Back Search donald trump
Search Sections 8 Dec

donald trump

944 Entries were found for “donald trump”
Close
Advertisement
The life lessons I learned over breakfast with a Trump supporter | Emma Brockes24h The life lessons I learned over breakfast with a Trump supporter | Emma Brockes
A chance encounter at the buffet made me wonder if instead of nodding and smiling I should be passionately disagreeingI was in a hotel in a rural part of northern California, asking a man at the breakfast buffet what he thought of Barack Obama. Up to that point, we had been talking, affably, about drug addiction, paganism and the likelihood of a volcano in the area blowing any time soon, before moving on to his enthusiasm for Donald Trump. Now he looked at me suspiciously. The question, he knew, contained an accusation within it, as did my follow-up about Hillary Clinton. “I would love to see a female – a black female! – be president,” he said carefully. “Just not her.” I felt some sympathy for the guy in the hotel, and then – a sign of the times – wondered if this amounted to collaboration
 Like Reply
Currencies in USD
GBP 1,31 +0,076%
EUR 1,11 0,000%
CHF 1,01 -0,099%
Trade sanctions are Trump’s weapon of choice in a dangerous new world conflict | Simon Jenkins 5 Dec 2:31pm Trade sanctions are Trump’s weapon of choice in a dangerous new world conflict | Simon Jenkins
If war’s purpose is to devastate territory and put people under duress, it can now be waged from offices around the worldIs this the new war? After hot war and cold war comes trade war, Trump-style. The latest battle seems to merely pit scotch against bourbon and camembert against Google, but the US’s argument with the outside world is escalating, and it is no joke. Donald Trump came to power with a somewhat admirable aversion to overseas military intervention (while maintaining willingness to drop bombs on foreign soil). He saw no gain in his soldiers dying in other people’s wars. To him, foreign policy was transactional. You scratch my back, I scratch yours – and to hell with globalisation and new world orders. He said before his election that
 Like Reply
Steve Bell on the alliance of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – cartoon 4 Dec 2:01pm Steve Bell on the alliance of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/dec/04/steve-bell-on-the">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance | Editorial 4 Dec 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance | Editorial
The prime minister kept a calculated distance from the US president at the Nato summit because he knows their similarities play badly with votersA US president’s low-key exit from a Nato summit, skipping the traditional press conference, would once have been perceived as a snub to the host government. But Donald Trump’s departure from London will come as a relief to Boris Johnson. Mr Trump is a fan of Brexit and praises the prime minister as the man to deliver it, but his presence in the country was an electoral hazard for the Conservatives. Some British voters admire Mr Trump, or find him entertaining, but more do not. It is no recommendation for the Tory leader to be liked by a man notorious for dishonesty, ignorance, narcissism and chauvinism.
 Like Reply
Steve Bell on Donald Trump and the NHS – cartoon 3 Dec 3:00pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and the NHS – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/dec/03/steve-bell-donald-trump-boris-johnson-nhs-silver-platter-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson and the Trump playbook – cartoon 2 Dec 1:45pm Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson and the Trump playbook – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/dec/02/martin-rowson-boris-johnson-donald-trump-playbook-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
Donald Trump: is there anything sadder than a chump who thinks he’s a champ? | Barbara Ellen 30 Nov 12:00pm Donald Trump: is there anything sadder than a chump who thinks he’s a champ? | Barbara Ellen
The president’s Rocky fantasy doesn’t project power – it just reveals his insecuritiesOh dear. Was
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on the Nato summit: the Watford credibility gap | Editorial 29 Nov 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Nato summit: the Watford credibility gap | Editorial
Donald Trump’s visit will grab the headlines. But in such an important election, the future of Europe’s defence is a much larger long-term challenge for BritainBritish political attention during next week’s
 Like Reply
When all politicians are seen as liars, it’s Boris Johnson’s big lie that cuts through | Jonathan Freedland 29 Nov 1:01pm When all politicians are seen as liars, it’s Boris Johnson’s big lie that cuts through | Jonathan Freedland
Voters might not trust the prime minister in general, but on Brexit many seem to believe himA moment from the 2016 campaign came back to me this week. Not the EU referendum, though that decision hovers over every aspect of this election, but rather the US presidential contest that same year. I was in Cleveland, Ohio, speaking to a proud member of Bikers4Trump, all in leather save for the stars and stripes bandana. What exactly was it about Donald Trump that appealed? “He’s honest,” came the reply.
 Like Reply
Can the radical left win power in the UK? The world is watching | Aditya Chakrabortty 28 Nov 12:59am Can the radical left win power in the UK? The world is watching | Aditya Chakrabortty
This political moment began in Spain, Greece and the Occupy movements. A Labour victory would resonate globallyFrom this point in the coverage of an election, everything shrinks into minutiae. Whose campaign bus is hurtling into what marginal? Which niche of voters is being wooed by the small print on that policy? Whose poll lead is getting squeezed? What fun it is to play trivial pursuits! Yet it jars a little in this election, because this one bears such significance. Not just for the next five years, not only over Brexit and not solely in the UK. This election puts Britain at the frontline of the international political battle of our time. The votes we cast on 12 December will shape the answer to two questions of far-reaching importance. The first is whether the new hard right can be beaten: whether our democracies can put a halt to the forces represented here by Boris Johnson, or around the world by Donald Trump,
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and the NHS: a problem of trust | Editorial 27 Nov 1:56pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and the NHS: a problem of trust | Editorial
The prime minister’s promise to protect the health service in trade talks is made worthless by his record of lies and broken pledgesWhether Conservatives can be trusted with the NHS is an old question at election time. Whether Boris Johnson can be trusted on anything is an issue for the current campaign. The two questions make a dangerous combination for the Tory leader, who is expecting the country to believe that he would protect the health service in a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump. There is not much reason to believe that he would. On Wednesday Labour sought to probe that concern, revealing documents containing a full account of preliminary discussions between US and UK officials.
 Like Reply
The secret to Trump’s success? It’s sheer existential dread | Sheldon Solomon 23 Nov 1:00am The secret to Trump’s success? It’s sheer existential dread | Sheldon Solomon
Authoritarian populist leaders thrive on the fear of death – as we’ve been able to show in carefully controlled experiments In a recent experiment, American participants were asked: “Please describe the emotions that the thought of your own death arouses in you” and “Write down as specifically as you can what you think will happen to you physically as you die and once you are dead.” Moments later, those who had been asked to contemplate their mortality reported more negative attitudes towards immigrants, greater opposition to a mosque being built in their neighbourhood, and a greater likelihood of voting for Donald Trump for president. What could possibly explain these findings?
 Like Reply
Six phoney claims to watch out for from Boris Johnson tonight | Tom Kibasi 22 Nov 1:58pm Six phoney claims to watch out for from Boris Johnson tonight | Tom Kibasi
In the BBC leadership debate expect the prime minister to deploy his favourite myths about Labour and the economyThe first winter election in decades has been characterised by a blizzard of untruths. Boris Johnson’s party appears to have learned a lesson from Donald Trump’s winning 2016 campaign: if you lie early and often, voters will abandon any attempt to sort truth from fiction. The Tories are barely even pretending to care about policies. Their manifesto may surprise us, but what has dripped out so far suggests it will be thin gruel. Instead the Conservative fake-facts factory has produced a series of misrepresentations about
 Like Reply
Angela Merkel must go – for Germany’s sake, and for Europe’s | Timothy Garton Ash 22 Nov 1:30am Angela Merkel must go – for Germany’s sake, and for Europe’s | Timothy Garton Ash
Hers is a government for undemanding times, with none of the ambition needed to face the giant challenges of todayIf Germany is the heart of Europe, then it is currently the slow-beating heart of a well-fed businessman resting on his office couch after an ample lunch. For Europe’s sake, and for Germany’s own, that heart needs to beat a little faster. It’s not that German elites don’t intellectually recognise the problems gathering all around them. Berlin, which is beginning to rival London as a thinktank hub, is pullulating with clever people who can tell you exactly why, faced with the challenges of Brexit, populism, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, climate change and AI – to name but a few – Europe needs more strategic autonomy, digital innovation and sustainable growth. What is missing is a sense of urgency and the ability to translate these abstract goals into dynamic policies that German voters will actually support. For now, Germany is effectively willing the ends but not the means.
 Like Reply
Johnson’s ‘Get Brexit done’ drumbeat cannot drown out reality for ever | Rafael Behr 20 Nov 12:48pm Johnson’s ‘Get Brexit done’ drumbeat cannot drown out reality for ever | Rafael Behr
The prime minister’s snappy, inane slogan is the prelude to inevitable lies, betrayal and duplicity One test of a campaign slogan is how efficiently it helps voters explain their preference to others and to themselves. Why Donald Trump? To
 Like Reply
The US and Britain face no existential threat. So why do their wars go on? | Simon Jenkins 15 Nov 1:00am The US and Britain face no existential threat. So why do their wars go on? | Simon Jenkins
Endless conflicts in the Middle East have cost us dear, yet all we hear are absurdities about ‘keeping our streets safe from terror’Why does no one mention the war? The most militaristic, belligerent and chauvinist country I know – and also love – is the US. People fly flags from every post and see “bad guys” under every bed. When the president, Donald Trump, vows to leave the Middle East he is condemned as a traitor even by his fans. The second most belligerent is Britain, albeit less so. With America, it is continuing to fight the so-called “wars of 9/11”, 18 years after they began – battling in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, in Britain’s case covertly. There is not the remotest sign of “victory” in sight. Somehow they are not seen as wars, just the licensed killing of foreigners.
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process | Editorial 14 Nov 1:28pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process | Editorial
If the US president tried to enlist Ukraine to investigate his rivals he broke his oath of office and threatened America’s securityThere are multiple reasons why Donald Trump ought not to be the president of the United States. However, there are only two ways of removing him from the office he has occupied for the past three years. One is to vote him out at the ballot box, which Americans will have the opportunity to do in a year’s time. The other is for Congress to impeach him, a process that began on Capitol Hill
 Like Reply
The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit | Owen Jones 14 Nov 5:29am The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit | Owen Jones
Jo Swinson’s aggressive campaign to split the remain vote is a gift to Boris JohnsonThe Tory electoral strategy is straightforward: unite leave voters behind the Conservative banner. Nigel Farage’s decision to form a de facto pact with the Tories should serve as a moment of clarity. The differences between Farage and Boris Johnson, Donald Trump’s two principal British allies, are merely personal: politically, they are on the same page. Both fundamentally see Brexit as a blunt instrument to reshape British society, stripping away the pesky workers’ rights and consumer and social protections that stand in the way of their hyper-Thatcherite dystopia. John Major once declared that the NHS was as safe with Johnson and Michael Gove “as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python”; Farage is
 Like Reply
Donald Trump Jr’s disastrous book launch may seem funny – but there’s a very dark side to the booing | Arwa Mahdawi 12 Nov 7:45am Donald Trump Jr’s disastrous book launch may seem funny – but there’s a very dark side to the booing | Arwa Mahdawi
It’s easy to laugh, but we have to recognise a stark reality. This administration has emboldened the far right so much they’re now coming after JrThe intolerant left is at it again. I regret to inform you that, in yet another case of political correctness gone mad, the woke brigade has shut down free speech and censored a courageous conservative intellectual. Over the weekend, Donald Trump Jr was heckled off stage while promoting his new book – Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us – at the University of California. Oh, hang on a minute. It looks like it wasn’t the hateful left that silenced the president’s eldest son; it was his own supporters. You see, shortly after Sunday’s event kicked off, Trump Jr informed the audience that there wouldn’t be a Q&A because leftwingers would inevitably twist his words. The lack of dialogue enraged a far-right faction of the crowd who believe the Trump administration isn’t anti-immigrant enough and were eager to challenge Jr on this.
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on voter suppression: the battle for democracy | Editorial 10 Nov 1:33pm The Guardian view on voter suppression: the battle for democracy | Editorial
The practice is old, the tactics have evolved. The fight to vote will be critical in the upcoming US presidential electionDemocracy is, by definition, people power. But even now the question of who constitutes “the people” remains. The answer may determine whether Donald Trump remains president after 2020. Democracy in America faces many perils, from dark money to foreign interference, but one goes directly to its central promise of one person, one vote. Attempts to restrict the right to vote are as old as the struggle to expand it beyond wealthy white men. In the US, it took the civil rights movement to extend the franchise to all African Americans. Efforts to erode it have intensified in the last two decades – particularly since 2013, when a supreme court ruling gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required federal approval of changes to election laws and policies.
 Like Reply
Does America need another billionaire in the 2020 race? Bloomberg thinks so | Cas Mudde 8 Nov 7:00am Does America need another billionaire in the 2020 race? Bloomberg thinks so | Cas Mudde
Bloomberg is worried that no one in the current crop of Democratic candidates is ‘well positioned’ to defeat Donald Trump. But is he?
 Like Reply
Another hung parliament unable to solve Brexit? Top banter | John Crace 1 Nov 7:58am Another hung parliament unable to solve Brexit? Top banter | John Crace
Boris Johnson finally gets an election on the day he wanted – the worst possible one for me There were several discordant undertones to Donald Trump’s reporting of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The most noticeable being the breathless, almost sexual excitement in his voice. As if the whole thing had been a snuff movie played out as a video game. But what also struck me was the US president’s description of the Islamic State leader having
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on election 2019: it’s about Brexit above all | Editorial 31 Oct 2:28pm The Guardian view on election 2019: it’s about Brexit above all | Editorial
The retirement of so many centrist Tories is a reminder that theirs has now become the Brexit party in all but nameIf the leavers, the Conservative reactionaries, the neoliberals and the ranks of Britain’s rightwing press – to say nothing of their friends Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin – had had their way, Friday would have been Britain’s first day outside the European Union since 31 December 1972. But the Halloween deadline has come and gone. Instead, largely as a result of the ruthless parliamentary exposure of Boris Johnson’s shabby political quackery, Britain remains part of Europe. Friday is therefore a day for relief and a modest celebration, not for defeat or dejection. A place in Europe, for which so many have fought so hard over the last three and a half years, remains ours. But its future now rests on the result of the general election in six weeks’ time. Mr Johnson captured the prime ministership in July on a shamelessly false prospectus. He promised he could get Britain out by 31 October,
 Like Reply
Like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson is a politician who deserves to be booed | Emma Brockes 31 Oct 6:00am Like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson is a politician who deserves to be booed | Emma Brockes
Both men are so desperate to be liked that a chorus of disapproval is sometimes the most appropriate response
 Like Reply
Why are Democratic party elites so desperate for a 2020 centrist candidate? | Hamilton Nolan 30 Oct 6:00am Why are Democratic party elites so desperate for a 2020 centrist candidate? | Hamilton Nolan
Is the core concern of those who consider themselves ‘moderate Democrats’ that Warren or Sanders might win? When something has been done one way for many years, and when doing things that way has made a certain group of people fat and happy, it is natural that that group of people will want to continue doing things that way. It is also natural that the much larger group of people who have been hungry and neglected for all those years as a result of the way things have been done will want to do something different. Eventually, the larger group, full of righteous anger, will win. But the fat and happy class will cling tightly to what they have for as long as their swollen fingers can hold on. This is essentially what’s happening within the Democratic party right now. The weak grip of the old guard is being broken, one finger at a time. The election of Donald Trump and the sudden viability of Bernie Sanders as a candidate in 2016 were both enormous flashing billboards reading “THINGS ARE DIFFERENT NOW”. To fail to read these signs amounts to active, willful ignorance. Many people were surprised by the way things went in the last presidential election, but there is no excuse for being surprised by the same things again.
 Like Reply
Europe is failing to stand up to the bullies who threaten democracy | Luke Cooper 28 Oct 4:00am Europe is failing to stand up to the bullies who threaten democracy | Luke Cooper
From Brexit to the Balkans to the plight of the Kurds, EU leaders have refused to defend multilateralism The rise of nationalism and the historic threat to liberalism sweeping the global system poses big strategic questions for European democracies. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin share an ideological belief in the language of race and nation combined with a winner-takes-all view of international diplomacy. By undermining the multilateral system the new authoritarians threaten a return to the assumptions of a previous era: a world of empires, not institutions. This makes Europe a central crucible for what happens next. As the Yale historian Timothy Snyder
 Like Reply
Trust is becoming the principal casualty of Britain’s raging political war | Nick Cohen 27 Oct 3:30am Trust is becoming the principal casualty of Britain’s raging political war | Nick Cohen
The electorate is fast losing trust in leaders happy to abuse our democratic heritage Britain is in a revolutionary crisis. Its economy, constitution, place in the international order and sense of who it is and what it can become will be battlefields at the next election. The high stakes alone will ensure that a red mist descends. To heighten the rage, the wilful failure of the Conservative government to prevent the corruptions of the electoral process brought by the age of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will sharpen every grievance. Put yourself in the place of Britain’s competing factions and you get a fair idea of how angry and desperate all sides will become. The leaders of the Brexit movement must know they are on borrowed time. They may
 Like Reply
Bill Taylor’s testimony removes any last plausible line of defense for Trump | Andrew Gawthorpe 23 Oct 9:55am Bill Taylor’s testimony removes any last plausible line of defense for Trump | Andrew Gawthorpe
Trump clearly perverted US official diplomacy in pursuit of his own private interests. It is hard to think of a more shocking misuse of presidential power On Tuesday, Donald Trump dismissed the impeachment inquiry into his conduct towards Ukraine as a “lynching”. This proved, unsurprisingly, that the president doesn’t know much about history – for a start, victims of lynching couldn’t look forward to a trial heavily stacked in their favor, which is probably what awaits Trump in the Senate. It also showed that there is no depth to which Trump will not stoop in an attempt to distract attention from his wrongdoing. It was no surprise that Trump wanted to create a distraction on the day that the impeachment inquiry heard its most explosive testimony yet. But we shouldn’t let him. Stunning new details were provided by Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, who the state department tried to block from testifying before Congress. He went anyway, and what he said provided the most direct evidence yet that Trump ordered military assistance to Ukraine to be withheld until Kyiv agreed to take action that would benefit the president’s re-election campaign.
 Like Reply
The Observer view: a week that shows us why Donald Trump is unfit for high office | Observer editorial 20 Oct 1:00am The Observer view: a week that shows us why Donald Trump is unfit for high office | Observer editorial
The half-real, half-fake impresario president was apparently the only one blind to disaster being heaped upon disasterRoger Ailes, the ogre-like head of Fox News who resigned following allegations of
 Like Reply
Donald Trump’s sanity is not the question. The real issue is how he got into office | Gary Younge 18 Oct 1:00am Donald Trump’s sanity is not the question. The real issue is how he got into office | Gary Younge
To reduce his presidency to a frail mind is to ignore the fact he’s an emblem of free-market, white supremacist nationalism While writing a New Yorker profile on Donald Trump in the late 1990s, Mark Singer attempted to discover something about the businessman’s
 Like Reply
Naming and shaming the polluters – podcast 17 Oct 10:00pm Naming and shaming the polluters – podcast
Global environment editor Jonathan Watts discusses the Guardian’s investigation into the fossil fuel industry, and the structures that need to change to halt the climate emergency. And: Gary Younge on Donald Trump’s mental health The Guardian’s global environment editor,
 Like Reply
The Observer view on Syria: Syria’s new horror was foretold. It shames us all | Observer editorial 13 Oct 1:00am The Observer view on Syria: Syria’s new horror was foretold. It shames us all | Observer editorial
Turkey’s invasion of north-east Syria, faciliated by the withdrawal of US forces, could lead to a resurgence of Islamic State The conflict engulfing north-east Syria is a wholly avoidable disaster. It was widely foreseen. It could, and should, have been prevented. Responsibility lies principally with Turkey’s bellicose president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But many others share the blame, including a criminally incompetent Donald Trump, Islamic State jihadists, who previously destabilised the area, and the international community, which has failed, over the course of eight bloody years, to halt Syria’s civil war. The terrifyingly indiscriminate Turkish artillery barrages and air strikes directed at towns and villages in Kurdish-held areas along the border shame those who ordered them. Erdoğan’s claim that his forces are only targeting terrorists is given the lie by the
 Like Reply
Donald Trump unleashes the genie of Isis – cartoon 12 Oct 1:00pm Donald Trump unleashes the genie of Isis – cartoon
As Turkey bombards north-eastern Syria, the US president claims victory
 Like Reply
Happily over the hill and coasting down | Brief letters 9 Oct 12:27pm Happily over the hill and coasting down | Brief letters
Spitfires | English National Opera | Getting older | Latin translations | Donald Trump’s ‘unmatched wisdom’Cath Potter (
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Trump and Syria: damage has been done | Editorial 8 Oct 2:06pm The Guardian view on Trump and Syria: damage has been done | Editorial
The ditching of Kurdish-led forces threatens to destabilise the region further. It is just the latest proof of the dangers of this president’s foreign dealingsWherever US policy on Syria settles in the coming weeks and months, damage has already been done. Two announcements within a few hours encapsulated both the style of Donald Trump’s presidency (personalised, ignorant and erratic) and its perils. The first, a White House statement, followed a phone call with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and blindsided everyone, including parts of Mr Trump’s administration. It not only announced the abrupt decision to withdraw troops from the north-eastern area bordering Turkey, abandoning the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces with which the US has partnered, but gave the green light to a Turkish invasion. The second – a tweet, following a furious backlash even from his own party at the prospect of further chaos in a desperately unstable region – announced that should Ankara do anything that “I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey”. But Ankara sees the SDF as indistinguishable from Kurdish insurgents inside Turkey and has long sought to eradicate them. Now it is
 Like Reply
Journalism has a vital role in a constitutional democracy | Paul Chadwick 6 Oct 2:00pm Journalism has a vital role in a constitutional democracy | Paul Chadwick
At times of historic importance, the media provides information that breathes life into our democracyIn their moments of stress, constitutions need regular dabs of information. Disclosures by journalists helped to start impeachment proceedings in the Richard Nixon and Donald Trump presidencies in a country where the constitution expressly protects press freedom. Information brought to light in the media is no less important to the workings of the UK’s unwritten constitution. In this era of challenge to professional journalism, that contribution deserves notice. Constitutions have formal players – in parliament, executive government and courts – with access to information that the public often lacks. Media disclosures, through leaks planned and unplanned, affect the players’ calculations, partly because a more informed public is better able to judge them.
 Like Reply
If Donald Trump goes down, he’ll try to take everyone with him 5 Oct 1:24pm If Donald Trump goes down, he’ll try to take everyone with him
As the impeachment saga gathers pace, even some Republicans fear that we’re looking at the ’doomsday president’There are two ways of looking at Donald Trump’s astonishing response to the Democrats’ attempt to impeach him. Either Trump has finally lost the plot or else he has just guaranteed himself a stunning victory in next year’s presidential election. Whichever view is correct, both signal a rising sea of troubles for the US and the world. Suggestions that Trump has no idea what he’s doing were reinforced by
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Donald Trump: an abuser of his office | Editorial 4 Oct 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: an abuser of his office | Editorial
The US president is trying to normalise his self-serving breaches of his oath of office. America must hold him to account and restore the rule of law and ethicsUntil very recently indeed, the idea that the president of the United States might stand outside the White House and call on Communist China to investigate one of his presidential challengers would not merely have seemed
 Like Reply
The UK is not the US – Trump cards won’t work here | Letters 2 Oct 12:40pm The UK is not the US – Trump cards won’t work here | Letters
Readers discuss Boris Johnson’s use of the Donald Trump playbook for the prime minister to get his way on BrexitThe piece by Simon Jenkins (
 Like Reply
Why Europe’s new populists tell so many lies – and do it so shamelessly | Catherine Fieschi 30 Sep 10:43am Why Europe’s new populists tell so many lies – and do it so shamelessly | Catherine Fieschi
From Matteo Salvini to Boris Johnson, populist politicians brazenly distort the truth. Don’t think they do it to be believedThe torrent of lies that flows from the mouths of populists feels relentless: from Donald Trump’s routine lying about everything from
 Like Reply
Naga Munchetty reprimand blurs BBC’s own lines between reportage and opinion | Kenan Malik 29 Sep 5:30am Naga Munchetty reprimand blurs BBC’s own lines between reportage and opinion | Kenan Malik
The BBC Breakfast presenter had every right to express her anger at Donald Trump’s racist comment‘Go back to where you come from.” It’s a standard racist taunt, one that I’ve heard since my first day in Britain. When Donald Trump used the phrase against four Democratic congresswomen in July, few could doubt his implication that they did not belong in America. So when the BBC presenter Naga Munchetty discussed the issue with co-host Dan Walker on breakfast TV, her condemnation of the tweets as racist, and her anger at the racism she has faced, seemed both honest and stating the obvious.
 Like Reply
In Trumpland moral compasses are skewed and landscape screwed | Kevin McKenna 29 Sep 5:00am In Trumpland moral compasses are skewed and landscape screwed | Kevin McKenna
The decision to nod through the Trumps’ plans for a luxury village in north-east Scotland is beyond logicFilm nights in the Donald Trump household must be trippy and disorienting events for the unwary. Unless briefed fully in advance you might find that you are backing all the wrong horses. Tonight it’s
 Like Reply
Trump acts as if he is above the law. The law has begun to fight back | Sarah Churchwell 28 Sep 2:00pm Trump acts as if he is above the law. The law has begun to fight back | Sarah Churchwell
Democrats waited for their moment and, when the president started to believe he was secure, they struck. Will his complacency fell him?Nancy Pelosi’s decision to begin a formal impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, following reports that he used the power of his office to solicit interference by a foreign government in the 2020 US election, makes him only the fourth president in US history to have this notable distinction, with Bill Clinton in 1998, Richard Nixon in 1973 and Andrew Johnson in 1868. The picture changes by the hour, but the main story concerns Trump’s apparent offer to Ukraine’s president,
 Like Reply
The Observer view on the Afghanistan peace process | Observer editorial 22 Sep 1:00am The Observer view on the Afghanistan peace process | Observer editorial
America has a duty to make sure that democracy does not fail When Donald Trump revealed a secret plan for a “peace summit” with Afghan Taliban chiefs at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland earlier this month, the news caused a sensation. The idea that a group, officially designated as terrorists by the United States, was to be given the red-carpet treatment reserved for important allies shocked many in Washington. In fact, Trump had
 Like Reply
The world ignored the warning signs – and now the Middle East is on the brink | Simon Tisdall 16 Sep 11:50am The world ignored the warning signs – and now the Middle East is on the brink | Simon Tisdall
Donald Trump’s hostility towards Iran and support for Saudi Arabia has made a delicate situation explosiveLike a furious maelstrom, roiled by opposing currents, the crisis in the Gulf gains in intensity and destructive power almost by the day. On Sunday, Donald Trump said the US was “
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Netanyahu’s land grab: a prison, not a peace | Editorial 11 Sep 1:47pm The Guardian view on Netanyahu’s land grab: a prison, not a peace | Editorial
The Israeli political leadership, with the help of Donald Trump, is making finding a way out of conflict with the Palestinians impossibleBenjamin Netanyahu’s
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on John Bolton: good riddance, but the problem is his boss | Editorial 10 Sep 2:03pm The Guardian view on John Bolton: good riddance, but the problem is his boss | Editorial
Many will rightly celebrate the departure of the US national security adviser. But however welcome the news, it reflects the deeper problems with this administrationNo sensible observer of international affairs could lament Donald Trump’s announcement that he has
 Like Reply
The Observer view on Donald Trump’s plans to militarise space | Observer editorial 1 Sep 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s plans to militarise space | Observer editorial
Countries must join forces and sign a peace treaty or space will become a war-fighting domain The thought of Donald Trump as space commander-in-chief, whizzing around the Milky Way, zapping alien invaders and conquering new worlds, is both comical and terrifying. Before they began exchanging love letters, the US president ridiculed his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, as “little rocket man”. With his relaunch last week of
 Like Reply
Final sovereignty on Brexit must rest with the people | Jeremy Corbyn 31 Aug 4:00pm Final sovereignty on Brexit must rest with the people | Jeremy Corbyn
In these critical weeks for democracy, we must resist the actions of a phoney populist cabal in Downing StreetWe will do everything possible to stop a disastrous no deal for which this Conservative government has no mandate. This is a smash-and-grab raid on our democracy, to force through no deal, which is opposed by a majority of the public. Most people in Britain reject a Tory no-deal Brexit. Boris Johnson’s government wants to use no deal to create an offshore tax haven for the super-rich and sign a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump.
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Trump v the US Fed: the bully pulpit | Editorial 30 Aug 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump v the US Fed: the bully pulpit | Editorial
The US central bank spent $29tn to stop the last financial crash. Donald Trump now wants it to bail out his presidencyEarlier this month Donald Trump
 Like Reply
Republican Joe Walsh is challenging Trump – but that is nothing to celebrate 27 Aug 7:20am Republican Joe Walsh is challenging Trump – but that is nothing to celebrate
The radio host is a self-aggrandising hypocrite who admits making racist comments. That he is a serious threat to the president shows how low the bar has been set Donald Trump has been very good for a lot of very bad people’s careers. Take Sean Spicer, for example.
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on the threat of Bolsonaro: tropical disaster is man-made | Editorial 26 Aug 1:36pm The Guardian view on the threat of Bolsonaro: tropical disaster is man-made | Editorial
Brazil’s far-right populist president has encouraged the wanton destruction of the world’s greatest forest. He has been humbled but not stoppedAs Donald Trump’s America retreats from global leadership, coalitions of like-minded nations are attempting to limit the damage. One such grouping at this weekend’s
 Like Reply
To beat Trump in 2020, Democrats will need to get down and dirty | Nesrine Malik 26 Aug 3:30am To beat Trump in 2020, Democrats will need to get down and dirty | Nesrine Malik
The president has made identity politics part of his vision – progressives must fight back on those same terms The 2020 US presidential election is going to be about native entitlement. It’s going to be about race and immigration and deportation and Israel and every other wedge issue Donald Trump can summon to split the vote into “us” and “them”. He will become Chief Native, swelling his supporters’ sense of dominion over others less white. The campaign has already started; his social media presence has gone from ungainly swiping to a more coherent regular punching. He has in effect launched a cyber-bullying offensive. Trump will reduce people to tears, from
 Like Reply
Art Pepper never stopped practising | Brief letters 25 Aug 12:18pm Art Pepper never stopped practising | Brief letters
Sax work | Clare in the Community | Nineteen Eighty-Four | Donald Trump and the DUP | Casting | Peaky BlindersRuss Denton has fallen victim to Art Pepper’s legendary self-mythologising (
 Like Reply
The Observer view on Syria and the west’s shameful failure to act | Observer editorial 25 Aug 1:18am The Observer view on Syria and the west’s shameful failure to act | Observer editorial
The slaughter in Idlib is intensifying and millions have nowhere to go. The whole stability of the Middle East is at risk The crisis in Syria does not feature high on the agenda at this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz. The absence of two key players – Russia and Turkey – means any substantive initiatives are unlikely. Donald Trump has washed his hands of the conflict, although Pentagon chiefs are
 Like Reply
Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaos | Michael H Fuchs 20 Aug 10:23am Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaos | Michael H Fuchs
If Boris Johnson seriously believes the US will shower rewards on Britain after leaving the EU he is mistaken As the UK races towards a potential no-deal Brexit, President Donald Trump is
 Like Reply
Donald Trump’s ‘peace agreement’ is a betrayal of Afghanistan and its people | Simon Tisdall 19 Aug 1:33pm Updated Donald Trump’s ‘peace agreement’ is a betrayal of Afghanistan and its people | Simon Tisdall
This cut-and-run policy will leave the country trapped in a conflict with the Taliban and fail the casualties of war If Donald Trump has his way a
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on violence against public figures: the threat is growing | Editorial 19 Aug 1:24pm The Guardian view on violence against public figures: the threat is growing | Editorial
Donald Trump’s hostility to the press is so far unmatched in the UK. But the targeting of Owen Jones and others by far-right activists is deeply concerningAny unprovoked violent attack is disturbing. Thuggish behaviour is repellent, all the more so when an individual is targeted by a group. When a person is singled out because of their political beliefs, or due to their assailants’ hatred of a particular group or minority, the crime has additional significance. With a police investigation ongoing, it is too soon to draw conclusions about the motives of the men who
 Like Reply
Not your typical Tory groupthink | Brief letters 18 Aug 12:43pm Not your typical Tory groupthink | Brief letters
GP appointments | Ovarian cancer | A-level twins | Donald Trump and Greenland | Tories and the status quoGrace Dent should resist the current trend for putting down GPs (
 Like Reply
Of course the US supports a no deal – it makes a minnow out of Britain | Gaby Hinsliff 13 Aug 8:14am Of course the US supports a no deal – it makes a minnow out of Britain | Gaby Hinsliff
After Trump security adviser John Bolton’s visit it’s clear the price of US backing will be paid both in trade and foreign policyIf you thought it was bad enough when Donald Trump
 Like Reply
Joseph Fiennes: ‘I’ve done my bit for society – I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny’ 12 Aug 1:00am Joseph Fiennes: ‘I’ve done my bit for society – I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny’
The star of The Handmaid’s Tale says he doesn’t like to equate Donald Trump’s politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious …‘It’s alluded to in the novel … someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon.” In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaid’s Tale. “Why, though?” I plead with him. “Why does he have to die?” “It’s in the novel,” Fiennes explains very patiently. “He’s got to. Come on, there are some very angry women in red out there.” When The Handmaid’s Tale first appeared on our screens in 2017, it was a bit like having an anxiety dream about the new politics, your subconscious supplying the sharp contrasts and glorious Technicolor, the brutally formal sexual violence and the intricate dystopian detail. There was a watchful intelligence in all the performances – particularly Elisabeth Moss as June/Offred, Fiennes as Fred and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena, his wife – which was arresting, and left you vaguely unsettled for a long time after each episode.
 Like Reply
Create beef and never apologise: my Premier League social media guidelines | Marina Hyde 10 Aug 4:00am Create beef and never apologise: my Premier League social media guidelines | Marina Hyde
The Premier League issues their first ever set of social media guidelines back in 2012 but given what we know now it feels time for an update. Here are the rules for the upcoming Premier League season Back in the mists of 2012, the Premier League issued their first ever set of social media guidelines. As departing chief executive Richard Scudamore – who actually seems to have been departing for a couple of seasons now – put it back then: “There is a more human side now to some of the players, and the public can communicate more directly with them. Sometimes there can be abusive comments, but generally the internet, online chat rooms, and the way people are communicating, is healthy.” From the bitter and jaded waste spaces of 2019, the only possible reply to this is LOLOLOLOLOL. No one is saying that a second choice striker posting “Let’s do this!!!!!!!” or pictures of their kitchen and car specifically led to the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, the ever-swelling tide of racism and misogyny, and some of your boomer relatives’ belief that two thirds of London is under sharia law. But who among us would truly rule it out?
 Like Reply
Despite Brexit, my trip back to Britain filled me with pride | Emma Brockes 9 Aug 10:02am Despite Brexit, my trip back to Britain filled me with pride | Emma Brockes
Yes, we have a Donald Trump knock-off as prime minister, but wandering around London I feel a surge of sentiment divorced from political realityAugust is a dangerous time to be back in London, when the city smells so much better than New York. For the past week my children and I have been enjoying the 20F drop in temperature with zero humidity, while playing a game of Better in England. The bread is better. Ditto the cheese. Clearly the weather is better and, since a version of Paw Patrol has been
 Like Reply
From Trump to Fox News to 8chan: the web of white supremacist rhetoric is wide | Siva Vaidhyanathan 6 Aug 2:00am From Trump to Fox News to 8chan: the web of white supremacist rhetoric is wide | Siva Vaidhyanathan
Trump is a politician perfectly fitted for a media ecosystem that amplifies extreme emotion and allows the loud to drown out the calm “How do you stop these people? You can’t,” Donald Trump said at a rally in Florida in May. The response from someone in the crowd came immediately:
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on the China-US trade wars: the global economy is at risk | Editorial 5 Aug 1:35pm The Guardian view on the China-US trade wars: the global economy is at risk | Editorial
Xi Jinping’s newfound readiness to let the yuan float sends a worrying message that there will be no deal by the end of August deadlineEvents have moved disturbingly swiftly since Donald Trump surprised everyone last week by announcing plans for a fresh wave of tariffs on Chinese imports. Beijing retaliated by targeting US agricultural products and allowing its currency to depreciate against the US dollar. Mr Trump duly fired off a tweet accusing the Chinese of currency manipulation, a clear sign that he is preparing to ratchet up the tension still further.
 Like Reply
The Observer view on how the left can thwart Johnson and Trump | Observer editorial 4 Aug 1:00am The Observer view on how the left can thwart Johnson and Trump | Observer editorial
Rightwing populism is a threat to democracy on both sides of the Atlantic, but ‘politics as usual’ won’t stop itMuch has been made in recent days of the supposed similarities between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. On a personal level, it is said, both men are boastful braggarts, frequently untruthful and skilled at self-promotion, which is pretty much all they care about. In terms of policy, both are rightwing populists wedded to a recklessly destructive form of regressive, pseudo-nostalgic nationalism. Both Johnson and Trump inspire strong feelings, especially in their detractors. Max Hastings, who was Johnson’s boss at the
 Like Reply
Whenever Trump says ‘infested’, we know he’s talking about people of colour | Afua Hirsch 30 Jul 1:44pm Whenever Trump says ‘infested’, we know he’s talking about people of colour | Afua Hirsch
His description of Baltimore mirrors his past slurs against Africa and the four congresswomenI’ve never accused anyone of being prone to infestations. But if I were inclined to sink that low, I suspect my attention would be directed towards the 45th president of the United States. It’s not all Donald Trump’s fault. Who can blame anyone for spending most of their life in New York – a city I love, despite the fact that it harbours
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Amazon deforestation: Europe must act to prevent disaster | Editorial 28 Jul 1:43pm The Guardian view on Amazon deforestation: Europe must act to prevent disaster | Editorial
We need rainforests to limit climate change, as well as protect biodiversity, and must do all we can to support Brazilian conservationIf there is a glimmer of light amid the darkness of recent reports from the Brazilian Amazon, where deforestation is accelerating along with threats to the indigenous people who live there, it could lie in the growing power of climate diplomacy, combined with increased understanding of the crucial role played by trees in our planet’s climate system. The deal agreed a month ago between the EU and the Mercosur bloc of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay (Venezuela is suspended) enhances European leverage with its South American trading partners. Already, the prize of access to EU markets is credited with having convinced Brazil not to follow Donald Trump’s lead by withdrawing from the Paris climate deal. Now the EU must strengthen its environmental commitments, as a letter from 600
 Like Reply
Corbyn must choose: lead the alliance against the Brexit right. Or step aside | Will Hutton 28 Jul 4:00am Corbyn must choose: lead the alliance against the Brexit right. Or step aside | Will Hutton
We need a common cause to save the country from a calamitous future. The opposition parties must come together to achieve itBritain is not a rightwing country. There is no appetite to go on a national war footing with an accompanying recession in order to leave the EU without a deal. No appetite, either, for relishing the resulting decades of distrust and animosity with the rest of the continent. There remains overwhelming attachment to the idea of the United Kingdom, still substantial attachment to the idea of the European Union and wide distrust of Donald Trump’s US. The great majority do not believe our major institutions – the civil service, the Bank of England, the judicial system – are broken because they will not blindly sign up to a no-deal Brexit.
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s leadership: the years of a clown | Editorial 23 Jul 1:46pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s leadership: the years of a clown | Editorial
If the UK’s new prime minister thinks he can sup with populists like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump over Brexit, he risks ending up as dessertThe Conservative party has finally got a leader it deserves. As the UK’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson won’t be able to outrun boring facts and hide from bad publicity. He faces the most daunting challenge – that of how the UK can leave the European Union – on entering No 10 since Winston Churchill in 1940. It is fitting because Mr Johnson is largely responsible for the mess he now has to clear up. The signs are not promising. His pledge that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October
 Like Reply
Why you don’t hear Trump or Farage talking about the tech revolution | John Harris 22 Jul 1:00am Why you don’t hear Trump or Farage talking about the tech revolution | John Harris
Protecting people against the chaos wreaked by automation should be a priority. But populists would rather talk about trade This week’s nightmare is the arrival of Boris Johnson; the autumn brings the Brexit watershed. Soon after, the 2020 US election takes shape, compounding the sense that politics everywhere is in a state of complete unpredictability. All that is clear, perhaps, is that the forces gathered around Brexit, Donald Trump and the various brands of European populism still think things are
 Like Reply
The national interest lies in MPs on all sides working to stop no deal | Keir Starmer 20 Jul 2:00pm The national interest lies in MPs on all sides working to stop no deal | Keir Starmer
It is time for rebel Tories to join the responsible majority and block Boris Johnson’s ‘do or die’ pledge We are in the middle of the most intense political crisis for a generation. And in a few days Boris Johnson could well be handed the keys to No 10. That will make things worse, not better. Any responsible future prime minister would have spent the past few weeks seeking to find a consensus in parliament for a way forward, building bridges with our European allies rather than Donald Trump, and making the case for unity not division across the country. For Labour, we have also made it clear that whoever becomes prime minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote.
 Like Reply
Donald Trump on FaceApp – cartoon 20 Jul 1:00pm Donald Trump on FaceApp – cartoon
How the entirely unbigoted US president might look when older…
 Like Reply
Moon landing in 1969 was one small step for scrapbooking kids | Brief letters 19 Jul 12:21pm Moon landing in 1969 was one small step for scrapbooking kids | Brief letters
Neil Armstrong | KLM | Boris Johnson | Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump | Phoebe Waller-Bridge | Ed SheeranPerhaps some of the poignancy identified in Suzanne Moore’s piece (
 Like Reply
Donald Trump is the archetypal far-right charismatic leader. But his magic won’t last | Paul Jackson 19 Jul 10:23am Donald Trump is the archetypal far-right charismatic leader. But his magic won’t last | Paul Jackson
The US president’s extreme rhetoric appeals to his supporters. But they will lose interest because his aims are unattainableFirst “Lock her up!” and “Build that wall!”, now “
 Like Reply
Trump wants to run against the Squad. Democrats must stay united | Lloyd Green 19 Jul 8:41am Trump wants to run against the Squad. Democrats must stay united | Lloyd Green
The president is borrowing a strategy from the 1988 election. But this time, the opposition is fighting back Right now, Donald Trump would be expected to run on peace and prosperity. But he’s not. Instead, he’s gunning to further shred the social fabric. Trump, the prime mover of birtherism – false claims that Barack Obama was born in Kenya – loudly broadcasts that his re-election bid will be moored in race-baiting and nativism. It is no longer a dog whistle: America’s cold civil war rages hot. Trump’s Wednesday night performance in Greenville, North Carolina, introduced a brand new chant, “
 Like Reply
The Jeffrey Epstein scandal - podcast 18 Jul 10:00pm The Jeffrey Epstein scandal - podcast
The financier Jeffrey Epstein is back in court on charges of the sex trafficking of minors. Vicky Ward and Ed Pilkington discuss his case. Plus: Aditya Chakrabortty wonders why the French super-rich who promised to donate to Notre Dame haven’t paid up yet Jeffrey Epstein is a wealthy financier and one-time friend to the rich and famous, counting Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton as acquaintances. In 2005 a 14-year-old girl reported that Epstein had molested her in Palm Beach. Others came forward, some of them also minors. But after plea negotiations between Epstein’s legal team and the then US attorney in Miami, Alexander Acosta, Epstein served just 13 months in prison. This month he was arrested on sex trafficking charges and last week federal prosecutors claimed that lewd photographs of girls as young as 14 had been discovered in a safe in his Manhattan
 Like Reply
Trump and the Squad both want the same thing – and Pelosi is in the way | Geoffrey Kabaservice 18 Jul 9:08am Trump and the Squad both want the same thing – and Pelosi is in the way | Geoffrey Kabaservice
They both want to make the progressive women the face of the Democratic party – to push the party further to the left – but Pelosi disagrees American politics makes some extremely odd bedfellows. That’s worth keeping in mind when trying to understand why Donald Trump Twitter-trolled four progressive, first-term congresswomen of color – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – in his now-infamous
 Like Reply
Steve Bell on Donald Trump and accusations of racism – cartoon 17 Jul 1:23pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and accusations of racism – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/jul/17/steve-bell-on-donald-trump-and-accusations-of-racism-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
Democrats are right to condemn Trump’s race-baiting, but they could walk into his trap | Jonathan Freedland 17 Jul 7:36am Democrats are right to condemn Trump’s race-baiting, but they could walk into his trap | Jonathan Freedland
Trump is banking on his race-baiting winning him votes. And Democrats will have to navigate a tricky course to stop himYou’d think it would happen all the time. Given how often they’re drawn from different parties, it should be routine for the US House of Representatives to condemn the president. In fact, it’s rare. Until last night, the House had not made that formal move since it admonished William Howard Taft more than a century ago. So Donald Trump has earned himself yet another place in the history books,
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Donald Trump: a racist in substance and style | Editorial 16 Jul 1:59pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: a racist in substance and style | Editorial
The US president’s bigotry has a political purpose: to distract voters and energise his base. He doesn’t care about the damage he might inflict in the processDonald Trump’s agenda is to turn the clock back in the United States half a century, to a time when elected leaders spoke the language of white supremacy. Like Mr Trump, they did not use dog whistles. Until 1967, 17 states had laws banning interracial marriage. Mississippi did not vote to
 Like Reply
From Donald Trump to Boris Johnson, we’re moving from a post-truth world to a post-shame one | Alastair Campbell 15 Jul 12:40pm From Donald Trump to Boris Johnson, we’re moving from a post-truth world to a post-shame one | Alastair Campbell
Populism means never having to say you’re sorry, and never having to say you’re wrong. You just change the subject A confession: I tend not to read the online comments about anything I write for the Guardian. But as I am about to embark on a short “politics of mental health” speaking tour down under, I made an exception for the comments section beneath
 Like Reply
My own list of hideous men: from a dodgy driving instructor to Boris Johnson | Suzanne Moore 15 Jul 11:15am My own list of hideous men: from a dodgy driving instructor to Boris Johnson | Suzanne Moore
In E Jean Carroll’s new book, she writes about all the men she says have wronged her over the years, including the current US president. It got me thinkingE Jean Carroll’s list of “hideous men” is a magnificent essay that ends with her detailed allegations about being raped by Donald Trump. People seem not to care much about such accusations, or the racism made explicit by
 Like Reply
Can Alexa fix my Brexit and Trump-induced ills? | Stewart Lee 14 Jul 5:00am Can Alexa fix my Brexit and Trump-induced ills? | Stewart Lee
The nurse told me I was eligible for ‘free chair-based activity’. And yet I stand up for a living I woke early on Monday morning, and sat bolt upright clutching my chest, with the sense that something was afoot. Over the Atlantic, in Washington, a mysterious grey-haired child, with the face of a wizened old man, burst forth from a vast blue egg, laid unnoticed overnight in the White House garden, and declared as self-evident the secret truths that everyone else had always inwardly admitted. The first rays of dawn revealed Donald Trump, orange-pubed, peanut-knobbed and naked, as he has always been, and the chlorinated chicken nuggets of the buccaneering Brexiteers’ trade deal dreams swung in the balance, like the president’s pendulous ginger balls smashing into a human face – for ever.
 Like Reply
Boris Johnson unleashes the ogre of recession – cartoon 13 Jul 1:00pm Boris Johnson unleashes the ogre of recession – cartoon
A no-deal Brexit comes closer, thanks to Donald Trump’s little helper
 Like Reply
The roots of Labour’s antisemitism lie deep within the populist left | Jonathan Freedland 12 Jul 12:55pm The roots of Labour’s antisemitism lie deep within the populist left | Jonathan Freedland
Much of the hate spewed out against Jews harks back to conspiracy theories about bankers and the RothschildsIn Britain we sometimes imagine that populism lurks in our future or over there, in Donald Trump’s America or Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. Even those who are alarmed by the prospect of populist politics and all it entails take comfort that we’re not there yet, that it’s still some time, or distance, away. But what if that’s wrong? What if it’s already here?
 Like Reply
Megan Rapinoe’s ‘egotism’ is the perfect antidote to Donald Trump | Emma Brockes 12 Jul 11:10am Megan Rapinoe’s ‘egotism’ is the perfect antidote to Donald Trump | Emma Brockes
A man with little talent squats in the White House, so it’s like balm to see a female sports star with real ability who’s unafraid to brag about itThis week it has been gratifying to watch Americans – specifically, American men – grapple on social media with a concept long cherished by the British as a thing we love to hate. If our characters are organised as much around that which we despise as revere, it is safe to say that the ancient British revulsion for Being Up Oneself is a central force in national life that, until this week, many Americans claimed to find mystifying. And then along came
 Like Reply
Trump’s summit shows he needs the tech giants as much as they need him | Carl Miller 12 Jul 8:39am Trump’s summit shows he needs the tech giants as much as they need him | Carl Miller
The White House social-media conference showed that big tech’s power will not be diminished any time soonYesterday, Donald Trump
 Like Reply
Nancy Pelosi’s renewed attacks on AOC aren’t just disrespectful, they’re dangerous 12 Jul 6:00am Nancy Pelosi’s renewed attacks on AOC aren’t just disrespectful, they’re dangerous
As America grows increasingly brazen in its bigotry, Pelosi should be standing up for her new colleagues – so why isn’t she? Can progressives please shut up and listen to Nancy Pelosi? The speaker of the House, I would like to remind everyone, is a master strategist, a savvy tactician, and an experienced politician. She knows what’s best for America. And what’s best for America, apparently, isn’t standing up to Donald Trump; no, it’s ensuring four freshman congresswomen don’t get ideas above their station. It’s ensuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in particular, knows her place. There have been long-running tensions between Pelosi and the so-called “Squad” of new progressive congresswomen, which consists of Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Things escalated sharply over the weekend, when Pelosi decided it would be a good idea to demean her colleagues in the New York Times. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following,” Pelosi told the Times, referring to a border funding bill the Squad opposed. “They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on undiplomatic language: don’t pander to Donald Trump | Editorial 9 Jul 1:41pm The Guardian view on undiplomatic language: don’t pander to Donald Trump | Editorial
The US president is angry at the British ambassador’s frank assessment. His reaction reinforces Kim Darroch’s verdict on his administrationThough the president of the United States has fired off
 Like Reply
UK ambassador’s truth and consequences | Letters 9 Jul 1:29pm UK ambassador’s truth and consequences | Letters
Readers give their views on the fallout from Kim Darroch’s memos about Donald Trump’s administrationSir Kim Darroch appears to have carried out his remit scrupulously and honestly (
 Like Reply
The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees – podcast 8 Jul 10:00pm The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees – podcast
Carola Rackete defied Italy’s ban on migrant rescue ships by forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa last week. She tells the Guardian’s Lorenzo Tondo she would do it all again, even though she faces a lengthy trial and a possible jail sentence. Plus: Simon Jenkins on the leaked diplomatic cables of the UK’s Washington ambassador, which were highly critical of Donald Trump
 Like Reply
Trashing of Trump gives MPs chance to enjoy a bit of deploring | John Crace 8 Jul 3:33pm Trashing of Trump gives MPs chance to enjoy a bit of deploring | John Crace
Alan Duncan begs MPs to go back to doing what they do best: go heavy on the moral outrage and forget the details No one was much bothered by what had been leaked. Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to the US, had only reported back what had long been obvious to the entire world: that Donald Trump was vain, inept and ran a wholly dysfunctional administration. It was the sort of email that anyone might send after watching the news headlines on American television.
 Like Reply
How can Kim Darroch represent Britain in Trump’s Washington now? | Simon Jenkins 8 Jul 6:29am How can Kim Darroch represent Britain in Trump’s Washington now? | Simon Jenkins
The UK ambassador was a fool to put his unvarnished opinions in writing and think they would be kept secretUniquely dysfunctional, incompetent, unpredictable, faction-riven, diplomatically clumsy, inept. That is Donald Trump’s Washington
 Like Reply
Donald Trump wants to be a dictator. It’s not enough just to laugh at him 5 Jul 12:52pm Donald Trump wants to be a dictator. It’s not enough just to laugh at him
He cages children, he holds a military parade, he muses about being president for life. Yet we fail to see him for what he isMaybe we’re too busy laughing to see it. Perhaps it’s the jokes and memes that Donald Trump generates in abundance, the gift that keeps on giving, that blinds us to a chilling fact that we’d rather not face. Put simply, the leader of the world’s most powerful nation is behaving like an authoritarian dictator, one who threatens democracy in his own country and far beyond. Here’s the latest example of how the comedy can distract. On Thursday Donald Trump marked the Fourth of July by praising the US military, invoking the heroism of an army that defeated the British in the 18th century in part because “
 Like Reply
Ben Jennings on Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un – cartoon 30 Jun 1:39pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/jun/30/ben-jennings-donald-trump-meeting-kim-jong-un-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Trump and Kim: an unsatisfactory sequel | Editorial 30 Jun 1:27pm The Guardian view on Trump and Kim: an unsatisfactory sequel | Editorial
The US president’s meeting with the North Korean leader is a stunt, not a breakthroughHollywood loves sequels. However, audiences who applaud spectacular but shoddy movies have only themselves to blame. Their reward is further-diminished versions, in which the original’s flaws are more glaringly apparent. On Sunday, Donald Trump launched the third instalment of his
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on the US Democrats’ debates: Harris and Warren are setting the pace 28 Jun 1:30pm The Guardian view on the US Democrats’ debates: Harris and Warren are setting the pace
As the voters start to choose America’s next political leader, the supreme court is allowing the politicians to choose their voters insteadEverybody knows Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for US president in 2020. Nobody has a clue who his Democratic opponent will be. The contest to find the answer to this question will be a marathon not a sprint, and the marathon has only just begun. The first real votes will not be cast until February; the nominee will not be formally adopted for more than a year. It is also an unusually
 Like Reply
The heedless drift towards war with Iran shames Britain | Simon Tisdall 28 Jun 1:00am The heedless drift towards war with Iran shames Britain | Simon Tisdall
Jeremy Hunt says Britain would stand with the US in the case of military intervention. How has Iraq been forgotten so quickly? The imperial city of Persepolis, ruined capital of Persia’s kings, rises from the desert north-east of Shiraz like a rebuke to invaders, ancient and modern. Its marble columns, many still standing, were erected about 500BC when inhabitants of the British Isles were capering around in animal skins and it was Greeks who posed the biggest military threat. Donald Trump’s America was a bad idea whose time had not yet come. Britain’s recent history with Iran is, for the most part, shaming. Nineteenth-century imperialists and traders exploited and bullied, redrawing its borders with the Raj. British armies invaded and occupied and, in the 1920s, helped to elevate Reza Shah to the peacock throne. The ensuing era of autocratic rule sowed the seeds of the anti-western 1979 Islamic revolution. At Persepolis, graffiti left by Victorian army officers still defaces its pillars.
 Like Reply
Andrzej Krauze on continental power games – cartoon 26 Jun 1:00am Andrzej Krauze on continental power games – cartoon
Europe finds itself caught between pressure from Donald Trump – on trade, Iran, Brexit, the far right – and Vladimir Putin’s own aggressive policies
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Trump and Israel-Palestine: the reality behind Kushner’s fantasy | Editorial 25 Jun 1:42pm The Guardian view on Trump and Israel-Palestine: the reality behind Kushner’s fantasy | Editorial
The derisive reception for the first stage of the US “peace plan” for the Middle East is deservedSome political performances illuminate an issue; others, like this week’s charade in Manama, Bahrain, are meant to conceal. After all the Trump administration’s grand talk of “the deal of the century” in the Middle East, the launch of its first, economic aspect has been both absurd and bathetic. The Palestinian refusal to attend has meant that Israel is also absent. This is a play missing its stars and half the cast as well; the Arab states involved have sent lower-tier officials. Even its instigator, Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, talked of a workshop rather than a conference; of a vision rather than a plan. Economy-first approaches have been tried before, and failed even with realistic roadmaps and more trusted interlocutors. The gap between Mr Kushner’s illusion and the realities of this seven-decade conflict could hardly be starker. It is encapsulated by the Peace for Prosperity document – more brochure than blueprint – and the fact that several of its photos are images of programmes
 Like Reply
The Observer view on heightened US tensions with Iran | Editorial 23 Jun 1:00am The Observer view on heightened US tensions with Iran | Editorial
Donald Trump’s White House farce once again takes the world to the brink of war Donald Trump was repeatedly warned that his aggressive policy of escalating military and economic “maximum pressure” on Iran risked triggering war by accident. Last week, the long-predicted miscalculations duly occurred and, for a few scary hours, the world tottered on the brink. Both sides in the Gulf made mistakes, although US commanders appear more at fault. But the biggest mistake of all was made in 2016, when Americans picked a dangerous fool for president. The sequence of events that led Trump to order airstrikes on Thursday evening, then
 Like Reply
To defeat Boris Johnson, learn the lessons of Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland 21 Jun 12:35pm To defeat Boris Johnson, learn the lessons of Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland
Britons must not repeat the mistakes that have dogged opposition to the US presidentAll we need now is for Boris Johnson to praise Mark Field, the government-minister-cum-self-appointed-close-protection-officer who thought the best way to deal with a peaceful distributor of leaflets was to
 Like Reply
Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters 20 Jun 1:24pm Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters
The British government should call for restraint and de-escalation, says a group of campaigners, politicians and leading cultural figuresThe threat of war with Iran is terrifying and the behaviour of the US government risks making the danger real. Its categoric claim that Iran was responsible for last week’s attacks on the two tankers in the Straits of Hormuz has been challenged by the Japanese and the German governments. It has served only to make a dangerous situation more serious. The context to this is Donald Trump’s scrapping of the nuclear deal with Iran last year, which blocked the way to normalising relations and immediately escalated tension. The accompanying sanctions have caused real economic damage and human suffering. In May the Trump administration turned the screw tighter by dropping exemptions for oil exports. These measures are part of the policy of regime change advocated by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, Trump’s two senior foreign policy officials, both of whom have called for military attacks on Iran.
 Like Reply
Why are the best footballers in the world suing their bosses? – podcast 19 Jun 10:00pm Why are the best footballers in the world suing their bosses? – podcast
The Women’s World Cup is nearing the knockout stages, with the tournament favourites, the US, in blistering form. But back home, the players are taking on their governing body in a gender equality lawsuit that could have huge implications for women’s sport. Plus: Jonathan Freedland on Donald Trump’s economic record The US set a Women’s World Cup record this month with their
 Like Reply
Donald Trump’s reckless Iran policy casts doubt on the US as global leader | David Wearing 19 Jun 5:00am Donald Trump’s reckless Iran policy casts doubt on the US as global leader | David Wearing
Washington’s European allies need to ask themselves whether the US government has become a dangerous liabilityIrrespective of whether
 Like Reply
How the royal family killed off republicanism | Larry Elliott 13 Jun 1:00am How the royal family killed off republicanism | Larry Elliott
The democratic case against the monarchy is clear, but even Labour knows it would be electoral suicide to make itFrom Harry Truman to Donald Trump, there have been 13 US presidents since the Queen came to the throne in 1952, so she has plenty of practice in hosting a state visit for the world’s most powerful man. Unsurprisingly, Trump loved the British establishment
 Like Reply
Disruptor has become a dirty word. And not just when applied to Donald Trump | Andre Spicer 11 Jun 4:00am Disruptor has become a dirty word. And not just when applied to Donald Trump | Andre Spicer
It started with digital start-ups, but now it’s destroying public services. True innovation comes from scientists and engineersThere are many names people called Donald Trump during his recent UK visit. One of the more flattering was “the disruptor in chief”. When the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was asked about Trump, he responded: “
 Like Reply
Vince Cable: ‘The Tories have made a Horlicks of Brexit’ 10 Jun 1:00am Vince Cable: ‘The Tories have made a Horlicks of Brexit’
As he prepares to stand down as leader of the Lib Dems, the veteran MP talks about past coalitions, possible alliances – and ballroom dancingVince Cable, the other party leader stepping down this summer, looks like a man ready to hand over. In the Twickenham home he has lived in for 45 years, a table is covered with piles of notes and clippings from the Financial Times – “horizontal filing,” he calls it – research for a new book he is working on. It is a study of how major politicians “have changed the way we do economics”, from Alexander Hamilton to Margaret Thatcher and, although he has not made a final decision on this – because who knows how the story will end? – Donald Trump. He will soon have more time for that project. Unlike Theresa May, the 76-year-old leader of the Liberal Democrats did not have to be dragged from politics’ front line. It was his decision. But what a way to go. A few months ago, the Lib Dems were down to just 11 MPs. It seemed that theirs was a permanently ruined brand, rendered toxic by five years in coalition with David Cameron’s Tories. The decline was painfully obvious every Wednesday lunchtime, when Cable would have to wait the best part of 45 minutes to be called at Prime Minister’s Questions, long after the leaders of Labour and the Scottish National Party and a string of backbenchers. He and his party were a political afterthought.Any centrist energy was focused on the Independent Group, the breakaway of Labour and Conservative MPs who looked set to gobble up the Lib Dem vote and perhaps the party itself.
 Like Reply
Selective memory and the D-day anniversary | Letters 7 Jun 12:49pm Selective memory and the D-day anniversary | Letters
Readers respond to Simon Jenkins’ plea for an end to endless war remembrance. Plus thoughts on the roles of Donald Trump and Theresa May in the commemorations in NormandySimon Jenkins (
 Like Reply
An insult to Trump’s intelligence claim | Brief letters 6 Jun 12:58pm An insult to Trump’s intelligence claim | Brief letters
Ageing and raging | Matt Hancock | Donald Trump | Sharing birthdaysThe past three years have been marked by too many articles suggesting that those of us over 60 are responsible for the referendum result, have become wealthy as a result of the property market, have unsustainably large pensions and “pulled up the ladder” on the generations coming behind us. What a rare treat to read an alternative account that more closely reflects a world recognisable to many of us (
 Like Reply
Trump is provoking a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. What could go wrong? | Simon Tisdall 6 Jun 5:56am Trump is provoking a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. What could go wrong? | Simon Tisdall
The president is riding roughshod over international treaties in the name of making a profit for himself and his familyHow grimly galling, as Donald Trump
 Like Reply
Boris Johnson’s backers are cynics enabling disaster | Owen Jones 6 Jun 1:00am Boris Johnson’s backers are cynics enabling disaster | Owen Jones
Just like Republicans who excoriated Trump only to fall into line behind him, Tory MPs are playing a dangerous gameWho are the biggest frauds and charlatans: Donald Trump, or his erstwhile Republican opponents? In the different political universe of four years ago, when Trump’s odds of clinching the Republican nomination were
 Like Reply
NHS must be off the table in trade talks with Trump | Letters 5 Jun 11:56am NHS must be off the table in trade talks with Trump | Letters
Readers respond to Donald Trump’s comment that he wants the NHS ‘on the table’ in any future trade negotiationsMy late mother trained as a nurse in Glasgow in the 1940s and witnessed the birth of the NHS. Having grown up in a village in rural Scotland where nobody ever called the doctor because they wouldn’t have been able to pay the bill, she often told us of the revolution in healthcare which the NHS made possible, and about the gratitude of ordinary folk nursed free of charge in hospital through diphtheria, tuberculosis, scarlet fever and the like. I can hardly imagine her reaction on hearing that only 70 years later the United States wants the NHS to be “on the table” in a future trade deal (
 Like Reply
What is the future for Sir Philip Green? – podcast 4 Jun 10:00pm What is the future for Sir Philip Green? – podcast
As Sir Philip Green’s retail empire faces the prospect of entering administration, putting 18,000 jobs at risk, the Guardian business reporter Sarah Butler discusses how we got here. Plus: Sadiq Khan responds to being called a loser by Donald Trump It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Sir Philip Green. The retail tycoon has been charged in the US with four counts of misdemeanour assault, following allegations from a fitness instructor in Arizona that Green repeatedly touched her inappropriately -allegations he strenuously denies. And his retail empire, the Arcadia Group, could face administration unless creditors can agree on his restructuring plan. The Guardian reporter
 Like Reply
Steve Bell on Donald Trump meeting Theresa May – cartoon 4 Jun 1:49pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump meeting Theresa May – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/jun/04/steve-bell-on-donald-trump-meeting-theresa-may-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
Trump mind focused on sycophantic colonic irrigation | John Crace 4 Jun 1:13pm Trump mind focused on sycophantic colonic irrigation | John Crace
US president could barely raise a pulse as he stumbled through his script This wasn’t the way it had been meant to be. When Theresa May had invited the US president for a state visit, she had pictured herself standing next to him as almost an equal. The prime minister who had delivered Brexit, now poised to negotiate a free trade deal with America. Two leaders ready to the carve up the world in their own image. Instead she was now barely even a supplicant. More like a woman without a shadow. The woman who wasn’t really there, at the press conference no one really wanted. The point at which politics disintegrates into existential ennui. Shortly after 2pm, May and Donald Trump took up their positions at the two lecterns set up in the Durbar Court of the Foreign Office. The prime minister spoke first. She tried to sound upbeat, but her voice rarely strayed beyond a flat monotone. She may still have a few weeks left in No 10, but mentally she has checked out already. The epitome of demob unhappy.
 Like Reply
Brexiteers want a leader with Trump’s swagger. That would be the ruin of Britain | Rafael Behr 4 Jun 12:49pm Brexiteers want a leader with Trump’s swagger. That would be the ruin of Britain | Rafael Behr
The president gets away with his boorishness because the US is a hyperpower. A cut-price UK version would be a disaster Donald Trump’s presidency and Brexit have their own
 Like Reply
Brexiters beware: Donald Trump will trample all over our sovereignty | Zoe Williams 3 Jun 2:25pm Brexiters beware: Donald Trump will trample all over our sovereignty | Zoe Williams
The US president’s willingness to intervene in our politics and the targeting of the NHS by US business should serve as a warningA diagram
 Like Reply
An absolute state of a visit: what the Trump and Windsor snapshots tell us | Hannah Jane Parkinson 3 Jun 1:14pm An absolute state of a visit: what the Trump and Windsor snapshots tell us | Hannah Jane Parkinson
Big hats! Flight attendant chic! Fist-bumping the Queen! Let’s take a look at what’s happened so far ... Roll up, roll up! The freakshow is back in town. Which rather loses its impact when our own freakshow has not left town for the past three years, but never mind. Donald Trump is back in the UK for a full state visit. State is the correct word. If Theresa May was determined to bow out on a low, she’s done herself proud.
 Like Reply
The wrangling to become Tory leader is turning Britain into an oligarchy | Simon Jenkins 3 Jun 6:22am The wrangling to become Tory leader is turning Britain into an oligarchy | Simon Jenkins
Boris Johnson looks likely to be the choice of the party faithful, but Brexit will prove as fatal to him as it has to MayMeanwhile back at the ranch, Britain must choose a new prime minister – and fast. Donald Trump may have been elected by just
 Like Reply
The Observer view on Donald Trump’s meddling before his state visit | Observer editorial 2 Jun 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s meddling before his state visit | Observer editorial
The president has once again interfered in British politics. He should learn to mind his mouthAs Britain sees it, a state visit is an important way of celebrating and strengthening the relationship between two sovereign countries. It is a symbolic occasion intended to formalise and promote a voluntary alliance linking two independent peoples. The principal focus is not on individual politicians, except in so far as such leaders are seen as representing their fellow citizens. State visits are certainly not supposed to be an ego trip. This is something, among many other things, that Donald Trump plainly does not understand. When the Queen hosts a foreign leader, she does so in her capacity as head of state, not as a tour guide or re-election campaign prop. The honour she bestows belongs entirely to the country of which her guest is the current, temporary leader. Whatever he may think, the state visit is emphatically not a
 Like Reply
Donald Trump breezes in to Britain – cartoon 1 Jun 1:00pm Donald Trump breezes in to Britain – cartoon
The US president cements the special relationship… with Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson
 Like Reply
Mueller stopped short of calling Trump a criminal, but did we need him to? | Richard Wolffe 30 May 3:57pm Mueller stopped short of calling Trump a criminal, but did we need him to? | Richard Wolffe
The denial from Mueller’s office that the special counsel drew up an indictment on three counts obstruction of justice is problematic and entirely predictable Did Donald Trump repeatedly break the law by trying to block multiple investigations into his mysteriously intimate relationship with Russia? The answer is rather similar to questions about the pope’s Catholicism and the propensity of bears to poop in the woods.
 Like Reply
Mueller’s inaction over Trump has let the US down. Why is he holding back? | Simon Tisdall 30 May 11:31am Mueller’s inaction over Trump has let the US down. Why is he holding back? | Simon Tisdall
The special counsel’s reluctance to indict the president has only deepened the mystery he was hired to solve Robert Mueller has a reputation as a straight-shooting, play-it-by-the-book sort of guy. That changed this week. The special counsel’s stated justifications for not accusing Donald Trump of obstruction of justice appear convoluted and legally dubious. Mueller was a man hired to solve a mystery. His odd decision to take refuge in questionable precedents, and thereby effectively duck the issue, has only compounded it. His two-year investigation was admirable in many ways. Unlike similar exercises in the past, such as Kenneth Starr’s 1990s inquiry into Bill Clinton, he kept his counsel, did not leak to the media, and completed the business within a reasonable timeframe. His finding that there were “multiple, systematic” Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election is clear and unambiguous.
 Like Reply
The Guardian view on Europe: change, not decay | Editorial 28 May 1:57pm The Guardian view on Europe: change, not decay | Editorial
The big parties grew smaller and the small parties bigger. But the voters still believe in the European projectWhen the eurozone was locked in crisis and, later, when a million migrants fled to Europe from the Syrian war and elsewhere, many predicted that the European Union would not be able to stand the strain. When these crises were followed by the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, it was common to say – especially in the
 Like Reply
How warmly can Charles greet Donald Trump, the man who leered at both Kate and Diana? | Catherine Bennett 26 May 2:00am How warmly can Charles greet Donald Trump, the man who leered at both Kate and Diana? | Catherine Bennett
The Queen has hosted tyrants before but the prince had no need to invite Trump The latest on Donald Trump’s state visit, now reportedly reinvented as one of those new, 3G,
 Like Reply
Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you weren’t paying attention | Gary Younge 24 May 1:00am Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you weren’t paying attention | Gary Younge
The seeds of Trump, Brexit and Modi’s success were sown by endemic racism and unfairness. Tackling that is the answerThe morning after both Donald Trump’s victory and the Brexit referendum, when a mood of paralysing shock and grief overcame progressives and liberals on both sides of the Atlantic, the two most common refrains I heard were: “I don’t recognise my country any more,” and “I feel like I’ve woken up in a different country.” This period of collective disorientation was promptly joined by oppositional activity, if not activism. People who had never marched before took to the streets; those who had not donated before gave; people who had not been paying attention became engaged. Many continue. Almost three years later the Brexit party,
 Like Reply
Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast 21 May 10:00pm Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast
Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was a key architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now he is stoking tensions with Iran. Julian Borger describes how the standoff could get out of control. Also today: Katharine Viner on how the Guardian is updating its language when reporting on the climate crisis John Bolton, who has been called “
 Like Reply
To defuse this crisis the US must start talking to Iran | Peter Westmacott 21 May 1:00am To defuse this crisis the US must start talking to Iran | Peter Westmacott
As Washington raises the stakes, the risk of a misunderstanding is high – and it could lead to a new conflict in the Middle East, Once again Iran is the focus of attention for Washington’s foreign policy hawks – and by extension for the rest of us. Donald Trump says he doesn’t want a war with Iran, but his
 Like Reply
Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins 20 May 6:21am 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
 Like Reply
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,
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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 –
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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 (
 Like Reply
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
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/apr/28/ben-jennings-on-donald-trump-and-the-san-diego-synagogue-shooting-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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 (
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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,
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
Ben Jennings on investigations into Donald Trump – cartoon 3 Mar 2:55pm Ben Jennings on investigations into Donald Trump – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2019/mar/03/ben-jennings-on-investigations-into-donald-trump-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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,
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
‘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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
Enter the House of Pelosi 2 Jan 6:57pm Enter the House of Pelosi
The main Democratic goal will be destroying Donald Trump.
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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 (
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and climate change – cartoon 3 Dec 2018, 1:41pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and climate change – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/dec/03/ben-jennings-donald-trump-climate-change-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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 “
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
Ben Jennings on Donald Trump marking the armistice – cartoon 11 Nov 2018, 1:17pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump marking the armistice – cartoon
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/nov/11/ben-jennings-on-donald-trump-marking-the-armistice-cartoon">Continue reading...
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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,
 Like Reply
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?
 Like Reply
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’
 Like Reply
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.
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
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
 Like Reply
On the top

Date settings

Today is Sunday, December 8, 2019

+ 1 -
+ 1 -
+ 2016 -

Close

By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our cookie policy.

Accept