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Attacks on the media show Duterte’s Philippines is heading for despotism | Jo Fuertes Knight 15 Feb 8:57am Attacks on the media show Duterte’s Philippines is heading for despotism | Jo Fuertes Knight
The editor of Rappler, Maria Ressa, faces 15 years in jail, in the most flagrant abuse of the president’s power yet“I will do the right thing,” Maria Ressa, CEO of the Philippines news site Rappler, told reporters as she was led away by police officers having been served a warrant for
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Stop the Impeachment Fishing Expedition 14 Feb 6:58pm Stop the Impeachment Fishing Expedition
Congress has no business investigating the president for conduct that occurred before he took office.
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Egyptians, rather than the west, must tackle Sisi | Letter 14 Feb 1:11pm Egyptians, rather than the west, must tackle Sisi | Letter
The call for the west to address the autocracy of President Sisi’s government is problematic, says
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The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis | Observer editorial 10 Feb 12:59am The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis | Observer editorial
Islamic State has lost its Syrian base, but its threat remainsIf he gets his way, Donald Trump will announce at some point in the coming week that the Islamic State terrorist group has been defeated and its hate-filled caliphate in Syria and Iraq destroyed. This will be the second time the US president has declared victory over the jihadists. When Trump first made the claim, in December, he was sharply contradicted by his own intelligence chiefs and by British ministers. Now he is being more cautious. But his eagerness to
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In the age of Trump and Bezos, public life is one big smutty ancient Greek vase | Marina Hyde 8 Feb 11:42am In the age of Trump and Bezos, public life is one big smutty ancient Greek vase | Marina Hyde
What’s the most dignified way to handle the scrapes your penis gets you into? Ask the US president and the world’s richest manIs there a Russian piss-tape of Donald Trump? Did a government agency intercept
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Yes, I do give a sh*t about these sweary book covers | Emma Brockes 7 Feb 1:21pm Yes, I do give a sh*t about these sweary book covers | Emma Brockes
It used to feel like a cheeky trend. But with Trump as president, these titles seem more like evidence of our descent into hellAmong the boom in self-help books on the shelves this year there is a title by life coach Andrea Owen called How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t. It has a quote on the cover from Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass, and comes hard on the heels of Unf*ck Yourself; F*ck Feelings; F**k Anxiety; Calm the F**k Down; Unf*ck Your Brain; How to Make Sh*t Happen; and the mother of all sweary self-help titles, Mark Manson’s 2016 juggernaut
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A special place in hell? Donald Tusk didn’t go far enough | Martin Kettle 6 Feb 1:47pm A special place in hell? Donald Tusk didn’t go far enough | Martin Kettle
Not only were the Brexiters clueless: they didn’t give a stuff about Ireland. But this will come back to haunt the ToriesDonald Tusk should be criticised not for his malice, but his moderation. The European council president triggered a tsunami of
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Trump set a low bar for other deluded billionaires flirting with a 2020 run | Jill Abramson 4 Feb 10:31am Trump set a low bar for other deluded billionaires flirting with a 2020 run | Jill Abramson
Howard Schultz is the latest self-deluded billionaire with no experience in government contemplating a presidential bid Donald Trump has set a low bar for other billionaires who are contemplating a run for the White House. Why not me, they ponder? Trump had no experience in government before he won the 2016 Republican nomination. He was just a popular TV reality star who branded his name on every piece of real estate he built. He wasn’t even that successful in business, going bankrupt more than once. He’s a lazy-bones, too, rarely hitting the Oval Office until 11.30am, according to Axios, which obtained his daily schedules. His approval ratings may never again cross 40%. If President Trump runs again, he certainly looks beatable.
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Nicolás Maduro must be praying for the US to intervene in Venezuela | Simon Jenkins 4 Feb 6:10am Nicolás Maduro must be praying for the US to intervene in Venezuela | Simon Jenkins
The only way the beleaguered Venezuelan president can shore up his position is if Trump blunders inOne thing alone could save the Maduro regime in Venezuela. That is western intervention. Nothing unites a country like a
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No Dialogue for Maduro 3 Feb 4:24pm No Dialogue for Maduro
Venezuelans are not divided. Juan Guaidó is the legitimate interim president.
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Leave Brigitte Macron alone. We French need to lay off our first ladies | Agnès Poirier 3 Feb 4:30am Leave Brigitte Macron alone. We French need to lay off our first ladies | Agnès Poirier
France has long loved the idea of a powerful woman pulling the strings of the president It’s almost a ritual. In France, it takes only a few months after the election of a new president for essays, pamphlets, picture albums, novels even, about the great man’s political ideas – but also his “true” or “hidden” personal story – to start flooding bookshops. More surprisingly, and perhaps more revealingly, France’s first ladies get a similar treatment. Although Emmanuel Macron has been in power for only 18 months, his wife,
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There’s something new on offer at these Nigerian elections – hope | Chibundu Onuzo 1 Feb 12:03pm There’s something new on offer at these Nigerian elections – hope | Chibundu Onuzo
A raft of unlikely presidential candidates is challenging the old guard in Nigeria. Their passion is inspirationalWho would want to be president of Nigeria? Well, once upon a time, me. When I was 19, I set out my manifesto on the
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31 Jan 6:55pm Mr. President, Tear Down That Word
Trump needs a way out of the shutdown. Meanwhile, Howard Schultz misjudges the country’s direction.
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The State of the Union Without Artificial Sweeteners 31 Jan 6:48pm The State of the Union Without Artificial Sweeteners
Trump will boast and brag. What if a president were appropriately grumpy?
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Mike Bloomberg vs. Howard Schultz 28 Jan 7:44pm Mike Bloomberg vs. Howard Schultz
How dare another billionaire decide to run for President?
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What has happened in Venezuela is a coup. Trump’s denial is dangerous | Oscar Guardiola-Rivera 28 Jan 3:00am What has happened in Venezuela is a coup. Trump’s denial is dangerous | Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
Juan Guaidó has declared himself president. Now the US and rightwing regimes may seek an excuse to intervene in support The picture shows him in the act of swearing himself in as
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The Observer view on why Venezuela needs consensus, not conflict | Observer editorial 27 Jan 1:00am The Observer view on why Venezuela needs consensus, not conflict | Observer editorial
The implicit threat of military intervention on behalf of Juan Guaidó’s opposition raises fears of a cold war proxy conflict Nicolás Maduro was re-elected Venezuela’s president last May by fraudulent means, as regional governments and independent observers noted at the time, and his leadership
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Zimbabwe dared to hope. Then the military arrived | Fadzayi Mahere 25 Jan 11:26am Zimbabwe dared to hope. Then the military arrived | Fadzayi Mahere
Robert Mugabe is gone, but the army remains at the centre of our political life. Until that changes, the violence won’t stop Like the fleeting blossom of Jacaranda trees in spring, faith in the government of Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has waned, following another
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The Guardian view on Venezuela: its people deserve better | Editorial 24 Jan 1:44pm The Guardian view on Venezuela: its people deserve better | Editorial
Nicolás Maduro has failed his country. Now the US response has raised the stakesVenezuela’s people deserve better than president Nicolás Maduro or reckless US-led intervention. The country is in the grip of a spiralling
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Donald Trump and his ship of fools are courting calamity in Venezuela | Simon Tisdall 24 Jan 7:41am Donald Trump and his ship of fools are courting calamity in Venezuela | Simon Tisdall
With no sensible advisers left by his side, Trump’s threats to the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, could spark a disastrous conflictDonald Trump’s
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Nancy Pelosi is an alien species to Trump – and he no idea what to do | Jill Filipovic 24 Jan 6:00am Nancy Pelosi is an alien species to Trump – and he no idea what to do | Jill Filipovic
The House speaker is unlike any of the compliant women the president likes to deal with – that’s why she’s perfect for the job Donald Trump might be the worst president in American history, but with his incompetence, belligerence and intellectual deficits come a perverse advantage: it’s tough to shame someone who has no shame; it’s hard to hold a man accountable for a lie when he doesn’t care if he’s a liar; you can’t chasten someone for breaking the rules when he never believed the rules applied to him. But while Trump has snaked and slithered his way in and out of scandal, corruption and self-dealing his entire life, there’s one force that seems to truly destabilize him: A competent woman. Which is why, in the Trump era, there’s no better speaker of the House than Nancy Pelosi.
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Why it sticks in the craw to see billionaire Trump ‘slumming it’ | Barbara Ellen 19 Jan 2:28pm Why it sticks in the craw to see billionaire Trump ‘slumming it’ | Barbara Ellen
For him, junk food signifies being down to earth; to others, it is all that they can afford It comes to something when the perfect way to demonstrate wealth and status is by “slumming it” with junk food. First up, President
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18 Jan 7:37pm Trump and Lindsey Graham
The South Carolina senator has reasons to back the President.
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The Odd Way We Announce for President Now 17 Jan 8:54pm The Odd Way We Announce for President Now
The challenge, pressure and opportunity of being a female candidate in 2020.
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On Saturday the UK turns remain. Parliament must force a second referendum | Polly Toynbee 17 Jan 6:44am On Saturday the UK turns remain. Parliament must force a second referendum | Polly Toynbee
May needs to ditch her intransigent red lines as a population shift means young remainers have replaced older leave votersYou could call it swing Saturday or crossover day, for this Saturday, 19 January, marks an important moment. This is the day, in theory, when the country turns remain. Even if not a single person has changed their mind since the referendum, the demographic shift alone will have done the heavy lifting. Enough old leavers will have died and enough young remainers will have come on to the electoral register to turn the dial on what the country thinks about Brexit. Psephologist and founding YouGov president Peter Kellner
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US TV networks put ratings over principle by airing Trump speech | Emily Bell 13 Jan 9:00am US TV networks put ratings over principle by airing Trump speech | Emily Bell
Broadcasters criticised for giving president access, as fact checking becomes a media event Donald Trump’s speech on the Mexican “border crisis”, delivered live from the Oval Office last week, marked a milestone in his brief but historically chaotic presidency; it revealed serious errors of judgment that weren’t simply down to him. Unfortunately for commercial media outlets, it was their shortcomings that attracted almost as much attention and criticism as the scaremongering speech itself. It is the hallmark of many non-Democratic countries that tinpot dictators appear, at the drop of a hat, on national broadcast outlets. Even in functioning democracies you can measure the importance of a national moment by whether the head of state or government pops up in prime time. For this reason appearances by US presidents on all TV networks were traditionally a relatively rare occurrence. When they do happen, the decision to run them is made on an ad hoc basis by the heads of those networks.
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The Guardian view on the DRC election: a very unlikely result | Editorial 10 Jan 1:25pm The Guardian view on the DRC election: a very unlikely result | Editorial
Voters hoped for their country’s first democratic transition. Officials named an opposition candidate as the victor – but could this be another win for President Joseph Kabila?People in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been waiting a long time – since independence from Belgium in 1960 – for a democratic transition of power. They waited two years for this election, and they waited days for its result. Early on Thursday, the country’s electoral commission
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He’s been president a week – and already Bolsonaro is damaging Brazil | Eliane Brum 10 Jan 2:00am He’s been president a week – and already Bolsonaro is damaging Brazil | Eliane Brum
Jair Bolsonaro’s messianic brand of capitalism threatens minorities and the rainforest that protects the planetThe world needs to understand what Brazil has become, before it’s too late. Jair Messias Bolsonaro’s Brazil is not just another country that
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Mrs. Robinson and the Missing Princess 9 Jan 7:07pm Mrs. Robinson and the Missing Princess
Why would Ireland’s former president weigh in on an Arab heiress’s psychiatric condition?
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The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US | Editorial 9 Jan 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump and the wall: useful for him, not for the US | Editorial
The promise to ‘build the wall’ worked for Trump as a candidate, and he continues to use it as president. Americans are paying the price with what has become the second longest government shutdownEven Donald Trump appeared almost dazzled by the magical efficacy of one of the mantras of his 2016 campaign. If a rally got a little boring, and he sensed that people might be thinking of leaving, “I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts,” he
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We might mock Trump and his wall, but it’s not so different in Britain | Jonathan Freedland 9 Jan 6:47am We might mock Trump and his wall, but it’s not so different in Britain | Jonathan Freedland
The US president’s obsession has shut down the government, while the PM’s red line on immigration has paralysed the UK One of the few comforts available to Brexit Britain is the thought that, no matter how dysfunctional we’ve become, at least we’re not Trump’s America. We may be crazy, reduced to
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This is the Nancy Pelosi moment and Donald Trump should be very afraid | Sarah Churchwell 6 Jan 3:00am This is the Nancy Pelosi moment and Donald Trump should be very afraid | Sarah Churchwell
For two years the President has shown disdain for the institutions and practises of governance. Bad move. A new era has just dawnedThe Trump White House has frequently been called chaotic, wild, undisciplined, disorderly. But a better word might be “unruly,” because if there’s one thing Donald Trump can’t abide, it’s rules. Not only has the Trump administration signally failed to follow the rules, it’s not clear it ever bothered to learn them. But as the Democrats
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Donald Trump has a point – the world should start solving its own problems | Simon Jenkins 4 Jan 2:33am Updated Donald Trump has a point – the world should start solving its own problems | Simon Jenkins
For all his antics on the Mexican border, the US president is right to be withdrawing troops from Syria For a Briton to spend time in the US just now is a blessed relief. Whole days pass, and no talk of Brexit. It is as if a pall has lifted from the art of conversation. But the US has its own deep divide, slashing through the populist body politic. It is Donald Trump and “America first”. Trump has become a phenomenon. Like Samson in the temple, he seems able to topple the entire edifice of policy. Down crashes
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Elizabeth Warren’s ‘likability’? The US media has learned nothing from 2016 | Arwa Mahdawi 3 Jan 1:13pm Elizabeth Warren’s ‘likability’? The US media has learned nothing from 2016 | Arwa Mahdawi
Sexist headlines seem intended to stoke vitriol against the senator running for president as they did towards ClintonThe countdown to the US 2020 election has only just begun, but it’s already starting to look like a hellish repeat of 2016. On Monday, senator Elizabeth Warren became the first major Democrat to
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I thought online fakes would cause an infopocalypse | Alex Hern 2 Jan 3:00am I thought online fakes would cause an infopocalypse | Alex Hern
Turns out hoaxes and lies have always been with us. The internet just gave them a wider audienceRemember when Barack Obama called President Trump a “total and complete dipshit”? No, me neither. But if you search for it, there’s a
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The Chief Justice and the President 27 Dec 2018, 7:33pm The Chief Justice and the President
John Roberts would be more credible rebuking Donald Trump if he did more to rein in the lower courts.
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Trump Insiders, Come Out of the Shadows 27 Dec 2018, 7:24pm Trump Insiders, Come Out of the Shadows
America needs candor. The president’s supporters won’t be convinced by anonymous testimony.
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27 Dec 2018, 6:27pm The Day* Without a Trump Tweet
A review of the President’s recent time on and off social media.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump in 2019: the year of reckoning | Editorial 27 Dec 2018, 12:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump in 2019: the year of reckoning | Editorial
Any hopes that the US political system would be able to work around a destructive president look foolish now. Expect more direct confrontations in the new yearAt first sight, Donald Trump’s presidency might seem to prove that, in the end, people can get used to anything. Mr Trump’s election two years ago was an enormous shock to the American system. Soon, however, many persuaded themselves that the system would find ways of working around the Trump threat. There was much talk of
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Trump the Opera---II 26 Dec 2018, 7:06pm Trump the Opera---II
After many victories over the Obamaites, the U.S. president is hungry for more.
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26 Dec 2018, 4:52pm The Trumps in Iraq
On a Christmas mission to thank U.S. troops, the President also makes his case on Syria.
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Outside the EU, Britain faces a bleak future in Trump’s world | Simon Tisdall 26 Dec 2018, 7:06am Outside the EU, Britain faces a bleak future in Trump’s world | Simon Tisdall
The US president is rewriting the international rule book that the UK will rely on to survive if it goes it aloneDisagreements over the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU are obscuring the daunting international challenges that await the country once it supposedly shakes off Europe’s shackles. It’s a tough, unforgiving world out there, and 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger rough-house than usual. By jettisoning a pivotal alliance, Britain no-mates is seriously weakening its capacity to manage these looming threats. The spectre of Donald Trump lies at the heart of ominous turbulence on the global horizon. Nearly halfway through his term, the 45th US president is helping to create a world where old rules don’t apply and long-held assumptions, such as Britain’s claim to a “special relationship” with Washington, are an anachronistic embarrassment.
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The Kurds and Trump’s Syria withdrawal | Letters 25 Dec 2018, 12:10pm The Kurds and Trump’s Syria withdrawal | Letters
Readers respond to the US president’s decision to bring the troops homeIn criticising Trump’s abrupt withdrawal from Syria, Janine di Giovanni won’t admit that what passed for American policy – and by default that of the west – never made sense (
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s uncontrolled and increasingly reckless behaviour | Observer editorial 23 Dec 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s uncontrolled and increasingly reckless behaviour | Observer editorial
The US president’s actions on all fronts are now a matter of global concern If Donald Trump
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Trump’s Syria withdrawal has handed a huge gift to Islamic State | Janine di Giovanni 22 Dec 2018, 1:00am Trump’s Syria withdrawal has handed a huge gift to Islamic State | Janine di Giovanni
The president’s announcement will destroy any trust in the US among local allies fighting terror Christmas came early in Syria. Donald Trump’s surprise tweet heralding the
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The Trump Volatility Risks 20 Dec 2018, 7:58pm The Trump Volatility Risks
The President indulges his worst impulses and loses a defense chief.
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At last, divestment is hitting the fossil fuel industry where it hurts | Bill McKibben 16 Dec 2018, 12:37pm At last, divestment is hitting the fossil fuel industry where it hurts | Bill McKibben
Trillions of dollars of investments are being taken out of carbon-intensive companies. Governments must now take noticeI remember well the first institution to announce it was divesting from fossil fuel. It was 2012 and I was on the second week of a gruelling tour across the US trying to spark a movement. Our roadshow had been playing to packed houses down the west coast, and we’d crossed the continent to Portland, Maine. As a raucous crowd jammed the biggest theatre in town, a physicist named Stephen Mulkey took the mic. He was at the time president of the tiny Unity College in the state’s rural interior, and he announced that over the weekend its trustees had voted to sell their shares in coal, oil and gas companies. “The time is long overdue for all investors to take a hard look at the consequences of supporting an industry that persists in destructive practices,” he said.
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Steve Bannon and his bedroom badinage | Jonathan Bouquet 16 Dec 2018, 1:00am Steve Bannon and his bedroom badinage | Jonathan Bouquet
Donald Trump’s former strategist invokes The Godfather in his defence of the president What with
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Mulvaney Into the Breach 14 Dec 2018, 7:00pm Mulvaney Into the Breach
Trump makes a good choice for chief of staff, if the President lets him do his job.
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The gilets jaunes have cowed Macron. But for them, that’s just the start | John Lichfield 11 Dec 2018, 6:41am The gilets jaunes have cowed Macron. But for them, that’s just the start | John Lichfield
Despite winning major concessions from the president, the French rebels now eye a bigger cause – to bring down the governmentThe French have a word for pressing on to the bitter end without considering the consequences:
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The Presidency Can Add Years to Your Life 9 Dec 2018, 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 2018, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: the net closes | Editorial
Contempt and indignation, however deserved, won’t end the presidency of Donald Trump. What’s needed is the operation of the law. That may be coming closerThat President Trump is an almost compulsive liar, a man who is incurious about the world except to the extent that it can satisfy his crude immediate desires, has been obvious since he
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Macron’s politics look to Blair and Clinton. The backlash was inevitable | Larry Elliott 6 Dec 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s growing list of failures | Observer editorial
The US president’s renowned ‘base’ will not tolerate many more job losses or fiscal blunders It has been a difficult week for Donald Trump. A series of reverses at home was followed in short order by one of the US president’s least favourite things – obligatory participation in an international summit, namely this weekend’s
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George Herbert Walker Bush 1 Dec 2018, 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 2018, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s credibility: America’s compromised leader | Editorial
As the Mueller investigation continues to produce troubling charges against his innermost circle, the US president’s word is increasingly suspect both at home and abroadEarlier this week
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You’d think Ivanka Trump would be worried about her emails. But guess what? | Emma Brockes 30 Nov 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 12:59am The Observer view on Donald Trump being at bay after the midterms | Observer editorial
The results of the elections will send him in search of a spectacular distraction from his losses Air Force One landed in France on Friday bearing a wounded president. Donald Trump has reacted to the loss of the House of Representatives to the Democrats with characteristic petulance,
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We now know it’s folly to rage against Trump | Simon Jenkins 9 Nov 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 2:09pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: using hate as bait | Editorial
The US president is following a consistent strategy of creating crises over immigration and race to mobilise white support for Republicans in the midterm electionsDonald Trump is still sometimes depicted as impulsive and unpredictable. But this view is mistaken. There is method – albeit an evil method – in his madness. His behaviour in the build-up to next week’s
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs | Observer editorial 28 Oct 2018, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s vile rhetoric and the US pipe bombs | Observer editorial
Republican leaders see no link between the president’s rabble-rousing and the threats to some of his prominent criticsDonald Trump’s inadequate and self-referential response to last week’s spate of attempted pipe bomb attacks was, sadly, what we have come to expect from this most un-presidential of American presidents. As Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, told CNN, Trump has “never fully made the transition” from candidate to White House incumbent. It is plainly too much to hope that he ever will. Trump’s narcissistic suggestion that the attacks, which exclusively targeted his political opponents and critics, were being exploited by Democrats and the media to discredit him ahead of next month’s congressional elections was disgraceful. Trump does not understand he is president of all Americans, not only those who voted for him.
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When Trump demonises opponents, unhinged partisans take their cues | Heather Cox Richardson 27 Oct 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 1:48pm The Guardian view on the US pipe bombs: rage and resistance | Editorial
The targeting of senior Democrats and critics of the president is another alarming indication of the political climateIn his novel 1984, George Orwell invented the Two Minutes Hate, whereby the residents of Oceania express their rage and vitriol towards its enemies. The daily ritual forged a powerful, even irresistible unified consciousness: “a hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness ... seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current,” he wrote. More than one observer of Donald Trump’s rallies as a presidential candidate
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Trump’s words have consequences, and he can no longer deny it | Gary Younge 25 Oct 2018, 12:17pm Trump’s words have consequences, and he can no longer deny it | Gary Younge
After the targeting of politicians and the media in a pipe-bombing campaign, it’s clear where the president’s hostile rhetoric leadsLizbeth Fierro, from Racine, Wisconsin, was 16 when Donald Trump was elected. “I thought he was a joke,” she told me. Then she noticed a change at school. “Once he was elected there were a lot more people who came out very bold and started saying mean comments about immigrants and Mexicans … I thought, ‘Wow, this is dumb, this is very dumb.’” Then in July her father, Ricardo, the former head of the Latino chamber of commerce in town and a prominent activist, was
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The Guardian view on the death of a critic: Riyadh must pay a price | Editorial 23 Oct 2018, 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 2018, 11:10am Trump is creating a nuclear threat worse than the cold war | Simon Tisdall
In ditching the treaty with Russia, the US president risks an arms race with multiple nuclear powers Whoa! There he goes again. Donald Trump’s impulsive decision to rubbish a
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Brexit, cutting ourselves off from our past, and from science funding | Letters 18 Oct 2018, 1:30pm Brexit, cutting ourselves off from our past, and from science funding | Letters
Letters from Prehistoric Society president
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Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall 18 Oct 2018, 7:25am Regime change in Iran is Trump’s real motive for siding with the Saudis | Simon Tisdall
The US president needs support to take down Tehran – and he doesn’t appear to be fussy about where it may come fromIt would be comforting to think Donald Trump sent his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, hotfooting it to Saudi Arabia this week to solve the mystery of what happened to the missing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. It would be nice to believe
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The Fed Is Anything but Crazy 17 Oct 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 1:00am It’s not just Trump. Much of America has turned its back on Europe | Timothy Garton Ash
The United States is no longer passionate about the transatlantic alliance; its president is reflecting the national mood Can Donald Trump get any worse? Yes, he can. But our fixation on his personal awfulness, which was on full
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The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial 26 Sep 2018, 1:13pm The Guardian view on Macron’s anti-populism: rhetoric is not enough | Editorial
The French president’s ambition to lead a global fightback against nationalism and xenophobia are undermined by his domestic recordEmmanuel Macron’s mission to impress the United Nations this week was made easier by following Donald Trump. The French president’s impassioned defence of multilateral cooperation based on universal human rights was a rebuke to his US counterpart’s bombastic unilateralism. Earlier the same day,
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Trump’s idiocy may lead to more than a war of words with Iran | Simon Tisdall 26 Sep 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, 8:37am Updated The Non-Accidental Presidency
Donald Trump didn’t want to be president. History had another idea.
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Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland 5 Jan 2018, 12:59pm Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans | Jonathan Freedland
Donald Trump’s utter unfitness for the presidency has been laid bare in Michael Wolff’s new book. What will it take for his party to remove him from office?What did you think would be the Republican reaction to the latest revelations about Donald Trump? Did you expect the party’s luminaries to drop their collective head into their hands, or to crumple into a heap in despair at the state of the man they anointed as president of the United States? They’d certainly have had good reason. In the book
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Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 2018, 4:26am Donald Trump eats McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of office Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams 5 Jan 2018, 3:30am Donald Trump eats only McDonald’s for fear of being poisoned? That says it all | Zoe Williams
Recent revelations about the way the US president eats reveal how naked appetite has consumed all the traditional dignity, expertise and charisma of officeMichael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is a book full of intoxicating detail; a personal favourite is Rupert Murdoch putting down the phone to Donald Trump with a terse and descriptive “fucking
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How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil 4 Jan 2018, 11:06am How Donald Trump’s tweets help Iran’s supreme leader | Sanam Vakil
The US president’s support for protesters and sanctions fuel the regime’s narrative of outside interference – and deprive Iranians of the prospect of reformSince the beginning of the
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Take it from the insiders: Silicon Valley is eating your soul | John Harris 1 Jan 2018, 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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