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Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins19h Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins
Big tech has gone unchallenged for too long. Donald Trump’s decision to blacklist the Chinese company is changing that The post-digital revolution starts here. Thank you, Donald Trump. The US president’s
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Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat 16 May 10:29am Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat
The US president’s mission is align with the global right. In Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, he has found an allyHow suited President Donald Trump and his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán,
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Trump’s foolish Iran policy only makes war more likely | Simon Tisdall 9 May 2:02pm Trump’s foolish Iran policy only makes war more likely | Simon Tisdall
Iran’s rulers face impossible choices as a result of unrelenting US hostility, which has one aim – regime changeIt is unclear what, if anything, Iran can do to induce the United States and its regional allies to halt their escalating war of attrition before it provokes all-out conflict. When Donald Trump
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Donald Trump is a horse racing expert – who knew? Now cricket awaits his input | Marina Hyde 8 May 6:39am Donald Trump is a horse racing expert – who knew? Now cricket awaits his input | Marina Hyde
After his insistence political correctness interfered with the Kentucky Derby the US president’s UK visit during the Cricket World Cup is an opportunity not to be missed Given that his online trophy cabinet already includes accolades like “most tweets sent by a head of state from the toilet at 5am”, Donald Trump could be forgiven for declining to express a view on the Kentucky Derby result. Nevertheless, he persisted. If you missed this one – and let’s face it, there are a lot to get through –
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The Observer view on the pressing need to save the Arctic | Observer editorial 5 May 1:00am The Observer view on the pressing need to save the Arctic | Observer editorial
This vital region must be conserved, not least from Trump’s ignorant policies Scientifically, the life-threatening dangers of global warming in the Arctic are increasingly understood. But political understanding – and action – lag far behind. Attempts by Donald Trump to
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Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr … beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi 2 May 9:36am Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr … beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi
The world’s worst leaders have an heir who will risk peace to get Dad’s attention. It’s a whole new generation of morons There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the world’s most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process. The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the
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Empty the streets for Donald Trump | Brief letters 29 Apr 12:51pm Empty the streets for Donald Trump | Brief letters
State visit | Gender-neutral ships | Adverbs | Tony Slattery | Romeo and JulietRe recent correspondence on Donald Trump’s visit to the UK (
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the San Diego synagogue shooting – cartoon 28 Apr 1:58pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the San Diego synagogue shooting – cartoon
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To rage against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is simply childish | Simon Jenkins 26 Apr 9:12am To rage against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is simply childish | Simon Jenkins
No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at the US presidentWhat is the matter with us? A US president has been invited to Britain on a state visit, and is coming in June. It is a state courtesy, between one democracy and another, on the occasion of a wartime anniversary. No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at him. I cannot think what possessed
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How to respond to Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK | Letters 24 Apr 1:13pm How to respond to Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK | Letters
Readers air their views on news that the US president will be given the red-carpet treatment during a three-day visit from 3 JuneOn the same day that Trump’s state visit to the UK is announced (
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s UK visit: a mistake | Editorial 23 Apr 1:43pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s UK visit: a mistake | Editorial
The US president is no respecter of democracy or Britain. He should be held at a distance, not given dinner with the QueenRolling out the red carpet for a US president ought to be
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The Observer view on the Mueller report: Trump is a disgrace and is not welcome in Britain | Observer editorial 21 Apr 1:00am The Observer view on the Mueller report: Trump is a disgrace and is not welcome in Britain | Observer editorial
The president has been shown to be the biggest threat to US governance since Watergate. Britain must not honour this dishonourable man with a state visitThe prospect of Donald Trump making a
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The backstabbing brutality of Game of Thrones has taken over politics | Kevin McKenna 21 Apr 1:00am The backstabbing brutality of Game of Thrones has taken over politics | Kevin McKenna
Politics is a more visceral and primitive thing – The West Wing was a much better influence There are few situations more superficial and contrived than when a politician insists on borrowing themes from the realm of popular television and drama. Donald Trump
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The Mueller report shows that bad guys who play dirty, like Trump, always win | Jonathan Freedland 19 Apr 5:10am The Mueller report shows that bad guys who play dirty, like Trump, always win | Jonathan Freedland
The attorney general has protected his boss, and impeachment looks futile. But the Democrats still have a duty to act Those who had long hoped Robert Mueller – the mostly silent sheriff riding into town to ensure good triumphed over evil – would be the saviour to deliver America and the world from Donald Trump are naturally disappointed. Mueller’s report,
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The Trump-Netanyahu relationship is sowing disaster for both countries | Michael Fuchs 11 Apr 8:10am The Trump-Netanyahu relationship is sowing disaster for both countries | Michael Fuchs
By catering to the right, the leaders are harming Palestinians, making Israel less safe and further damaging America’s reputation In the run-up to the Israeli elections, Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu took a series of irresponsible steps to help the Israeli prime minister’s electoral prospects: Trump announced support for Israeli sovereignty over the
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America is fueling our age of impunity. Just look at Yemen | David Miliband 5 Apr 8:47am America is fueling our age of impunity. Just look at Yemen | David Miliband
The US has the power to set a global standard on international human rights. Unfortunately, it is retreating from our global rules-based system The promise by Donald Trump to veto the bipartisan Congressional War Powers Resolution on Yemen is significant in and of itself. The decision is rightly drawing significant fire. The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster and a strategic failure, with precisely the forces the Administration says it opposes - Iran, jihadists, separatists - gaining ground on the back of the bankrupt Saudi-led war strategy. However, there is a wider, ugly picture, beyond Yemen. It can be summarized as an Age of Impunity: where war crimes go unpunished and the laws of war become optional. This is not solely the responsibility of the United States, but the US has the power and position to set a global standard, and when it fails to do so the effects are felt worldwide, by innocent civilians feeling the brunt of lawless military tactics and humanitarian aid workers risking life and limb as they go about their work.
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Trump will never say sorry. That’s a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes 5 Apr 5:00am Trump will never say sorry. That’s a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes
The US president may well be undone by his lies, but expecting remorse or contrition is a waste of energyIt is an enduring mystery about Donald Trump that, for a guy who lolls around all day
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Why did Trump say his dad was German? He lies so much he doesn’t know the truth | Richard Wolffe 4 Apr 6:00am Why did Trump say his dad was German? He lies so much he doesn’t know the truth | Richard Wolffe
It is a particularly Trumpian move to deny your father’s Bronx birth while also denying your predecessor’s Hawaiian birth The world can be a confusing place for Donald Trump. There are so many countries, some of them of the
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The Guardian view on the Mueller report: release it in full | Editorial 25 Mar 2:48pm The Guardian view on the Mueller report: release it in full | Editorial
Donald Trump can only be defeated when Democrats understand why he wonOnly Donald Trump could describe as
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A chaotic Brexit is part of Trump’s grand plan for Europe | Natalie Nougayrède 14 Mar 1:59am A chaotic Brexit is part of Trump’s grand plan for Europe | Natalie Nougayrède
The president and his outriders want Europe weak and divided. Brexit will deliver some of thatIf Brexit is halted, both the UK and the rest of Europe will reap the benefit – and Donald Trump, for one, will suffer a defeat. The sect of Brexit has passionate adherents far beyond Britain’s hardline leavers. It includes vocal and influential preachers in the Trumpian world of Washington – and the reality of Trump is having a deep impact on Europe, with the Brexit mess a key part of it all.
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Talking to the Taliban: what price peace? 4 Mar 10:00pm Talking to the Taliban: what price peace?
Donald Trump is becoming increasingly impatient about removing all US troops from Afghanistan, 18 years after the invasion that followed September 11. As peace talks continue, Fawzia Koofi, a female Afghan MP, describes being in the room with the Taliban, while the Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison examines the slow progress for women’s rights that could be at risk when international forces leave. Plus: Gary Younge on knife crime Donald Trump has become
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Ben Jennings on investigations into Donald Trump – cartoon 3 Mar 2:55pm Ben Jennings on investigations into Donald Trump – cartoon
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May I have a word about… the Kalashnikov kamikaze drone | Jonathan Bouquet 3 Mar 1:00am May I have a word about… the Kalashnikov kamikaze drone | Jonathan Bouquet
If the company’s latest weapon is as effective as its AK-47 machine gun, heaven help us all Few would argue that democracy is anything other than a good thing, even if it sometimes has unexpected and traumatic results. Witness the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump. Better, however unpalatable you found the results, than the malign ways of totalitarianism and dictatorship. By extension, being democratised should be equally welcome. Well, yes, but only up to a point, it seems. Consider the following. Kalashnikov has just announced a
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The Observer view: even Donald Trump’s base must doubt him now | Observer editorial 3 Mar 1:00am The Observer view: even Donald Trump’s base must doubt him now | Observer editorial
Michael Cohen’s damning testimony means that unless Trump wins the next election, he could find himself in court Donald Trump must be re-elected in 2020. Not because he is the best person to be America’s president – he manifestly is not. Not because his record qualifies him for a second term. The man responsible for the longest government shutdown in history and a reckless and dangerous approach to international affairs has already conclusively proved his unfitness to lead. Trump’s personal conduct shames the country whose people and interests he professes to serve. All this holds true. Yet it does not alter Trump’s most pressing, selfishly subjective 2020 calculation: that he must win again to be sure of staying out of jail. By convention, sitting presidents are not subject to criminal prosecution, although, legally speaking, it is possible. What is certain, however, is that if Trump loses or does not run next time, he will forfeit all actual or notional immunity from criminal proceedings on 20 January 2021. If and when that point is reached,
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The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: Trump’s vanity diplomacy falls flat | Editorial 28 Feb 1:34pm The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: Trump’s vanity diplomacy falls flat | Editorial
The US president boasts of being a deal maker. But his summit with Kim Jong-un in Hanoi has ended in failure and recriminationOnly a year ago, many feared that Donald Trump’s dealings with Kim Jong-un might end with a bang. Then came the Singapore summit. Mr Trump boasted that they “fell in love” and that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat. The bromance did not look sustainable. Now a follow-up in Hanoi has
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No country for old men? It’s those with aged mindsets who need to get out of the way | Suzanne Moore 19 Feb 2:00am No country for old men? It’s those with aged mindsets who need to get out of the way | Suzanne Moore
The UK’s kids protesting climate change were passionate, articulate and unafraid – those with old ideas need to get out of the way This is a country for old men. So is the United States. Donald Trump is 72, and people are talking about Joe Biden running against him, aged 76; another possible presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, is 77. In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn is 69; John McDonnell is 67; Vince Cable is 75. Jacob Rees-Mogg is 89. Only one of these ages is a lie. I guess you can work it out. Whatever happened to retiring? Why are these men considered to be at their political peak? I speak as a nan myself. Will I be running for office in 15 years’ time? The blokes who govern the “free” world were brought into sharp relief by
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Why Trump and his team want to wipe out the EU | Natalie Nougayrède 18 Feb 1:00am Why Trump and his team want to wipe out the EU | Natalie Nougayrède
Mike Pompeo’s wooing of eastern European states is an attack on the union’s very existence, and part of a wider ideological battle The Trump administration not only dislikes the European Union, it is out to destroy it. The trip by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Europe last week was episode three of the onslaught, designed to play on east-west divisions within the EU. Episode one was Donald Trump’s
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Ivanka Trump’s a feminist? Yep – just like her father and her brothers | Catherine Bennett 10 Feb 2:00am Ivanka Trump’s a feminist? Yep – just like her father and her brothers | Catherine Bennett
America’s first family are outraged by an art work that presumes to shows her vacuuming In a singular achievement for US conceptual art, an installation by Jennifer Rubell has prompted three – to date – of Donald Trump’s children to disclose their horror of sexism.
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The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis | Observer editorial 10 Feb 12:59am The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis | Observer editorial
Islamic State has lost its Syrian base, but its threat remainsIf he gets his way, Donald Trump will announce at some point in the coming week that the Islamic State terrorist group has been defeated and its hate-filled caliphate in Syria and Iraq destroyed. This will be the second time the US president has declared victory over the jihadists. When Trump first made the claim, in December, he was sharply contradicted by his own intelligence chiefs and by British ministers. Now he is being more cautious. But his eagerness to
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In the age of Trump and Bezos, public life is one big smutty ancient Greek vase | Marina Hyde 8 Feb 11:42am In the age of Trump and Bezos, public life is one big smutty ancient Greek vase | Marina Hyde
What’s the most dignified way to handle the scrapes your penis gets you into? Ask the US president and the world’s richest manIs there a Russian piss-tape of Donald Trump? Did a government agency intercept
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Trump set a low bar for other deluded billionaires flirting with a 2020 run | Jill Abramson 4 Feb 10:31am Trump set a low bar for other deluded billionaires flirting with a 2020 run | Jill Abramson
Howard Schultz is the latest self-deluded billionaire with no experience in government contemplating a presidential bid Donald Trump has set a low bar for other billionaires who are contemplating a run for the White House. Why not me, they ponder? Trump had no experience in government before he won the 2016 Republican nomination. He was just a popular TV reality star who branded his name on every piece of real estate he built. He wasn’t even that successful in business, going bankrupt more than once. He’s a lazy-bones, too, rarely hitting the Oval Office until 11.30am, according to Axios, which obtained his daily schedules. His approval ratings may never again cross 40%. If President Trump runs again, he certainly looks beatable.
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Donald Trump and his ship of fools are courting calamity in Venezuela | Simon Tisdall 24 Jan 7:41am Donald Trump and his ship of fools are courting calamity in Venezuela | Simon Tisdall
With no sensible advisers left by his side, Trump’s threats to the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, could spark a disastrous conflictDonald Trump’s
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Nancy Pelosi is an alien species to Trump – and he no idea what to do | Jill Filipovic 24 Jan 6:00am Nancy Pelosi is an alien species to Trump – and he no idea what to do | Jill Filipovic
The House speaker is unlike any of the compliant women the president likes to deal with – that’s why she’s perfect for the job Donald Trump might be the worst president in American history, but with his incompetence, belligerence and intellectual deficits come a perverse advantage: it’s tough to shame someone who has no shame; it’s hard to hold a man accountable for a lie when he doesn’t care if he’s a liar; you can’t chasten someone for breaking the rules when he never believed the rules applied to him. But while Trump has snaked and slithered his way in and out of scandal, corruption and self-dealing his entire life, there’s one force that seems to truly destabilize him: A competent woman. Which is why, in the Trump era, there’s no better speaker of the House than Nancy Pelosi.
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‘Brexit with an open border’ is a fantasy. Still Theresa May chases it | Simon Jenkins 21 Jan 6:49am ‘Brexit with an open border’ is a fantasy. Still Theresa May chases it | Simon Jenkins
Instead of returning to the Irish border, May should be opening up the debate beyond a minority of hardline ToriesTheresa May’s Irish backstop is Donald Trump’s wall. It is the howl of power thwarted by the implacable opposition of a democratic assembly. The prime minister today
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US TV networks put ratings over principle by airing Trump speech | Emily Bell 13 Jan 9:00am US TV networks put ratings over principle by airing Trump speech | Emily Bell
Broadcasters criticised for giving president access, as fact checking becomes a media event Donald Trump’s speech on the Mexican “border crisis”, delivered live from the Oval Office last week, marked a milestone in his brief but historically chaotic presidency; it revealed serious errors of judgment that weren’t simply down to him. Unfortunately for commercial media outlets, it was their shortcomings that attracted almost as much attention and criticism as the scaremongering speech itself. It is the hallmark of many non-Democratic countries that tinpot dictators appear, at the drop of a hat, on national broadcast outlets. Even in functioning democracies you can measure the importance of a national moment by whether the head of state or government pops up in prime time. For this reason appearances by US presidents on all TV networks were traditionally a relatively rare occurrence. When they do happen, the decision to run them is made on an ad hoc basis by the heads of those networks.
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The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US | Editorial 9 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US | Editorial
The promise to ‘build the wall’ worked for Trump as a candidate, and he continues to use it as president. Americans are paying the price with what has become the second longest government shutdownEven Donald Trump appeared almost dazzled by the magical efficacy of one of the mantras of his 2016 campaign. If a rally got a little boring, and he sensed that people might be thinking of leaving, “I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts,” he
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A message to the mob: behave on social media as you would in real life | Penny Anderson 7 Jan 4:59am A message to the mob: behave on social media as you would in real life | Penny Anderson
Many people disagreed with an piece I wrote on HMV, but the abuse I got on Twitter was distressing and isolatingI love social media, I really do. I relish any opportunity to interact with people I may never meet in person, strangers with similar interests. Sadly, I am usually boring, sharing articles, posting about social issues, art, occasionally music and, increasingly, ornithology. I have relatively few followers and do not actively seek more by being self-consciously “witty”. I follow only those I know or find interesting. If I consider someone to be a septic pustule (Donald Trump, for example) why would I follow them when I would walk away if they joined my mates in a pub? I’ve made friends, have even met some in person: social media has provided an overwhelmingly positive experience.
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This is the Nancy Pelosi moment and Donald Trump should be very afraid | Sarah Churchwell 6 Jan 3:00am This is the Nancy Pelosi moment and Donald Trump should be very afraid | Sarah Churchwell
For two years the President has shown disdain for the institutions and practises of governance. Bad move. A new era has just dawnedThe Trump White House has frequently been called chaotic, wild, undisciplined, disorderly. But a better word might be “unruly,” because if there’s one thing Donald Trump can’t abide, it’s rules. Not only has the Trump administration signally failed to follow the rules, it’s not clear it ever bothered to learn them. But as the Democrats
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Donald Trump has a point – the world should start solving its own problems | Simon Jenkins 4 Jan 2:33am Updated Donald Trump has a point – the world should start solving its own problems | Simon Jenkins
For all his antics on the Mexican border, the US president is right to be withdrawing troops from Syria For a Briton to spend time in the US just now is a blessed relief. Whole days pass, and no talk of Brexit. It is as if a pall has lifted from the art of conversation. But the US has its own deep divide, slashing through the populist body politic. It is Donald Trump and “America first”. Trump has become a phenomenon. Like Samson in the temple, he seems able to topple the entire edifice of policy. Down crashes
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Enter the House of Pelosi 2 Jan 6:57pm Enter the House of Pelosi
The main Democratic goal will be destroying Donald Trump.
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The Chief Justice and the President 27 Dec 2018, 7:33pm The Chief Justice and the President
John Roberts would be more credible rebuking Donald Trump if he did more to rein in the lower courts.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump in 2019: the year of reckoning | Editorial 27 Dec 2018, 12:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump in 2019: the year of reckoning | Editorial
Any hopes that the US political system would be able to work around a destructive president look foolish now. Expect more direct confrontations in the new yearAt first sight, Donald Trump’s presidency might seem to prove that, in the end, people can get used to anything. Mr Trump’s election two years ago was an enormous shock to the American system. Soon, however, many persuaded themselves that the system would find ways of working around the Trump threat. There was much talk of
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Jimmy Carter’s howay days in Newcastle | Brief letters 26 Dec 2018, 11:51am Jimmy Carter’s howay days in Newcastle | Brief letters
Homelessness and MPs | Mathew Law | Presidential visit | Donald Trump’s wall | Easter origins | Scotland’s MacedoniaNearly 600 homeless die on the streets (
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Outside the EU, Britain faces a bleak future in Trump’s world | Simon Tisdall 26 Dec 2018, 7:06am Outside the EU, Britain faces a bleak future in Trump’s world | Simon Tisdall
The US president is rewriting the international rule book that the UK will rely on to survive if it goes it aloneDisagreements over the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU are obscuring the daunting international challenges that await the country once it supposedly shakes off Europe’s shackles. It’s a tough, unforgiving world out there, and 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger rough-house than usual. By jettisoning a pivotal alliance, Britain no-mates is seriously weakening its capacity to manage these looming threats. The spectre of Donald Trump lies at the heart of ominous turbulence on the global horizon. Nearly halfway through his term, the 45th US president is helping to create a world where old rules don’t apply and long-held assumptions, such as Britain’s claim to a “special relationship” with Washington, are an anachronistic embarrassment.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s uncontrolled and increasingly reckless behaviour | Observer editorial 23 Dec 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s uncontrolled and increasingly reckless behaviour | Observer editorial
The US president’s actions on all fronts are now a matter of global concern If Donald Trump
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Trump’s Syria withdrawal has handed a huge gift to Islamic State | Janine di Giovanni 22 Dec 2018, 1:00am Trump’s Syria withdrawal has handed a huge gift to Islamic State | Janine di Giovanni
The president’s announcement will destroy any trust in the US among local allies fighting terror Christmas came early in Syria. Donald Trump’s surprise tweet heralding the
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Steve Bannon and his bedroom badinage | Jonathan Bouquet 16 Dec 2018, 1:00am Steve Bannon and his bedroom badinage | Jonathan Bouquet
Donald Trump’s former strategist invokes The Godfather in his defence of the president What with
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The Global Swamp 12 Dec 2018, 6:45pm The Global Swamp
Donald Trump should export MAGA caps to Macron’s France and May’s England.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the net closes | Editorial 9 Dec 2018, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the net closes | Editorial
Contempt and indignation, however deserved, won’t end the presidency of Donald Trump. What’s needed is the operation of the law. That may be coming closerThat President Trump is an almost compulsive liar, a man who is incurious about the world except to the extent that it can satisfy his crude immediate desires, has been obvious since he
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Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have brokered peace. It will be sorely tested | Kevin Rudd 5 Dec 2018, 6:39am Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have brokered peace. It will be sorely tested | Kevin Rudd
The trade agreements thrashed out in Buenos Aires amount to a fragile truce. By March, we will know the true lay of the landWhat
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Across Trump’s America, the grassroots are growing radical | DD Guttenplan 5 Dec 2018, 1:00am Across Trump’s America, the grassroots are growing radical | DD Guttenplan
While Democrats and Republicans argue over the midterms, popular activists have carried new candidates to success Depending on which media you consume, Donald Trump will either leave office in handcuffs – or coast to a second term. Making sense of American politics has never been easy, but the extreme polarisation of the press and the public has made it much more difficult. Last month’s midterm results were no exception. Were they a
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Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US? | Felicity Lawrence 4 Dec 2018, 1:00am Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US? | Felicity Lawrence
What we didn’t vote for in the EU referendum was a clutch of rightwing thinktanks seeking to capture our democracy What is it that hard Brexiters and Donald Trump want so much in a free trade agreement between Britain and the US that they are adamant only a complete break with the EU could achieve it, while
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Fun and games and hiding from MBS at the G20 summit | Hannah Jane Parkinson 3 Dec 2018, 1:58pm Fun and games and hiding from MBS at the G20 summit | Hannah Jane Parkinson
New friends are made, old friends are reunited – and Donald Trump thinks he’s on I’m a Celebrity … Remember last year’s G20 summit, when Angela Merkel started grinding on people when Kraftwerk came on? And Christine Lagarde got trashed and started telling maths-based jokes and nobody knew what she was on about? This year’s was just as much a hoot, rivalling a
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and climate change – cartoon 3 Dec 2018, 1:41pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and climate change – cartoon
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s growing list of failures | Observer editorial 2 Dec 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s growing list of failures | Observer editorial
The US president’s renowned ‘base’ will not tolerate many more job losses or fiscal blunders It has been a difficult week for Donald Trump. A series of reverses at home was followed in short order by one of the US president’s least favourite things – obligatory participation in an international summit, namely this weekend’s
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s credibility: America’s compromised leader | Editorial 30 Nov 2018, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s credibility: America’s compromised leader | Editorial
As the Mueller investigation continues to produce troubling charges against his innermost circle, the US president’s word is increasingly suspect both at home and abroadEarlier this week
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Yes, Donald Trump is talking perfect sense on May’s Brexit deal | Peter Mandelson 27 Nov 2018, 2:30pm Yes, Donald Trump is talking perfect sense on May’s Brexit deal | Peter Mandelson
Negotiating trade terms is a long, painful process – and a deal with the US may never happen
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Trump’s Brexit bomb is a brutal reminder that May’s work has barely started | Gaby Hinsliff 27 Nov 2018, 6:35am Trump’s Brexit bomb is a brutal reminder that May’s work has barely started | Gaby Hinsliff
Even if the PM’s deal gets through parliament, she faces negotiations with countries whose power far outweighs oursThere is no political crisis so bad that Donald Trump can’t somehow manage to make it worse. And so it has come to pass with Brexit. Just as Theresa May is straining to persuade the nation that her compromise deal isn’t as bad as it sounds, our erstwhile ally pops up to pour a bucket of cold water all over it. Britain “
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From Trump to Boris Johnson: how the wealthy tell us what ‘real folk’ want | Gary Younge 23 Nov 2018, 1:00am From Trump to Boris Johnson: how the wealthy tell us what ‘real folk’ want | Gary Younge
Rightwing populists weaponise culture as a way to protect privilege I remember the first time I started to understand Donald Trump’s appeal to white, working-class Americans. It was in 2016, a few days before
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Andrzej Krauze on the Paris Peace Forum – cartoon 14 Nov 2018, 1:00am Andrzej Krauze on the Paris Peace Forum – cartoon
In what was perceived as a criticism of Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron warned against ‘rising nationalism’ at a gathering of world leaders on the centenary of Armistice Day
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In Trump’s age of aggro, can honorifics help us be more civil? | Paul Chadwick 11 Nov 2018, 2:00pm In Trump’s age of aggro, can honorifics help us be more civil? | Paul Chadwick
A reader has suggested the Guardian end its use of titles entirely – I would be interested to hear people’s views Is it likely that more use of honorifics would help us push back against the coarse incivility of much contemporary public debate in Donald Trump’s age of aggro? The question occurred after a reader wrote to encourage the opposite, that the Guardian abandon all titles. “In this age of non-deference and gender neutrality is it not high time that the Guardian took this further and binned the titles of sir, dame, lord, lady, baroness and suchlike?” was the reader’s ambit claim.
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump marking the armistice – cartoon 11 Nov 2018, 1:17pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump marking the armistice – cartoon
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US democracy: crisis, what crisis? | Letters 11 Nov 2018, 12:49pm US democracy: crisis, what crisis? | Letters
Donald Trump’s election is not a symptom of failing US democracy, says
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The Observer view on Donald Trump being at bay after the midterms | Observer editorial 11 Nov 2018, 12:59am The Observer view on Donald Trump being at bay after the midterms | Observer editorial
The results of the elections will send him in search of a spectacular distraction from his losses Air Force One landed in France on Friday bearing a wounded president. Donald Trump has reacted to the loss of the House of Representatives to the Democrats with characteristic petulance,
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Populism, Trump and the US midterms – Politics Weekly podcast 8 Nov 2018, 11:53am Populism, Trump and the US midterms – Politics Weekly podcast
Pippa Crerar is joined by Gary Younge, Matthew Goodwin, Stephen Booth and Rafael Behr to discuss the results of the US midterms, and what the results mean for the tide of national populism around the world It was a tale of two chambers: in Tuesday’s US midterms the Democrats’ so-called ‘blue wave’ won the House of Representatives, while Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate. So how bad were the results for Donald Trump? And in the wake of the midterm results, we discuss whether national populism is on the wane. Is populism a last protest vote from an ageing electorate, or is it more than that?
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The Guardian view on the US midterms: a welcome start | Editorial 7 Nov 2018, 1:15pm The Guardian view on the US midterms: a welcome start | Editorial
The Democrats’ advances were essential, and will check Donald Trump’s power as well as boosting their morale. But disappointments show how far there is to goThe Democrats’
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Electric Cars and Media Explained 7 Nov 2018, 6:43am Updated Electric Cars and Media Explained
Donald Trump and Elon Musk wrongly cite ‘terrible, terrible people’ in the press.
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Brexit relies on the will of the people. What if we don’t know what that is? | Gaby Hinsliff 6 Nov 2018, 7:38am Brexit relies on the will of the people. What if we don’t know what that is? | Gaby Hinsliff
A Channel 4 poll shows voters now favour remain. Whether or not that’s true, politicians have little idea what the public wantRepeat after me: don’t get your hopes up. Not just about the prospects of Donald Trump getting hammered in the US midterms, difficult as that is to resist, but about the accuracy of polls that just happen to coincide with your heart’s wildest desire. The smart response to
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The Guardian view on the US midterms: blue wave wanted | Editorial 4 Nov 2018, 1:40pm The Guardian view on the US midterms: blue wave wanted | Editorial
These elections are more important than any in recent memory. Only a vote for a Democratic Congress can constrain Donald Trump and his campaigns of hateThe United States
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The Observer view on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Yemen | Observer editorial 4 Nov 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Yemen | Observer editorial
Donald Trump’s intervention in the Yemen war would be welcome if it didn’t seem so cynical and ill-judgedThe US proposal, backed by Britain, for a “cessation of hostilities” in Yemen, to be followed by UN-led peace talks, is welcome. But it raises a number of questions. Why has it taken so long for the Trump administration to act, given that the appalling, avoidable toll on Yemeni lives exacted by the Saudi-led, western-backed bombing campaign has been well documented over the past three years? Could it be that this sudden burst of
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: using hate as bait | Editorial 30 Oct 2018, 2:09pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: using hate as bait | Editorial
The US president is following a consistent strategy of creating crises over immigration and race to mobilise white support for Republicans in the midterm electionsDonald Trump is still sometimes depicted as impulsive and unpredictable. But this view is mistaken. There is method – albeit an evil method – in his madness. His behaviour in the build-up to next week’s
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs | Observer editorial 28 Oct 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs | Observer editorial
Republican leaders see no link between the president’s rabble-rousing and the threats to some of his prominent criticsDonald Trump’s inadequate and self-referential response to last week’s spate of attempted pipe bomb attacks was, sadly, what we have come to expect from this most un-presidential of American presidents. As Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, told CNN, Trump has “never fully made the transition” from candidate to White House incumbent. It is plainly too much to hope that he ever will. Trump’s narcissistic suggestion that the attacks, which exclusively targeted his political opponents and critics, were being exploited by Democrats and the media to discredit him ahead of next month’s congressional elections was disgraceful. Trump does not understand he is president of all Americans, not only those who voted for him.
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Don’t normalise the far right. But sometimes we must take it on | Jonathan Freedland 26 Oct 2018, 1:09pm Don’t normalise the far right. But sometimes we must take it on | Jonathan Freedland
Shunning people like Steve Bannon risks playing into their hands by allowing them to pose as victims A word of our time is “normalisation”. It warns of the error of treating as normal that which should instead be shunned. It has in its sights the xenophobic, populist and racist right embodied by Donald Trump and his henchmen, as well as their European and British allies. It says that these people should not be afforded the usual courtesies of civilised, democratic life but should instead be left out in the cold. All my instincts are with the anti-normalisers. Indeed, when it comes to Trump, I got there early,
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The Guardian view on the US pipe bombs: rage and resistance | Editorial 25 Oct 2018, 1:48pm The Guardian view on the US pipe bombs: rage and resistance | Editorial
The targeting of senior Democrats and critics of the president is another alarming indication of the political climateIn his novel 1984, George Orwell invented the Two Minutes Hate, whereby the residents of Oceania express their rage and vitriol towards its enemies. The daily ritual forged a powerful, even irresistible unified consciousness: “a hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness ... seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current,” he wrote. More than one observer of Donald Trump’s rallies as a presidential candidate
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Attacks on media in the east and west | Letters 25 Oct 2018, 1:04pm Attacks on media in the east and west | Letters
Readers discuss Jamal Khashoggi, Farzad Bazoft, and bombs sent to CNNThere are similarities in the political responses to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the execution of the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft by Iraq. Donald Trump’s comments about refusing to jeopardise US arms deals with Saudi Arabia are an echo of Margaret Thatcher’s statement that her government would not act against British interests with Saddam Hussein, and the attitude that Bazoft probably was spying for Israel then is similar to the smears that Khashoggi had links to the Muslim Brotherhood now as justification for inaction on the part of both governments. The UK and the US both continued to supply arms to Iraq until the invasion of Kuwait, and both continue to supply Saudi Arabia despite the horrifying destruction in Yemen. Apparently nothing has changed in the intervening years.
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Trump’s words have consequences, and he can no longer deny it | Gary Younge 25 Oct 2018, 12:17pm Trump’s words have consequences, and he can no longer deny it | Gary Younge
After the targeting of politicians and the media in a pipe-bombing campaign, it’s clear where the president’s hostile rhetoric leadsLizbeth Fierro, from Racine, Wisconsin, was 16 when Donald Trump was elected. “I thought he was a joke,” she told me. Then she noticed a change at school. “Once he was elected there were a lot more people who came out very bold and started saying mean comments about immigrants and Mexicans … I thought, ‘Wow, this is dumb, this is very dumb.’” Then in July her father, Ricardo, the former head of the Latino chamber of commerce in town and a prominent activist, was
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Trump is creating a nuclear threat worse than the cold war | Simon Tisdall 23 Oct 2018, 11:10am Trump is creating a nuclear threat worse than the cold war | Simon Tisdall
In ditching the treaty with Russia, the US president risks an arms race with multiple nuclear powers Whoa! There he goes again. Donald Trump’s impulsive decision to rubbish a
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the nuclear arms treaty – cartoon 21 Oct 2018, 1:25pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the nuclear arms treaty – cartoon
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Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall 18 Oct 2018, 7:25am Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall
The US president needs support to take down Tehran – and he doesn’t appear to be fussy about where it may come fromIt would be comforting to think Donald Trump sent his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, hotfooting it to Saudi Arabia this week to solve the mystery of what happened to the missing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. It would be nice to believe
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How Donald Trump weaponised Pocahontas in a new identity war | Afua Hirsch 16 Oct 2018, 1:57pm How Donald Trump weaponised Pocahontas in a new identity war | Afua Hirsch
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a presidential hopeful, revealed that she has Native American roots. It was an unwise moveThe problem I have with “identity politics” is that it’s a phrase mostly used by people who don’t name their identities, against those who do. We all have identities, after all, and in racialised societies like this one it’s ethnic minorities who are guilty of playing “identity politics” for having the audacity to own, articulate or organise around that experience. Meanwhile the majority, who have the luxury of regarding their identities as normal, neutral and invisible, have always mobilised politically around class, region, and whiteness. But that’s not identity politics, that’s just politics, right?
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Brett Kavanaugh case treads on dangerous ground | Letters 10 Oct 2018, 1:04pm Brett Kavanaugh case treads on dangerous ground | Letters
Readers give their views on Donald Trump’s latest choice of supreme court judgeNesrine Malik suggests Martin Luther King’s “long arc of justice” has lost its way over the recent Ford-Kavanaugh debacle (
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Trump sees only his own victimhood as he apologises to Kavanaugh | Gaby Hinsliff 9 Oct 2018, 7:51am Trump sees only his own victimhood as he apologises to Kavanaugh | Gaby Hinsliff
Everyone identifies with someone in this story, provoking a raw anger on both sides. But Trump will fail at the long gameOh, the gall of it. The sheer, unmitigated gall of it. For a moment, as Donald Trump spoke of the “
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It comes as no shock that the powerful hate ‘identity politics’ | Gary Younge 5 Oct 2018, 1:00am It comes as no shock that the powerful hate ‘identity politics’ | Gary Younge
The right denigrates equal rights campaigns as ‘grievances’ while cornering the market in victimhood Given the political volatility, economic precarity and environmental catastrophe that blight this current moment, there is every reason to be concerned about the durability of modern democracy. Donald Trump, Brexit, growing inequality, melting ice caps, stagnant wages, trade wars, actual wars, immigrants left to die in the sea, all while fascists and their sympathisers sit in government. The threats are everywhere. Some, however, are apparently more obvious than others. The last two weeks have produced the following headlines: “
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Kavanaugh has revealed the insidious force in global politics: toxic masculinity | Jonathan Freedland 29 Sep 2018, 1:00am Kavanaugh has revealed the insidious force in global politics: toxic masculinity | Jonathan Freedland
A swaggering machismo. A sense of male entitlement. But the instincts of the supreme court nominee stretch far beyond the partisan battles of WashingtonWhen Donald Trump speaks the truth, it’s usually by accident. A choice example came late on last night, after TV audiences in the US and around the world were riveted by the sight of Trump’s choice for the supreme court ranting and raving, his face twisted in fury, as he insisted he was innocent of the sexual assault that had just been detailed in calm, precise terms by Christine Blasey Ford. “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him,”
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Martin Rowson on the US supreme court nomination – cartoon 28 Sep 2018, 12:28pm Martin Rowson on the US supreme court nomination – cartoon
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‘My name is Brett Kavanaugh and this is my testimony …’ | Marina Hyde 28 Sep 2018, 8:46am ‘My name is Brett Kavanaugh and this is my testimony …’ | Marina Hyde
The furious performance of Donald Trump’s nominee for the US supreme court yesterday is reimagined by our columnistGood afternoon, Mr Chairman, ranking member Feinstein, and members of the committee. My name is Brett Kavanaugh, and this is an even more malarial job interview than the one for The Apprentice. Same boss, though. To the Republicans among you, I would say: I know you believe her, but I thank our mutual God you don’t care. To the Democrats, I would say: Don’t ask me if I’ve ever blacked out from drinking. HAVE YOU?
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It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash 28 Sep 2018, 1:00am It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash
The United States is no longer passionate about the transatlantic alliance; its president is reflecting the national mood Can Donald Trump get any worse? Yes, he can. But our fixation on his personal awfulness, which was on full
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The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club | Letters 27 Sep 2018, 1:45pm The kiss of death for Lancashire County Cricket Club | Letters
‘Azzers’ | Lancashire cricket | Donald Trump | Chess and poker | Junk food | Successful relationshipsNow we’ve exhausted
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The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial 26 Sep 2018, 1:13pm The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial
The French president’s ambition to lead a global fightback against nationalism and xenophobia are undermined by his domestic recordEmmanuel Macron’s mission to impress the United Nations this week was made easier by following Donald Trump. The French president’s impassioned defence of multilateral cooperation based on universal human rights was a rebuke to his US counterpart’s bombastic unilateralism. Earlier the same day,
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Can Labour forge a new, 21st-century socialism? | John Harris 24 Sep 2018, 1:00am Can Labour forge a new, 21st-century socialism? | John Harris
The scepticism about Corbynism isn’t because it is too radical, but because in an era of disruption, it is not radical enough In among all the noise about Brexit and Donald Trump, there’s a remarkable sound: a great deal of the free-market, laissez-faire ideas that have dominated the last four decades being criticised and contested, perhaps as never before. In the US, the fallout from the election of 2016 has fed into the first stirrings of a
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The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: warm words, not deeds | Editorial 20 Sep 2018, 1:35pm The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: warm words, not deeds | Editorial
Washington has said it will restart talks with Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un knows how to make Donald Trump feel good; that doesn’t mean he plans to denucleariseNorth Koreans are used to extracting the most from very little. It is how the country’s people have survived; and how the rulers who impoverished them have always handled international pressure. Even so, Kim Jong-un must be surprised by his success in eking out minimal material. First came the
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The Democratic party went awol in 2016 – and is still missing | Cas Mudde 20 Sep 2018, 8:52am The Democratic party went awol in 2016 – and is still missing | Cas Mudde
The party has no clear leader, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and no strategy to do better next time On 8 November 2016 Donald Trump won the US presidency. But it was also the day the Democratic party went awol. Almost two years later, the Democrats are still not to be found. They have no clear leader, or even leadership team, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and, consequently, no strategy to do better next time. In a July 2017
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19 Sep 2018, 5:08pm Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Authoritarianism
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee pitches a new edition of her campaign memoir.
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Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom? 19 Sep 2018, 8:43am Is it acceptable to laugh at Donald Trump’s mushroom?
Any guilt over enjoying Stormy Daniels’s revelation should be weighed against how Trump’s policies hurt women
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The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial 18 Sep 2018, 1:31pm The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: careful what you start | Editorial
The tit-for-tat between the two countries continues, but macho political posturing will not deal with the real issues“It is easier to start a war than to end it,” Gabriel García Márquez once observed. This is true even when the skirmishes are fought over cotton hammocks, ornamental fish, motorboats and soya bean oil rather than territory. On Monday, Donald Trump ramped up his trade offensive by announcing that the US would
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The U.S. Is Rich, So Storms Are Worse 14 Sep 2018, 6:09pm The U.S. Is Rich, So Storms Are Worse
Donald Trump’s thought processes may be a mystery, but better hurricane policy isn’t.
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The Non-Accidental Presidency 6 Jan 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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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Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle 9 Nov 2017, 2:29pm Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle
Kowtowing in Beijing and a stunning election defeat to the Democrats show how steadily his power and influence are erodingIt is one of Donald Trump’s favourite and most sneering insults. He has used it publicly about such people as Cher, John McCain, Rosie O’Donnell and Jeb Bush. In Trumpworld, all these people have been dismissed in tweets as “losers”. Right now, though, there is only one big loser in Trumpworld, and that loser is President Trump himself.
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The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial 9 Nov 2017, 2:27pm The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial
The US president has been gushing about the Beijing stretch of his Asian tour. But strains in the bilateral relationship are growing with China’s ambitionsMao once observed that a revolution is not a dinner party. Neither are great power relations – even if they manifest temporarily as a lavish meal in the Forbidden City. Wednesday’s feast for Donald Trump was the first time the palace in central Beijing had hosted a banquet for a foreign leader since the Communist party took power in 1949. Beijing, adept at ladling on such flattery, pitched this leg of the US president’s Asia tour as
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump plans to crush little rocket man 9 Nov 2017, 1:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump plans to crush little rocket man
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The Guardian view on elections in the US: cause for (cautious) celebration | Editorial 8 Nov 2017, 2:38pm The Guardian view on elections in the US: cause for (cautious) celebration | Editorial
Sizable victories for the Democrats in a series of races offer cheer after a year of Donald Trump. But the party should not feel too reassuredIt was the boost they needed. The jubilation of Democrats as they celebrated
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One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president | Rebecca Solnit 8 Nov 2017, 6:00am One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president | Rebecca Solnit
It is unlikely that the presidential election will be overturned, but that is not an argument against the case that it should be, writes
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump welcomes President Xi to China 8 Nov 2017, 1:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump welcomes President Xi to China
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s tour of Asia | Observer editorial 4 Nov 2017, 8:05pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s tour of Asia | Observer editorial
The American president’s poor grasp of international relations, his bluster and his ‘America first’ rhetoric are unlikely to reap success in the face of Xi Jinping pragmatism The phrase “bull in a china shop” might have been coined to describe this week’s tour of Asia by Donald Trump. During last year’s presidential election campaign, he
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The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: brace yourselves | Editorial 2 Nov 2017, 3:40pm The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: brace yourselves | Editorial
The US president is about to embark on his first trip to the region. With tensions high over North Korea, and China asserting its ambitions, what will his ignorance and disdain for diplomatic subtlety bring?This weekend Donald Trump embarks on his first trip to Asia as president, and his longest foreign tour since he’s been in office. Over a week and a half he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. To say the region’s leaders are bracing themselves for potential displays of freakishness, provocation or incompetence is to put it mildly. If this is indeed the “Asian century”, the US president will nonetheless help determine how it unfolds. That can only be a cause for concern. Mr Trump has cultivated a reputation for unpredictability – or more often sheer inconsistency, as much as he has cultivated his ignorance or disdain for much of what US diplomacy has traditionally been about. Intense China-bashing over trade in his campaign was followed by
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump denies all knowledge 2 Nov 2017, 2:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump denies all knowledge
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Donald Trump’s reaction to terror? To make America terrified again | Simon Jenkins 1 Nov 2017, 2:47pm Donald Trump’s reaction to terror? To make America terrified again | Simon Jenkins
The president promises further immigration controls, but there was no hint of ‘extreme vetting’ for gun-owners in the wake of the Las Vegas massacreDrive a truck down a New York street and knock people down, and you’re “
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We’re suckers for conspiracy theories – and it’s a sign of a deep social malaise | Hugo Drochon 1 Nov 2017, 5:10am We’re suckers for conspiracy theories – and it’s a sign of a deep social malaise | Hugo Drochon
It’s easy to be flippant about JFK and the moon landings. But the fake news and assumed truths that pervade our politics tell of something more worryingLast Thursday Donald Trump authorised the release of almost 3,000
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump is interrupted on the seat of power 1 Nov 2017, 2:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump is interrupted on the seat of power
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Resist the Temptation to Politicize Sex Scandals 31 Oct 2017, 6:00pm Resist the Temptation to Politicize Sex Scandals
The left’s excuses for Bill Clinton’s predatory behavior greased the skids for Donald Trump.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and George Papadopoulos – cartoon 31 Oct 2017, 4:57pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and George Papadopoulos – cartoon
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How will Donald Trump respond to the Russia investigation? | Lawrence Douglas 31 Oct 2017, 6:00am How will Donald Trump respond to the Russia investigation? | Lawrence Douglas
We know how Trump behaves when cornered. His only defense is to attack – recklessly, mendaciously and unrelentingly Of the twelve counts enumerated in the indictment, the first stands out: “Conspiracy Against the United States.” Let us just take that in: The president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, as well as the manager’s close associate, have been charged with serving as “unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine” and its pro-Russian leader, Victor Yanukovych.
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump on Orange Lives Matter 31 Oct 2017, 3:00am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump on Orange Lives Matter
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Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance | Carole Cadwalladr 28 Oct 2017, 7:05pm Trump, Assange, Bannon, Farage… bound together in an unholy alliance | Carole Cadwalladr
The Wikileaks founder’s astonishing admission should prompt MPs finally to start asking questionsLast Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open. Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia scandals smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed news car crash between Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, the two organisations that arguably had the most impact on 2016, coming together last week in one head-spinning scoop.
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Why do all conversations lead to Trump? | Emma Brockes 27 Oct 2017, 1:00am Why do all conversations lead to Trump? | Emma Brockes
The US president has become the new Hitler: sooner or later it seems that all online discussions invoke his nameIt is a truism of the modern age that the world has become smaller, and that this is both a good and bad thing. Information is shared where once it was hoarded; multiplicities of voice are heard. And yet the result is often a kind of uniformity. I was thinking about the narrowing of the conversation this week, while browsing online for information about Edwardian England. What I came upon, time and again and on almost every website, were references to Donald Trump, analogies with Trump’s America and discussions that, after dispatching the subject to hand, inevitably turned to Trump.
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The Guardian view on Republican attacks on Trump: where are the others? 25 Oct 2017, 2:21pm The Guardian view on Republican attacks on Trump: where are the others?
Longstanding opponents of the US president have welcomed outspoken denunciations by senators from his party. But most are still complicitFor all those horrified by Donald Trump’s presidency – the multitudes both in the US and around the world – there is much to savour in the outspoken attacks made by two Republican senators. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, liberated by impending retirement, launched a powerful dual attack on Tuesday: Mr Flake denounced Mr Trump’s
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Donald Trump Embraces the Drone Age 25 Oct 2017, 12:00pm Donald Trump Embraces the Drone Age
A presidential memo will encourage innovation in unmanned aircraft.
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The Business of Saving Lives 21 Oct 2017, 12:40am The Business of Saving Lives
Gilead Science’s executive chairman talks about the new era of biomedicine and why drugs cost so much, as Donald Trump has noticed.
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Who started the ‘Melania Trump body double’ conspiracy theory? Look no further 19 Oct 2017, 12:30pm Who started the ‘Melania Trump body double’ conspiracy theory? Look no further
Last week, I pondered on Twitter if the First Lady was actually a Second Lady. Within a week, this lone act of rogue content creation had made headlines around the world Finally, some fake news I can get behind. Indeed, I can’t help feeling it is fake news I am literally behind, having pointed out the top-level conspiracy last Friday evening, within seconds of NBC tweeting a video of Donald Trump being interviewed at a Secret Service training facility while Melania stood silently next to him. “Absolutely convinced Melania is being played by a Melania impersonator these days,”
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Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder shows where hatred of the media can lead | Jonathan Freedland 18 Oct 2017, 7:05am Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder shows where hatred of the media can lead | Jonathan Freedland
The Maltese journalist whose car was blown sky high was fiercely independent. She was also a member of the reviled mainstream mediaIn the roll call of unfashionable causes, defence of the MSM – the hated “mainstream media” – surely ranks close to the top. Bashing the press is now a guaranteed applause line on both the right and left. Donald Trump, who l
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Donald Trump is ripping up the alliances that keep the world safe. We must defend them | Natalie Nougayrède 17 Oct 2017, 2:24pm Donald Trump is ripping up the alliances that keep the world safe. We must defend them | Natalie Nougayrède
From the Iran deal to Unesco, the US president is undermining global cooperation. The fallout could be catastrophic, and Europe will not be immuneFive months ago, Donald Trump’s national security adviser HR McMaster penned a column
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Yes, Donald Trump can be removed from the US presidency. Here’s how | Jonathan Freedland 14 Oct 2017, 5:21am Updated Yes, Donald Trump can be removed from the US presidency. Here’s how | Jonathan Freedland
There are a lot of people hoping he’ll be turfed out of office soon – but first the Democrats have to start winning elections The bar is set so low for Donald Trump that every day he doesn’t trigger a nuclear confrontation with a distant adversary is seen as a bonus. Today was one such day, as Trump signalled that he would not, after all,
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The Free-Speech Wars 11 Oct 2017, 7:10pm The Free-Speech Wars
No one would mistake Donald Trump for James Madison, but stay tuned.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson – cartoon 10 Oct 2017, 3:26pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson – cartoon
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Donald Trump’s demonisation of Iran is dishonest and dangerous | Michael Axworthy 6 Oct 2017, 7:31am Donald Trump’s demonisation of Iran is dishonest and dangerous | Michael Axworthy
The Iran nuclear deal is doing what it was designed to do. It is a force for stability in the unstable Middle East, and to endanger it is irresponsibleWhen Donald Trump first took office, unlike some people I felt he should, at least for a time, be given the benefit of the doubt. Democracy can throw up odd leaders – sometimes they are odd and incompetent, but sometimes they are odd and exceptionally good – great men and women whose departure from the norm in superficial ways is matched by a more important departure from the norm in greater insight, vision or charisma. I could never have voted for Trump, because to me it seemed plain that in his appearance and behaviour he seemed to be a spoilt child and a bully. But hey, I thought, perhaps he will surprise us. The circumstances of his election and his background could give him more freedom of action to address the problems of the US and the world, and perhaps he would rise to that challenge.
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Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! I bet you think this song is about you: my week at Labour’s love-in 27 Sep 2017, 10:50am Oh, Jeremy Corbyn! I bet you think this song is about you: my week at Labour’s love-in
The party’s conference was big on euphemisms for not winning the election and low on dissent, with everything unfortunate regarded as a conspiracy against Jeremy. What a difference a year makes! If you are a political archivist, there are two seriously covetable gigs in the world right now. The first is conceptualising the unprecedented annals facility that will one day be the Donald Trump Presidential Library. The second is collating the many different euphemisms for the Labour party having not won the recent general election. At party conference in Brighton, you gotta catch ’em all. “We didn’t lose,”
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The NFL now has a new offensive formation – it’s called Trump | Tim Dowling 26 Sep 2017, 3:26pm The NFL now has a new offensive formation – it’s called Trump | Tim Dowling
Rule changes to stop player concussion and brain disease? The president’s take is ‘they’re ruining the game’You can tell it’s about to happen when he pauses and juts his chin out: Donald Trump has decided to stop reading out the mildly crazy things on his autocue in order to say something totally crazy off the top of his head. He did it again at a rally
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Remember this about Donald Trump. He knows the depths of American bigotry | Gary Younge 26 Sep 2017, 2:00am Remember this about Donald Trump. He knows the depths of American bigotry | Gary Younge
Though the US president is under attack over the NFL players’ protest, he has a loyal base, and understands how to fuel their prejudicesTwo Sundays ago, after a night of tense confrontations,
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The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots | Suzanne Moore 25 Sep 2017, 12:11pm The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots | Suzanne Moore
The president can call for players to be disciplined if he wants, but with their superb and poignant gesture they are not the ones disrespecting the US“And the star-bangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. The words of America’s national anthem, uplifting as they may be, do what all anthems do: they reassure a nation of its own self-image. That image is now being contested by another that asks who really is free, who really is brave and who really is at home in Trump’s America.
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Amazon’s Alexa can tell you the meaning of life. But don’t ask about Donald Trump | Emma Brockes 22 Sep 2017, 7:58am Amazon’s Alexa can tell you the meaning of life. But don’t ask about Donald Trump | Emma Brockes
The Amazon Echo Dot will problem solve and tell stories supposedly written by Jared Leto. It ‘can’t find the answer’ to the US president, but who can?“Alexa! Tell me a story,” I said on Sunday night. I was alone in the house, talking to the
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It’s bad enough as a foster child without being demonised | Dawn Foster 21 Sep 2017, 1:00am It’s bad enough as a foster child without being demonised | Dawn Foster
The issue of young people in foster care only seems to make headlines when the story is negative. They and those who care for them deserve better One of the less welcome side-effects of the news in 2017 is that terror attacks now seem routine: the responses less drawn out, life quickly reverting to normal for those unaffected. After the failed Parsons Green bomb, the tube system swiftly ran again, and people in the capital carried on. Few demanded more powers be granted to the government – Donald Trump’s call to switch the internet off aside. But when arrests began, and it emerged that two of the suspects had shared a foster home, several TV news producers contacted me, as one of the few journalists who grew up in care, asking whether I would argue that the fostering system needed “tightening up” in an unspecified way. It’s unclear what answer they expected – their lack of familiarity with the intricacies of the
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump at the United Nations – cartoon 20 Sep 2017, 2:31pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump at the United Nations – cartoon
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Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel | George Monbiot 19 Sep 2017, 3:12pm Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel | George Monbiot
Ignore her reputation for supporting green initiatives. The German chancellor’s record on environmental policy has been a disasterWhich living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame: Angela Merkel.
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The Guardian view on Trump at the UN: bluster and belligerence | Editorial 19 Sep 2017, 2:02pm The Guardian view on Trump at the UN: bluster and belligerence | Editorial
The US president is wrong to think that nations acting in their own self-interest would on their own create a more stable world. Countries need to work together under rules to which they agree to adhereWhatever its difficulties, the United Nations must surely be cherished. Founded in 1945 under US leadership after the defeat of Nazism and imperial Japan, the UN remains the central pillar of the global order. At its core has stood the ambition that peace, international security and human rights would be better protected than they were by the 1930s League of Nations (whose founding treaty the US Senate refused to ratify). The UN is the only existing forum where the representatives of all nation states can be brought together to try to address crises and common challenges. Donald Trump’s first address to the organisation’s annual general assembly was anticipated with dread by many – and rightly so. This US president is after all the first in history to have made heaping
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Trump calls Kim the aggressor – while trying to take down the Iran nuclear deal | Peter Westmacott 19 Sep 2017, 1:53pm Trump calls Kim the aggressor – while trying to take down the Iran nuclear deal | Peter Westmacott
The 2015 deal is a much-needed force for good. It’s vital that Britain and other nations convince the US hawks to retain itIn his speech to the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday, Donald Trump put “Rocket Man”, as he likes to call North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on notice that
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China’s mood on North Korea is toughening – despite Trump’s bluster | Tania Branigan 17 Sep 2017, 12:11pm China’s mood on North Korea is toughening – despite Trump’s bluster | Tania Branigan
The US president’s incoherent rhetoric undermines many long-held certainties. Yet calls are growing in Beijing for stronger action against PyongyangEven a man as self-deluding and indifferent to truth as Donald Trump is unable to claim that his threats have cowed North Korea. Five weeks ago, he warned of “fire and fury”. Since then, Pyongyang has launched three missiles – two over Japan – and tested another nuclear bomb. Trump continues to wave his stick, talking on Friday of “effective and overwhelming” options, despite widespread warnings of the immense risk that they would bring catastrophe, not least for US allies and service people. Allies fear he is genuinely willing to take military action. Most probably, he believes he will not need to do so: if only he keeps shouting, the North Koreans will fall into line eventually.
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A true game-changing week for Trump? Only if Democrats keep stroking his ego | Michael Cohen 16 Sep 2017, 7:05pm A true game-changing week for Trump? Only if Democrats keep stroking his ego | Michael Cohen
Some say an ‘independent’ president has emerged but predictions are hard when he barely knows his own mindThe Donald Trump presidency is a lot like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. My apologies from the outset for using a line from probably the worst film (
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Is it wrong to call Trump a white supremacist? | Ameer Hasan Loggins 16 Sep 2017, 11:18am Is it wrong to call Trump a white supremacist? | Ameer Hasan Loggins
When ESPN’s Jemele Hill tweeted that the president was a white supremacist, she created a storm that reached all the way to the White House. But was she wrong? On Monday evening ESPN’s Jemele Hill broke the internet, as they say, when she tweeted: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” This didn’t go down too well in Washington DC. The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said this was a “fireable offense.”
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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and natural disasters – cartoon 11 Sep 2017, 3:05pm Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and natural disasters – cartoon
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Trump cut a deal with the Democrats. Is a new era upon us? | Ross Barkan 7 Sep 2017, 12:21pm Trump cut a deal with the Democrats. Is a new era upon us? | Ross Barkan
The president cut a deal with Democratic leaders because even he understood that holding up disaster relief was cruel and idiotic. His party is furious Is this the beginning of a new Donald Trump? The president, who has governed like a rightwing Republican and terrified vulnerable people everywhere, struck a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday to lift the debt limit and finance the government until the middle of December.
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Liberals can’t hope to beat Trump until they truly understand him | John Harris 30 Aug 2017, 2:15pm Liberals can’t hope to beat Trump until they truly understand him | John Harris
Rightwing populists are operating according to different rules. If everything is a circus, who cares about bread?This week brought a fascinating spectacle indeed: Donald Trump telling the unvarnished truth. The occasion was a
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and tropical storm Harvey – cartoon 29 Aug 2017, 3:18pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and tropical storm Harvey – cartoon
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Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked? | George Monbiot 29 Aug 2017, 9:33am Why are the crucial questions about Hurricane Harvey not being asked? | George Monbiot
This is a manmade climate-related disaster. To ignore this ensures our greatest challenge goes unanswered and helps push the world towards catastropheIt is not only Donald Trump’s government that
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At last, Labour has wrested control of the Brexit debate from the Tories | Zoe Williams 27 Aug 2017, 1:27pm At last, Labour has wrested control of the Brexit debate from the Tories | Zoe Williams
The Conservatives’ internal divisions were wreaking havoc on the UK. Keir Starmer’s intervention has brought this period to an endSo an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman all walk into a pub. Then the Englishman wants to leave for no reason, and they all have to. My kid told me that joke. Between laconic Brexiteries and a whole new constellation of insults around the name and concept of Donald Trump, I have reluctantly concluded that I preferred life when children at primary school had less political awareness. Didn’t dream about the third world war. Didn’t do roleplays where one of them is a wall and the other a Mexican. Things just felt a bit more stable.
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The Observer view on US strategy in Afghanistan 27 Aug 2017, 6:28am The Observer view on US strategy in Afghanistan
If we do not have a reasonably competent, friendly government in Kabul, nothing the west achieves will last. Ignoring the Afghan nation’s needs is not an option Donald Trump’s view on the conflict in Afghanistan was highly critical in 2011 when he tweeted that the US was
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Why Donald Trump pardoned the unpardonable Joe Arpaio 26 Aug 2017, 1:05pm Why Donald Trump pardoned the unpardonable Joe Arpaio
In pardoning the former sheriff of Maricopa County, our president sided with a lawless renegade over our federal judiciary and the constitution itself Who will go first, President Trump or our constitutional order? The question presses after the president’s most recent affront to our system of governance, his
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We thought the Nazi threat was dead. But Donald Trump has revived it | Jonathan Freedland 25 Aug 2017, 2:14pm We thought the Nazi threat was dead. But Donald Trump has revived it | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s praise for the racists who marched in Charlottesville has broken a precious and necessary tabooThe word from the White House is that the events at Charlottesville are behind them now, and they’re ready to move on. Sure, there is still some fallout from the 12 August march by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as from Donald Trump’s subsequent declaration that those racists and fascists who carried flaming torches and swastika flags included some “
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Trump’s posturing on Pakistan is a gift to China | Abhishek Parajuli 23 Aug 2017, 11:19am Trump’s posturing on Pakistan is a gift to China | Abhishek Parajuli
Instead of maintaining a policy of careful diplomacy, the US president’s attack on the country has gifted China greater influence in an unstable regionXi Jinping, the Chinese president, is not a man predisposed to smiling. And yet, as I watched Donald Trump
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Are old photos of ‘westernised’ Afghan women driving Trump’s foreign policy? | Rossalyn Warren 23 Aug 2017, 10:31am Are old photos of ‘westernised’ Afghan women driving Trump’s foreign policy? | Rossalyn Warren
Donald Trump’s feigned concern for women’s rights, apparently based on a handful of photos from the 1970s, is no substitute for actual research and expertiseIn a televised address to troops in Virginia on Monday night, President Trump outlined his plan to
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Afghanistan – cartoon 22 Aug 2017, 3:37pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and Afghanistan – cartoon
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Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones 22 Aug 2017, 7:46am Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones
If history tells us anything it is that the west cannot win this bloody conflict. The UK must refuse to become embroiled againThe test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trump’s threat to world peace – even implying he was an American Hitler – but got teary eyed as soon as sent missiles hurtling
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The Guardian view on Steve Bannon’s departure: a presidency in eclipse | Editorial 21 Aug 2017, 1:34pm The Guardian view on Steve Bannon’s departure: a presidency in eclipse | Editorial
The most combative White House aide has gone. Less a victory for moderation than a win for Wall Street, the generals and low tax RepublicansIn some civilisations, eclipses of the sun have always been seen as powerful portents. Awe-struck humans have even been known to respond with a human sacrifice, designed to appease deities who could make the land dark. If Donald Trump’s sacking of his chief strategist
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