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The Presidency Can Add Years to Your Life 9 Dec 6:09pm The Presidency Can Add Years to Your Life
No president since Nixon has died before reaching his 90s.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the net closes | Editorial 9 Dec 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the net closes | Editorial
Contempt and indignation, however deserved, won’t end the presidency of Donald Trump. What’s needed is the operation of the law. That may be coming closerThat President Trump is an almost compulsive liar, a man who is incurious about the world except to the extent that it can satisfy his crude immediate desires, has been obvious since he
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Macron’s politics look to Blair and Clinton. The backlash was inevitable | Larry Elliott 6 Dec 1:00am Macron’s politics look to Blair and Clinton. The backlash was inevitable | Larry Elliott
The French president has cut taxes for the rich but maintained austerity. It’s a failed formula Rioting in the streets. Filling stations running out of fuel. Panic buying in the supermarkets. A country in chaos. Not a dystopian vision of Britain after Brexit, but France in the here and now under that self-styled champion of anti-populism, Emmanuel Macron. French politicians invariably claim to be inspired by Charles de Gaulle, and Macron is no exception.
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Emmanuel Macron’s crisis in France is a danger to all of Europe | Natalie Nougayrède 4 Dec 2:00pm Emmanuel Macron’s crisis in France is a danger to all of Europe | Natalie Nougayrède
Extreme forces are rejoicing over the president’s predicament. Their ultimate goal is a political takeover of the continentFor Europe’s sake, Emmanuel Macron needs help – not our scorn or hatred. A young, reformist French president who
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The Guardian view on the gilets jaunes: Macron needs to regain his popular touch | Editorial 3 Dec 1:45pm The Guardian view on the gilets jaunes: Macron needs to regain his popular touch | Editorial
The French president needs to find a way to tackle both climate change and the anger on the streetsAlmost two decades ago a new fresh-faced leader of the centre-left emerged in Europe and appeared, having won a historic election, on the cusp of changing politics in his country. But as he flew higher, he lost a sense of the public mood and failed to face up early on to a crisis which brought his modern industrial society to a halt. In doing so he revealed an inability to control events or win around public opinion.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s growing list of failures | Observer editorial 2 Dec 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s growing list of failures | Observer editorial
The US president’s renowned ‘base’ will not tolerate many more job losses or fiscal blunders It has been a difficult week for Donald Trump. A series of reverses at home was followed in short order by one of the US president’s least favourite things – obligatory participation in an international summit, namely this weekend’s
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George Herbert Walker Bush 1 Dec 11:04am George Herbert Walker Bush
The 41st President navigated a peaceful end to the Cold War.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s credibility: America’s compromised leader | Editorial 30 Nov 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s credibility: America’s compromised leader | Editorial
As the Mueller investigation continues to produce troubling charges against his innermost circle, the US president’s word is increasingly suspect both at home and abroadEarlier this week
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You’d think Ivanka Trump would be worried about her emails. But guess what? | Emma Brockes 30 Nov 9:00am You’d think Ivanka Trump would be worried about her emails. But guess what? | Emma Brockes
Despite the revelations about her use of private emails she’s bounced back, and is borrowing from the president’s playbookFor what seems like long stretches, I forget about Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; and then, in weeks such as this, when both are in the news –
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Trump Ridicules Republicans 28 Nov 6:42pm Trump Ridicules Republicans
The president could pay a price for kicking the defeated members of his own party.
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Riots, low ratings … where did it all go wrong for Emmanuel Macron? | Marion Van Renterghem 28 Nov 1:00am Riots, low ratings … where did it all go wrong for Emmanuel Macron? | Marion Van Renterghem
The French president hasn’t just lost his touch, he is enabling the populism he was supposed to defeat I was on a train from Bratislava to Budapest recently when I found myself contemplating France and its recent predicament. The purpose of my journey through central Europe was to observe the seeds of the “illiberal democracy” that is proclaimed by Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, and
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Putin is profiting from chaos in Ukraine – and the west is letting him | Natalia Antonova 27 Nov 7:57am Putin is profiting from chaos in Ukraine – and the west is letting him | Natalia Antonova
The Sea of Azov skirmish bolsters Putin at home while delivering a masterclass in despotism to any watching dictatorsWe’re often told that the reason the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is so dangerous is that he is a brilliant political chess master, always thinking several moves ahead. Yet there is reason to believe that the real reason Putin is so dangerous is that he is no chess master at all. His latest skirmish with Ukraine, this time in the
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My letter to Jeremy Corbyn: your nation is threatened – back a people’s vote | Gina Miller 26 Nov 10:37am My letter to Jeremy Corbyn: your nation is threatened – back a people’s vote | Gina Miller
Brexit is too dangerous to be used in a bid for power – Labour must help to prevent the UK becoming a laboratory for this rightwing experimentDear Jeremy Corbyn, The words “j’accuse” have probably been overused since Émile Zola used them in his open letter to the French president, Félix Faure, on the
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Putin Loses One 22 Nov 4:58pm Putin Loses One
Interpol rejects the Russian-backed candidate for president.
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Patriotism is meaningless if it doesn’t embrace acts of defiance | Kenan Malik 18 Nov 5:50am Patriotism is meaningless if it doesn’t embrace acts of defiance | Kenan Malik
Emmanuel Macron was wrong to see love of country as chiefly a gentle sentiment Nationalism, the French president Emmanuel Macron suggested at last week’s
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16 Nov 5:36pm Art of the Deal: 2020
No matter who becomes Speaker of the House next year, the President enjoys a remarkable political opportunity.
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The Guardian view on Sri Lanka: president v prime minister | Editorial 15 Nov 1:56pm The Guardian view on Sri Lanka: president v prime minister | Editorial
The manner of Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ousting is a step backwards. This constitutional crisis must be resolved peacefully; a punch-up in parliament is an alarming signMost of us have regretted mistakes. Sri Lanka’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, is unusual in regretting what he got right. Three years ago, he led the diverse coalition that unseated the strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose increasingly authoritarian leadership was undermining opposition parties, the judiciary and the media while his family and friends prospered. Mr Sirisena and his prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, promised to curb executive powers and amended the constitution so that the president could not remove a prime minister unless they resigned or lost the confidence of parliament. But the pair’s unhappy alliance has deteriorated to the point of no return. Last month, the president dismissed Mr Wickremesinghe, announced that he was replacing him with his old foe, Mr Rajapaksa, and suspended parliament until he could muster sufficient votes for the switch. That failed: many share his frustrations with the prime minister, but are much angrier at the president’s tactics. Mr Wickremesinghe has refused to go. This week the supreme court
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The Trumps-Macrons do Paris: what to make of the snapshots 13 Nov 7:21am The Trumps-Macrons do Paris: what to make of the snapshots
The state visit to France is another flawless double date captured for posterity It doesn’t take a genius to respect the war dead. I managed to do it aged 13 on a school trip to the Somme – and I didn’t become a genius until the following academic year. But – and you knew this was coming – it seemed too difficult for one man: the president of the United States. Trump blamed the weather grounding his helicopter for his no-show at a memorial to American soldiers (there was some light rain), and then, when people pointed out he could have just driven there, said
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The UK’s withdrawal from Unesco is historical and cultural vandalism | Emily Thornberry 13 Nov 5:37am The UK’s withdrawal from Unesco is historical and cultural vandalism | Emily Thornberry
International development secretary Penny Mordaunt is shamefully following the US president down a road to isolationismIn 1985, a young MP – only two years in the job – stood up in the House of Commons to oppose the government’s plans to withdraw from Unesco, the UN agency created after the second world war to encourage global development and collaboration in the fields of education, culture and science. Responding to the
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The Observer view on Donald Trump being at bay after the midterms | Observer editorial 11 Nov 12:59am The Observer view on Donald Trump being at bay after the midterms | Observer editorial
The results of the elections will send him in search of a spectacular distraction from his losses Air Force One landed in France on Friday bearing a wounded president. Donald Trump has reacted to the loss of the House of Representatives to the Democrats with characteristic petulance,
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We now know it’s folly to rage against Trump | Simon Jenkins 9 Nov 1:00am We now know it’s folly to rage against Trump | Simon Jenkins
The president will never be out-ranted. These elections show that his supporters still want to be heardIn the
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The US press corps has to learn to stand up to Trump | Suzanne Moore 8 Nov 8:15am The US press corps has to learn to stand up to Trump | Suzanne Moore
Journalists are too complicit in the ritual degradations at the president’s press conferences. Why not just walk out?What sort of person sits and watches a colleague being bullied and says nothing? Someone in a low-status job fearful of their boss, someone with low self-esteem who thinks they can do nothing, someone who feels powerless. Someone who is a coward? Maybe. This is the way the bully is sanctified and lives to fight another day. I wouldn’t say that my profession is full of people with low self-esteem or who are easily cowed. I like to think of all the noble and brave reporters out there; I know most hacks are egomaniacs. So how then do we explain the entire press corps at
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Trump 2.0 Begins 7 Nov 5:05pm Trump 2.0 Begins
The president will have trouble reassembling his 2016 coalition unless he changes.
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America has stepped away from the brink. But there is more work to do | Jill Abramson 7 Nov 1:09am America has stepped away from the brink. But there is more work to do | Jill Abramson
The midterm results made it clear there is trouble ahead for the president. But will Democrats seize this opportunity? It was a good night for the
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The Beatles’ White Album captured the spirit of ’68, but it’s right for 2018 too | John Harris 6 Nov 1:00am The Beatles’ White Album captured the spirit of ’68, but it’s right for 2018 too | John Harris
The Beatles’ epic creation reflected the political darkness and disquiet of the time, which gives it surprising resonance today Two months remain of 2018 – but if you view some of the events of this strange, volatile year from a certain angle, it might just as well be 1968. In the US, social and political divisions suggest a replay of tensions that exploded at the time of the Vietnam war, with a paranoid and unhinged president only heightening the similarities. Two weeks ago, African-American former athlete
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Brazil Is Moving Its Embassy to Jerusalem 5 Nov 7:40pm Brazil Is Moving Its Embassy to Jerusalem
Evangelical voters throw their support to another populist pro-Israel president.
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Trump blames anyone but himself - cartoon 4 Nov 1:00am Trump blames anyone but himself - cartoon
Chris Riddell on the president’s tactics in the US midterm elections
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US midterms: all about Trump? – podcast 1 Nov 11:00pm US midterms: all about Trump? – podcast
Gary Younge visits Racine, Wisconsin, one of the bellwether races in the US midterms. In recent history the city has been a reliable predictor of which way the country will swing. But how much will the Trump factor influence the result? Plus: Gaby Hinsliff on why people hate vegans Two years on from the election of the most bombastic, divisive, jaw-dropping Republican president that America has ever seen, the Democrats finally have a chance to push back. While Trump himself is not on the ballot, the
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We deplore this attack on freedom of expression in Brazil’s universities | Letters 1 Nov 2:08pm We deplore this attack on freedom of expression in Brazil’s universities | Letters
107 international academics react to social media reports that more than 20 universities in Brazil have been invaded by military police in recent days, with teaching materials confiscated on ideological groundsReports have emerged on social media that more than 20 universities in Brazil have been subjected in recent days to: invasions by military police; the confiscation of teaching materials on ideological grounds; and the suppression of freedom of speech and expression, especially in relation to anti-fascist history and activism. As academics, researchers, graduates, students and workers at universities in the UK, Europe and further afield, we deplore this attack on freedom of expression in Brazil’s universities, which comes as a direct result of the campaign and election of far-right President Bolsonaro.
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The Guardian view on Brazil’s new president: a global danger | Editorial 31 Oct 1:48pm The Guardian view on Brazil’s new president: a global danger | Editorial
The EU – and Britain – ought to act to save the planet from Jair Bolsonaro, whose policies will accelerate climate change, not curb itIt is depressing to think that for the
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As Macron knows, the real threat to relationships today is time and energy 31 Oct 1:29pm As Macron knows, the real threat to relationships today is time and energy
The exhausted French president has gone on a minibreak with his wife, Brigitte, after rumours of a rift. In our always busy culture, how can we address these new sources of schism? Emmanuel Macron has taken
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Bolsonaro’s election is catastrophic news for Brazil’s indigenous tribes | Fiona Watson 31 Oct 10:25am Bolsonaro’s election is catastrophic news for Brazil’s indigenous tribes | Fiona Watson
During his campaign, he pledged to take away their territory. His victory will embolden the brutal mining and logging gangsBrazil has just elected as its president a far-right nationalist with
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: using hate as bait | Editorial 30 Oct 2:09pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: using hate as bait | Editorial
The US president is following a consistent strategy of creating crises over immigration and race to mobilise white support for Republicans in the midterm electionsDonald Trump is still sometimes depicted as impulsive and unpredictable. But this view is mistaken. There is method – albeit an evil method – in his madness. His behaviour in the build-up to next week’s
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs | Observer editorial 28 Oct 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs | Observer editorial
Republican leaders see no link between the president’s rabble-rousing and the threats to some of his prominent criticsDonald Trump’s inadequate and self-referential response to last week’s spate of attempted pipe bomb attacks was, sadly, what we have come to expect from this most un-presidential of American presidents. As Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, told CNN, Trump has “never fully made the transition” from candidate to White House incumbent. It is plainly too much to hope that he ever will. Trump’s narcissistic suggestion that the attacks, which exclusively targeted his political opponents and critics, were being exploited by Democrats and the media to discredit him ahead of next month’s congressional elections was disgraceful. Trump does not understand he is president of all Americans, not only those who voted for him.
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When Trump demonises opponents, unhinged partisans take their cues | Heather Cox Richardson 27 Oct 5:00pm When Trump demonises opponents, unhinged partisans take their cues | Heather Cox Richardson
We’ve been here before. A wealthy elite convinces the masses that those who oppose them harm what makes America great. Last time, it led to the death of Abraham LincolnLast week was not the first time in American history that a crazed assassin has tried to change the trajectory of the government by killing political enemies. In 1865, when it was clear that the confederacy was about to collapse, prominent southerner John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices set out to behead their Republican opponents by killing President Abraham Lincoln, his vice-president, Andrew Johnson, and the secretary of state, William Henry Seward. The grand tragedy that martyred President Lincoln seems to dwarf the farce of a MAGA (make America great again) -inspired former exotic dancer,
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Erdoğan will pretend to be anything – even ‘journalists’ best friend’ | Ece Temelkuran 26 Oct 1:08pm Erdoğan will pretend to be anything – even ‘journalists’ best friend’ | Ece Temelkuran
His unlikely moral stance following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi comes as no surprise to many TurksThe Turkish president is better known for a relentless political oppression that has left dozens of journalists in jail or cast out of their jobs, than for championing the cause of a free media. Lately, however, he has emerged as the
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Boko Haram Put a Bounty on My Head 25 Oct 6:46pm Boko Haram Put a Bounty on My Head
Nigeria’s president plays down the jihad against Christians as an ethnic ‘clash.’
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The Guardian view on the US pipe bombs: rage and resistance | Editorial 25 Oct 1:48pm The Guardian view on the US pipe bombs: rage and resistance | Editorial
The targeting of senior Democrats and critics of the president is another alarming indication of the political climateIn his novel 1984, George Orwell invented the Two Minutes Hate, whereby the residents of Oceania express their rage and vitriol towards its enemies. The daily ritual forged a powerful, even irresistible unified consciousness: “a hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness ... seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current,” he wrote. More than one observer of Donald Trump’s rallies as a presidential candidate
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Trump’s words have consequences, and he can no longer deny it | Gary Younge 25 Oct 12:17pm Trump’s words have consequences, and he can no longer deny it | Gary Younge
After the targeting of politicians and the media in a pipe-bombing campaign, it’s clear where the president’s hostile rhetoric leadsLizbeth Fierro, from Racine, Wisconsin, was 16 when Donald Trump was elected. “I thought he was a joke,” she told me. Then she noticed a change at school. “Once he was elected there were a lot more people who came out very bold and started saying mean comments about immigrants and Mexicans … I thought, ‘Wow, this is dumb, this is very dumb.’” Then in July her father, Ricardo, the former head of the Latino chamber of commerce in town and a prominent activist, was
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The Guardian view on the death of a critic: Riyadh must pay a price | Editorial 23 Oct 1:31pm The Guardian view on the death of a critic: Riyadh must pay a price | Editorial
The Turkish president proved expert at maximising suspense in the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. With weeks of an investigation leaking dramatic, unexpected twists to go, the crisis for Saudi Arabia will not go awayTurkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave a
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Trump is creating a nuclear threat worse than the cold war | Simon Tisdall 23 Oct 11:10am Trump is creating a nuclear threat worse than the cold war | Simon Tisdall
In ditching the treaty with Russia, the US president risks an arms race with multiple nuclear powers Whoa! There he goes again. Donald Trump’s impulsive decision to rubbish a
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Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall 18 Oct 7:25am Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall
The US president needs support to take down Tehran – and he doesn’t appear to be fussy about where it may come fromIt would be comforting to think Donald Trump sent his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, hotfooting it to Saudi Arabia this week to solve the mystery of what happened to the missing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. It would be nice to believe
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The Fed Is Anything but Crazy 17 Oct 6:38pm The Fed Is Anything but Crazy
President Trump’s ranting aside, the central bank isn’t tight, and steady rate increases are prudent.
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John Major: I have made no false promises on Brexit – I’m free to tell you the truth 16 Oct 1:00pm John Major: I have made no false promises on Brexit – I’m free to tell you the truth
We will be seen as a middle-sized, middle-ranking nation. Our wealth and security will be damaged. This will not be forgivenUntil now, every US president I have known has considered [the UK’s] relevance to America to be enhanced by our membership of the European Union. Yet very soon – on our current course – we will no longer be able to argue from within the EU for Anglo-American beliefs in free trade, open markets and strong defence. Our friends, the Americans, are hard-headed about power. It is romantic folly to think otherwise. Be in no doubt – if the UK can no longer serve America’s interests in Europe, she will look elsewhere for someone who can. Our value – as an ally of America – will decline. No “ifs”, no “buts”: we will be less relevant. No one should be bedazzled by folksy talk of our “special relationship”: it is becoming less “special” year by year.
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The Observer view on the west’s reluctance to face up to Riyadh | Observer editorial 13 Oct 1:27pm The Observer view on the west’s reluctance to face up to Riyadh | Observer editorial
The presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi has exposed the true nature of Mohammed bin Salman’s repressive dictatorshipThe furore over the disappearance, and presumed murder, of Jamal Khashoggi, a high-profile critic of the Saudi regime, has drawn two of the Middle East’s most ruthless leaders into direct confrontation. Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, have much in common, not least being accustomed to
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The Observer view on how Putin’s spooks reveal what a dangerous foe he has become | Observer editorial 7 Oct 1:00am The Observer view on how Putin’s spooks reveal what a dangerous foe he has become | Observer editorial
The Russian president is playing a weak hand, but international collaboration is vital to push back against his threatsThe extent of the challenge posed by Russia to Britain and its allies should not be exaggerated. Although it is boastful of its armed strength, Russia’s
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How a homophobic, misogynist, racist ‘thing’ could be Brazil’s next president | Eliane Brum 6 Oct 4:00am How a homophobic, misogynist, racist ‘thing’ could be Brazil’s next president | Eliane Brum
Jair Bolsonaro is the monstrous product of the country’s silence about the crimes committed by its former dictatorshipMany people in Brazil cannot bring themselves to utter the name of the rightwing extremist expected to win the first round of voting in the country’s
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My friend Denis Mukwege is a beacon for all men to follow | Eve Ensler 5 Oct 11:35am My friend Denis Mukwege is a beacon for all men to follow | Eve Ensler
With violence against women resurgent and the US president fuelling misogyny, this man is an inspiration. He deserves his Nobel prizeToday’s announcement of the
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3 Oct 3:32pm Trump Family Finance
Being Fred Trump’s son was good for business. Being President, not so much.
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Brexit calls for cool heads – not this offensive rhetoric | Peter Ricketts 2 Oct 8:48am Brexit calls for cool heads – not this offensive rhetoric | Peter Ricketts
With the UK on the brink of an unparalleled act of self-harm, we need more mutual respect and fewer inflammatory speechesSomething odd happens to Conservative politicians these days when they get the job of foreign secretary. They seem to feel an urge to start insulting our European friends and allies. Boris Johnson, among many other gaffes, described the former French president François Hollande (a mild-mannered man) as like a
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Another Kavanaugh Flakeout 28 Sep 7:16pm Another Kavanaugh Flakeout
The American Bar Association president tries to sandbag another nominee.
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The Guardian view on the Philippines: a murderous ‘war on drugs’ | Editorial 28 Sep 12:29pm The Guardian view on the Philippines: a murderous ‘war on drugs’ | Editorial
Extra-judicial killings have left thousands dead. President Rodrigo Duterte is proud of his anti-drugs campaign, but international pressure could yet have an impactRodrigo Duterte has revelled in the “war on drugs” he launched on becoming president of the Philippines two years ago, with its vast and mounting death toll. He has said he personally killed suspected criminals as a city mayor. He has
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It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash 28 Sep 1:00am It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash
The United States is no longer passionate about the transatlantic alliance; its president is reflecting the national mood Can Donald Trump get any worse? Yes, he can. But our fixation on his personal awfulness, which was on full
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The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial 26 Sep 1:13pm The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial
The French president’s ambition to lead a global fightback against nationalism and xenophobia are undermined by his domestic recordEmmanuel Macron’s mission to impress the United Nations this week was made easier by following Donald Trump. The French president’s impassioned defence of multilateral cooperation based on universal human rights was a rebuke to his US counterpart’s bombastic unilateralism. Earlier the same day,
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Trump’s idiocy may lead to more than a war of words with Iran | Simon Tisdall 26 Sep 8:18am Trump’s idiocy may lead to more than a war of words with Iran | Simon Tisdall
The president’s fatal ignorance could result in a conflict much bigger than any convenient crisis manufactured for the midtermsDespite the
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Congress, Take Your War Powers Back 24 Sep 7:21pm Congress, Take Your War Powers Back
The president should not have carte blanche under a resolution from 17 years ago.
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Extremism Advances in the Largest Muslim Country 17 Sep 7:05pm Extremism Advances in the Largest Muslim Country
Indonesia’s president, once considered an ally of religious minorities, puts a radical cleric on his ticket.
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Macron merchandise takes the French for mugs | Pauline Bock 17 Sep 1:00am Macron merchandise takes the French for mugs | Pauline Bock
Outrageously expensive T-shirts, bracelets and tote bags do nothing for the French president’s image at a time of crisis Always wanted to drink your tea in an
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President Macron should be lauded for confronting France’s last great taboo | Andrew Hussey 16 Sep 1:00am President Macron should be lauded for confronting France’s last great taboo | Andrew Hussey
His recognition that the state murdered an Algerian activist is a landmark moment The admission by Emmanuel Macron, in a suburb of Paris , that a young Frenchman called
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Remember the Pueblo, Mr. President 22 May 6:44pm Remember the Pueblo, Mr. President
More than 50 years later, North Korea should return the ship.
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Europe Is Feeling Trumped 21 May 6:35pm Europe Is Feeling Trumped
No U.S. president has been as loathed. But the Continent knows it still needs America.
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The Non-Accidental Presidency 6 Jan 8:37am Updated The Non-Accidental Presidency
Donald Trump didn’t want to be president. History had another idea.
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Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland 5 Jan 12:59pm Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland
Donald Trump’s utter unfitness for the presidency has been laid bare in Michael Wolff’s new book. What will it take for his party to remove him from office?What did you think would be the Republican reaction to the latest revelations about Donald Trump? Did you expect the party’s luminaries to drop their collective head into their hands, or to crumple into a heap in despair at the state of the man they anointed as president of the United States? They’d certainly have had good reason. In the book
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Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 4:26am Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of office Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 3:30am Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of officeMichael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil 4 Jan 11:06am How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil
The US president’s support for protesters and sanctions fuel the regime’s narrative of outside interference – and deprive Iranians of the prospect of reformSince the beginning of the
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Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul | John Harris 1 Jan 1:00am Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul | John Harris
Former Google and Facebook executives are sounding the alarm about the pervasive power of tech. Will we listen? One source of angst came close to being 2017’s signature subject: how the internet and the tiny handful of companies that dominate it are affecting both individual minds and the present and future of the planet. The old idea of the online world as a burgeoning utopia looks to have peaked around the time of the Arab spring, and is in retreat. If you want a sense of how much has changed, picture the president of the US tweeting his latest provocation in the small hours, and consider an array of words and phrases now freighted with meaning:
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Donald Trump: the Grinch who turned Christmas into a political battleground 30 Dec 2017, 10:00am Donald Trump: the Grinch who turned Christmas into a political battleground
Pre-Trump, when someone wished me a Merry Christmas I was pleased – now I wonder if they’re making some sort of passive-aggressive statement I celebrate Christmas, but the cards I send out every year say “Happy Holidays”. I never considered this a political statement, just a statement of fact – the people I’v mailed well-wishes to celebrate all sorts of different things, and so my greetings reflect that. Any controversy over Christmas always felt like a Fox News conspiracy theory; but this year the president of the United States is
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Macron had a good year. In 2018, he could even stop Brexit | Natalie Nougayrède 30 Dec 2017, 1:00am Macron had a good year. In 2018, he could even stop Brexit | Natalie Nougayrède
The French president is uniquely placed to speak for Europe. If he reaches out to British people, perhaps the disaster of leaving the EU could be avertedThis was the year France won and Britain lost. Emmanuel Macron
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29 Dec 2017, 6:10pm Rookie of the Year
In his first year in office, Trump is the least regulatory president in a quarter century.
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The Handmaid’s Tale held a mirror up to a year of Trump | Matthew d’Ancona 26 Dec 2017, 4:00am The Handmaid’s Tale held a mirror up to a year of Trump | Matthew d’Ancona
Margaret Atwood’s ingenious dystopia, serialised on TV this year, prefigured the US president’s misogyny – and the #MeToo fightbackIn politics and culture, the year 2017 was the opposite of Where’s Wally? The question, instead, was always Where Isn’t Trump? All roads – public debate, private argument, artistic endeavour – seemed eventually to lead in his squalid direction; his gravitational pull irresistible, his fleshy presence horribly ubiquitous.
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Heritage at True North 21 Dec 2017, 7:17pm Heritage at True North
A new president wants to set a unifying course at the think tank.
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Keep Trump off the Trail in 2018 20 Dec 2017, 6:25pm Keep Trump off the Trail in 2018
If he wants to help Republicans, his best bet is to start acting like a president.
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A New Trumpet for Democracy 20 Dec 2017, 6:21pm A New Trumpet for Democracy
Contrary to his isolationist reputation, the president echoes Reagan in affirming America’s founding values.
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What would be your ideal present this Christmas? 20 Dec 2017, 10:51am What would be your ideal present this Christmas?
World peace? A gold-plated yacht? Forget the usual constraints of money and what is humanly possible, and tell us what you’d really like this year Difficult years mean there’s more to wish for, right? From a change of US president, to a committed and unified plan to tackle global warming, to your very own
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Trump may celebrate his tax giveaway – but it could speed his downfall | Jonathan Freedland 20 Dec 2017, 6:49am Trump may celebrate his tax giveaway – but it could speed his downfall | Jonathan Freedland
This bill stinks – the men behind it will benefit from it personally. But once it’s passed, the president is just that little bit less usefulDonald Trump is set to close this most turbulent year with his first big win. Today, barring a last-minute hitch, both houses of the US Congress will send the president
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The Guardian view on Trump’s national security strategy: a veneer of credibility | Editorial 19 Dec 2017, 2:39pm The Guardian view on Trump’s national security strategy: a veneer of credibility | Editorial
The US faces serious challenges. The document presented by the US president is not a blueprint for respondingIgnore the title: it is not really a strategy. Nor will it safeguard America’s national security. Instead, the national security strategy which
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Joseph Kabila must be stopped – to save Congo’s children from starvation | Vava Tampa 19 Dec 2017, 4:42am Joseph Kabila must be stopped – to save Congo’s children from starvation | Vava Tampa
You don’t need to be a DRC expert to work out the reason for the Kasai region’s crisis. Yet despite the evidence against the president, the UN has failed to actLast week BBC News at Ten broadcast its
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Forget youthquake: here are the real words of the year | Martin Kelner 18 Dec 2017, 8:05am Forget youthquake: here are the real words of the year | Martin Kelner
Oxford Dictionaries’ word of 2017 is hardly earth-shaking. But instead of being broflakes, let’s join in on the funCasper Grathwohl has the rather fine title of president of dictionaries at Oxford University Press, so it was he who chose the much-discussed but rarely used “youthquake” as 2017 word of the year, over some other equally unlikely suggestions. I only mention that in case, in skimming over the story at this busy time of the year, you read Grathwohl alongside
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While you’re looking the other way, Trump is changing America for decades to come | Jonathan Freedland 15 Dec 2017, 2:26pm While you’re looking the other way, Trump is changing America for decades to come | Jonathan Freedland
The president’s incendiary tweets and the Russia scandal distract us from decisions that are reshaping the internet, the environment and democracy
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The Guardian view on Putin in Syria: victory and desolation | Editorial 12 Dec 2017, 2:50pm The Guardian view on Putin in Syria: victory and desolation | Editorial
The Russian president has been on a victory lap to Syria and the Middle East, intent on showing that he has outplayed the US in the regionVladimir Putin
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In Venezuela, Maduro’s opponents must not lose faith in elections | Reynaldo Trombetta 12 Dec 2017, 10:06am In Venezuela, Maduro’s opponents must not lose faith in elections | Reynaldo Trombetta
After decades of corruption, the president’s threat to ban rivals from elections was met with apathy. But only an honest vote can restore Venezuela’s democracyVenezuelans have all the reasons in the world to be furious and to lose faith in democracy. Those that voted for Hugo Chávez 19 years ago were betrayed by a president that promised to end poverty and corruption. His government proved to be authoritarian and, at best, inefficient, while his successor, Nicolás Maduro, turned out to be
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In Erdoğan’s twisted Turkey, academics asking for peace are accused of terrorism | Judith Butler and Başak Ertür 11 Dec 2017, 3:00am In Erdoğan’s twisted Turkey, academics asking for peace are accused of terrorism | Judith Butler and Başak Ertür
A petition asking Turkey to end violence against Kurds has been distorted by the president’s regime – and its signatories vilified. We must rally behind them Last week the trials began in Istanbul of those who signed the
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Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death | George Monbiot 11 Dec 2017, 1:00am Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death | George Monbiot
The Earth cannot accommodate our need and greed for food. We must change our diet before it’s too lateBrexit; the crushing of democracy by billionaires; the next financial crash; a rogue US president: none of them keeps me awake at night. This is not because I don’t care – I care very much. It’s only because I have a bigger question on my mind. Where is all the food going to come from? By the middle of this century there will be two or three billion more people on Earth. Any one of the issues I am about to list could help precipitate mass starvation. And this is before you consider how they might interact.
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Can a President Obstruct Justice? 10 Dec 2017, 3:46pm Can a President Obstruct Justice?
Yes, but not by doing any of the things we know Trump to have done.
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I have witnessed two intifadas. Trump’s stance on Israel may ignite a third | Raja Shehadeh 9 Dec 2017, 7:05pm I have witnessed two intifadas. Trump’s stance on Israel may ignite a third | Raja Shehadeh
In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the US president has hindered the prospect of peace in the region The relish with which Donald Trump signed the declaration
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The Observer view on Brexit developments | Observer editorial 9 Dec 2017, 4:30pm The Observer view on Brexit developments | Observer editorial
Brexit deal hints at a new realism. Now reasonable voices most speak in unisonBreaking up is hard; breaking up and building a new relationship is even harder. That was the warning from Donald Tusk, president of the European council, in the wake of the deal struck in the early hours of Friday: the most difficult challenges in negotiating Brexit lie ahead. He’s right. Theresa May did indeed manage to snatch what at many points last week looked an unlikely result, reaching an agreement that allows both sides to declare “sufficient progress” made on Britain’s Brexit bill, EU citizens’ rights and the Irish border in order to move on to the next stage of talks.
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Jared Kushner is wreaking havoc in the Middle East | Moustafa Bayoumi 9 Dec 2017, 10:10am Jared Kushner is wreaking havoc in the Middle East | Moustafa Bayoumi
In his role as the president’s special advisor, Kushner seems to have decided he can remake the entire Middle East. The results could be devastating
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We need to plan for Russia after Putin | Natalie Nougayrède 9 Dec 2017, 1:00am We need to plan for Russia after Putin | Natalie Nougayrède
The president says he’ll stand again. But as the fall of the Soviet Union showed, the unexpected can happenVladimir Putin has announced he will be
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The Long War on Donald Trump 8 Dec 2017, 7:17pm The Long War on Donald Trump
The president is guilty of something. It’s Robert Mueller’s job to figure out what.
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Why Donald Trump Would Regret Firing Robert Mueller 6 Dec 2017, 6:53pm Why Donald Trump Would Regret Firing Robert Mueller
The inquiry would go on anyway, and voters would trust the president even less.
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Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi 6 Dec 2017, 1:35pm Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too | Rashid Khalidi
The president’s foolish move in recognising the city as the capital of Israel will have negative consequences impossible to predictEvery time it seems Donald Trump cannot outdo himself, he does it again. Now he has announced that his administration
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Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson | Jonathan Freedland 6 Dec 2017, 5:59am Donald Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel turns a naked flame on the single most combustible issue in the conflictNot content with taking the US to the brink of nuclear conflict with North Korea, Donald Trump is now set to apply his strategy of international vandalism to perhaps the most sensitive geopolitical hotspot in the world. With a speech scheduled for later today that’s expected to
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Integrity in presidential politics? I think it’s extinct | Tim Dowling 5 Dec 2017, 3:24pm Integrity in presidential politics? I think it’s extinct | Tim Dowling
I’ve met Bill Clinton, and been thrown out of Gerald Ford’s elevator. But my favourite was John Anderson, a would-be candidate in 1979. He was my hero At some point in the summer of 1979, I was eating breakfast at a diner with my family, in northern Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire. I can’t be sure: we were halfway through a long drive to Maine, and had spent the night in a motel. A man with white hair and glasses walked up to our table and introduced himself. He asked if he could sit down. This overt display of friendliness, I could tell, alarmed my parents. When he claimed to be running for president, we all exchanged worried glances. But he had badges and stickers with his name on them. John Anderson,
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Trump Leads From Behind in Syria 4 Dec 2017, 7:12pm Trump Leads From Behind in Syria
John Kerry trusted Russia. The president should ask him how that worked out.
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If Damian Green harassed a woman or lied, he must go | Matthew d’Ancona 4 Dec 2017, 1:00am If Damian Green harassed a woman or lied, he must go | Matthew d’Ancona
Tory modernisers will be furious if May’s deputy is shown to have betrayed everything they stand forTo change the controversy, change the question. In July 2003, Joseph C Wilson, a former US ambassador, wrote a New York Times article casting serious doubt on President Bush’s claim that Saddam Hussein had been seeking uranium in Niger. This posed the question: why did we go to war in Iraq? A week later, a Washington Post columnist disclosed, on the basis of confidential briefings, that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was
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Twitter, Trump and the distortion of the public sphere | John Naughton 3 Dec 2017, 2:00am Twitter, Trump and the distortion of the public sphere | John Naughton
The president’s social media meddling remind us of how a good furore can turn an insignificant political party into a global concern overnight In the 1930s, a maverick young journalist named
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Trump dumps: the not so special relationship - cartoon 2 Dec 2017, 7:05pm Trump dumps: the not so special relationship - cartoon
Chris Riddell on the US president’s retweeting of Britain First extremist videos
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What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe | Nick Cohen 2 Dec 2017, 1:15pm What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe | Nick Cohen
By putting their faith in Donald Trump, the Tories are blind to the truth about our alliance with AmericaTheresa May is reviled for her weakness. But, as so often, cliches deceive. No British prime minister has found the strength to condemn an American president as she condemned Donald Trump since the Anglo-American alliance began in the Second World War. Anthony Eden maintained a public silence as Eisenhower destroyed his premiership, and Britain’s imperial pretensions, when he stopped the Suez adventure of 1956. Harold Wilson ignored Lyndon Johnson’s pleas to send British troops to Vietnam. But he infuriated the radicals of the 1968 generation by diplomatically refusing to speak out against the war. Thatcher and Reagan, Major and Clinton had their private arguments about Grenada and the IRA. Nothing they said matches the forcefulness of May’s out, loud and proud denunciation of Trump for sharing the “
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French the new lingua franca of the world – vraiment? | Steven Poole 2 Dec 2017, 1:00am French the new lingua franca of the world – vraiment? | Steven Poole
Emmanuel Macron’s big ambition for the French language is optimistic, but it adds up to nothing more than an enjoyable bit of grandiose rhetoric Are we turning into a French-speaking planet? That was the surprising possibility raised by president Emmanuel Macron on a recent visit to Burkina Faso. “
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In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the special relationship | Jonathan Freedland 1 Dec 2017, 2:36pm In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the special relationship | Jonathan Freedland
For too long Britain has been neurotic about its links to the US. The president’s hate-filled tweets must make us more hard-headedWhen Donald Trump took the oath of office, less than 11 months ago, the word of the hour was normalisation. Let’s not treat this man like a normal president, his US opponents said, because he’s not. You can’t, for example, assume that most of what he or his White House says is the truth – as you would for a normal occupant of that office – because he is a serial and proven liar. And sometimes it will not be enough to describe his words or deeds as “controversial” or “racially charged”, because the right word will be “racist”. For most of the past year, that normalisation debate has raged chiefly inside the US. But now it is a global question. Put simply, how should the peoples of the world handle Donald Trump?
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Mr. Trump Trolls Mrs. May 1 Dec 2017, 10:27am Updated Mr. Trump Trolls Mrs. May
The President spreads fake news and damages an important ally.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: bullies never respect sycophants | Editorial 30 Nov 2017, 3:16pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: bullies never respect sycophants | Editorial
Stop the state visit. Britain should not allow the US president’s racism to be dressed up in pageantryAll relationships have boundaries. Those between nations can be particularly fraught, freighted with ties forged in history and culture. In diplomacy the manners, customs and morals of others need to be acknowledged and respected. But humanity begins with acts, not just with thoughts. The question is how to deal with a man like Donald Trump, a taunting braggart with a weakness for flattery? The stakes are high: when nations fall out, people get hurt. By using social media as a flame-thrower, Mr Trump uses words as weapons.
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Britain should demand an apology from Trump and cancel his state visit | Martin Kettle 30 Nov 2017, 8:44am Britain should demand an apology from Trump and cancel his state visit | Martin Kettle
The US president’s foul tweet aims a wrecking ball at Theresa May. It will do untold damage to the ‘special relationship’Winston Churchill once wrote that the balances of world history can sometimes turn on what he called “
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Fifa’s new broom Gianni Infantino exhibiting signs of limited shelf life 29 Nov 2017, 6:11am Fifa’s new broom Gianni Infantino exhibiting signs of limited shelf life
World game’s president has already wrecked his flagship event and with the World Cup draw due on Friday still has only one of 20 local sponsors in place and has yet to agree terms for the TV rights with Russian broadcastersGood news and bad news once more for Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, who refuses to abandon his delusions of adequacy. The good news is that Gianni has pre-announced that there will be no racist incidents at the Russia World Cup next summer. “This is a very high priority,” he explained, “and we will make sure that no incidents will happen.” The bad news is that there may be no local sponsors at the Russia World Cup next summer. I say “no local sponsors” – in fact, there is currently just one of a possible 20 places in Fifa’s regional sponsorship tier taken up, with that spot filled 16 months ago by Russia’s Alfa Bank. Since then, nothing.
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Do we really want Mark Zuckerberg to run the world? | John Harris 27 Nov 2017, 1:00am Do we really want Mark Zuckerberg to run the world? | John Harris
The Facebook chief executive doesn’t need to become US president. He is already way too powerful for thatThe question is almost a year old, and not currently being asked in quite the feverish way it was over the summer. But let’s try it again: could Mark Zuckerberg run for US president? The founder, chairman and CEO of Facebook began 2017 by announcing
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The Guardian view on terror in Egypt: airstrikes will not end the crisis | Editorial 26 Nov 2017, 2:58pm The Guardian view on terror in Egypt: airstrikes will not end the crisis | Editorial
The devastating attack on the al-Radwa mosque in northern Sinai marks a dramatic escalation in the threat from Islamist radicalism in the peninsula. President Sisi’s vow of ‘brute force’ cannot solve itTo describe Friday’s horrific gun and bomb assault on a Sufi mosque in the northern Sinai peninsula as the deadliest attack by armed militants (rather than the state) in Egypt’s modern history understates it. It is one of the worst to happen anywhere in recent years. Officials say
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Zimbabweans are delighted at Mugabe’s fall, but democracy won’t come overnight | Basildon Peta 23 Nov 2017, 4:13am Zimbabweans are delighted at Mugabe’s fall, but democracy won’t come overnight | Basildon Peta
Mugabe clung on to power through vote-rigging. The system is inherently biased and needs overhauling before we can have free and fair electionsTo fully understand the euphoria that greeted the news on Tuesday night that Robert Mugabe had finally resigned as president of Zimbabwe, consider the case of
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Robert Mugabe’s departure ushers in a heady new era for Zimbabwe | Knox Chitiyo 22 Nov 2017, 5:02am Robert Mugabe’s departure ushers in a heady new era for Zimbabwe | Knox Chitiyo
Zimbabwe is experiencing an almost unprecedented convergence. Mnangagwa is set to be the new president – and millions will tune in to hear his first speechThe ecstatic scenes said it all – Zimbabweans around the world
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The Left Changes Its Mind on Bill Clinton 21 Nov 2017, 6:28pm The Left Changes Its Mind on Bill Clinton
It isn’t clear what is causing Democrats to re-evaluate their support for the former president.
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The Guardian view on Mugabe’s resignation: the end of an era in Zimbabwe | Editorial 21 Nov 2017, 2:22pm The Guardian view on Mugabe’s resignation: the end of an era in Zimbabwe | Editorial
Zimbabweans cheered and sang as they learned that their president’s 37-year rule was over. But they understand the dangers aheadRobert Mugabe’s
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Trump vs. the Deep Regulatory State 17 Nov 2017, 6:10pm Trump vs. the Deep Regulatory State
The tempestuous president is overseeing a principled, far-reaching reform of agencies that had exceeded their constitutional writ.
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Could Brexit discord lead to the rise of a British Macron? | Adam Plowright 16 Nov 2017, 7:00am Could Brexit discord lead to the rise of a British Macron? | Adam Plowright
The French president seemingly appeared from nowhere last year. His rise offers lessons to anybody looking to emulate his successOn 7 April 2016, Emmanuel Macron took to the stage in front of a few hundred people in his hometown of Amiens and proposed something that even he admitted “might seem a bit crazy here tonight”. He was starting a national political movement. The economy minister of 20 months, who had never stood before in an election, sensed an opportunity. “I don’t know if it’s going to work,” admitted the then-38-year-old.
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The Guardian view on Zimbabwe: the Crocodile bites Mugabe | Editorial 15 Nov 2017, 2:44pm The Guardian view on Zimbabwe: the Crocodile bites Mugabe | Editorial
Robert Mugabe vowed to stay in power until he was 100. But his decision to favour his unpopular wife Grace and sack his vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, known as ‘the Crocodile’, sparked Wednesday’s military intervention
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Death threats and a ‘ghost warrant’ – why is Malawi hounding Joyce Banda? | Cherie Blair 14 Nov 2017, 4:30am Death threats and a ‘ghost warrant’ – why is Malawi hounding Joyce Banda? | Cherie Blair
The rule of law is failing in this important African state, as the former president is forced to stay in exile amid a culture of fear and impunity
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How Facebook and Google threaten public health – and democracy | Roger McNamee 11 Nov 2017, 4:00am How Facebook and Google threaten public health – and democracy | Roger McNamee
The sad truth is that Facebook and Google have behaved irresponsibly in the pursuit of massive profits. And this has come at a cost to our health In an interview this week with Axios, Facebook’s original president, Sean Parker, admitted that the company intentionally sought to addict users and expressed regret at the damage being inflicted on children. This admission, by one of the architects of Facebook, comes on the heels of last week’s hearings by Congressional committees about Russian interference in the 2016 election, where the general counsels of Facebook, Alphabet (parent of Google and YouTube), and Twitter attempted to deflect responsibility for manipulation of their platforms.
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After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us | Natalie Nougayrède 11 Nov 2017, 1:00am After a year of Trump, good news for Europe – he doesn’t care about us | Natalie Nougayrède
In the absence of true engagement by the US president, Europe’s leaders have the chance to redefine their relationship with the White HouseOne year on, what has been the impact of Donald Trump on Europe? How have governments reacted to him? Though the scenario once feared of a populist tidal wave unleashed on the continent by Trump’s victory in the US did not materialise, it would be naive to think Europe’s problems have disappeared. Still, much has changed in that year. Remember how, on the day of Trump’s election, the leader of the French far-right, Marine Le Pen, tweeted elatedly: “Congratulations to the American people, free!” Florian Philippot, one of her close aides, cast the US political earthquake as a portent for liberal Europe: “Their world is crumbling,” he said. “Ours is being built.” One year on, not only has Le Pen suffered defeat at the ballot box, but she now finds herself struggling: her party split, her credibility in shambles.
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We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both | Jonathan Freedland 10 Nov 2017, 2:40pm We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both | Jonathan Freedland
The economic hardship, alienation and loss that motivated so many have to be tackled. There’s no point obsessing over impeachment or a second referendumPerhaps we should call it the new special relationship. Liberal, enlightened types on each side of the Atlantic now share a common experience. While American progressives lament their fellow citizens’ decision to make Donald Trump president a year ago this week, their British counterparts have spent the same period gnashing their teeth over Brexit. When the two groups meet, they exchange apologies: “Don’t blame me,” they tell each other, “I voted the other way.”
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Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle 9 Nov 2017, 2:29pm Trump ridiculed the losers. Now, at home and abroad, he is one of them | Martin Kettle
Kowtowing in Beijing and a stunning election defeat to the Democrats show how steadily his power and influence are erodingIt is one of Donald Trump’s favourite and most sneering insults. He has used it publicly about such people as Cher, John McCain, Rosie O’Donnell and Jeb Bush. In Trumpworld, all these people have been dismissed in tweets as “losers”. Right now, though, there is only one big loser in Trumpworld, and that loser is President Trump himself.
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The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial 9 Nov 2017, 2:27pm The Guardian view on Trump in China: a bromance unlikely to run smooth | Editorial
The US president has been gushing about the Beijing stretch of his Asian tour. But strains in the bilateral relationship are growing with China’s ambitionsMao once observed that a revolution is not a dinner party. Neither are great power relations – even if they manifest temporarily as a lavish meal in the Forbidden City. Wednesday’s feast for Donald Trump was the first time the palace in central Beijing had hosted a banquet for a foreign leader since the Communist party took power in 1949. Beijing, adept at ladling on such flattery, pitched this leg of the US president’s Asia tour as
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One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president | Rebecca Solnit 8 Nov 2017, 6:00am One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president | Rebecca Solnit
It is unlikely that the presidential election will be overturned, but that is not an argument against the case that it should be, writes
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Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump welcomes President Xi to China 8 Nov 2017, 1:10am Steve Bell’s If ... Donald Trump welcomes President Xi to China
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Carles Puigdemont gambled and failed. The consequences will live on | George Kassimeris 6 Nov 2017, 12:25pm Carles Puigdemont gambled and failed. The consequences will live on | George Kassimeris
By heading to Belgium, the president of Catalonia missed his chance to stand up to Madrid – and to show himself as a leader sticking to his principlesHow quickly the shine comes off. When on 26 October Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s separatist president, signalled that he
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Like acid rain, the Trumps were hard to avoid in 80s New York 6 Nov 2017, 10:58am Like acid rain, the Trumps were hard to avoid in 80s New York
Our style columnist recalls her near-misses with the US president’s clan – from primary school days with Donald Jr to Ivanka’s ability to at least fake being normal
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Trump Brings a New Seriousness With Him to Asia 5 Nov 2017, 1:43pm Trump Brings a New Seriousness With Him to Asia
At least when it comes to security policy, the president has his priorities straight.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s tour of Asia | Observer editorial 4 Nov 2017, 8:05pm The Observer view on Donald Trump’s tour of Asia | Observer editorial
The American president’s poor grasp of international relations, his bluster and his ‘America first’ rhetoric are unlikely to reap success in the face of Xi Jinping pragmatism The phrase “bull in a china shop” might have been coined to describe this week’s tour of Asia by Donald Trump. During last year’s presidential election campaign, he
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Stop blaming the victims. Confront the culprits instead | Jonathan Freedland 3 Nov 2017, 3:19pm Stop blaming the victims. Confront the culprits instead | Jonathan Freedland
It’s wrong to say sexual abuse is complicated. It’s obvious men exploiting their power are the problemSo much rubbish has been spoken by so many men about sexual harassment that it’s hard to nominate a winner. But a strong contender in a crowded field is surely Rick Perry, the US energy secretary who, when running for president,
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The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: brace yourselves | Editorial 2 Nov 2017, 3:40pm The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: brace yourselves | Editorial
The US president is about to embark on his first trip to the region. With tensions high over North Korea, and China asserting its ambitions, what will his ignorance and disdain for diplomatic subtlety bring?This weekend Donald Trump embarks on his first trip to Asia as president, and his longest foreign tour since he’s been in office. Over a week and a half he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. To say the region’s leaders are bracing themselves for potential displays of freakishness, provocation or incompetence is to put it mildly. If this is indeed the “Asian century”, the US president will nonetheless help determine how it unfolds. That can only be a cause for concern. Mr Trump has cultivated a reputation for unpredictability – or more often sheer inconsistency, as much as he has cultivated his ignorance or disdain for much of what US diplomacy has traditionally been about. Intense China-bashing over trade in his campaign was followed by
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Spain wants revenge. But arresting Catalan leaders only gives us strength | Jordi Solé, Josep-Maria Terricabras and Ramon Tremosa 2 Nov 2017, 9:15am Spain wants revenge. But arresting Catalan leaders only gives us strength | Jordi Solé, Josep-Maria Terricabras and Ramon Tremosa
Madrid’s aggressive, unconstitutional attempts to crush Catalonia’s pro-independence spirit will in fact be counterproductiveOn the morning of 26 October, the Catalan and Spanish government had reached an agreement whereby Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would not proceed with suspending Catalonia’s devolved powers, provided President Carlos Puigdemont would not make a formal declaration of independence and call regional elections immediately. This would have been a heavy blow to the independence movement, as its leaders would have failed to fulfil the democratic mandate of the previous regional elections in September 2015,
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Donald Trump’s reaction to terror? To make America terrified again | Simon Jenkins 1 Nov 2017, 2:47pm Donald Trump’s reaction to terror? To make America terrified again | Simon Jenkins
The president promises further immigration controls, but there was no hint of ‘extreme vetting’ for gun-owners in the wake of the Las Vegas massacreDrive a truck down a New York street and knock people down, and you’re “
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We can’t assume Britain is immune from Trump’s toxic politics | Rafael Behr 1 Nov 2017, 2:00am We can’t assume Britain is immune from Trump’s toxic politics | Rafael Behr
Given the president’s attack on liberal democracy, with Kremlin interference his cult of personal power could spread across the AtlanticThe friendliest polling station I have visited was in Grozny, Chechnya. Separatist rebellion had been crushed by the Russian army, and a referendum was being held to confirm the republic’s loyalty to Moscow. Journalists were bussed in to witness democracy reborn amid the ruins of war. Officials were cheerful, as were our military minders. The
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The Guardian view on Robert Mueller’s investigation: this says it’s serious for Trump | Editorial 31 Oct 2017, 3:25pm The Guardian view on Robert Mueller’s investigation: this says it’s serious for Trump | Editorial
The US president may ignore the rules of politics, but he cannot ignore the rule of law and the special counselDonald Trump reacted with
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How will Donald Trump respond to the Russia investigation? | Lawrence Douglas 31 Oct 2017, 6:00am How will Donald Trump respond to the Russia investigation? | Lawrence Douglas
We know how Trump behaves when cornered. His only defense is to attack – recklessly, mendaciously and unrelentingly Of the twelve counts enumerated in the indictment, the first stands out: “Conspiracy Against the United States.” Let us just take that in: The president’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, as well as the manager’s close associate, have been charged with serving as “unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine” and its pro-Russian leader, Victor Yanukovych.
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Begging Your Pardon, Mr. President 29 Oct 2017, 2:38pm Begging Your Pardon, Mr. President
How Trump can shut down the special counsel probe and leave the Russia investigations to Congress.
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Why do all conversations lead to Trump? | Emma Brockes 27 Oct 2017, 1:00am Why do all conversations lead to Trump? | Emma Brockes
The US president has become the new Hitler: sooner or later it seems that all online discussions invoke his nameIt is a truism of the modern age that the world has become smaller, and that this is both a good and bad thing. Information is shared where once it was hoarded; multiplicities of voice are heard. And yet the result is often a kind of uniformity. I was thinking about the narrowing of the conversation this week, while browsing online for information about Edwardian England. What I came upon, time and again and on almost every website, were references to Donald Trump, analogies with Trump’s America and discussions that, after dispatching the subject to hand, inevitably turned to Trump.
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As Trump turns his back on the world, the stage is set for President Xi | Larry Elliott 27 Oct 2017, 12:59am As Trump turns his back on the world, the stage is set for President Xi | Larry Elliott
The newly emboldened Chinese leader will exploit US isolationism, giving America its first serious challenge since the collapse of the Soviet Union It was a symbolic moment. High in the Swiss Alps, before an audience of the super-rich gathered for their annual shindig in Davos, China’s Xi Jinping
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The Guardian view on Republican attacks on Trump: where are the others? 25 Oct 2017, 2:21pm The Guardian view on Republican attacks on Trump: where are the others?
Longstanding opponents of the US president have welcomed outspoken denunciations by senators from his party. But most are still complicitFor all those horrified by Donald Trump’s presidency – the multitudes both in the US and around the world – there is much to savour in the outspoken attacks made by two Republican senators. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, liberated by impending retirement, launched a powerful dual attack on Tuesday: Mr Flake denounced Mr Trump’s
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Brexit ultras are distracting us from the harsh realities facing the UK 24 Oct 2017, 8:06am Brexit ultras are distracting us from the harsh realities facing the UK
Indignation and insults will get us nowhere. Until Britain shows good faith and realism, there will be no progress in EU negotiationsThe fake indignation of some about a leaked report of a private dinner between the prime minister Theresa May and European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, at which the PM
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Argentines Keep Moving to the Right 22 Oct 2017, 6:47pm Argentines Keep Moving to the Right
President Mauricio Macri’s ‘Let’s Change’ coalition is expected to do well in Sunday’s elections.
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Why does nobody mention that Hillary Clinton is perfectly nice? 20 Oct 2017, 7:50pm Why does nobody mention that Hillary Clinton is perfectly nice?
The almost-holder of the loftiest office imaginable was on The Graham Norton Show after her recent brush with the NHS “Hello. I am Hillary Rodham Clinton, and this is the Graham Norton Show.” The almost-holder of what was once the loftiest imaginable office was surprisingly game for a bit of British kitsch: warm, indulgent and dressed in yellow, like a president on a kindergarten walkabout.
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In Catalonia and Spain we’re all asking: what have we done to deserve this? | Francesc Badia i Dalmases 19 Oct 2017, 1:42pm In Catalonia and Spain we’re all asking: what have we done to deserve this? | Francesc Badia i Dalmases
Politicians on both sides of the Catalan independence debate have abjectly failed to calm the crisis – and have reduced our country to tatters againFor many years, independence in Catalonia has been portrayed as a happy, low-cost and easy path to a better world. People believed in the promised land of a richer, freer state that would enjoy Scandinavian-style welfare and be admired around the world: like a Denmark of the south, as the former regional president,
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The Fed Chief America Needs 19 Oct 2017, 12:17pm Updated The Fed Chief America Needs
The president should pick someone who understands that the economy can grow more than 2% a year.
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ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job | Marina Hyde 18 Oct 2017, 6:51am ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job | Marina Hyde
ESPN asked Jemele Hill to ‘discuss sports topics, news, culture, and social issues’ and to tweet on ‘a current issue impacting sports’ – then suspended her for doing exactly thatMore than a week into her suspension for some highly anodyne tweets related to the Take the Knee protest, it feels long overdue to devote space to the ESPN anchor Jemele Hill. Still, I vaguely heard we were listening to women for a minute, and wondered if a black woman could catch a little of that entitlement to be heard. The traditional answer to that has been “No, I’m afraid she can’t” – which accounts for the nagging sense among many women of colour that sisterliness only stretches so far. Its borders are currently feared to mirror precisely those of Hollywood, California. Even so, let us journey into the great wilderness beyond. Let us go where the vice-president of the United States
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Donald Trump is ripping up the alliances that keep the world safe. We must defend them | Natalie Nougayrède 17 Oct 2017, 2:24pm Donald Trump is ripping up the alliances that keep the world safe. We must defend them | Natalie Nougayrède
From the Iran deal to Unesco, the US president is undermining global cooperation. The fallout could be catastrophic, and Europe will not be immuneFive months ago, Donald Trump’s national security adviser HR McMaster penned a column
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Why I’m going on hunger strike | Tom Watson 17 Oct 2017, 3:00am Why I’m going on hunger strike | Tom Watson
Guantánamo Bay inmates Ahmed Rabbani and Khalid Qasim have gone 26 days without food. President Trump has to take notice, and give them a fair trial I’m going on hunger strike from today. I’m not allowing myself anything but sips of water. Why? This is not some George Osborne-inspired weight-loss plan. No. I’m following the Guantánamo diet in solidarity with two men who are being slowly starved to death by President Trump.
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The Media and the President It Deserves 13 Oct 2017, 7:14pm The Media and the President It Deserves
Reason, honesty and self-discipline don’t come naturally to humans, including press humans.
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Britain will greet Trump with our biggest ever carnival against hatred | Owen Jones 12 Oct 2017, 8:43am Britain will greet Trump with our biggest ever carnival against hatred | Owen Jones
Theresa May and the White House clearly think that downgrading his state visit will subdue our protests. Quite the oppositeProtest works. Cast your minds back to that distant political era otherwise known as January 2017. A racist misogynist megalomaniac had just celebrated his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. Theresa May – overcome with hubris, but yet to be fatally wounded by her nemesis – gallivanted off to the White House and served us up a
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Trump, Corker and the Circular Firing Squad 11 Oct 2017, 7:10pm Trump, Corker and the Circular Firing Squad
Why is the president mocking a senator whose help he needs to pass tax reform?
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President Trump Could Win With the Dreamers 10 Oct 2017, 6:56pm President Trump Could Win With the Dreamers
Immigration could be an opportunity for success where past administrations have failed.
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The Truth About Trump and Corker 9 Oct 2017, 7:01pm The Truth About Trump and Corker
The Senator is giving good advice, not that the President will take it.
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President Cordray Strikes Again 6 Oct 2017, 12:21pm Updated President Cordray Strikes Again
He bids to kill payday lending after Trump refuses to fire him.
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Emmanuel Macron’s appeal has already worn thin | Gabriel Bristow 4 Oct 2017, 10:04am Emmanuel Macron’s appeal has already worn thin | Gabriel Bristow
Despite careful image management, inside six months France’s youngest president is now looking like the old guard as his poll ratings plummetEmmanuel Macron has been called a saviour: of Europe, of liberalism, and indeed of “progressives” the world over. The hallmarks of his presidential campaign have been well documented: an insurgency from the vacant centre-ground, a party built from scratch that managed to
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The Guardian view on Las Vegas and Puerto Rico: a tale of two Americas | Editorial 2 Oct 2017, 2:08pm The Guardian view on Las Vegas and Puerto Rico: a tale of two Americas | Editorial
Mass murder in Las Vegas and a hurricane in Puerto Rico: two catastrophes provoke two very different responses from President TrumpThe
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What if Trump is actually a master of empathy? | Richard Friedman 30 Sep 2017, 10:04am What if Trump is actually a master of empathy? | Richard Friedman
There is nothing necessarily nice about empathy. What Trump doesn’t have is sympathy – he doesn’t really feel badly for other people Many Americans see President Trump’s preoccupation with the protesting NFL athletes – and his near silence on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico – as evidence that Trump has no empathy. Wrong. Actually, Trump is a master of empathy. Most people confuse empathy with sympathy and don’t understand the nature – or power – of empathy. There is nothing necessarily nice about empathy, which is essentially the ability to imagine and intuit how other people think and feel.
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The NFL now has a new offensive formation – it’s called Trump | Tim Dowling 26 Sep 2017, 3:26pm The NFL now has a new offensive formation – it’s called Trump | Tim Dowling
Rule changes to stop player concussion and brain disease? The president’s take is ‘they’re ruining the game’You can tell it’s about to happen when he pauses and juts his chin out: Donald Trump has decided to stop reading out the mildly crazy things on his autocue in order to say something totally crazy off the top of his head. He did it again at a rally
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The Guardian view on Macron’s Europe speech: a bold vision | Editorial 26 Sep 2017, 2:45pm The Guardian view on Macron’s Europe speech: a bold vision | Editorial
After so many blows to the EU, the French president is seeking to reinvigorate the spirit that once brought the continent togetherThe speech
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Remember this about Donald Trump. He knows the depths of American bigotry | Gary Younge 26 Sep 2017, 2:00am Remember this about Donald Trump. He knows the depths of American bigotry | Gary Younge
Though the US president is under attack over the NFL players’ protest, he has a loyal base, and understands how to fuel their prejudicesTwo Sundays ago, after a night of tense confrontations,
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The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots | Suzanne Moore 25 Sep 2017, 12:11pm The protesting NFL players, not Donald Trump, are the true patriots | Suzanne Moore
The president can call for players to be disciplined if he wants, but with their superb and poignant gesture they are not the ones disrespecting the US“And the star-bangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. The words of America’s national anthem, uplifting as they may be, do what all anthems do: they reassure a nation of its own self-image. That image is now being contested by another that asks who really is free, who really is brave and who really is at home in Trump’s America.
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Amazon’s Alexa can tell you the meaning of life. But don’t ask about Donald Trump | Emma Brockes 22 Sep 2017, 7:58am Amazon’s Alexa can tell you the meaning of life. But don’t ask about Donald Trump | Emma Brockes
The Amazon Echo Dot will problem solve and tell stories supposedly written by Jared Leto. It ‘can’t find the answer’ to the US president, but who can?“Alexa! Tell me a story,” I said on Sunday night. I was alone in the house, talking to the
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The Guardian view on Catalonia: step back from the brink | Editorial 21 Sep 2017, 2:53pm The Guardian view on Catalonia: step back from the brink | Editorial
Madrid has badly mishandled a deliberately provocative referendumThe president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, writes in
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The Guardian view on Trump at the UN: bluster and belligerence | Editorial 19 Sep 2017, 2:02pm The Guardian view on Trump at the UN: bluster and belligerence | Editorial
The US president is wrong to think that nations acting in their own self-interest would on their own create a more stable world. Countries need to work together under rules to which they agree to adhereWhatever its difficulties, the United Nations must surely be cherished. Founded in 1945 under US leadership after the defeat of Nazism and imperial Japan, the UN remains the central pillar of the global order. At its core has stood the ambition that peace, international security and human rights would be better protected than they were by the 1930s League of Nations (whose founding treaty the US Senate refused to ratify). The UN is the only existing forum where the representatives of all nation states can be brought together to try to address crises and common challenges. Donald Trump’s first address to the organisation’s annual general assembly was anticipated with dread by many – and rightly so. This US president is after all the first in history to have made heaping
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China’s mood on North Korea is toughening – despite Trump’s bluster | Tania Branigan 17 Sep 2017, 12:11pm China’s mood on North Korea is toughening – despite Trump’s bluster | Tania Branigan
The US president’s incoherent rhetoric undermines many long-held certainties. Yet calls are growing in Beijing for stronger action against PyongyangEven a man as self-deluding and indifferent to truth as Donald Trump is unable to claim that his threats have cowed North Korea. Five weeks ago, he warned of “fire and fury”. Since then, Pyongyang has launched three missiles – two over Japan – and tested another nuclear bomb. Trump continues to wave his stick, talking on Friday of “effective and overwhelming” options, despite widespread warnings of the immense risk that they would bring catastrophe, not least for US allies and service people. Allies fear he is genuinely willing to take military action. Most probably, he believes he will not need to do so: if only he keeps shouting, the North Koreans will fall into line eventually.
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A true game-changing week for Trump? Only if Democrats keep stroking his ego | Michael Cohen 16 Sep 2017, 7:05pm A true game-changing week for Trump? Only if Democrats keep stroking his ego | Michael Cohen
Some say an ‘independent’ president has emerged but predictions are hard when he barely knows his own mindThe Donald Trump presidency is a lot like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. My apologies from the outset for using a line from probably the worst film (
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Is it wrong to call Trump a white supremacist? | Ameer Hasan Loggins 16 Sep 2017, 11:18am Is it wrong to call Trump a white supremacist? | Ameer Hasan Loggins
When ESPN’s Jemele Hill tweeted that the president was a white supremacist, she created a storm that reached all the way to the White House. But was she wrong? On Monday evening ESPN’s Jemele Hill broke the internet, as they say, when she tweeted: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” This didn’t go down too well in Washington DC. The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said this was a “fireable offense.”
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Trump Talks, Schneiderman Sues 13 Sep 2017, 6:57pm Trump Talks, Schneiderman Sues
Judges can’t override the president’s authority on ‘Dreamers’ just because he says offensive things.
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Brexit is a great British bore. Europe has moved on, and the UK should be worried | Guntram Wolff 13 Sep 2017, 7:50am Brexit is a great British bore. Europe has moved on, and the UK should be worried | Guntram Wolff
Self-obsessed Brexiters would be shocked to realise just what a peripheral issue their sacred cause is, viewed from a European lens.It is official: Brexit is boring – at least on the continent. As the European commission president,
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The Cruelty of Barack Obama 11 Sep 2017, 10:19pm The Cruelty of Barack Obama
On immigration reform, the former president isn’t what he says he is.
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If Mark Zuckerberg runs for president, will Facebook help him win? | Katherine Haenschen 9 Sep 2017, 6:00am If Mark Zuckerberg runs for president, will Facebook help him win? | Katherine Haenschen
Facebook can shift elections. That’s why, with rumors swirling that the social media CEO might run, transparency is needed now more than ever Despite his protestations to the contrary, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been acting like someone planning to
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Trump’s fascist contagion gives the anti-Brexit cause what it lacked: an emotional heart | Jonathan Freedland 8 Sep 2017, 2:56pm Trump’s fascist contagion gives the anti-Brexit cause what it lacked: an emotional heart | Jonathan Freedland
With his war talk and support for illiberal regimes, the US president is reminding us what the European Union is forTo the remainer, and even to the neutral, our current politics contains a big mystery. Put simply, where is the sentiment
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7 Sep 2017, 2:49pm Updated Maybe The Obama Era Really Is Ending
President Trump visits Cowboyistan.
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Trump cut a deal with the Democrats. Is a new era upon us? | Ross Barkan 7 Sep 2017, 12:21pm Trump cut a deal with the Democrats. Is a new era upon us? | Ross Barkan
The president cut a deal with Democratic leaders because even he understood that holding up disaster relief was cruel and idiotic. His party is furious Is this the beginning of a new Donald Trump? The president, who has governed like a rightwing Republican and terrified vulnerable people everywhere, struck a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday to lift the debt limit and finance the government until the middle of December.
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Harriet Tubman Beats Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill 6 Sep 2017, 6:11pm Harriet Tubman Beats Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill
The seventh president disliked paper money. Put him on Bitcoin.
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Are global ambitions driving Xi’s approach to Korea? No, it’s about keeping the party on top | Steve Tsang 2 Sep 2017, 7:04pm Are global ambitions driving Xi’s approach to Korea? No, it’s about keeping the party on top | Steve Tsang
Beijing is not yet seeking to usurp the US in the area, but is acting to preserve the standing of the ruling elite The North Korean nuclear missile threat has provided China with a golden opportunity to assert a leadership role in a matter of critical global security. What’s more, it comes at a time when the world worries that President Trump cannot be trusted to deal with the matter with wisdom and responsibility. So why does the Chinese government not take advantage and make the most of it? The answer has to be found in the nature of the political system in China, one that places the perpetuation of Communist party power above all else, including foreign policy.
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Why Donald Trump pardoned the unpardonable Joe Arpaio 26 Aug 2017, 1:05pm Why Donald Trump pardoned the unpardonable Joe Arpaio
In pardoning the former sheriff of Maricopa County, our president sided with a lawless renegade over our federal judiciary and the constitution itself Who will go first, President Trump or our constitutional order? The question presses after the president’s most recent affront to our system of governance, his
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We thought the Nazi threat was dead. But Donald Trump has revived it | Jonathan Freedland 25 Aug 2017, 2:14pm We thought the Nazi threat was dead. But Donald Trump has revived it | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s praise for the racists who marched in Charlottesville has broken a precious and necessary tabooThe word from the White House is that the events at Charlottesville are behind them now, and they’re ready to move on. Sure, there is still some fallout from the 12 August march by neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as from Donald Trump’s subsequent declaration that those racists and fascists who carried flaming torches and swastika flags included some “
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Macron needs more than makeup to be the new De Gaulle | John Lichfield 25 Aug 2017, 12:18pm Macron needs more than makeup to be the new De Gaulle | John Lichfield
The preening young French president’s beauty budget will scandalise those on the minimum wage – and do nothing for his collapsing ratingsEmmanuel Macron’s legendary luck has fallen foul of his “look”. The Elysée Palace admitted yesterday that France’s youngest leader since Napoleon
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If you’re apathetic about Trump, you’re pretty much with him | Emma Brockes 25 Aug 2017, 10:31am If you’re apathetic about Trump, you’re pretty much with him | Emma Brockes
The president’s greatest deception is to appear apolitical. But to be disinterested now is basically to be on the rightI was eating breakfast at the counter in a diner this week when the owner offered the guy sitting next to me a newspaper. “I don’t read the news,” he said after a pause. I sensed him, phone in hand, reaching to locate the meaning of “newspaper”. “Too much, right?” said the owner. The man replied: “I don’t care about news. I only care about money.” There was another pause. “And,” he added quietly, clearly acting on the assumption his wife can hear him at all times, “my family.”
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President Trump Needs a Special Envoy in Afghanistan 23 Aug 2017, 6:47pm President Trump Needs a Special Envoy in Afghanistan
Without a diplomatic strategy to complement the military surge, his policy reset could fail.
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23 Aug 2017, 4:17pm Updated Funding Trump
How does the party of an unpopular president continue to beat the competition?
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Trump’s posturing on Pakistan is a gift to China | Abhishek Parajuli 23 Aug 2017, 11:19am Trump’s posturing on Pakistan is a gift to China | Abhishek Parajuli
Instead of maintaining a policy of careful diplomacy, the US president’s attack on the country has gifted China greater influence in an unstable regionXi Jinping, the Chinese president, is not a man predisposed to smiling. And yet, as I watched Donald Trump
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Are old photos of ‘westernised’ Afghan women driving Trump’s foreign policy? | Rossalyn Warren 23 Aug 2017, 10:31am Are old photos of ‘westernised’ Afghan women driving Trump’s foreign policy? | Rossalyn Warren
Donald Trump’s feigned concern for women’s rights, apparently based on a handful of photos from the 1970s, is no substitute for actual research and expertiseIn a televised address to troops in Virginia on Monday night, President Trump outlined his plan to
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The whole world must join the battle for Venezuela’s El Sistema | Marshall Marcus 23 Aug 2017, 10:01am The whole world must join the battle for Venezuela’s El Sistema | Marshall Marcus
President Maduro’s cancellation of conductor Gustavo Dudamel’s tour is a clear bid to weaponise the country’s greatest export, its musical education programmeIn the music business, the occasional tour cancellation is almost a way of life. Lack of money, indisposed artists, terror attacks, ash clouds and much more can easily cause the best laid plans to crumble. But on Monday came something exceptional as the media reported that Venezuela’s most celebrated orchestra, the
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The latest US navy collision should worry Trump’s Asian allies | Mary Dejevsky 23 Aug 2017, 6:48am The latest US navy collision should worry Trump’s Asian allies | Mary Dejevsky
The USS John S McCain’s fatal crash, the fourth US naval accident in a year, makes America look inconsistent and unreliable – much like the president himself
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The Guardian view on Trump and Afghanistan: unwinnable and unlosable | Editorial 22 Aug 2017, 2:12pm The Guardian view on Trump and Afghanistan: unwinnable and unlosable | Editorial
For now, the US president has bent to the views of his generals. But he has no long-term answer to the problems created by the warDonald Trump is a maverick and a chronic disrupter, but now we know there can be exceptions. On Monday
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Fox News backs Trump. Trump backs Nazis. Awkward | Emma Brockes 17 Aug 2017, 11:16am Fox News backs Trump. Trump backs Nazis. Awkward | Emma Brockes
Amid the horror of watching the president defend white supremacists comes the amusement of seeing media allies trying to distance themselvesThere was precious little to laugh about in the US this week, save for one grimly comic spectacle: that of rightwing news anchors struggling, live on air, to react to incontrovertible evidence that
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: beyond the moral pale | Editorial 16 Aug 2017, 2:46pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: beyond the moral pale | Editorial
The US president has gone even further than before in condoning the racist right. He must pay the price, at home and abroadIn his angry and undignified press conference on Tuesday night,
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Trump and the CEOs 16 Aug 2017, 2:00pm Updated Trump and the CEOs
A GOP President who loses the business class has a big problem.
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Trump Loses Corporate America 16 Aug 2017, 10:04am Updated Trump Loses Corporate America
There is no point in taking brickbats for a president who does not deliver.
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Now Trump has forced the world to confront racial division in the US | Mary Dejevsky 16 Aug 2017, 7:31am Now Trump has forced the world to confront racial division in the US | Mary Dejevsky
The violence in Charlottesville and the president’s response are a wake-up call to those who believed Barack Obama’s election marked a lasting changeThe contrast could hardly be starker. On 20 January, the first black president of the United States
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump and racism: a moral failure that shames America | Editorial 13 Aug 2017, 2:32pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump and racism: a moral failure that shames America | Editorial
No previous US president of modern times would have failed to condemn his country’s white nationalists. This one didAs George W Bush’s speechwriter
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13 Aug 2017, 11:22am Why Trump can’t disavow the Charlottesville neo-Nazi carnage | Matthew d’Ancona
The explosion of hate in Virginia is a wholly predictable outcome of the US president’s courtship of white supremacistsA thread twitches across time: I was only nine when the “
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The Observer view on North Korea and the role of the UN | Observer editorial 12 Aug 2017, 7:05pm The Observer view on North Korea and the role of the UN | Observer editorial
Trump’s rhetoric is a danger to the world. Higher authorities must actBarely a day passes without a reminder of Donald Trump’s unfitness for America’s highest office. The president’s performance during the past week has plumbed new depths of irrationality and ineptitude, even by the low standards he has set since January. Trump’s random, splenetic
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North Korea, Trump and dangerous bluster – cartoon 12 Aug 2017, 7:05pm North Korea, Trump and dangerous bluster – cartoon
Chris Riddell on the US president’s bellicose response to Kim Jong-un
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Trump is the past. Clean energy is the future for America and the planet | Rahwa Ghirmatzion and Mark Ruffalo 12 Aug 2017, 6:00am Trump is the past. Clean energy is the future for America and the planet | Rahwa Ghirmatzion and Mark Ruffalo
Across America, families, businesses, churches and other community groups are turning their back on fossil fuels – for good. There is no going back now Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the historic Paris climate agreement and turn his back on the other 194 countries that signed it leaves him isolated on the world stage. But Trump is also isolated from the very Americans he purports to lead, and here lies hope. Across America, families, businesses, churches, institutions and governments are busy building a clean energy future. And no president can stop that.
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South Africa’s poorest people will be hit by Jacob Zuma’s hollow victory | William Gumede 9 Aug 2017, 9:49am South Africa’s poorest people will be hit by Jacob Zuma’s hollow victory | William Gumede
The ANC leader and president survived a vote of no confidence – but this could stifle further economic returns as well as spur a potential party splitJacob Zuma may have
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The Guardian view on the judges and Brexit: ministers must come clean | Editorial 8 Aug 2017, 2:17pm The Guardian view on the judges and Brexit: ministers must come clean | Editorial
The UK’s senior judge has confronted the government with a question for which politicians must take responsibilityIn a BBC interview this week, the president of the United Kingdom supreme court
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The Guardian view on South Africa: Zuma goes on – but at what cost? | Editorial 8 Aug 2017, 2:16pm The Guardian view on South Africa: Zuma goes on – but at what cost? | Editorial
The president has survived yet another vote of no confidence. But he has damaged his party as well as his countryJacob Zuma’s shortcomings cannot shock anyone; nor can his ability
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Of course judges are worried about Brexit: their position is as clear as mud | Bobby Friedman 8 Aug 2017, 12:17pm Of course judges are worried about Brexit: their position is as clear as mud | Bobby Friedman
The government must offer some clarity on the judiciary’s relationship to the ECJ – because the Brexit bill itself is ambiguous, and will lead to uncertainty all roundWhat happens when a judge gets demob-happy? The answer can be seen in the intervention by the imminently departing president of the supreme court, Lord Neuberger, in the debate over the role of the European court of justice – better known as the ECJ –
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