy
With TopTrumpTargets, we’ll create a legacy of tolerance and inclusivity to counter the divisiveness he glories inFor the left, there are few bogeymen bigger than Donald Trump. The hatred he whipped up to win the White House. The walls, bans and attacks on human rights organisations his administration have made. His erratic use of Twitter that leaves us all fearing world war three will begin at any moment. Theresa May has been plotting a state visit for him, desperate for some crumbs of a post-Brexit trade deal that makes alienating our neighbours worthwhile. Having been put off earlier this year following his
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The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs 24 Apr 12:07pm The Trump-Macron minibreak makes for some fantastique photographs
It’s the first state visit of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the power foursome have really delivered the goods Never will we be gifted such a dream set of press photos as the three day Macron-Trump tête-à-tête, the first day of which has seen the foursome visit the former home of George Washington and awkwardly plant a tree. As presents from France to the US go, some have pointed out that this tree
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The Guardian view on Macron in Washington: a need for results | Editorial 23 Apr 1:02pm The Guardian view on Macron in Washington: a need for results | Editorial
France’s president has forged a good relationship with Donald Trump. But he needs policy concessions as well as handshakes from his US visitA young European leader flies to Washington on an official visit. He is a modernising charmer from the progressive wing of politics, articulate and comfortable with the media. He arrives to meet an American president whose politics are emphatically not his, and whose election has dismayed US liberals, disrupted the transatlantic alliance and alienated European opinion. The new US president is an American exceptionalist. He is no respecter of human rights and international institutions. But the European leader has decided to hug him close in the hope of influencing his decisions. Washington rolls out the red carpet. It is captivated by the visitor’s eloquence and charisma, such contrasts to their own leader’s bombast. Improbably, the two men find themselves starting to make big plans together. For anyone whose memory goes back to the run-up to the Iraq war, this is a sobering vision. When Tony Blair
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Is the GOP the Party of Trump? 19 Apr 11:05am Updated Is the GOP the Party of Trump?
Millions of voters produced a Republican rise while Donald Trump was still a private citizen.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s Korean diplomacy: progress without purpose | Editorial 18 Apr 1:32pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s Korean diplomacy: progress without purpose | Editorial
The revelation of face-to-face talks between Kim Jong-un and Mike Pompeo shows that things are changing, but it doesn’t prove that Trump’s way is workingOne function of Donald Trump’s swagger is to give cover to his retreats. It is not the US president’s style to admit that he compromises. He professes a zero-sum world view, where concession is weakness. Yet, in relations with North Korea, Mr Trump has promised the country’s dictatorial leader, Kim Jong-un, a gift – the status boost of a summit meeting – while receiving nothing in return. The seriousness of White House intent regarding the encounter was confirmed this week by news that Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director and Mr Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, held
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Michael Cohen’s jacket: worthy of a shonky used-car salesman 18 Apr 7:23am Michael Cohen’s jacket: worthy of a shonky used-car salesman
Unfortunately for Donald Trump’s legal fixer, he can’t hide behind the clothes he wears or the company he keeps, says our fashion guru in her weekly column
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May has tied us to Donald Trump. She must face the consequences | Polly Toynbee 15 Apr 2:45pm May has tied us to Donald Trump. She must face the consequences | Polly Toynbee
The missile attack on Syria was a pointless, dangerous gesture. If given the chance, MPs must vote to condemn it Mission accomplished!” The presidential tweet was beyond ominous, reprising as it did George W Bush’s ill-fated banner 15 years ago. As his Iraq war dragged on its bloody course, Bush later admitted it had “conveyed the wrong message”. Now Trump’s crass ignorance of history should serve as a warning he may be destined, or “locked and loaded”, to repeat it. Theresa May has tied this country to his fickle whims. Inside Donald Trump’s circus, war breaks out between James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the defence secretary who emerges as the sanest in that shape-shifting entourage, and Trump’s terrifying new national security adviser, John Bolton, who reportedly wanted to bomb the hell out of Iranian forces while they were at it on Friday night, urging the president to cancel the Iran nuclear deal. This is where May’s hand-holding has left us: hitched to these dangerous men. What a political risk she has taken, out there alone, against public opinion both before and after the bombing: an instant
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Donald Trump takes his eye off Syria – cartoon 15 Apr 1:04am Donald Trump takes his eye off Syria – cartoon
Chris Riddell on the US president’s real priorities
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There’s no good option in Syria. But there’s a way to make Assad pay | Jonathan Freedland 13 Apr 12:35pm There’s no good option in Syria. But there’s a way to make Assad pay | Jonathan Freedland
All-out bombardment is not a solution to the crisis. But nor can we watch the brutal dictator slaughter his own peopleWe are caught between a rock, in the form of the recklessness of Donald Trump, and a hard place, shaped by the cruelty of Bashar al-Assad. This is the choice that now confronts citizens and their representatives in Britain, France and the US. The reasons to resist signing up for any project led by Trump should be obvious, with the
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People want homes, jobs, a future: no wonder they distrust capitalism now | Larry Elliott 12 Apr 1:00am People want homes, jobs, a future: no wonder they distrust capitalism now | Larry Elliott
Post-cold war politics shifted to the right, and ordinary people suffered. Mainstream parties need to know what went wrongIt’s just like old times. Donald Trump has picked a 
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The Guardian view on Syria: don’t blindly follow Donald Trump | Editorial 10 Apr 1:45pm The Guardian view on Syria: don’t blindly follow Donald Trump | Editorial
Syria’s civil war has seen seven years of numbing brutality. A single attack will not affect its outcomeGiven recent history, it would take an extraordinary event and set of circumstances to arise for military intervention by Britain in the Middle East to be considered an option. This country contributed to the wreckage of Libya and Iraq, which were mistakes entered into because our leaders entertained prophecies of exaggerated catastrophe. The argument over the risks of inaction being greater than the risks of action has surfaced again in Syria with a
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Don’t expect the west to act on Syria’s latest horror | Matthew d’Ancona 8 Apr 11:12am Don’t expect the west to act on Syria’s latest horror | Matthew d’Ancona
Donald Trump has condemned Putin and Iran ‘for backing Animal Assad’ – but that’s probably as far as it goesConscience has become the
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WSJ Editorial Board on U.S.-China Trade Battle 4 Apr 6:11pm WSJ Editorial Board on U.S.-China Trade Battle
The Journal has been writing about Donald Trump’s trade policy since he made it an issue in the presidential campaign. Here are some leading examples.
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So what was the point of Kim Jong-un’s mysterious trip to China? | Mary Dejevsky 28 Mar 10:58am So what was the point of Kim Jong-un’s mysterious trip to China? | Mary Dejevsky
Meeting Xi Jinping was more than a rehearsal for the Korean leader’s date with Donald Trump. It was a necessary staging postKim Jong-un’s
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Facebook told me it would act swiftly on data misuse – in 2015 | Harry Davies 26 Mar 6:00am Facebook told me it would act swiftly on data misuse – in 2015 | Harry Davies
While I was tracing Cambridge Analytica’s activities, Facebook was portraying the 2016 election as a big commercial opportunityShortly after the US midterm elections in 2014 – and back when Donald Trump was busy launching the seventh series of Celebrity Apprentice – I received a tip about a little-known British company known as Strategic Communication Laboratories, or SCL. At the time I was working on the Guardian’s investigations desk, and I heard the company’s “election management” consultancy was branching out into US voter targeting with a curious new product and corporate identity. This, I would later discover, was
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There are good reasons for ignoring the news | David Mitchell 25 Mar 5:00am There are good reasons for ignoring the news | David Mitchell
Wealthy American Erik Hagerman has entirely cut himself off from current affairs following the election of Trump. Here’s why I support himDid you hear about the rich American who’s cut himself off from all news since Donald Trump was elected? There’s no reason why you should. He wouldn’t have done, if it hadn’t actually
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The Observer view on the danger John Bolton poses to world peace | Observer editorial 25 Mar 2:00am The Observer view on the danger John Bolton poses to world peace | Observer editorial
The arch-hawk’s advocacy of pre-emptive military action suits Donald Trump’s nationalist agenda but it could spell disasterJohn Bolton, Donald Trump’s latest choice as national security adviser, belongs to a band of Washington armchair warriors who are rarely happier than when sending other people’s children to die in foreign wars. Like his former Iraq comrades-in-arms, George W Bush and Dick Cheney, and his bellicose new White House boss, Bolton avoided military service in Vietnam as a young man. But he is no peacenik. Far from it.
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John Bolton has arrived in the White House. Does this mean war? | David Shariatmadari 23 Mar 10:49am John Bolton has arrived in the White House. Does this mean war? | David Shariatmadari
Trump has replaced his thoughtful national security adviser with a belligerent TV pundit. This is government by Fox News It’s happened. In the febrile days after Donald Trump’s election, one of the more terrifying prospects was the appointment of John Bolton to a senior position in the incoming administration. Bolton is the hawk’s hawk, the neocon’s neocon (though he rejects that label, preferring “Goldwater conservative” after the presidential candidate deemed too extreme by the American people in 1964). His published work includes “
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John Bolton for National Security 23 Mar 9:33am Updated John Bolton for National Security
Donald Trump must have warmed to his new adviser’s direct style.
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John Bolton finally made it into the White House. Does this mean war? | David Shariatmadari 23 Mar 7:08am John Bolton finally made it into the White House. Does this mean war? | David Shariatmadari
Trump has replaced his thoughtful national security adviser with a belligerent TV pundit. This is government by Fox News It’s happened. In the febrile days after Donald Trump’s election, one of the more terrifying prospects was the appointment of John Bolton to a senior position in the incoming administration. Bolton is the hawk’s hawk, the neocon’s neocon (though he rejects that label, preferring “Goldwater conservative” after the presidential candidate deemed too extreme by the American people in 1964). His published work includes “
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The poison in politics runs deeper than dodgy data | Gary Younge 22 Mar 1:20pm The poison in politics runs deeper than dodgy data | Gary Younge
Cambridge Analytica and Russia may have played a role in Donald Trump’s victory. But greater responsibility lies elsewhereDuring the 2016 presidential elections Bill Clinton believed his wife’s team had failed to learn one of the lessons of Brexit: working people felt alienated and there was an anti-establishment mood in the air. But his suggestions were politely acknowledged and then discreetly shelved by the number-crunchers in charge. “He’d report back from the field on what he was hearing at campaign events,”
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Yes, Shut Down Mueller 21 Mar 6:39pm Yes, Shut Down Mueller
Donald Trump is right about the special prosecutor, but for the wrong reason.
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Steve Bell on the Facebook crisis and Donald Trump – cartoon 21 Mar 4:28pm Steve Bell on the Facebook crisis and Donald Trump – cartoon
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Trump praising Putin is no surprise, but Juncker should know better | Jonathan Freedland 21 Mar 8:49am Trump praising Putin is no surprise, but Juncker should know better | Jonathan Freedland
If nothing else, the EU is meant to stand up for democracy. Did the president of the European commission forget that?We can be shocked, but hardly surprised. That Donald Trump ignored the explicit advice of his aides – including a cue-card that featured the all-caps instruction
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The Seth Rich lawsuit matters more than the Stormy Daniels case | Jill Abramson 20 Mar 8:28am The Seth Rich lawsuit matters more than the Stormy Daniels case | Jill Abramson
The president causes mayhem in a deliberate ploy to distract us from even more serious news stories When I hear the name Stormy Daniels, and that’s a lot lately, I have the same vision inside my head. It’s Donald Trump, right before the presidential debate with Hillary Clinton in
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Boris Johnson’s miasma of evasion is straight out of the Putin playbook | Suzanne Moore 19 Mar 12:26pm Boris Johnson’s miasma of evasion is straight out of the Putin playbook | Suzanne Moore
We’re used to foreign powers manufacturing chaos and disguising mendacity with lies – but our own foreign secretary has also thrived despite his propensity for piffle In the swirl of disinformation that infects global politics, it is good to hold on to the truth, to ground ourselves slightly. This is a story we tell ourselves. There are places where no one bothers to differentiate between truth and lies; other places. Such as Russia, where there is the facade of a democratic election, but what matters is simply control of the narrative. We watch as various Russian diplomats deny any Russian connection to the poisoning of the Sergei Skripal and his daughter. We look at the US, where they have lost count of Donald Trump’s untruths. He lies as he breathes; the effect is numbing. He has told so many lies that the latest ones float by. This incessant lying wears the public down. Some Russians claim the
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Trump and trade tariffs: big lies founded on small truths | Yanis Varoufakis 18 Mar 7:00am Trump and trade tariffs: big lies founded on small truths | Yanis Varoufakis
The president claims he wants to support blue-collar workers – but that notion soon collapses into a pool of implausibility Donald Trump is perhaps the US president best equipped to understand that some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. His personal business plan always involved racking up enormous deficits and debts, before finding a way to unload them on to others – his employees and creditors mostly.
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Trump’s presidency is unravelling. But he won’t fall without a push | Gary Younge 15 Mar 12:38pm Trump’s presidency is unravelling. But he won’t fall without a push | Gary Younge
The administration is mired in incompetence and calamity. So why aren’t his enemies presenting a hopeful alternative?Even by Donald Trump’s standards,
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Hillary Clinton Leans Out 13 Mar 7:22pm Hillary Clinton Leans Out
The Democrat explains to Indians why she lost to Donald Trump.
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The harsh reality: Donald Trump does mean Europe harm | Natalie Nougayrède 13 Mar 2:49pm The harsh reality: Donald Trump does mean Europe harm | Natalie Nougayrède
Rex Tillerson’s sacking has brought the transatlantic relationship into sharp focus. We may yet think fondly of the days when the worst the US president did was tweetThe emerging crisis between the United States and Europe is multifaceted; its contours fast evolving; its outcome hard to predict. And if that were true on Monday, it is more so now, following
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How video games are fuelling the rise of the far right | Alfie Brown 12 Mar 4:00am How video games are fuelling the rise of the far right | Alfie Brown
Violent, isolationist and misogynist desires course through games – and push rightwing ideologies on players Donald Trump’s claim, in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, that these events are
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Nicola Jennings on proposed talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un – cartoon 9 Mar 1:32pm Nicola Jennings on proposed talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un – cartoon
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Meet Donald Trump’s twin: Benjamin Netanyahu | Jonathan Freedland 9 Mar 11:39am Meet Donald Trump’s twin: Benjamin Netanyahu | Jonathan Freedland
The embattled Israeli prime minister clings on to power despite being mired in scandal. Just like the man in the White HouseEach day brings a scandalous new revelation as investigators probe deep into the affairs of the leader and his inner circle. The inquiries range across multiple fronts, tangling politics and business and involving both the top man’s closest aides and his immediate family. On a really big news day, the investigative authorities announce they’ve arranged a plea bargain with one of the key players, coaxing them to turn state’s witness against the man they once served so loyally.
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The far right hates vaginas. Why doesn’t this anger the left more? | Marina Prentoulis 8 Mar 8:08am The far right hates vaginas. Why doesn’t this anger the left more? | Marina Prentoulis
Identity politics ought to unite the left, not divide us. No progressive should be at ease while macho misogyny thrives From Donald Trump’s “
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Trade wars? Africa has been a victim of them for years | Afua Hirsch 7 Mar 2:00am Trade wars? Africa has been a victim of them for years | Afua Hirsch
The continent has borne the brunt of taxes and tariffs from the US and Europe. No wonder some believe Africa needs its own version of Donald Trump What Africa needs, a friend of mine is fond of saying, is an African Trump: an “Africa first” leader who is not afraid of rubbing the rest of the world up the wrong way, someone willing to rip up traditional alliances, forgo historic links, forge a united and common purpose among Africa’s diverse nations, and then make their own needs – unambiguously – the priority. It’s a surprising way to frame things, but these are surprising times, and political ideologies are upside down. Protectionism is having a moment in the sun, in a useful reminder of the degree to which our perception is skewed of which countries practise competitive capitalism and which do not.
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A Moment for Movement on Guns 1 Mar 7:15pm A Moment for Movement on Guns
Donald Trump is making sense—jumbling categories as a ‘right-winger’ who favors tighter restrictions.
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Have we reached peak English in the world? | Nicholas Ostler 27 Feb 1:00am Have we reached peak English in the world? | Nicholas Ostler
One of Britain’s greatest strengths is set to diminish as China asserts itself on the world stageIn China last month, Theresa May attended the launch of the British Council’s English is Great campaign, intended to boost interest and fluency in our national language. This might sound like Donald Trump’s notorious “Make America great again”, but comes in fact from a stronger position. Beyond doubt, the use of English is greater than ever, and
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The Only Good Thing About Donald Trump Is All His Policies 26 Feb 6:58pm The Only Good Thing About Donald Trump Is All His Policies
A U.S. president who is a boor presents a problem. The presidency, after all, has a symbolic aspect.
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No, Mr Trump, video games do not cause mass shootings 23 Feb 7:00am No, Mr Trump, video games do not cause mass shootings
After the Florida school shooting, attempts to deflect the blame on to video games rather than guns are a jarring hypocrisy With Donald Trump, everything old is new again, it seems. His latest effort to grapple with the
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Elizabeth Warren Lectures Native Americans About Pocahontas 20 Feb 6:21pm Elizabeth Warren Lectures Native Americans About Pocahontas
Credit for exposing the senator’s ‘cultural appropriation’ goes in part to Donald Trump.
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The Guardian view on Russian trolls: democracy is much too easy to hack | Editorial 18 Feb 12:13pm The Guardian view on Russian trolls: democracy is much too easy to hack | Editorial
Of course the Russians tried to influence the US presidential election. The shocking thing is that they found it so simpleMost of the coverage of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has concentrated on who did it, and for whose benefit. But there is a sense in which this was not news. Anyone who has paid attention to the story, which has been hard to avoid, already believes that the Russians did what they could to get Donald Trump elected. The detail of what was done has been less examined. The
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Howls of grief fall upon deaf ears - cartoon 17 Feb 7:05pm Howls of grief fall upon deaf ears - cartoon
Chris Riddell on Donald Trump’s response to the Florida school shooting
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s Russian connections | Observer editorial 17 Feb 7:02pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s Russian connections | Observer editorial
Robert Mueller has not yet proved that the US president colluded with Moscow but he will get another chance There will be understandable disappointment in many quarters that the latest indictments delivered by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, once again failed to nail Donald Trump. Although the charges levelled against 13 Russians and three Russian entities are extraordinarily serious, they do not directly support the central claim that Trump and senior campaign aides
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To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics | Martyn Percy 6 Feb 2:04pm To know Donald Trump’s faith is to understand his politics | Martyn Percy
‘Make America great again,’ he says. If it doesn’t pan out, it won’t his fault: it will be yours, for doubtingThe only surprising feature of Donald Trump’s first year in office is that it has been entirely predictable. So when I mention to colleagues that I have been researching Trump’s religious faith, reactions vary from mild scoffing (“I thought he was his own religion”) to bafflement and surprise. But Trump has a faith. And if you want to know how the next few years of his presidency will pan out, understanding
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and stock market turmoil – cartoon 6 Feb 12:59pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and stock market turmoil – cartoon
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The Observer view on the Winter Olympics and tensions with North Korea | Observer editorial 3 Feb 7:02pm The Observer view on the Winter Olympics and tensions with North Korea | Observer editorial
The Games in Pyeongchang are an opportunity for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to end their nuclear standoffHard-fought contests at the Winter Olympics, which open on 9 February at the Pyeongchang stadium in South Korea, will enthral millions of television viewers. But the Games have also become the stage for a different, unsporting contest, potentially deadly in character, which pits the US against North Korea. At stake is not a gold medal and a victory wave from the podium, but the sustainability of the recent, fragile reduction in military tensions and the
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The Guardian view on Trump’s State of the Union: platitudes, few plans and plenty of division | Editorial 31 Jan 1:09pm The Guardian view on Trump’s State of the Union: platitudes, few plans and plenty of division | Editorial
Trump happily applauded his own address to Congress. The rest of us should not Rituals are designed not merely to embody but preserve and perpetuate a community’s beliefs. One danger is that they are hollowed out, form superseding substance as people forget their meaning. This was the risk Thomas Jefferson identified when he abandoned the State of the Union address as disturbingly monarchical, and judged that the constitutional requirement to inform and make recommendations to Congress could be satisfied in writing. It was not until over a century later that Woodrow Wilson – pursuing a stronger, more forceful presidency, in part via publicity and press controls – would reinstate it. An event that theoretically focused on accountability became a moment of showmanship: ideal for Donald Trump, who through his years as developer, reality star and now president has projected an image, pocketed proceeds and indulging his whims, while those around him get on with their unsavoury business. On Tuesday he
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This is how democracy ends, with the BBC normalising Roger Stone 31 Jan 8:00am This is how democracy ends, with the BBC normalising Roger Stone
Trump likes to pretend he operates within the usual boundaries, which is why a henchman with a record of racism and misogyny should have been challenged on Radio 4Call it the teleprompter delusion: the tendency of the US political class to seize gratefully on any occasion when Donald Trump manages to stand in front of an Autocue and read the words written for him without frothing at the mouth. The pundits then hail the achievement as a turning point and the birth of a kinder, gentler, more presidential Trump. It happened 11 months ago, when Trump addressed a joint session of both houses of congress. At one point, he paid tribute to the widow of a US serviceman killed in a botched operation in Yemen, who was present in the chamber and who the cameras showed sobbing. “He became president of the United States in that moment, period,”
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Donald Trump the pantomime villain | Brief letters 30 Jan 1:11pm Donald Trump the pantomime villain | Brief letters
Trump visit | Shunning plastic | Women in football | Cardiff airport | Serious letters | Saving tipsOn Saturday Cockermouth Amateur Dramatic Society staged their panto. When wicked Abanaza appeared in a Donald Trump mask, the audience erupted. There were many under-7s watching who knew exactly who he was, joining in the booing with gusto. If this small town reacts in this way then a visit from the president to the capital seems risky.
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The hypocrisy of the Davos set is finally being exposed | Zoe Williams 29 Jan 1:41pm The hypocrisy of the Davos set is finally being exposed | Zoe Williams
The emperors of neoliberalism claim to be addressing inequality, but stay silent on fair wages. Now capitalism is having to face its contraditionsFinancial elites, huh? Can’t live with them, can’t stop obsessing about their snowsuits. Still rocking from the revelations elicited from Donald Trump by
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We need to rethink our resistance to Donald Trump’s ideas 29 Jan 12:40pm We need to rethink our resistance to Donald Trump’s ideas
The US president has proven himself a narcissistic liar with no impulse control – it is time to get serious about how we combat himAsking if Donald Trump is a feminist is like asking if Piers Morgan is a journalist: unnecessary and embarrassing, given the evidence before us. The ratings for the “show” in which the pair met on Sunday were indeed sad; less than for a poor night of Casualty. Obviously, I watched it on one of my three televisions, in bed, while checking Twitter. I saw that George Osborne – another achitect of misery who masquerades as a journalist – was
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A sackful of Tory weasels - cartoon 27 Jan 7:05pm A sackful of Tory weasels - cartoon
Chris Riddell on party infighting and Theresa May’s meeting with Donald Trump
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The Guardian view on Theresa May’s government: divided they drift | Editorial 26 Jan 11:52am The Guardian view on Theresa May’s government: divided they drift | Editorial
The crowds turned out for Donald Trump in Davos, but not for Theresa May. The reason is simple. Her government embodies a national decision that Britain does not wish to be taken seriously in the worldSolipsistic, dangerous and unpredictable as ever, Donald Trump
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Theresa May is coming home to Brexit’s toxic transatlantic trade-off | Letters 26 Jan 11:05am Theresa May is coming home to Brexit’s toxic transatlantic trade-off | Letters
Theresa May’s new invitation to Donald Trump is a sign of her desperation, according to
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Europe now – why the Guardian is launching a new series | Natalie Nougayrède 24 Jan 8:17am Europe now – why the Guardian is launching a new series | Natalie Nougayrède
What binds Europeans together, in all our diversity? And what divides us? Our writers will seek the answersRecent years have been a rollercoaster for Europe. Not since the democratic revolutions of 1989 has the continent undergone such profound transformation or experienced so many resounding shocks. The eurozone crisis, the refugee crisis, the rise of populism, Russia’s conduct in the world, the conflict in Ukraine, Brexit, separatism, globalisation, the impact of new technologies, the spillover effect of chaos in the Middle East and the election of Donald Trump in the US have all created complex new realities. What was once deemed secure in Europe is now being questioned and debate has been reawakened on themes such as identity, democracy, minority rights, gender equality, diversity and fundamental values.
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Democracies will fail if they don’t deal with the fallout of globalisation | Editorial 21 Jan 1:05pm Democracies will fail if they don’t deal with the fallout of globalisation | Editorial
Democracies will fall under the spell of populists like Donald Trump if they fail to deal with the fallout of globalisationThe rich, as F Scott Fitzgerald noted, “
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After a year of Donald Trump, there is still hope amid the horror | Jill Abramson 20 Jan 1:00am After a year of Donald Trump, there is still hope amid the horror | Jill Abramson
The president has exceeded my worst expectations, but women have been galvanised more profoundly than if Hillary Clinton had won ‘Trump,” the man growled, as he pushed by me on the Amtrak regional train last summer. I was travelling with my two-year-old granddaughter in her stroller, and a suitcase. A conductor had just told me that we needed to move cars to exit at our station. He helped us. But when we rolled into the right car, the most convenient seat – in the front, with extra room – was occupied by a middle-aged man. The conductor asked him if he would mind moving to one of the many empty rows nearby. Obviously unhappy, he did as he was asked, but as he passed by me he expressed his fury in a single, angry word: “Trump”. The president’s name is an epithet. This is the legacy of his first year in office.
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The killer question for Donald Trump | Letters 17 Jan 1:41pm The killer question for Donald Trump | Letters
The coronation coach | Brian Ferneyhough | Tabloid Guardian | Macron in Calais | Hunt for Baghdadi | Trump’s health testsLucy Mangan’s
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Desperate for a trade deal, the Tories are enabling Donald Trump | Matthew d’Ancona 14 Jan 2:25pm Desperate for a trade deal, the Tories are enabling Donald Trump | Matthew d’Ancona
Despite the US president’s appalling behaviour and rejection by the British people, the UK government continues to abase itself before the White House“The president fundamentally wants to be liked,” says Katie Walsh, former White House deputy chief of staff, in
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The Observer view on Donald Trump | Observer editorial 13 Jan 7:05pm The Observer view on Donald Trump | Observer editorial
The president is a disgrace to his country at so many levels It is almost one year since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th US president. Will he last another 12 months? Day after tumultuous day since 20 January 2017, Trump has provided fresh evidence of his unfitness for America’s highest office. The Observer is the world's oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent.
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Hold the Fire, Hold the Fury 8 Jan 7:51pm Hold the Fire, Hold the Fury
People can’t stop talking about Donald Trump. Imagine how pleasant lunch would be if they did.
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Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump and Twitter – cartoon 7 Jan 3:43pm Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump and Twitter – cartoon
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Peter Preston will be much missed | Brief letters 7 Jan 2:15pm Peter Preston will be much missed | Brief letters
Peter Preston | Tabloid Guardian | Rude street names | Saint Monday | Donald Trump’s hairPeter Preston (
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Fire and Fury? Maybe Donald Trump is only just getting started | Matthew d’Ancona 7 Jan 1:24pm Fire and Fury? Maybe Donald Trump is only just getting started | Matthew d’Ancona
Michael Wolff’s book contains worrying revelations about the US president, but don’t think it means the ‘very stable genius’ will be oustedWere I running a modestly sized whelk stall, let alone the White House, the very last person I would allow behind the scenes to observe and report on its secrets would be Michael Wolff. Please understand: the
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The Non-Accidental Presidency 6 Jan 8:37am Updated The Non-Accidental Presidency
Donald Trump didn’t want to be president. History had another idea.
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Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland 5 Jan 12:59pm Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland
Donald Trump’s utter unfitness for the presidency has been laid bare in Michael Wolff’s new book. What will it take for his party to remove him from office?What did you think would be the Republican reaction to the latest revelations about Donald Trump? Did you expect the party’s luminaries to drop their collective head into their hands, or to crumple into a heap in despair at the state of the man they anointed as president of the United States? They’d certainly have had good reason. In the book
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Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 4:26am Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of office Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 3:30am Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of officeMichael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil 4 Jan 11:06am How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil
The US president’s support for protesters and sanctions fuel the regime’s narrative of outside interference – and deprive Iranians of the prospect of reformSince the beginning of the
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Did anyone else, just for a second, side with Steve Bannon? | Emma Brockes 4 Jan 10:36am Did anyone else, just for a second, side with Steve Bannon? | Emma Brockes
There was a thrill to reading Bannon’s attack on Trump. But I had to remind myself that he is a bad guy too If the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend, watching the spectacle of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon trying to dismantle each other this week was a joyful but complicated experience. As details from
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Donald Trump’s policies are decidedly unchristian 3 Jan 1:05pm Donald Trump’s policies are decidedly unchristian
Trump’s policies benefit almost exclusively the American plutocracy, while taking away money from the American working class, writes
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Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why | Patrick Barkham 2 Jan 11:26am Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why | Patrick Barkham
Alpha males think caring about the environment is too ‘feminine’, research shows. So let’s make saving the planet a bit more machoThere’s a problem species, carelessly roaming the planet – consuming, polluting or trashing everything in its wake. No, not simply Homo sapiens: more precisely,
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Trump’s ‘clown fascism’ and the US constitution | Letters 1 Jan 12:28pm Trump’s ‘clown fascism’ and the US constitution | Letters
Readers’ thoughts on the constitutional threats exposed by Donald Trump’s presidencyFor transatlantic admirers of Jonathan Freedland’s
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Donald Trump: the Grinch who turned Christmas into a political battleground 30 Dec 2017, 10:00am Donald Trump: the Grinch who turned Christmas into a political battleground
Pre-Trump, when someone wished me a Merry Christmas I was pleased – now I wonder if they’re making some sort of passive-aggressive statement I celebrate Christmas, but the cards I send out every year say “Happy Holidays”. I never considered this a political statement, just a statement of fact – the people I’v mailed well-wishes to celebrate all sorts of different things, and so my greetings reflect that. Any controversy over Christmas always felt like a Fox News conspiracy theory; but this year the president of the United States is
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Trump’s pernicious attempt to starve the UN of cash could yet backfire | Mark Seddon 27 Dec 2017, 10:49am Trump’s pernicious attempt to starve the UN of cash could yet backfire | Mark Seddon
Thanks to ‘America First’, the UN’s annual budget is down. But Palestinians and the United Nations itself could benefit in the longer termJust ahead of the announcement by the UN that its annual budget is to be cut by 5%, at a time of almost unprecedented global humanitarian need and increasingly bitter and intractable conflicts, the Donald Trump administration revealed that the slash in spending was almost entirely down to
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Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon 26 Dec 2017, 3:56pm Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon
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Bit by bit, Trump is taking apart the New Deal’s glorious legacy | Heather Richardson 23 Dec 2017, 7:01pm Bit by bit, Trump is taking apart the New Deal’s glorious legacy | Heather Richardson
With huge tax cuts projected to create a $1.5tn deficit, cuts to social security and Medicare will surely followSince January, there have been frightening signs that America is becoming an oligarchy overseen by a dictator. From the first, Donald Trump has followed an authoritarian playbook, beginning with his rejection of objective reality. Forced early on to defend the assertion that the crowd at
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From Trump to Brexit, 2017 was the mourning after the year before 23 Dec 2017, 12:00am From Trump to Brexit, 2017 was the mourning after the year before
The two seismic events of 2016, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, continued to cause mayhem throughout 2017 If 2016 was the year the democratic world went on a wild bender, 2017 was the year of the hangover. It was when we woke, slumped on the floor, still in yesterday’s clothes, heads pounding, to see how badly we’d trashed the room the night before. It was the year in which we contemplated the damage done, feared what more was yet to come – and searched out glimmers of hope that, somehow, we might avoid the worst. But it was also the year in which troubles that had been stored up years or decades earlier – some ignored, others denied – burst through the surface, demanding our attention and crying out for something else too: a reckoning long overdue.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump, international aid and tax cuts – cartoon 20 Dec 2017, 3:38pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump, international aid and tax cuts – cartoon
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The Donald Trump quiz of 2017 20 Dec 2017, 7:21am The Donald Trump quiz of 2017
Who started the rumour about Melania’s body double? What happened to Sean Spicer? And how much golf has the commander in chief really played?
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18 Dec 2017, 2:50pm To fight European antisemitism, we must first face up to it | Natalie Nougayrède
The attacks following Trump’s Jerusalem decision are a wake-up call – this prejudice has not gone awaySince Donald Trump made his
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Questioning Israel’s behaviour is not antisemitic | Letters 17 Dec 2017, 1:46pm Questioning Israel’s behaviour is not antisemitic | Letters
Readers respond to recent letters and articles from the Israeli ambassador Mark Regev, Karma Nabulsi, Giles Fraser, and a group of artists and activists who wrote about Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capitalMark Regev’s response (
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The Guardian view on Roy Moore’s defeat: sweet justice in Alabama | Editorial 13 Dec 2017, 10:59am The Guardian view on Roy Moore’s defeat: sweet justice in Alabama | Editorial
The Republican’s candidacy was backed by Donald Trump. It mobilised Democrats and embarrassed many in his own party. But it does not follow that Trump is finishedDoug Jones’s
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The defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama is a rare moment to lift the spirits | Jonathan Freedland 13 Dec 2017, 6:50am The defeat of Roy Moore in Alabama is a rare moment to lift the spirits | Jonathan Freedland
It’s a grievous blow for Donald Trump, but can Moore’s loss in staunchly Republican Alabama start a pushback against the forces of hate? We can but hopeThat unfamiliar sensation you experienced this morning? It’s the feeling you get when, at long last, you wake up to some good political news from America. For progressives around the world who would prefer to admire rather than to revile the United States, the last 13 months have brought cause only for despair.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and harassment claims – cartoon 12 Dec 2017, 3:53pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and harassment claims – cartoon
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In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism | Karma Nabulsi 12 Dec 2017, 2:38pm In Jerusalem we have the latest chapter in a century of colonialism | Karma Nabulsi
Donald Trump’s intervention is not a mere aberration. It’s part of the continuing story of injustice in PalestineOne hundred years ago, on 11 December 1917, the British army occupied Jerusalem. As General Allenby’s troops marched through Bab al-Khalil, launching a century of settler colonialism across Palestine, prime minister David Lloyd George heralded the city’s capture as “a Christmas present for the British people”. In a few months’ time, we mark another such anniversary: 70 years since the Palestinian
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I have witnessed two intifadas. Trump’s stance on Israel may ignite a third | Raja Shehadeh 9 Dec 2017, 7:05pm I have witnessed two intifadas. Trump’s stance on Israel may ignite a third | Raja Shehadeh
In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US president has hindered the prospect of peace in the region The relish with which Donald Trump signed the declaration
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The Observer view on Trump and Jerusalem | Observer editorial 9 Dec 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on Trump and Jerusalem | Observer editorial
US foreign diplomacy driven by ego in pursuit of the ultimate deal is no plan for Middle East peace One of the first principles of international relations is that effective diplomacy is always prosecuted in pursuit of clear foreign policy objectives, which makes Donald Trump’s theatrical and ego-driven
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The Long War on Donald Trump 8 Dec 2017, 7:17pm The Long War on Donald Trump
The president is guilty of something. It’s Robert Mueller’s job to figure out what.
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The Guardian view on Trump and Jerusalem: undiplomatic diplomacy | Editorial 7 Dec 2017, 1:58pm The Guardian view on Trump and Jerusalem: undiplomatic diplomacy | Editorial
Donald Trump used to brag that he would bring his dealmaking skills to the world’s most intractable problems. Instead he has folded without a card being dealtThirty years ago this weekend the
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Beating Donald Trump to Time magazine Person of the Year is just the start | Bex Bailey 7 Dec 2017, 1:00am Beating Donald Trump to Time magazine Person of the Year is just the start | Bex Bailey
As one of the ‘silence breakers’ who shared my story of assault, I will continue fighting sexual harassment until effective action is taken against itI’ll be honest: it feels good to be one of the women who have beaten a misogynist such as Donald Trump to the title of Time magazine’s
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Why Donald Trump Would Regret Firing Robert Mueller 6 Dec 2017, 6:53pm Why Donald Trump Would Regret Firing Robert Mueller
The inquiry would go on anyway, and voters would trust the president even less.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon 6 Dec 2017, 2:50pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Jerusalem – cartoon
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Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi 6 Dec 2017, 1:35pm Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi
The president’s foolish move in recognising the city as the capital of Israel will have negative consequences impossible to predictEvery time it seems Donald Trump cannot outdo himself, he does it again. Now he has announced that his administration
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Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson | Jonathan Freedland 6 Dec 2017, 5:59am Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel turns a naked flame on the single most combustible issue in the conflictNot content with taking the US to the brink of nuclear conflict with North Korea, Donald Trump is now set to apply his strategy of international vandalism to perhaps the most sensitive geopolitical hotspot in the world. With a speech scheduled for later today that’s expected to
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Mueller investigation takes a big step closer to Donald Trump 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm Mueller investigation takes a big step closer to Donald Trump
Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, is co-operating with the investigation into Russian influence in the White HouseFirst came the lie. Then came the cover-up. It’s a classic Washington two-step. And the news that Michael Flynn, a former White House national security adviser, has
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The Observer view of Trump’s insults to Britain | Observer editorial 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view of Trump’s insults to Britain | Observer editorial
US and UK interests are now highly divergent. Forget the ‘special relationship’Even for Donald Trump, a man whose tawdry personal conduct has frequently placed him beyond the pale, last week’s crass and odious behaviour marks a new low. By retweeting doctored
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What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe | Nick Cohen 2 Dec 2017, 1:15pm What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe | Nick Cohen
By putting their faith in Donald Trump, the Tories are blind to the truth about our alliance with AmericaTheresa May is reviled for her weakness. But, as so often, cliches deceive. No British prime minister has found the strength to condemn an American president as she condemned Donald Trump since the Anglo-American alliance began in the Second World War. Anthony Eden maintained a public silence as Eisenhower destroyed his premiership, and Britain’s imperial pretensions, when he stopped the Suez adventure of 1956. Harold Wilson ignored Lyndon Johnson’s pleas to send British troops to Vietnam. But he infuriated the radicals of the 1968 generation by diplomatically refusing to speak out against the war. Thatcher and Reagan, Major and Clinton had their private arguments about Grenada and the IRA. Nothing they said matches the forcefulness of May’s out, loud and proud denunciation of Trump for sharing the “
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In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the special relationship | Jonathan Freedland 1 Dec 2017, 2:36pm In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the special relationship | Jonathan Freedland
For too long Britain has been neurotic about its links to the US. The president’s hate-filled tweets must make us more hard-headedWhen Donald Trump took the oath of office, less than 11 months ago, the word of the hour was normalisation. Let’s not treat this man like a normal president, his US opponents said, because he’s not. You can’t, for example, assume that most of what he or his White House says is the truth – as you would for a normal occupant of that office – because he is a serial and proven liar. And sometimes it will not be enough to describe his words or deeds as “controversial” or “racially charged”, because the right word will be “racist”. For most of the past year, that normalisation debate has raged chiefly inside the US. But now it is a global question. Put simply, how should the peoples of the world handle Donald Trump?
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: bullies never respect sycophants | Editorial 30 Nov 2017, 3:16pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: bullies never respect sycophants | Editorial
Stop the state visit. Britain should not allow the US president’s racism to be dressed up in pageantryAll relationships have boundaries. Those between nations can be particularly fraught, freighted with ties forged in history and culture. In diplomacy the manners, customs and morals of others need to be acknowledged and respected. But humanity begins with acts, not just with thoughts. The question is how to deal with a man like Donald Trump, a taunting braggart with a weakness for flattery? The stakes are high: when nations fall out, people get hurt. By using social media as a flame-thrower, Mr Trump uses words as weapons.
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Britain First may be fringe, but its anti-Islam views aren’t | David Shariatmadari 30 Nov 2017, 11:50am Britain First may be fringe, but its anti-Islam views aren’t | David Shariatmadari
The row over whether the far-right group’s defenders should get airtime obscures an awkward fact: many Britons already fear and misunderstand MuslimsThe fringe anti-Muslim group Britain First is enjoying a burst of publicity after Donald Trump retweeted three of its propaganda videos. This has had the rare effect of uniting almost the entire British establishment in horror.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Britain First – cartoon 29 Nov 2017, 3:31pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Britain First – cartoon
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Mick Mulvaney Is the True Pope 28 Nov 2017, 12:35pm Updated Mick Mulvaney Is the True Pope
Once again, naked progressive overreach sets Donald Trump up for a win.
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The US sanctions bill is a timebomb for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin | Natalie Nougayrède 28 Nov 2017, 1:00am The US sanctions bill is a timebomb for Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin | Natalie Nougayrède
Congress now controls a process that is dangerous to both presidents – and the oligarchs, fearing targeted personal sanctions, are getting desperateIn Russia, propaganda-generated hope springs eternal, and no more so than at the news agency Tass. Europe is wising up to the fact that its sanctions policy against Russia is “senseless and futile”,
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The Guardian view on Taylor Swift: an envoy for Trump’s values? | Editorial 24 Nov 2017, 2:08pm The Guardian view on Taylor Swift: an envoy for Trump’s values? | Editorial
The world’s biggest pop star is not simply a product of the age but seems a messenger for its disturbing spiritIn the year since Donald Trump was elected, the entertainment world has been largely united in its disdain for his presidency. But a notable voice has been missing from the chorus: that of Taylor Swift, the world’s
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The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen 18 Nov 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen
While Yemen starves, Trump moves ever close to its tormenter, the headstrong ruler of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is a young man in a hurry. So, too, is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Together, they make a dangerous combination. By all accounts, the two men have become firm friends, forging a strong bond melding youth and power.
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Why should Trump care about thousands killed, when there are deals to be done? | Tina Cuyugan 14 Nov 2017, 8:46am Why should Trump care about thousands killed, when there are deals to be done? | Tina Cuyugan
The US and Philippine presidents have huge respect for each other, so it was no surprise to see Duterte’s ‘drug war’ ignored when he hosted the US presidentUnlikely as it may seem, Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte may have more in common than any other US and Philippine presidents in history. For one thing, they’re
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As Trump fawns over Xi, global politics is now a ‘strong man’ game | Will Hutton 11 Nov 2017, 7:05pm As Trump fawns over Xi, global politics is now a ‘strong man’ game | Will Hutton
Trade agreements are being torn up in a brutal exercise of economic force by the most powerfulIt was an extraordinary moment, so small wonder there was an audible intake of breath from the huge audience in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Here was Donald Trump, visibly flattered by the pomp and magnificence of the welcome mounted by the Chinese Communist party, saying in his big speech
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After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us | Natalie Nougayrède 11 Nov 2017, 1:00am After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us | Natalie Nougayrède
In the absence of true engagement by the US president, Europe’s leaders have the chance to redefine their relationship with the White HouseOne year on, what has been the impact of Donald Trump on Europe? How have governments reacted to him? Though the scenario once feared of a populist tidal wave unleashed on the continent by Trump’s victory in the US did not materialise, it would be naive to think Europe’s problems have disappeared. Still, much has changed in that year. Remember how, on the day of Trump’s election, the leader of the French far-right, Marine Le Pen, tweeted elatedly: “Congratulations to the American people, free!” Florian Philippot, one of her close aides, cast the US political earthquake as a portent for liberal Europe: “Their world is crumbling,” he said. “Ours is being built.” One year on, not only has Le Pen suffered defeat at the ballot box, but she now finds herself struggling: her party split, her credibility in shambles.
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A Media Merger Is Mugged by Bureaucrats, Not Donald Trump 10 Nov 2017, 7:24pm A Media Merger Is Mugged by Bureaucrats, Not Donald Trump
A shocking possibility: Partisan politics will save the AT&T and Time Warner deal.
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We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both | Jonathan Freedland 10 Nov 2017, 2:40pm We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both | Jonathan Freedland
The economic hardship, alienation and loss that motivated so many have to be tackled. There’s no point obsessing over impeachment or a second referendumPerhaps we should call it the new special relationship. Liberal, enlightened types on each side of the Atlantic now share a common experience. While American progressives lament their fellow citizens’ decision to make Donald Trump president a year ago this week, their British counterparts have spent the same period gnashing their teeth over Brexit. When the two groups meet, they exchange apologies: “Don’t blame me,” they tell each other, “I voted the other way.”
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Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump, Twitter and China – cartoon 9 Nov 2017, 3:50pm Nicola Jennings on Donald Trump, Twitter and China – cartoon
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