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With Brexit imminent, what are the chances of a UK trade deal with China? | Rana Mitter34h With Brexit imminent, what are the chances of a UK trade deal with China? | Rana Mitter
Trump has shown compromise with Beijing is possible but Britain has to dance between US, EU and Chinese demandsLast week, Donald Trump and Liu He, the Chinese vice-premier,
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Trump lets soldiers get away with murder. That mustn’t happen here | Nick Cohen 18 Jan 1:30pm Trump lets soldiers get away with murder. That mustn’t happen here | Nick Cohen
Boris Johnson should not seek protection for UK military personnel accused of war crimesThe
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Brian Adcock on the impeachment of Donald Trump – cartoon 17 Jan 3:00pm Brian Adcock on the impeachment of Donald Trump – cartoon
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Trump’s is the third impeachment in US history and no case has been stronger | Jonathan Freedland 17 Jan 12:44pm Trump’s is the third impeachment in US history and no case has been stronger | Jonathan Freedland
In contrast with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, no chicanery was needed to ensnare Trump. He brought this on himselfThe trial of Donald Trump, which opens in earnest on Tuesday, will be the
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The Guardian view on the Trump trial: a defining moment for the rule of law | Editorial 16 Jan 1:43pm The Guardian view on the Trump trial: a defining moment for the rule of law | Editorial
The impeachment charges are serious and appropriate. They will test the power of Congress to restrain the presidentThe impeachment of a president of the United States is an immensely powerful constitutional act. Donald Trump is only the third president in more than 230 years to face trial in the Senate after being impeached by the House of Representatives. The trial that
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The Guardian view on Trump’s folly: racing to war | Editorial 15 Jan 1:21pm The Guardian view on Trump’s folly: racing to war | Editorial
If the 2015 nuclear pact cannot be rebuilt or a new one struck, then the choice will be to let Iran have the bomb or to bomb IranNext week the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will
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The Observer view on Flight 752 and its political fallout | Observer editorial 12 Jan 1:31am The Observer view on Flight 752 and its political fallout | Observer editorial
Trump and Pompeo should act with extreme caution in the wake of this terrible incident The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 over Iran, which killed all 176 people on board, is a tragedy. The human cost should not be obscured by the recriminations that have followed. Many families in Iran, Canada, Britain and elsewhere have suffered a devastating blow. In addition to the lives lost, countless more lives have been irreparably damaged. The Iranian government’s
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So far, all impeachment has done is make Donald Trump more popular | Thomas Meaney 10 Jan 8:43am So far, all impeachment has done is make Donald Trump more popular | Thomas Meaney
Nancy Pelosi knew it would happen, but Democrats forced her hand. They should focus their fire on November’s electionImpeachment was never going to deliver the president’s scalp. “We all know how this is going to end,” Mitch McConnell, the Republican senate majority leader, told Fox News on 12 December, shortly before the House of Representatives
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Donald Trump’s rant against Iran is the howl of a dying empire | Simon Jenkins 9 Jan 11:48am Donald Trump’s rant against Iran is the howl of a dying empire | Simon Jenkins
As the president slurred ritualised abuse of Iran and pleas to Nato, we saw the US’s days as world hegemon dribbling awayDonald Trump does not strut the world stage as Augustus triumphant. On Wednesday he might have
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The threat of conflict in Iran is still real, and Britain must not get dragged in | Simon Tisdall 8 Jan 2:12pm The threat of conflict in Iran is still real, and Britain must not get dragged in | Simon Tisdall
Donald Trump may have de-escalated (for now), but Boris Johnson has already proved to be weak in the face of US hawkishnessSo the war is off – at least for now. Donald Trump, in his bottomless wisdom,
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The Guardian view on the US and Iran: relief may be short-lived | Editorial 8 Jan 1:42pm The Guardian view on the US and Iran: relief may be short-lived | Editorial
Tehran’s immediate response to the killing of Qassem Suleimani was carefully controlled. It is also unlikely to spell an end to the crisisRelief at Iran’s significant but calibrated retaliation against the US for the killing of Qassem Suleimani is an understandable and merited instinct. Matters could be much worse today. But there can be no complacency: the dangers have been briefly stayed, not averted. While Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Iran “appears to be standing down”, we will not know the true impact of the killing for months and probably years. The
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Anyone who thinks they understand Boris Johnson could be in for a surprise | Martin Kettle 8 Jan 1:35pm Anyone who thinks they understand Boris Johnson could be in for a surprise | Martin Kettle
To the Brexiter right he’s a conquering hero. To the left he’s a Trumpian villain. The truth is rather more complexHow much does the British political world really know about Boris Johnson? It certainly thinks that it knows a lot. After all, Johnson has been around for a long time. He has always courted publicity. He possesses a mega-wattage personality. Many will feel that they know too much about him rather than too little. But there is a danger that politics may not be keeping up with the way he is evolving as prime minister. On the right, Johnson is still the conquering hero. He won the Brexit battle, trounced the liberal establishment and has led the Conservatives back to a level of power they have not known for 30 years. On the left, Johnson is the villain of the era. He has hitched his ambition to a rightwing nationalist deregulatory project, and he is a Trump admirer who does not care what gets in his way, or who suffers, as long as he wins.
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Condemn Trump’s threat to Iran’s cultural heritage | Letter 7 Jan 1:22pm Condemn Trump’s threat to Iran’s cultural heritage | Letter
Academic researchers of Iranian history, archaeology, art and culture, based in national museums and universities across the world, react in horror to the US president’s threat to target Iranian sitesWe, the undersigned, deplore
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By killing Qassem Suleimani, Trump has achieved the impossible: uniting Iran | Dina Esfandiary 7 Jan 1:11pm By killing Qassem Suleimani, Trump has achieved the impossible: uniting Iran | Dina Esfandiary
The national hero’s assassination has brought together Iran’s divided government and its exhausted and desperate publicFor Iranians, the assassination of Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s notorious Quds force, was a profound upset.
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After years of division, Labour unity is now a real possibility | Polly Toynbee 6 Jan 1:28pm After years of division, Labour unity is now a real possibility | Polly Toynbee
The leadership race, after the shock of election defeat, can bring together left and right, and jolt the gloating ToriesThe world is burning, Donald Trump has
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Trump says Iran will never have a nuclear weapon as Tehran mourns Suleimani – as it happened 6 Jan 1:01pm Trump says Iran will never have a nuclear weapon as Tehran mourns Suleimani – as it happened
Follow the latest developments as huge crowds pack streets of Tehran in memory of Iranian general
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Trump says Iran will never have a nuclear weapon as Tehran mourns Suleimani – live updates 6 Jan 12:20pm Updated Trump says Iran will never have a nuclear weapon as Tehran mourns Suleimani – live updates
Follow the latest developments as huge crowds pack streets of Tehran in memory of Iranian general
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Donald Trump’s belligerent threats to Iran’s cultural sites are grotesque | Simon Jenkins 6 Jan 10:13am Donald Trump’s belligerent threats to Iran’s cultural sites are grotesque | Simon Jenkins
The war crimes proposed by the belligerent US president would only strengthen his enemy’s clerical regimeDonald Trump’s
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The Guardian view on Trump’s war: UK goes from poodle to lapdog? | Editorial 5 Jan 1:47pm The Guardian view on Trump’s war: UK goes from poodle to lapdog? | Editorial
This country will not profit from pursuing a reckless Brexit while hitching ourselves to Donald Trump’s Iranian misadventureA British prime minister
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Satsuma gives hope to smaller people | Brief letters 5 Jan 12:34pm Satsuma gives hope to smaller people | Brief letters
Competency tests | Satsumas | Trump and Shakespeare | Getting old | Folk musicRachel Wolf, a Conservative party policy adviser, recommends that civil servants should take regular exams to prove competence in their jobs (
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The Observer view on the assassination of Qassem Suleimani | Observer editorial 5 Jan 2:03am The Observer view on the assassination of Qassem Suleimani | Observer editorial
Donald Trump has recklessly imperilled lives by his act of warIt used to be the case that US
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The Guardian view on Trump’s biggest gamble: assassinating an Iranian general could lead to war | Editorial 3 Jan 1:19pm The Guardian view on Trump’s biggest gamble: assassinating an Iranian general could lead to war | Editorial
The president has promised not to involve the US in more ‘endless conflict’ in the Middle East. By following his gut instinct in this case, he risks just thatOne of the few consoling features of Donald Trump’s erratic, self-interested and vainglorious approach to the presidency has been his relative caution in deploying US military power overseas. During his campaign for the White House, Mr Trump promised that, on his watch, the US would not become further entangled in “endless wars” in the Middle East. By and large, for just over three years, he has stuck to that. Last October,
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The Suleimani assassination goes against Trump’s policy – but not his character | Jonathan Freedland 3 Jan 12:43pm The Suleimani assassination goes against Trump’s policy – but not his character | Jonathan Freedland
Although the US president says he wants to avoid military entanglements, he can’t resist the macho appeal of actionIs there any point looking for logic or consistency in the words and deeds of Donald Trump? It can seem a futile task. And yet for at least another year – and perhaps five more – he wields the power of life and death, able on a whim to plunge the world into war. Which means we are obliged at least to try to divine some thread of reason in his actions and statements, if only to prepare ourselves for what could be their lethal consequences.
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Japan’s warship deployment could push a pacifist country into conflict | Jeff Kingston 3 Jan 11:32am Japan’s warship deployment could push a pacifist country into conflict | Jeff Kingston
Prime minister Shinzo Abe is trying to keep Donald Trump on side, but the Japanese people are watching with worry Since the end of the second world war and the enactment of its pacifist constitution, Japan has deployed its forces overseas mostly on peacekeeping operations under UN auspices – and almost never to places where its troops are in harm’s way. But next month, the country will
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The US airstrikes on Iran could be Trump’s biggest foreign policy blunder | Mohamad Bazzi 3 Jan 9:18am The US airstrikes on Iran could be Trump’s biggest foreign policy blunder | Mohamad Bazzi
When the US president took office, there was no crisis. Now conflict with Iranian proxies across the Middle East seems likelyThe Trump administration’s assassination on Thursday of
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Donald Trump’s assassination of Qassem Suleimani will come back to haunt him | Mohammad Ali Shabani 3 Jan 8:52am Donald Trump’s assassination of Qassem Suleimani will come back to haunt him | Mohammad Ali Shabani
The Quds force leader had the status of national hero even among secular Iranians. His death could act as a rallying cryThe US has
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This was the decade America’s self-serving myths fell apart | Aziz Rana 30 Dec 2019, 8:28am This was the decade America’s self-serving myths fell apart | Aziz Rana
The country’s beliefs in exceptionalism and meritocracy came up against Donald Trump and his politics of exclusion
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There’s a lesson in Boris Johnson’s jolliness. Liberal miserabilism is a turn-off | Anne McElvoy 29 Dec 2019, 4:00am There’s a lesson in Boris Johnson’s jolliness. Liberal miserabilism is a turn-off | Anne McElvoy
Boris Johnson’s appeal, particularly in the north of England, has a lot to do with his enthusiasm. Centrists must learn from thisHow miserable are you feeling as you contemplate 2020? Putting aside our individual circumstances, the answer is often closely linked with how we are minded politically. A series of body blows to centrist thinking since the honeymoon period after the cold war gave way to a financial crisis and bitter backwash, followed by the arrival of Donald Trump and a gaggle of nationalist-populists around the globe. Add a
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Of course Trump hates central bankers – they tell the truth | Torsten Bell 29 Dec 2019, 1:30am Of course Trump hates central bankers – they tell the truth | Torsten Bell
When the Fed locked horns with the president before Christmas, it was clear who wolud be the winnerCentral bank independence is the denim jeans of economic ideas – not fresh but still about as fashionable as economic policy gets. For a quarter of a century, more or less everyone has agreed that central banks should be operationally independent of government. Independent central bankers are better placed than politicians to set the interest rates the economy needs. The latter face the “time inconsistency” problem: they want to cut rates to make us happy today – before an election, for example – even though it will damage the economy tomorrow.
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Fawlty memories of Basil’s rectitude | Brief letters 27 Dec 2019, 12:07pm Fawlty memories of Basil’s rectitude | Brief letters
Social care | Nicky Henson in Fawlty Towers | Pedanticus pronunciation | Trump and windmills | Sprout recipesAlongside its account of five independent commissions and four government white papers on social care funding, your
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The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment: a tale of two courts | Editorial 19 Dec 2019, 1:36pm The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment: a tale of two courts | Editorial
Republicans will protect the US president in the Senate. The public’s verdict remains to be seenIn 231 years, only three US presidents have been impeached. Now Donald Trump faces two courts. The
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There is an antidote to demagoguery – it’s called political rewilding | George Monbiot 18 Dec 2019, 1:00am There is an antidote to demagoguery – it’s called political rewilding | George Monbiot
This form of radical trust devolves power away from top-down government, often with some very unexpected results You can blame Jeremy Corbyn for Boris Johnson, and Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump. You can blame the Indian challengers for Narendra Modi, the Brazilian opposition for Jair Bolsonaro, and left and centre parties in Australia, the Philippines, Hungary, Poland and Turkey for similar electoral disasters. Or you could recognise that what we are witnessing is a global phenomenon. Yes, there were individual failings in all these cases, though the failings were very different: polar opposites in the cases of Corbyn and Clinton. But when the same thing happens in many nations, it’s time to recognise the pattern, and see that heaping blame on particular people and parties fixes nothing.
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Barack Obama is going after old men. His real target is Bernie Sanders | Jessa Crispin 17 Dec 2019, 6:16am Barack Obama is going after old men. His real target is Bernie Sanders | Jessa Crispin
Obama accused old white men in politics of ‘not getting out of the way’. The comments seem pointed at one old man in particular: Bernie Sanders While you won’t see former president Barack Obama appearing at any town halls or any public events as the Democrats seek to oust Donald Trump from the White House, you can, if you can afford it, see him in a series of rooms – ballrooms, conference rooms, small theaters – talking to donors about what he thinks everyone else is doing wrong. His exasperation has found several targets at these private events, from the young activists he accused of just being mad online to the old white men running for office he accused of “not getting out of the way”. At this latest event in Singapore, Obama announced that women were “indisputably” better leaders than men. If the whole world was run by women, Obama speculated, “you would see a significant improvement across the board on … living standards and outcomes”.
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We must learn to talk to leave voters without falling into the Clinton trap | Nesrine Malik 16 Dec 2019, 1:00am We must learn to talk to leave voters without falling into the Clinton trap | Nesrine Malik
That means challenging nativist rhetoric – and making a pitch to voters that goes beyond economics It could be argued that the September 2016 speech in which Hillary Clinton said “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables” was the moment she lost the White House. The phrase was rapidly deployed to define her – and liberals more generally – as out-of-touch elitists who dismissed voters as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it,” in Clinton’s own phrase. What was easy to miss was the
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A victory won by Brexit lies does not make those lies true 15 Dec 2019, 2:00am A victory won by Brexit lies does not make those lies true
How can we believe that a party wedded to deregulation and flirting with Trump’s America will ever govern for ‘one nation’?The Chinese proverb is “be careful what you wish for”. My own adapted version is “be careful what you vote for”. I make no apology for having devoted so many columns to what on Thursday became the lost cause of Remain. The pro-European cause in this country has, alas, suffered from a colossal failure of leadership. The failure to make the case for our EU membership goes back a long way, as does the drip-drip of the vile anti-European campaign in the Murdoch press, and the obvious suspects in other sections of the media. The sequence of events was well brought out in Denis MacShane’s prophetic book
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Greta Thunberg: emotional incontinents like Trump can’t cope with her controlled anger | Rebecca Nicolson 14 Dec 2019, 10:30am Greta Thunberg: emotional incontinents like Trump can’t cope with her controlled anger | Rebecca Nicolson
The activist had the perfect riposte to the president’s peevish jealousy when she was named Time’s person of the yearIf only we could bottle (reusables) and distribute Greta Thunberg’s ability to neutralise the ire of men who should know better. In an attempt to divert attention from the House judiciary committee debating his impeachment,
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Britain needs its own Mueller report on Russian ‘interference’ | Glenn R Simpson and Peter Fritsch 12 Dec 2019, 6:17am Britain needs its own Mueller report on Russian ‘interference’ | Glenn R Simpson and Peter Fritsch
Conservative-leaning media in the UK and US see little mileage in exposing meddling that helped their own sideThe British political system has become thoroughly compromised by Russian influence. It’s high time its institutions – including the media – woke up to that fact. In 2016, both the United Kingdom and the United States were the targets of Russian efforts to swing their votes. The aim was to weaken the alliances that had constrained Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, such as the European Union and Nato. The efforts in both countries had much in common. They were aided by a transatlantic cast of characters loosely organised around the Trump and Brexit campaigns. Many of them worked in concert and interacted with Russians close to the Kremlin. The outcome in both countries was also eerily similar. Both countries have been at war with themselves in the three years since, pulling them back from the international stage at a time when Putin has consolidated his position in
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The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment: the integrity of US democracy is at stake | Editorial 11 Dec 2019, 1:46pm The Guardian view on Trump’s impeachment: the integrity of US democracy is at stake | Editorial
The current president’s unfitness for office is a truth that should be self-evident, not an object of partisan rivalryWhile much is unpredictable about the attempt to impeach Donald Trump, one thing can be anticipated with certainty. The US president will show no respect for the process – and no contrition if found guilty.
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial 8 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial
Donald Trump has made clear he wants a post-Brexit Britain to let US tech companies and big pharma access medical recordsThe NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of its biggest companies. Britain’s health service is home to a unique medical dataset that covers the entire population from birth to death. Jeremy Corbyn’s NHS press conference revealed that the US wanted its companies to get unrestricted access to the UK’s medical records, thought to be
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The life lessons I learned over breakfast with a Trump supporter | Emma Brockes 7 Dec 2019, 1:00am The life lessons I learned over breakfast with a Trump supporter | Emma Brockes
A chance encounter at the buffet made me wonder if instead of nodding and smiling I should be passionately disagreeingI was in a hotel in a rural part of northern California, asking a man at the breakfast buffet what he thought of Barack Obama. Up to that point, we had been talking, affably, about drug addiction, paganism and the likelihood of a volcano in the area blowing any time soon, before moving on to his enthusiasm for Donald Trump. Now he looked at me suspiciously. The question, he knew, contained an accusation within it, as did my follow-up about Hillary Clinton. “I would love to see a female – a black female! – be president,” he said carefully. “Just not her.” I felt some sympathy for the guy in the hotel, and then – a sign of the times – wondered if this amounted to collaboration
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Trade sanctions are Trump’s weapon of choice in a dangerous new world conflict | Simon Jenkins 5 Dec 2019, 2:31pm Trade sanctions are Trump’s weapon of choice in a dangerous new world conflict | Simon Jenkins
If war’s purpose is to devastate territory and put people under duress, it can now be waged from offices around the worldIs this the new war? After hot war and cold war comes trade war, Trump-style. The latest battle seems to merely pit scotch against bourbon and camembert against Google, but the US’s argument with the outside world is escalating, and it is no joke. Donald Trump came to power with a somewhat admirable aversion to overseas military intervention (while maintaining willingness to drop bombs on foreign soil). He saw no gain in his soldiers dying in other people’s wars. To him, foreign policy was transactional. You scratch my back, I scratch yours – and to hell with globalisation and new world orders. He said before his election that
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Keeping protest alive in Cornish folk songs | Brief letters 5 Dec 2019, 12:44pm Keeping protest alive in Cornish folk songs | Brief letters
Folk music | President Trump | Larry the cat | CommasCaroline Davies (
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I’m innocent but still in Guantánamo because Trump is denying me justice | Ahmed Rabbani 5 Dec 2019, 7:49am I’m innocent but still in Guantánamo because Trump is denying me justice | Ahmed Rabbani
Today my lawyers will argue at the ICC that US crimes against humanity during the Afghan war should be investigatedStuck in Guantánamo Bay detention camp, year after year, I often wonder if I will ever get my “day in court”. Not as a defendant – I have never been charged with a crime – but as a claimant seeking redress for the torture and mistreatment I have suffered at the hands of the US and its allies. Today my lawyers are at least
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Steve Bell on the alliance of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – cartoon 4 Dec 2019, 2:01pm Steve Bell on the alliance of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance | Editorial 4 Dec 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance | Editorial
The prime minister kept a calculated distance from the US president at the Nato summit because he knows their similarities play badly with votersA US president’s low-key exit from a Nato summit, skipping the traditional press conference, would once have been perceived as a snub to the host government. But Donald Trump’s departure from London will come as a relief to Boris Johnson. Mr Trump is a fan of Brexit and praises the prime minister as the man to deliver it, but his presence in the country was an electoral hazard for the Conservatives. Some British voters admire Mr Trump, or find him entertaining, but more do not. It is no recommendation for the Tory leader to be liked by a man notorious for dishonesty, ignorance, narcissism and chauvinism.
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and the NHS – cartoon 3 Dec 2019, 3:00pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and the NHS – cartoon
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Smug in the west: but even the Tories steer clear of Trump at Nato 3 Dec 2019, 12:20pm Smug in the west: but even the Tories steer clear of Trump at Nato
The ‘leader of the free world’ manages to reduce Nato geopolitics to suburban real-estate rivalry but fails to team up with Johnson – or Farage The last time a US president visited the UK at Christmas it was in a Richard Curtis film and Hugh Grant was the prime minister. This week, real-life Hugh Grant has been knocking on doors with Lib Dem and Labour candidates urgently trying to stop Brexit, and the guy who demanded a cameo in the film Home Alone 2 has been the “leader of the free world” for three years. Back then, people called the Curtis film – Love, Actually – smug. But in retrospect, it had nothing on the west.
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Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson and the Trump playbook – cartoon 2 Dec 2019, 1:45pm Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson and the Trump playbook – cartoon
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America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation | Will Hutton 1 Dec 2019, 3:30am America is not the land of the free but one of monopolies so predatory they imperil the nation | Will Hutton
Its growing economic crisis is in contrast to a thriving and newly innovative EuropeTomorrow, President Trump
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Donald Trump: is there anything sadder than a chump who thinks he’s a champ? | Barbara Ellen 30 Nov 2019, 12:00pm Donald Trump: is there anything sadder than a chump who thinks he’s a champ? | Barbara Ellen
The president’s Rocky fantasy doesn’t project power – it just reveals his insecuritiesOh dear. Was
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The Guardian view on the Nato summit: the Watford credibility gap | Editorial 29 Nov 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Nato summit: the Watford credibility gap | Editorial
Donald Trump’s visit will grab the headlines. But in such an important election, the future of Europe’s defence is a much larger long-term challenge for BritainBritish political attention during next week’s
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When all politicians are seen as liars, it’s Boris Johnson’s big lie that cuts through | Jonathan Freedland 29 Nov 2019, 1:01pm When all politicians are seen as liars, it’s Boris Johnson’s big lie that cuts through | Jonathan Freedland
Voters might not trust the prime minister in general, but on Brexit many seem to believe himA moment from the 2016 campaign came back to me this week. Not the EU referendum, though that decision hovers over every aspect of this election, but rather the US presidential contest that same year. I was in Cleveland, Ohio, speaking to a proud member of Bikers4Trump, all in leather save for the stars and stripes bandana. What exactly was it about Donald Trump that appealed? “He’s honest,” came the reply.
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Can the radical left win power in the UK? The world is watching | Aditya Chakrabortty 28 Nov 2019, 12:59am Can the radical left win power in the UK? The world is watching | Aditya Chakrabortty
This political moment began in Spain, Greece and the Occupy movements. A Labour victory would resonate globallyFrom this point in the coverage of an election, everything shrinks into minutiae. Whose campaign bus is hurtling into what marginal? Which niche of voters is being wooed by the small print on that policy? Whose poll lead is getting squeezed? What fun it is to play trivial pursuits! Yet it jars a little in this election, because this one bears such significance. Not just for the next five years, not only over Brexit and not solely in the UK. This election puts Britain at the frontline of the international political battle of our time. The votes we cast on 12 December will shape the answer to two questions of far-reaching importance. The first is whether the new hard right can be beaten: whether our democracies can put a halt to the forces represented here by Boris Johnson, or around the world by Donald Trump,
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and the NHS: a problem of trust | Editorial 27 Nov 2019, 1:56pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and the NHS: a problem of trust | Editorial
The prime minister’s promise to protect the health service in trade talks is made worthless by his record of lies and broken pledgesWhether Conservatives can be trusted with the NHS is an old question at election time. Whether Boris Johnson can be trusted on anything is an issue for the current campaign. The two questions make a dangerous combination for the Tory leader, who is expecting the country to believe that he would protect the health service in a post-Brexit trade deal with Donald Trump. There is not much reason to believe that he would. On Wednesday Labour sought to probe that concern, revealing documents containing a full account of preliminary discussions between US and UK officials.
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We must not abandon the women and children of Isis in Syrian camps | Azadeh Moaveni 27 Nov 2019, 1:00am We must not abandon the women and children of Isis in Syrian camps | Azadeh Moaveni
The prospect of scoring political points at home should not trump considerations of humanity and fairness
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The secret to Trump’s success? It’s sheer existential dread | Sheldon Solomon 23 Nov 2019, 1:00am The secret to Trump’s success? It’s sheer existential dread | Sheldon Solomon
Authoritarian populist leaders thrive on the fear of death – as we’ve been able to show in carefully controlled experiments In a recent experiment, American participants were asked: “Please describe the emotions that the thought of your own death arouses in you” and “Write down as specifically as you can what you think will happen to you physically as you die and once you are dead.” Moments later, those who had been asked to contemplate their mortality reported more negative attitudes towards immigrants, greater opposition to a mosque being built in their neighbourhood, and a greater likelihood of voting for Donald Trump for president. What could possibly explain these findings?
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Six phoney claims to watch out for from Boris Johnson tonight | Tom Kibasi 22 Nov 2019, 1:58pm Six phoney claims to watch out for from Boris Johnson tonight | Tom Kibasi
In the BBC leadership debate expect the prime minister to deploy his favourite myths about Labour and the economyThe first winter election in decades has been characterised by a blizzard of untruths. Boris Johnson’s party appears to have learned a lesson from Donald Trump’s winning 2016 campaign: if you lie early and often, voters will abandon any attempt to sort truth from fiction. The Tories are barely even pretending to care about policies. Their manifesto may surprise us, but what has dripped out so far suggests it will be thin gruel. Instead the Conservative fake-facts factory has produced a series of misrepresentations about
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Angela Merkel must go – for Germany’s sake, and for Europe’s | Timothy Garton Ash 22 Nov 2019, 1:30am Angela Merkel must go – for Germany’s sake, and for Europe’s | Timothy Garton Ash
Hers is a government for undemanding times, with none of the ambition needed to face the giant challenges of todayIf Germany is the heart of Europe, then it is currently the slow-beating heart of a well-fed businessman resting on his office couch after an ample lunch. For Europe’s sake, and for Germany’s own, that heart needs to beat a little faster. It’s not that German elites don’t intellectually recognise the problems gathering all around them. Berlin, which is beginning to rival London as a thinktank hub, is pullulating with clever people who can tell you exactly why, faced with the challenges of Brexit, populism, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, climate change and AI – to name but a few – Europe needs more strategic autonomy, digital innovation and sustainable growth. What is missing is a sense of urgency and the ability to translate these abstract goals into dynamic policies that German voters will actually support. For now, Germany is effectively willing the ends but not the means.
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Johnson’s ‘Get Brexit done’ drumbeat cannot drown out reality for ever | Rafael Behr 20 Nov 2019, 12:48pm Johnson’s ‘Get Brexit done’ drumbeat cannot drown out reality for ever | Rafael Behr
The prime minister’s snappy, inane slogan is the prelude to inevitable lies, betrayal and duplicity One test of a campaign slogan is how efficiently it helps voters explain their preference to others and to themselves. Why Donald Trump? To
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The Guardian view on Israeli settlements: still illegal | Editorial 19 Nov 2019, 2:10pm The Guardian view on Israeli settlements: still illegal | Editorial
The Trump administration’s declaration cannot change international law. But it will be seen as a green light for expansion and annexationThe secretary of state’s
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Trump is systematically ending the viability of a future Palestinian state | Joshua Leifer 19 Nov 2019, 10:34am Trump is systematically ending the viability of a future Palestinian state | Joshua Leifer
The Trump administration’s announcement on Monday about Israeli settlements was just the latest draconian measure targeting Palestinians Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s
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McMafia returns to take on Trump’s America 17 Nov 2019, 4:00am McMafia returns to take on Trump’s America
Market forces relocate the second series of McMafia to the US, while the Saatchi Gallery charges top dollar to see King Tut
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If Trump survives impeachment, it’s clear who he’ll have to thank | Jonathan Freedland 15 Nov 2019, 1:06pm If Trump survives impeachment, it’s clear who he’ll have to thank | Jonathan Freedland
The president’s abuse of power looks as bad as Watergate, but so far he’s enjoyed the privilege of the age: impunityDonald Trump has spat out so many insults and broken so many taboos that it’s hard for any single remark to linger long in the memory. Nevertheless one line from his 2016 election campaign has endured, partly because it was a jaw-dropper and partly because it offered an early glimpse of what would later be revealed as a deep truth about both his candidacy and his presidency – and even our current world. It came when Trump was praising his early supporters as “so smart” and so loyal that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and
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The US and Britain face no existential threat. So why do their wars go on? | Simon Jenkins 15 Nov 2019, 1:00am The US and Britain face no existential threat. So why do their wars go on? | Simon Jenkins
Endless conflicts in the Middle East have cost us dear, yet all we hear are absurdities about ‘keeping our streets safe from terror’Why does no one mention the war? The most militaristic, belligerent and chauvinist country I know – and also love – is the US. People fly flags from every post and see “bad guys” under every bed. When the president, Donald Trump, vows to leave the Middle East he is condemned as a traitor even by his fans. The second most belligerent is Britain, albeit less so. With America, it is continuing to fight the so-called “wars of 9/11”, 18 years after they began – battling in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, in Britain’s case covertly. There is not the remotest sign of “victory” in sight. Somehow they are not seen as wars, just the licensed killing of foreigners.
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process | Editorial 14 Nov 2019, 1:28pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s impeachment: a grave and necessary process | Editorial
If the US president tried to enlist Ukraine to investigate his rivals he broke his oath of office and threatened America’s securityThere are multiple reasons why Donald Trump ought not to be the president of the United States. However, there are only two ways of removing him from the office he has occupied for the past three years. One is to vote him out at the ballot box, which Americans will have the opportunity to do in a year’s time. The other is for Congress to impeach him, a process that began on Capitol Hill
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The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit | Owen Jones 14 Nov 2019, 5:29am The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit | Owen Jones
Jo Swinson’s aggressive campaign to split the remain vote is a gift to Boris JohnsonThe Tory electoral strategy is straightforward: unite leave voters behind the Conservative banner. Nigel Farage’s decision to form a de facto pact with the Tories should serve as a moment of clarity. The differences between Farage and Boris Johnson, Donald Trump’s two principal British allies, are merely personal: politically, they are on the same page. Both fundamentally see Brexit as a blunt instrument to reshape British society, stripping away the pesky workers’ rights and consumer and social protections that stand in the way of their hyper-Thatcherite dystopia. John Major once declared that the NHS was as safe with Johnson and Michael Gove “as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python”; Farage is
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Donald Trump Jr’s disastrous book launch may seem funny – but there’s a very dark side to the booing | Arwa Mahdawi 12 Nov 2019, 7:45am Donald Trump Jr’s disastrous book launch may seem funny – but there’s a very dark side to the booing | Arwa Mahdawi
It’s easy to laugh, but we have to recognise a stark reality. This administration has emboldened the far right so much they’re now coming after JrThe intolerant left is at it again. I regret to inform you that, in yet another case of political correctness gone mad, the woke brigade has shut down free speech and censored a courageous conservative intellectual. Over the weekend, Donald Trump Jr was heckled off stage while promoting his new book – Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us – at the University of California. Oh, hang on a minute. It looks like it wasn’t the hateful left that silenced the president’s eldest son; it was his own supporters. You see, shortly after Sunday’s event kicked off, Trump Jr informed the audience that there wouldn’t be a Q&A because leftwingers would inevitably twist his words. The lack of dialogue enraged a far-right faction of the crowd who believe the Trump administration isn’t anti-immigrant enough and were eager to challenge Jr on this.
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The Guardian view on voter suppression: the battle for democracy | Editorial 10 Nov 2019, 1:33pm The Guardian view on voter suppression: the battle for democracy | Editorial
The practice is old, the tactics have evolved. The fight to vote will be critical in the upcoming US presidential electionDemocracy is, by definition, people power. But even now the question of who constitutes “the people” remains. The answer may determine whether Donald Trump remains president after 2020. Democracy in America faces many perils, from dark money to foreign interference, but one goes directly to its central promise of one person, one vote. Attempts to restrict the right to vote are as old as the struggle to expand it beyond wealthy white men. In the US, it took the civil rights movement to extend the franchise to all African Americans. Efforts to erode it have intensified in the last two decades – particularly since 2013, when a supreme court ruling gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required federal approval of changes to election laws and policies.
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Does America need another billionaire in the 2020 race? Bloomberg thinks so | Cas Mudde 8 Nov 2019, 7:00am Does America need another billionaire in the 2020 race? Bloomberg thinks so | Cas Mudde
Bloomberg is worried that no one in the current crop of Democratic candidates is ‘well positioned’ to defeat Donald Trump. But is he?
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Special relationships… Trump, Johnson, Farage – cartoon 2 Nov 2019, 2:00pm Special relationships… Trump, Johnson, Farage – cartoon
Who is benefiting most from the US president’s intervention in the general election?
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Another hung parliament unable to solve Brexit? Top banter | John Crace 1 Nov 2019, 7:58am Another hung parliament unable to solve Brexit? Top banter | John Crace
Boris Johnson finally gets an election on the day he wanted – the worst possible one for me There were several discordant undertones to Donald Trump’s reporting of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The most noticeable being the breathless, almost sexual excitement in his voice. As if the whole thing had been a snuff movie played out as a video game. But what also struck me was the US president’s description of the Islamic State leader having
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The Guardian view on election 2019: it’s about Brexit above all | Editorial 31 Oct 2019, 2:28pm The Guardian view on election 2019: it’s about Brexit above all | Editorial
The retirement of so many centrist Tories is a reminder that theirs has now become the Brexit party in all but nameIf the leavers, the Conservative reactionaries, the neoliberals and the ranks of Britain’s rightwing press – to say nothing of their friends Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin – had had their way, Friday would have been Britain’s first day outside the European Union since 31 December 1972. But the Halloween deadline has come and gone. Instead, largely as a result of the ruthless parliamentary exposure of Boris Johnson’s shabby political quackery, Britain remains part of Europe. Friday is therefore a day for relief and a modest celebration, not for defeat or dejection. A place in Europe, for which so many have fought so hard over the last three and a half years, remains ours. But its future now rests on the result of the general election in six weeks’ time. Mr Johnson captured the prime ministership in July on a shamelessly false prospectus. He promised he could get Britain out by 31 October,
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Like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson is a politician who deserves to be booed | Emma Brockes 31 Oct 2019, 6:00am Like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson is a politician who deserves to be booed | Emma Brockes
Both men are so desperate to be liked that a chorus of disapproval is sometimes the most appropriate response
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Why are Democratic party elites so desperate for a 2020 centrist candidate? | Hamilton Nolan 30 Oct 2019, 6:00am Why are Democratic party elites so desperate for a 2020 centrist candidate? | Hamilton Nolan
Is the core concern of those who consider themselves ‘moderate Democrats’ that Warren or Sanders might win? When something has been done one way for many years, and when doing things that way has made a certain group of people fat and happy, it is natural that that group of people will want to continue doing things that way. It is also natural that the much larger group of people who have been hungry and neglected for all those years as a result of the way things have been done will want to do something different. Eventually, the larger group, full of righteous anger, will win. But the fat and happy class will cling tightly to what they have for as long as their swollen fingers can hold on. This is essentially what’s happening within the Democratic party right now. The weak grip of the old guard is being broken, one finger at a time. The election of Donald Trump and the sudden viability of Bernie Sanders as a candidate in 2016 were both enormous flashing billboards reading “THINGS ARE DIFFERENT NOW”. To fail to read these signs amounts to active, willful ignorance. Many people were surprised by the way things went in the last presidential election, but there is no excuse for being surprised by the same things again.
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Europe is failing to stand up to the bullies who threaten democracy | Luke Cooper 28 Oct 2019, 4:00am Europe is failing to stand up to the bullies who threaten democracy | Luke Cooper
From Brexit to the Balkans to the plight of the Kurds, EU leaders have refused to defend multilateralism The rise of nationalism and the historic threat to liberalism sweeping the global system poses big strategic questions for European democracies. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin share an ideological belief in the language of race and nation combined with a winner-takes-all view of international diplomacy. By undermining the multilateral system the new authoritarians threaten a return to the assumptions of a previous era: a world of empires, not institutions. This makes Europe a central crucible for what happens next. As the Yale historian Timothy Snyder
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Trust is becoming the principal casualty of Britain’s raging political war | Nick Cohen 27 Oct 2019, 3:30am Trust is becoming the principal casualty of Britain’s raging political war | Nick Cohen
The electorate is fast losing trust in leaders happy to abuse our democratic heritage Britain is in a revolutionary crisis. Its economy, constitution, place in the international order and sense of who it is and what it can become will be battlefields at the next election. The high stakes alone will ensure that a red mist descends. To heighten the rage, the wilful failure of the Conservative government to prevent the corruptions of the electoral process brought by the age of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will sharpen every grievance. Put yourself in the place of Britain’s competing factions and you get a fair idea of how angry and desperate all sides will become. The leaders of the Brexit movement must know they are on borrowed time. They may
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The Guardian view on the healthy state of poetry: a reprimand to Trump and Johnson | Editorial 25 Oct 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on the healthy state of poetry: a reprimand to Trump and Johnson | Editorial
English-language poetry is in great health – and has much to tell us about our fragile, fraught timesIn 2014, the chair of the judges of the Forward prizes for poetry, broadcaster
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The Guardian view on the Trump impeachment inquiry: he isn’t the only one lowering standards | Editorial 23 Oct 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Trump impeachment inquiry: he isn’t the only one lowering standards | Editorial
Testimony on the US president’s dealings with Ukraine reminds us that his enablers are just as culpable for the diminishment of the highest office in the landRepublicans push the bar ever lower. This president still cannot clear it. Even a month ago, Democrats were at pains to stress that a request for foreign interference in domestic politics was impeachable in and of itself, whether or not
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Bill Taylor’s testimony removes any last plausible line of defense for Trump | Andrew Gawthorpe 23 Oct 2019, 9:55am Bill Taylor’s testimony removes any last plausible line of defense for Trump | Andrew Gawthorpe
Trump clearly perverted US official diplomacy in pursuit of his own private interests. It is hard to think of a more shocking misuse of presidential power On Tuesday, Donald Trump dismissed the impeachment inquiry into his conduct towards Ukraine as a “lynching”. This proved, unsurprisingly, that the president doesn’t know much about history – for a start, victims of lynching couldn’t look forward to a trial heavily stacked in their favor, which is probably what awaits Trump in the Senate. It also showed that there is no depth to which Trump will not stoop in an attempt to distract attention from his wrongdoing. It was no surprise that Trump wanted to create a distraction on the day that the impeachment inquiry heard its most explosive testimony yet. But we shouldn’t let him. Stunning new details were provided by Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, who the state department tried to block from testifying before Congress. He went anyway, and what he said provided the most direct evidence yet that Trump ordered military assistance to Ukraine to be withheld until Kyiv agreed to take action that would benefit the president’s re-election campaign.
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Kurdish female fighters are once again pawns in a bigger political game | Ece Temelkuran 22 Oct 2019, 8:59am Kurdish female fighters are once again pawns in a bigger political game | Ece Temelkuran
They have fought Isis with unparalleled bravery. But their fate lies in a power struggle between Putin, Trump and ErdoğanIn August 2014 Marie Claire published an
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‘Brexit fatigue’ is no reason to back a vision of Britain which fulfils the ambitions of the radical rightIn the lead-up to parliament’s historic Saturday sitting, the airwaves resounded to Conservative cries of “get this done”, “let’s move on” and “lift this cloud”. The Tory hope was that understandable Brexit fatigue could become a trump card for Boris Johnson, as he sought to rush through a
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The Observer view: a week that shows us why Donald Trump is unfit for high office | Observer editorial 20 Oct 2019, 1:00am The Observer view: a week that shows us why Donald Trump is unfit for high office | Observer editorial
The half-real, half-fake impresario president was apparently the only one blind to disaster being heaped upon disasterRoger Ailes, the ogre-like head of Fox News who resigned following allegations of
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Donald Trump’s sanity is not the question. The real issue is how he got into office | Gary Younge 18 Oct 2019, 1:00am Donald Trump’s sanity is not the question. The real issue is how he got into office | Gary Younge
To reduce his presidency to a frail mind is to ignore the fact he’s an emblem of free-market, white supremacist nationalism While writing a New Yorker profile on Donald Trump in the late 1990s, Mark Singer attempted to discover something about the businessman’s
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Naming and shaming the polluters – podcast 17 Oct 2019, 10:00pm Naming and shaming the polluters – podcast
Global environment editor Jonathan Watts discusses the Guardian’s investigation into the fossil fuel industry, and the structures that need to change to halt the climate emergency. And: Gary Younge on Donald Trump’s mental health The Guardian’s global environment editor,
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Trump is right to take troops out of Syria. Now they must leave Iraq and Afghanistan | Simon Jenkins 14 Oct 2019, 7:31am Trump is right to take troops out of Syria. Now they must leave Iraq and Afghanistan | Simon Jenkins
The president’s motive for abandoning the Kurds is unclear, but the continued US presence in foreign wars is a disasterDonald Trump is right to
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The Guardian view on Syria and Trump: a disaster, still being made | Editorial 13 Oct 2019, 1:17pm The Guardian view on Syria and Trump: a disaster, still being made | Editorial
The US president was warned about the consequences of betraying the Kurds. Now he can see them, and he still doesn’t care“Total disaster,”
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Trump and Erdoğan risk a resurgent Isis thanks to their recklessness in Syria | Hassan Hassan 13 Oct 2019, 4:30am Trump and Erdoğan risk a resurgent Isis thanks to their recklessness in Syria | Hassan Hassan
The terrifying consequences of the president’s sudden decision to withdraw US troops could include a reheating of the civil war Future historians might remember
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The Observer view on Syria: Syria’s new horror was foretold. It shames us all | Observer editorial 13 Oct 2019, 1:00am The Observer view on Syria: Syria’s new horror was foretold. It shames us all | Observer editorial
Turkey’s invasion of north-east Syria, faciliated by the withdrawal of US forces, could lead to a resurgence of Islamic State The conflict engulfing north-east Syria is a wholly avoidable disaster. It was widely foreseen. It could, and should, have been prevented. Responsibility lies principally with Turkey’s bellicose president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But many others share the blame, including a criminally incompetent Donald Trump, Islamic State jihadists, who previously destabilised the area, and the international community, which has failed, over the course of eight bloody years, to halt Syria’s civil war. The terrifyingly indiscriminate Turkish artillery barrages and air strikes directed at towns and villages in Kurdish-held areas along the border shame those who ordered them. Erdoğan’s claim that his forces are only targeting terrorists is given the lie by the
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Donald Trump unleashes the genie of Isis – cartoon 12 Oct 2019, 1:00pm Donald Trump unleashes the genie of Isis – cartoon
As Turkey bombards north-eastern Syria, the US president claims victory
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Fake views this bad make me thankful for the real thing | Emma Brockes 12 Oct 2019, 2:00am Fake views this bad make me thankful for the real thing | Emma Brockes
A bizarre Trump take in the New York Times shows the value of reporting In the New York Times last week, the columnist and reliable generator of mirth
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Trump’s deal with Erdoğan threatens lives across Europe – and he doesn’t care | Jonathan Freedland 11 Oct 2019, 11:52am Trump’s deal with Erdoğan threatens lives across Europe – and he doesn’t care | Jonathan Freedland
From Ukraine to Syria, the US president’s transactional approach to the world around him poses a real threatDonald Trump is set to face impeachment for a
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Happily over the hill and coasting down | Brief letters 9 Oct 2019, 12:27pm Happily over the hill and coasting down | Brief letters
Spitfires | English National Opera | Getting older | Latin translations | Donald Trump’s ‘unmatched wisdom’Cath Potter (
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The Guardian view on Trump and Syria: damage has been done | Editorial 8 Oct 2019, 2:06pm The Guardian view on Trump and Syria: damage has been done | Editorial
The ditching of Kurdish-led forces threatens to destabilise the region further. It is just the latest proof of the dangers of this president’s foreign dealingsWherever US policy on Syria settles in the coming weeks and months, damage has already been done. Two announcements within a few hours encapsulated both the style of Donald Trump’s presidency (personalised, ignorant and erratic) and its perils. The first, a White House statement, followed a phone call with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and blindsided everyone, including parts of Mr Trump’s administration. It not only announced the abrupt decision to withdraw troops from the north-eastern area bordering Turkey, abandoning the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces with which the US has partnered, but gave the green light to a Turkish invasion. The second – a tweet, following a furious backlash even from his own party at the prospect of further chaos in a desperately unstable region – announced that should Ankara do anything that “I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey”. But Ankara sees the SDF as indistinguishable from Kurdish insurgents inside Turkey and has long sought to eradicate them. Now it is
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The US withdrawal from northern Syria creates the perfect conditions for war crimes | Simon Tisdall 7 Oct 2019, 12:55pm The US withdrawal from northern Syria creates the perfect conditions for war crimes | Simon Tisdall
Erdoğan aims to expel refugees and force Kurdish forces away from Turkey. It will result in enormous damageDonald Trump’s rash and foolish decision to pull the remaining US ground troops out of northeast Syria is a shocking betrayal of the Kurdish forces that were instrumental in destroying the Islamic State “caliphate”. It opens the way for a vicious, protracted struggle between
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Journalism has a vital role in a constitutional democracy | Paul Chadwick 6 Oct 2019, 2:00pm Journalism has a vital role in a constitutional democracy | Paul Chadwick
At times of historic importance, the media provides information that breathes life into our democracyIn their moments of stress, constitutions need regular dabs of information. Disclosures by journalists helped to start impeachment proceedings in the Richard Nixon and Donald Trump presidencies in a country where the constitution expressly protects press freedom. Information brought to light in the media is no less important to the workings of the UK’s unwritten constitution. In this era of challenge to professional journalism, that contribution deserves notice. Constitutions have formal players – in parliament, executive government and courts – with access to information that the public often lacks. Media disclosures, through leaks planned and unplanned, affect the players’ calculations, partly because a more informed public is better able to judge them.
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If Donald Trump goes down, he’ll try to take everyone with him 5 Oct 2019, 1:24pm If Donald Trump goes down, he’ll try to take everyone with him
As the impeachment saga gathers pace, even some Republicans fear that we’re looking at the ’doomsday president’There are two ways of looking at Donald Trump’s astonishing response to the Democrats’ attempt to impeach him. Either Trump has finally lost the plot or else he has just guaranteed himself a stunning victory in next year’s presidential election. Whichever view is correct, both signal a rising sea of troubles for the US and the world. Suggestions that Trump has no idea what he’s doing were reinforced by
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: an abuser of his office | Editorial 4 Oct 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: an abuser of his office | Editorial
The US president is trying to normalise his self-serving breaches of his oath of office. America must hold him to account and restore the rule of law and ethicsUntil very recently indeed, the idea that the president of the United States might stand outside the White House and call on Communist China to investigate one of his presidential challengers would not merely have seemed
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Trump is his own biggest enemy in the impeachment inquiry | Richard Wolffe 4 Oct 2019, 4:00am Trump is his own biggest enemy in the impeachment inquiry | Richard Wolffe
Speaking on TV, the US president said that Ukraine should investigate Joe Biden. Trump appears to think doubling down on his crimes is a good defense strategy
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The UK is not the US – Trump cards won’t work here | Letters 2 Oct 2019, 12:40pm The UK is not the US – Trump cards won’t work here | Letters
Readers discuss Boris Johnson’s use of the Donald Trump playbook for the prime minister to get his way on BrexitThe piece by Simon Jenkins (
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Silence still surrounds the murder of my fiance, Jamal Khashoggi. Who will speak up? | Hatice Cengiz 2 Oct 2019, 3:00am Silence still surrounds the murder of my fiance, Jamal Khashoggi. Who will speak up? | Hatice Cengiz
A year on, no action has been taken about the killing. The Trump administration has much to answer for Exactly one year ago, I stood outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, waiting for my fiance, Jamal Khashoggi, to come out with the marriage documents we needed to begin our life together. I was optimistic, even excited. Yet I never saw Jamal again. I did not expect to have my life transformed. I did not expect to have to alert the authorities to Jamal’s disappearance, or to find myself at the centre of a story
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Strong, smart teen girls have had enough. No wonder men like Trump are rattled | Sasha Brown-Worsham 1 Oct 2019, 9:09am Strong, smart teen girls have had enough. No wonder men like Trump are rattled | Sasha Brown-Worsham
Greta Thunberg and her cohorts are ready to change the world – and that scares a certain kind of man The president of the United States openly mocked a teenage girl. After dismissing the 16-year-old climate activist
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Why Europe’s new populists tell so many lies – and do it so shamelessly | Catherine Fieschi 30 Sep 2019, 10:43am Why Europe’s new populists tell so many lies – and do it so shamelessly | Catherine Fieschi
From Matteo Salvini to Boris Johnson, populist politicians brazenly distort the truth. Don’t think they do it to be believedThe torrent of lies that flows from the mouths of populists feels relentless: from Donald Trump’s routine lying about everything from
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The House must flex its constitutional muscles to get to Trump | Laurence H Tribe 30 Sep 2019, 8:17am The House must flex its constitutional muscles to get to Trump | Laurence H Tribe
Only the procedures enshrined in the impeachment process have the power to cut through the president’s smokescreens
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Naga Munchetty reprimand blurs BBC’s own lines between reportage and opinion | Kenan Malik 29 Sep 2019, 5:30am Naga Munchetty reprimand blurs BBC’s own lines between reportage and opinion | Kenan Malik
The BBC Breakfast presenter had every right to express her anger at Donald Trump’s racist comment‘Go back to where you come from.” It’s a standard racist taunt, one that I’ve heard since my first day in Britain. When Donald Trump used the phrase against four Democratic congresswomen in July, few could doubt his implication that they did not belong in America. So when the BBC presenter Naga Munchetty discussed the issue with co-host Dan Walker on breakfast TV, her condemnation of the tweets as racist, and her anger at the racism she has faced, seemed both honest and stating the obvious.
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In Trumpland moral compasses are skewed and landscape screwed | Kevin McKenna 29 Sep 2019, 5:00am In Trumpland moral compasses are skewed and landscape screwed | Kevin McKenna
The decision to nod through the Trumps’ plans for a luxury village in north-east Scotland is beyond logicFilm nights in the Donald Trump household must be trippy and disorienting events for the unwary. Unless briefed fully in advance you might find that you are backing all the wrong horses. Tonight it’s
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Trump acts as if he is above the law. The law has begun to fight back | Sarah Churchwell 28 Sep 2019, 2:00pm Trump acts as if he is above the law. The law has begun to fight back | Sarah Churchwell
Democrats waited for their moment and, when the president started to believe he was secure, they struck. Will his complacency fell him?Nancy Pelosi’s decision to begin a formal impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, following reports that he used the power of his office to solicit interference by a foreign government in the 2020 US election, makes him only the fourth president in US history to have this notable distinction, with Bill Clinton in 1998, Richard Nixon in 1973 and Andrew Johnson in 1868. The picture changes by the hour, but the main story concerns Trump’s apparent offer to Ukraine’s president,
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Trump and Johnson are getting their comeuppance. But will it make them stronger? | Jonathan Freedland 27 Sep 2019, 1:38pm Trump and Johnson are getting their comeuppance. But will it make them stronger? | Jonathan Freedland
Though the impeachment announcement and supreme court judgment are welcome, there are dangers ahead for progressivesSince 2016, Britain and the United States have grappled with a shared fate, facing down the conjoined twins of populism: Brexit and Trump. This week, at long last, came the first signs of a reckoning. After three years in which the winners of 2016 have mocked, pushed or trampled on the constitutional constraints that sustain a liberal democracy, the constitutions – on both sides of the Atlantic – struck back. The mechanisms are different of course, but the convergence of these two connected stories has been uncanny all the same. The 11 judges of the UK supreme court cancelled Boris Johnson’s
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When it comes to racism, there’s no such thing as ‘impartiality’ – an open letter to the BBC | Afua Hirsch, Lenny Henry, Adrian Lester, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and 40 others 27 Sep 2019, 5:30am When it comes to racism, there’s no such thing as ‘impartiality’ – an open letter to the BBC | Afua Hirsch, Lenny Henry, Adrian Lester, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and 40 others
The BBC has upheld a complaint against its presenter, Naga Munchetty. As black British broadcasters and journalists, we demand it reconsidersDear BBC, On 16 July 2019, President Trump tweeted that four congresswomen should
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The Guardian view on impeaching Trump: a necessary risk | Editorial 25 Sep 2019, 1:53pm The Guardian view on impeaching Trump: a necessary risk | Editorial
There is no doubt that the president’s behaviour merits these proceedings. Democrats are right to hold him accountableThe
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The Observer view on the Afghanistan peace process | Observer editorial 22 Sep 2019, 1:00am The Observer view on the Afghanistan peace process | Observer editorial
America has a duty to make sure that democracy does not fail When Donald Trump revealed a secret plan for a “peace summit” with Afghan Taliban chiefs at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland earlier this month, the news caused a sensation. The idea that a group, officially designated as terrorists by the United States, was to be given the red-carpet treatment reserved for important allies shocked many in Washington. In fact, Trump had
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The Guardian view on Iran and Saudi Arabia: maximum pressure, maximum risks | Editorial 17 Sep 2019, 1:32pm The Guardian view on Iran and Saudi Arabia: maximum pressure, maximum risks | Editorial
The attack on a key oil facility has increased the dangers – but US actions triggered this crisisDonald Trump’s remarks on foreign policy resemble a dot-to-dot designed by an abstract artist – individual points may stand out, and there are discernible lines between some of them, but to look for a coherent whole is a fool’s errand. His reaction to the
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The world ignored the warning signs – and now the Middle East is on the brink | Simon Tisdall 16 Sep 2019, 11:50am The world ignored the warning signs – and now the Middle East is on the brink | Simon Tisdall
Donald Trump’s hostility towards Iran and support for Saudi Arabia has made a delicate situation explosiveLike a furious maelstrom, roiled by opposing currents, the crisis in the Gulf gains in intensity and destructive power almost by the day. On Sunday, Donald Trump said the US was “
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The Guardian view on Netanyahu’s land grab: a prison, not a peace | Editorial 11 Sep 2019, 1:47pm The Guardian view on Netanyahu’s land grab: a prison, not a peace | Editorial
The Israeli political leadership, with the help of Donald Trump, is making finding a way out of conflict with the Palestinians impossibleBenjamin Netanyahu’s
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The Guardian view on John Bolton: good riddance, but the problem is his boss | Editorial 10 Sep 2019, 2:03pm The Guardian view on John Bolton: good riddance, but the problem is his boss | Editorial
Many will rightly celebrate the departure of the US national security adviser. But however welcome the news, it reflects the deeper problems with this administrationNo sensible observer of international affairs could lament Donald Trump’s announcement that he has
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s plans to militarise space | Observer editorial 1 Sep 2019, 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s plans to militarise space | Observer editorial
Countries must join forces and sign a peace treaty or space will become a war-fighting domain The thought of Donald Trump as space commander-in-chief, whizzing around the Milky Way, zapping alien invaders and conquering new worlds, is both comical and terrifying. Before they began exchanging love letters, the US president ridiculed his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, as “little rocket man”. With his relaunch last week of
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Final sovereignty on Brexit must rest with the people | Jeremy Corbyn 31 Aug 2019, 4:00pm Final sovereignty on Brexit must rest with the people | Jeremy Corbyn
In these critical weeks for democracy, we must resist the actions of a phoney populist cabal in Downing StreetWe will do everything possible to stop a disastrous no deal for which this Conservative government has no mandate. This is a smash-and-grab raid on our democracy, to force through no deal, which is opposed by a majority of the public. Most people in Britain reject a Tory no-deal Brexit. Boris Johnson’s government wants to use no deal to create an offshore tax haven for the super-rich and sign a sweetheart deal with Donald Trump.
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The Guardian view on Trump v the US Fed: the bully pulpit | Editorial 30 Aug 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on Trump v the US Fed: the bully pulpit | Editorial
The US central bank spent $29tn to stop the last financial crash. Donald Trump now wants it to bail out his presidencyEarlier this month Donald Trump
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Republican Joe Walsh is challenging Trump – but that is nothing to celebrate 27 Aug 2019, 7:20am Republican Joe Walsh is challenging Trump – but that is nothing to celebrate
The radio host is a self-aggrandising hypocrite who admits making racist comments. That he is a serious threat to the president shows how low the bar has been set Donald Trump has been very good for a lot of very bad people’s careers. Take Sean Spicer, for example.
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The Guardian view on the threat of Bolsonaro: tropical disaster is man-made | Editorial 26 Aug 2019, 1:36pm The Guardian view on the threat of Bolsonaro: tropical disaster is man-made | Editorial
Brazil’s far-right populist president has encouraged the wanton destruction of the world’s greatest forest. He has been humbled but not stoppedAs Donald Trump’s America retreats from global leadership, coalitions of like-minded nations are attempting to limit the damage. One such grouping at this weekend’s
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To beat Trump in 2020, Democrats will need to get down and dirty | Nesrine Malik 26 Aug 2019, 3:30am To beat Trump in 2020, Democrats will need to get down and dirty | Nesrine Malik
The president has made identity politics part of his vision – progressives must fight back on those same terms The 2020 US presidential election is going to be about native entitlement. It’s going to be about race and immigration and deportation and Israel and every other wedge issue Donald Trump can summon to split the vote into “us” and “them”. He will become Chief Native, swelling his supporters’ sense of dominion over others less white. The campaign has already started; his social media presence has gone from ungainly swiping to a more coherent regular punching. He has in effect launched a cyber-bullying offensive. Trump will reduce people to tears, from
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Art Pepper never stopped practising | Brief letters 25 Aug 2019, 12:18pm Art Pepper never stopped practising | Brief letters
Sax work | Clare in the Community | Nineteen Eighty-Four | Donald Trump and the DUP | Casting | Peaky BlindersRuss Denton has fallen victim to Art Pepper’s legendary self-mythologising (
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No deal will mean so many compromises for Britain: Trump will make sure of that 25 Aug 2019, 2:00am No deal will mean so many compromises for Britain: Trump will make sure of that
Concessions on food standards, data protection, taxes on tech giants … EU membership was never like thisBritain’s abject weakness as a trading nation is on full display in Biarritz at
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The Observer view on Syria and the west’s shameful failure to act | Observer editorial 25 Aug 2019, 1:18am The Observer view on Syria and the west’s shameful failure to act | Observer editorial
The slaughter in Idlib is intensifying and millions have nowhere to go. The whole stability of the Middle East is at risk The crisis in Syria does not feature high on the agenda at this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz. The absence of two key players – Russia and Turkey – means any substantive initiatives are unlikely. Donald Trump has washed his hands of the conflict, although Pentagon chiefs are
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Sorry, Mr Trump – Greenland’s no go. But can I interest you in this other little island? | Jack Bernhardt 23 Aug 2019, 6:56am Sorry, Mr Trump – Greenland’s no go. But can I interest you in this other little island? | Jack Bernhardt
It’s called the United Kingdom. It’s in a bit of a state, but it’s a great opportunity for the right buyerPeople say that news these days is unexpected and baffling, but really could there be a more predictably 2019 story than “
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The Guardian view on Trump and Greenland: no sale | Editorial 21 Aug 2019, 1:33pm The Guardian view on Trump and Greenland: no sale | Editorial
The great ice sheets are more valuable to the world than the oil that lies beneath themOne of the classic storylines of science fiction is the emergence of a mutant child, with powers far beyond those of adults and no understanding of their use. The theme is carried to its the extreme in Jerome Bixby’s story
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Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaos | Michael H Fuchs 20 Aug 2019, 10:23am Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaos | Michael H Fuchs
If Boris Johnson seriously believes the US will shower rewards on Britain after leaving the EU he is mistaken As the UK races towards a potential no-deal Brexit, President Donald Trump is
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Donald Trump’s ‘peace agreement’ is a betrayal of Afghanistan and its people | Simon Tisdall 19 Aug 2019, 1:33pm Updated Donald Trump’s ‘peace agreement’ is a betrayal of Afghanistan and its people | Simon Tisdall
This cut-and-run policy will leave the country trapped in a conflict with the Taliban and fail the casualties of war If Donald Trump has his way a
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The Guardian view on violence against public figures: the threat is growing | Editorial 19 Aug 2019, 1:24pm The Guardian view on violence against public figures: the threat is growing | Editorial
Donald Trump’s hostility to the press is so far unmatched in the UK. But the targeting of Owen Jones and others by far-right activists is deeply concerningAny unprovoked violent attack is disturbing. Thuggish behaviour is repellent, all the more so when an individual is targeted by a group. When a person is singled out because of their political beliefs, or due to their assailants’ hatred of a particular group or minority, the crime has additional significance. With a police investigation ongoing, it is too soon to draw conclusions about the motives of the men who
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Not your typical Tory groupthink | Brief letters 18 Aug 2019, 12:43pm Not your typical Tory groupthink | Brief letters
GP appointments | Ovarian cancer | A-level twins | Donald Trump and Greenland | Tories and the status quoGrace Dent should resist the current trend for putting down GPs (
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A trade deal with Trump will change Britain for the worse 17 Aug 2019, 12:00pm A trade deal with Trump will change Britain for the worse
The EU has opposed brutal animal welfare and rampant tech monopolies. Post-Brexit Britain will be exposed to both
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The Guardian view on entry to Israel: a bar for Trump’s sake, not the country’s | Editorial 16 Aug 2019, 1:25pm The Guardian view on entry to Israel: a bar for Trump’s sake, not the country’s | Editorial
The US president has enlisted Benjamin Netanyahu in his campaign for re-election. That is an alarming development for both countriesBenjamin Netanyahu does not care for criticism, and his increasingly rightwing governments have sought to stifle it. But the decision to refuse entry to Ilhan Omar, and to offer Rashida Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, entry
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John Bolton doesn’t want a trade deal with the UK – he wants to colonise us | Simon Tisdall 13 Aug 2019, 11:20am John Bolton doesn’t want a trade deal with the UK – he wants to colonise us | Simon Tisdall
Trump’s national security adviser wants the UK to be beholden to the US for its daily bread, making the country a timid American outpostJohn Bolton doesn’t do free trade. He does regime change in countries such as
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Of course the US supports a no deal – it makes a minnow out of Britain | Gaby Hinsliff 13 Aug 2019, 8:14am Of course the US supports a no deal – it makes a minnow out of Britain | Gaby Hinsliff
After Trump security adviser John Bolton’s visit it’s clear the price of US backing will be paid both in trade and foreign policyIf you thought it was bad enough when Donald Trump
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Joseph Fiennes: ‘I’ve done my bit for society – I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny’ 12 Aug 2019, 1:00am Joseph Fiennes: ‘I’ve done my bit for society – I’ve illustrated the patheticness of misogyny’
The star of The Handmaid’s Tale says he doesn’t like to equate Donald Trump’s politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious …‘It’s alluded to in the novel … someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon.” In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaid’s Tale. “Why, though?” I plead with him. “Why does he have to die?” “It’s in the novel,” Fiennes explains very patiently. “He’s got to. Come on, there are some very angry women in red out there.” When The Handmaid’s Tale first appeared on our screens in 2017, it was a bit like having an anxiety dream about the new politics, your subconscious supplying the sharp contrasts and glorious Technicolor, the brutally formal sexual violence and the intricate dystopian detail. There was a watchful intelligence in all the performances – particularly Elisabeth Moss as June/Offred, Fiennes as Fred and Yvonne Strahovski as Serena, his wife – which was arresting, and left you vaguely unsettled for a long time after each episode.
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Create beef and never apologise: my Premier League social media guidelines | Marina Hyde 10 Aug 2019, 4:00am Create beef and never apologise: my Premier League social media guidelines | Marina Hyde
The Premier League issues their first ever set of social media guidelines back in 2012 but given what we know now it feels time for an update. Here are the rules for the upcoming Premier League season Back in the mists of 2012, the Premier League issued their first ever set of social media guidelines. As departing chief executive Richard Scudamore – who actually seems to have been departing for a couple of seasons now – put it back then: “There is a more human side now to some of the players, and the public can communicate more directly with them. Sometimes there can be abusive comments, but generally the internet, online chat rooms, and the way people are communicating, is healthy.” From the bitter and jaded waste spaces of 2019, the only possible reply to this is LOLOLOLOLOL. No one is saying that a second choice striker posting “Let’s do this!!!!!!!” or pictures of their kitchen and car specifically led to the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, the ever-swelling tide of racism and misogyny, and some of your boomer relatives’ belief that two thirds of London is under sharia law. But who among us would truly rule it out?
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Despite Brexit, my trip back to Britain filled me with pride | Emma Brockes 9 Aug 2019, 10:02am Despite Brexit, my trip back to Britain filled me with pride | Emma Brockes
Yes, we have a Donald Trump knock-off as prime minister, but wandering around London I feel a surge of sentiment divorced from political realityAugust is a dangerous time to be back in London, when the city smells so much better than New York. For the past week my children and I have been enjoying the 20F drop in temperature with zero humidity, while playing a game of Better in England. The bread is better. Ditto the cheese. Clearly the weather is better and, since a version of Paw Patrol has been
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Brexit is a war between reason and faith, so we’ll treat it as one | Lucy Mangan 9 Aug 2019, 5:50am Brexit is a war between reason and faith, so we’ll treat it as one | Lucy Mangan
The footbridge between the fact-storing bit of my brain and its anxiety centres has collapsed. King Arthur – save us! As the Brexit, climate crisis, Trump (of the American and British varieties) hits just keep coming, my friends and I find ourselves turning increasingly to an unexpected form of self-medication. Not booze or Valium – we long ago maxed out on those – but to television. By far the most popular audiovisual drug of choice – including my own – is Brooklyn Nine-Nine; seven seasons of hilarity about a ragtag bundle of misfits in an unglamorous precinct dedicated to each other and their job to rid the borough of crime while delivering jokes at a rate that puts even most US comedies to shame.
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If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim ... | Moustafa Bayoumi 6 Aug 2019, 10:08am If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim ... | Moustafa Bayoumi
Can you imagine what Trump and the media would have said if the shooter had been a Muslim instead of a white male? I can If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim, the entire Muslim American community would be blamed for the actions of this one person. If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim, the president would be lobbing accusations such as “
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From Trump to Fox News to 8chan: the web of white supremacist rhetoric is wide | Siva Vaidhyanathan 6 Aug 2019, 2:00am From Trump to Fox News to 8chan: the web of white supremacist rhetoric is wide | Siva Vaidhyanathan
Trump is a politician perfectly fitted for a media ecosystem that amplifies extreme emotion and allows the loud to drown out the calm “How do you stop these people? You can’t,” Donald Trump said at a rally in Florida in May. The response from someone in the crowd came immediately:
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The Guardian view on the China-US trade wars: the global economy is at risk | Editorial 5 Aug 2019, 1:35pm The Guardian view on the China-US trade wars: the global economy is at risk | Editorial
Xi Jinping’s newfound readiness to let the yuan float sends a worrying message that there will be no deal by the end of August deadlineEvents have moved disturbingly swiftly since Donald Trump surprised everyone last week by announcing plans for a fresh wave of tariffs on Chinese imports. Beijing retaliated by targeting US agricultural products and allowing its currency to depreciate against the US dollar. Mr Trump duly fired off a tweet accusing the Chinese of currency manipulation, a clear sign that he is preparing to ratchet up the tension still further.
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The Hong Kong protests are putting China on a collision course with the west | Simon Tisdall 5 Aug 2019, 11:59am The Hong Kong protests are putting China on a collision course with the west | Simon Tisdall
From Trump’s tariffs to Iranian oil, sources of tension are multiplying. Beijing’s next move could be a tipping pointAs pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong
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Jacob Rees-Mogg: tough on grammar, relaxed on social misery | David Mitchell 4 Aug 2019, 5:00am Jacob Rees-Mogg: tough on grammar, relaxed on social misery | David Mitchell
The Tory MP clings primly to the past with his rules on ‘proper’ English, but when it comes to the free market, anything goes What more can we ask of Jacob Rees-Mogg? I mean, bravo. His list of language rules was absolutely classic. In the soap opera of the news, he’s becoming as reliable a performer as the much-missed Silvio Berlusconi, who must surely be overdue a saucy Christmas special return. Maybe involving some of the newer characters. Perhaps Silvio starts stalking Meghan Markle and is discovered in a hedge in Windsor Great Park, binoculars held steadily in his non-masturbating hand. I’m just throwing ideas out there – it’s fan fiction really – because it’s been such a tempestuous patch for the soap opera of the news. What with Brexit and Trump and Boris, some people are saying that the soap opera of the news has jumped the shark. After all, it’s not a cliffhanger if the character
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The Observer view on how the left can thwart Johnson and Trump | Observer editorial 4 Aug 2019, 1:00am The Observer view on how the left can thwart Johnson and Trump | Observer editorial
Rightwing populism is a threat to democracy on both sides of the Atlantic, but ‘politics as usual’ won’t stop itMuch has been made in recent days of the supposed similarities between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. On a personal level, it is said, both men are boastful braggarts, frequently untruthful and skilled at self-promotion, which is pretty much all they care about. In terms of policy, both are rightwing populists wedded to a recklessly destructive form of regressive, pseudo-nostalgic nationalism. Both Johnson and Trump inspire strong feelings, especially in their detractors. Max Hastings, who was Johnson’s boss at the
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Is this fascism? No. Could it become fascism? Yes | Andrew Gawthorpe 31 Jul 2019, 6:00am Is this fascism? No. Could it become fascism? Yes | Andrew Gawthorpe
Trump’s persistent hold on his base shows the power to be had in reinventing anti-American values as patriotic
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Whenever Trump says ‘infested’, we know he’s talking about people of colour | Afua Hirsch 30 Jul 2019, 1:44pm Whenever Trump says ‘infested’, we know he’s talking about people of colour | Afua Hirsch
His description of Baltimore mirrors his past slurs against Africa and the four congresswomenI’ve never accused anyone of being prone to infestations. But if I were inclined to sink that low, I suspect my attention would be directed towards the 45th president of the United States. It’s not all Donald Trump’s fault. Who can blame anyone for spending most of their life in New York – a city I love, despite the fact that it harbours
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A Trump trade deal with Britain will unleash a bonfire of regulations | Nick Dearden 29 Jul 2019, 5:00am A Trump trade deal with Britain will unleash a bonfire of regulations | Nick Dearden
The desire of Liz Truss and other Tories for a post-Brexit alliance will deliver the UK into Washington’s pocket Boris Johnson’s ruthless reshuffle makes one thing very clear: Brexit is about giving the right wing of the Tory party “
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The Guardian view on Amazon deforestation: Europe must act to prevent disaster | Editorial 28 Jul 2019, 1:43pm The Guardian view on Amazon deforestation: Europe must act to prevent disaster | Editorial
We need rainforests to limit climate change, as well as protect biodiversity, and must do all we can to support Brazilian conservationIf there is a glimmer of light amid the darkness of recent reports from the Brazilian Amazon, where deforestation is accelerating along with threats to the indigenous people who live there, it could lie in the growing power of climate diplomacy, combined with increased understanding of the crucial role played by trees in our planet’s climate system. The deal agreed a month ago between the EU and the Mercosur bloc of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay (Venezuela is suspended) enhances European leverage with its South American trading partners. Already, the prize of access to EU markets is credited with having convinced Brazil not to follow Donald Trump’s lead by withdrawing from the Paris climate deal. Now the EU must strengthen its environmental commitments, as a letter from 600
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Corbyn must choose: lead the alliance against the Brexit right. Or step aside | Will Hutton 28 Jul 2019, 4:00am Corbyn must choose: lead the alliance against the Brexit right. Or step aside | Will Hutton
We need a common cause to save the country from a calamitous future. The opposition parties must come together to achieve itBritain is not a rightwing country. There is no appetite to go on a national war footing with an accompanying recession in order to leave the EU without a deal. No appetite, either, for relishing the resulting decades of distrust and animosity with the rest of the continent. There remains overwhelming attachment to the idea of the United Kingdom, still substantial attachment to the idea of the European Union and wide distrust of Donald Trump’s US. The great majority do not believe our major institutions – the civil service, the Bank of England, the judicial system – are broken because they will not blindly sign up to a no-deal Brexit.
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From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs | George Monbiot 26 Jul 2019, 1:00am From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs | George Monbiot
The ultra-rich are benefitting from disaster capitalism as institutions, rules and democratic oversight implodeSeven years ago the impressionist Rory Bremner complained that politicians had
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The Donald and Boris love-in won’t last unless the UK delivers for Trump | Richard Wolffe 24 Jul 2019, 6:06am The Donald and Boris love-in won’t last unless the UK delivers for Trump | Richard Wolffe
Johnson is now Trump’s man in Downing Street. But it seems Nigel Farage is the true object of the US president’s affectionWe all know about Franklin and Winston, Ronnie and Maggie, and George and Tony. For better or worse, these transatlantic allies enjoyed grand visions, global power and left indelible marks on history. But now we have Donald and Boris, whose grand visions stare back at them each morning in the mirror.
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The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s leadership: the years of a clown | Editorial 23 Jul 2019, 1:46pm The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s leadership: the years of a clown | Editorial
If the UK’s new prime minister thinks he can sup with populists like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump over Brexit, he risks ending up as dessertThe Conservative party has finally got a leader it deserves. As the UK’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson won’t be able to outrun boring facts and hide from bad publicity. He faces the most daunting challenge – that of how the UK can leave the European Union – on entering No 10 since Winston Churchill in 1940. It is fitting because Mr Johnson is largely responsible for the mess he now has to clear up. The signs are not promising. His pledge that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October
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By punishing Iran, Trump risks a full-scale war between our two countries | Mohammad Khatami 22 Jul 2019, 12:13pm By punishing Iran, Trump risks a full-scale war between our two countries | Mohammad Khatami
The US president should resist the pressure from his advisers and de-escalate the explosive tensions in the Persian Gulf
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Why you don’t hear Trump or Farage talking about the tech revolution | John Harris 22 Jul 2019, 1:00am Why you don’t hear Trump or Farage talking about the tech revolution | John Harris
Protecting people against the chaos wreaked by automation should be a priority. But populists would rather talk about trade This week’s nightmare is the arrival of Boris Johnson; the autumn brings the Brexit watershed. Soon after, the 2020 US election takes shape, compounding the sense that politics everywhere is in a state of complete unpredictability. All that is clear, perhaps, is that the forces gathered around Brexit, Donald Trump and the various brands of European populism still think things are
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Trump is a racist and Hunt a coward for refusing to say so | Kenan Malik 21 Jul 2019, 1:00am Trump is a racist and Hunt a coward for refusing to say so | Kenan Malik
In not saying the word, he wrongly believed he wasn’t using it‘I’m not going to use the R-word.”
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Trump revives the idea of a ‘white man’s country’, America’s original sin | Nell Painter 20 Jul 2019, 2:00pm Trump revives the idea of a ‘white man’s country’, America’s original sin | Nell Painter
It can’t be left to black Americans alone to resist the president’s racism. Citizens of all colours need to resist, and embrace activism The idea that some US inhabitants deserve the land, deserve to stay and to occupy it, and that others must go – to be exterminated (Native Americans), to be exiled (black people), to be driven out (Chinese and Japanese people), to be barred from immigrating (Italians, Jews and other southern and eastern Europeans), to be removed (Mexicans) and, briefly, challenged as citizens (Irish Catholics) – has changed shape over time in terms of the permitted stayers and the non-permitted exiles. But the conviction that only some people – that is, white people (however defined) – deserved US citizenship based on race held on for a very long time. After all, the initial US Congress began its work in 1790 by limiting eligibility for naturalisation to the free and the white.
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The national interest lies in MPs on all sides working to stop no deal | Keir Starmer 20 Jul 2019, 2:00pm The national interest lies in MPs on all sides working to stop no deal | Keir Starmer
It is time for rebel Tories to join the responsible majority and block Boris Johnson’s ‘do or die’ pledge We are in the middle of the most intense political crisis for a generation. And in a few days Boris Johnson could well be handed the keys to No 10. That will make things worse, not better. Any responsible future prime minister would have spent the past few weeks seeking to find a consensus in parliament for a way forward, building bridges with our European allies rather than Donald Trump, and making the case for unity not division across the country. For Labour, we have also made it clear that whoever becomes prime minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or no deal, back to the people in a public vote.
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Donald Trump on FaceApp – cartoon 20 Jul 2019, 1:00pm Donald Trump on FaceApp – cartoon
How the entirely unbigoted US president might look when older…
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Moon landing in 1969 was one small step for scrapbooking kids | Brief letters 19 Jul 2019, 12:21pm Moon landing in 1969 was one small step for scrapbooking kids | Brief letters
Neil Armstrong | KLM | Boris Johnson | Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump | Phoebe Waller-Bridge | Ed SheeranPerhaps some of the poignancy identified in Suzanne Moore’s piece (
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Donald Trump is the archetypal far-right charismatic leader. But his magic won’t last | Paul Jackson 19 Jul 2019, 10:23am Donald Trump is the archetypal far-right charismatic leader. But his magic won’t last | Paul Jackson
The US president’s extreme rhetoric appeals to his supporters. But they will lose interest because his aims are unattainableFirst “Lock her up!” and “Build that wall!”, now “
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Trump wants to run against the Squad. Democrats must stay united | Lloyd Green 19 Jul 2019, 8:41am Trump wants to run against the Squad. Democrats must stay united | Lloyd Green
The president is borrowing a strategy from the 1988 election. But this time, the opposition is fighting back Right now, Donald Trump would be expected to run on peace and prosperity. But he’s not. Instead, he’s gunning to further shred the social fabric. Trump, the prime mover of birtherism – false claims that Barack Obama was born in Kenya – loudly broadcasts that his re-election bid will be moored in race-baiting and nativism. It is no longer a dog whistle: America’s cold civil war rages hot. Trump’s Wednesday night performance in Greenville, North Carolina, introduced a brand new chant, “
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The Jeffrey Epstein scandal - podcast 18 Jul 2019, 10:00pm The Jeffrey Epstein scandal - podcast
The financier Jeffrey Epstein is back in court on charges of the sex trafficking of minors. Vicky Ward and Ed Pilkington discuss his case. Plus: Aditya Chakrabortty wonders why the French super-rich who promised to donate to Notre Dame haven’t paid up yet Jeffrey Epstein is a wealthy financier and one-time friend to the rich and famous, counting Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton as acquaintances. In 2005 a 14-year-old girl reported that Epstein had molested her in Palm Beach. Others came forward, some of them also minors. But after plea negotiations between Epstein’s legal team and the then US attorney in Miami, Alexander Acosta, Epstein served just 13 months in prison. This month he was arrested on sex trafficking charges and last week federal prosecutors claimed that lewd photographs of girls as young as 14 had been discovered in a safe in his Manhattan
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be most welcome here | Brief letters 18 Jul 2019, 12:49pm Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be most welcome here | Brief letters
Trump’s racist comments | £50 notes | Holiday eating | Izal toilet paperThere appears to be some uncertainty as to which “home” the four congresswomen could go back to (
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Trump and the Squad both want the same thing – and Pelosi is in the way | Geoffrey Kabaservice 18 Jul 2019, 9:08am Trump and the Squad both want the same thing – and Pelosi is in the way | Geoffrey Kabaservice
They both want to make the progressive women the face of the Democratic party – to push the party further to the left – but Pelosi disagrees American politics makes some extremely odd bedfellows. That’s worth keeping in mind when trying to understand why Donald Trump Twitter-trolled four progressive, first-term congresswomen of color – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – in his now-infamous
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump and accusations of racism – cartoon 17 Jul 2019, 1:23pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump and accusations of racism – cartoon
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The hypocrisy of Trump’s racism | Letters 17 Jul 2019, 12:55pm The hypocrisy of Trump’s racism | Letters
Adam Slee, Duncan Grimmond, Norman Miller
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Democrats are right to condemn Trump’s race-baiting, but they could walk into his trap | Jonathan Freedland 17 Jul 2019, 7:36am Democrats are right to condemn Trump’s race-baiting, but they could walk into his trap | Jonathan Freedland
Trump is banking on his race-baiting winning him votes. And Democrats will have to navigate a tricky course to stop himYou’d think it would happen all the time. Given how often they’re drawn from different parties, it should be routine for the US House of Representatives to condemn the president. In fact, it’s rare. Until last night, the House had not made that formal move since it admonished William Howard Taft more than a century ago. So Donald Trump has earned himself yet another place in the history books,
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump: a racist in substance and style | Editorial 16 Jul 2019, 1:59pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump: a racist in substance and style | Editorial
The US president’s bigotry has a political purpose: to distract voters and energise his base. He doesn’t care about the damage he might inflict in the processDonald Trump’s agenda is to turn the clock back in the United States half a century, to a time when elected leaders spoke the language of white supremacy. Like Mr Trump, they did not use dog whistles. Until 1967, 17 states had laws banning interracial marriage. Mississippi did not vote to
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Trump’s race fantasy is clear: the US as home for whites fleeing Europe | Zoe Williams 15 Jul 2019, 2:02pm Trump’s race fantasy is clear: the US as home for whites fleeing Europe | Zoe Williams
‘Go home’ he says to Democrat congresswomen. Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, he tries to stoke fears about Muslims“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came?”
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From Donald Trump to Boris Johnson, we’re moving from a post-truth world to a post-shame one | Alastair Campbell 15 Jul 2019, 12:40pm From Donald Trump to Boris Johnson, we’re moving from a post-truth world to a post-shame one | Alastair Campbell
Populism means never having to say you’re sorry, and never having to say you’re wrong. You just change the subject A confession: I tend not to read the online comments about anything I write for the Guardian. But as I am about to embark on a short “politics of mental health” speaking tour down under, I made an exception for the comments section beneath
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My own list of hideous men: from a dodgy driving instructor to Boris Johnson | Suzanne Moore 15 Jul 2019, 11:15am My own list of hideous men: from a dodgy driving instructor to Boris Johnson | Suzanne Moore
In E Jean Carroll’s new book, she writes about all the men she says have wronged her over the years, including the current US president. It got me thinkingE Jean Carroll’s list of “hideous men” is a magnificent essay that ends with her detailed allegations about being raped by Donald Trump. People seem not to care much about such accusations, or the racism made explicit by
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Can Alexa fix my Brexit and Trump-induced ills? | Stewart Lee 14 Jul 2019, 5:00am Can Alexa fix my Brexit and Trump-induced ills? | Stewart Lee
The nurse told me I was eligible for ‘free chair-based activity’. And yet I stand up for a living I woke early on Monday morning, and sat bolt upright clutching my chest, with the sense that something was afoot. Over the Atlantic, in Washington, a mysterious grey-haired child, with the face of a wizened old man, burst forth from a vast blue egg, laid unnoticed overnight in the White House garden, and declared as self-evident the secret truths that everyone else had always inwardly admitted. The first rays of dawn revealed Donald Trump, orange-pubed, peanut-knobbed and naked, as he has always been, and the chlorinated chicken nuggets of the buccaneering Brexiteers’ trade deal dreams swung in the balance, like the president’s pendulous ginger balls smashing into a human face – for ever.
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Boris Johnson unleashes the ogre of recession – cartoon 13 Jul 2019, 1:00pm Boris Johnson unleashes the ogre of recession – cartoon
A no-deal Brexit comes closer, thanks to Donald Trump’s little helper
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The roots of Labour’s antisemitism lie deep within the populist left | Jonathan Freedland 12 Jul 2019, 12:55pm The roots of Labour’s antisemitism lie deep within the populist left | Jonathan Freedland
Much of the hate spewed out against Jews harks back to conspiracy theories about bankers and the RothschildsIn Britain we sometimes imagine that populism lurks in our future or over there, in Donald Trump’s America or Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. Even those who are alarmed by the prospect of populist politics and all it entails take comfort that we’re not there yet, that it’s still some time, or distance, away. But what if that’s wrong? What if it’s already here?
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Megan Rapinoe’s ‘egotism’ is the perfect antidote to Donald Trump | Emma Brockes 12 Jul 2019, 11:10am Megan Rapinoe’s ‘egotism’ is the perfect antidote to Donald Trump | Emma Brockes
A man with little talent squats in the White House, so it’s like balm to see a female sports star with real ability who’s unafraid to brag about itThis week it has been gratifying to watch Americans – specifically, American men – grapple on social media with a concept long cherished by the British as a thing we love to hate. If our characters are organised as much around that which we despise as revere, it is safe to say that the ancient British revulsion for Being Up Oneself is a central force in national life that, until this week, many Americans claimed to find mystifying. And then along came
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The UK must stand up to Trump over Iran | Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi 12 Jul 2019, 10:41am The UK must stand up to Trump over Iran | Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi
The US is threatening stability in the Middle East. Britain must support the Iran nuclear dealNot for the first time, nor certainly the last, the Persian Gulf is a veritable tinderbox. The immediate reason for the increase in tensions is the Royal Marines’
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Trump’s summit shows he needs the tech giants as much as they need him | Carl Miller 12 Jul 2019, 8:39am Trump’s summit shows he needs the tech giants as much as they need him | Carl Miller
The White House social-media conference showed that big tech’s power will not be diminished any time soonYesterday, Donald Trump
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Nancy Pelosi’s renewed attacks on AOC aren’t just disrespectful, they’re dangerous 12 Jul 2019, 6:00am Nancy Pelosi’s renewed attacks on AOC aren’t just disrespectful, they’re dangerous
As America grows increasingly brazen in its bigotry, Pelosi should be standing up for her new colleagues – so why isn’t she? Can progressives please shut up and listen to Nancy Pelosi? The speaker of the House, I would like to remind everyone, is a master strategist, a savvy tactician, and an experienced politician. She knows what’s best for America. And what’s best for America, apparently, isn’t standing up to Donald Trump; no, it’s ensuring four freshman congresswomen don’t get ideas above their station. It’s ensuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in particular, knows her place. There have been long-running tensions between Pelosi and the so-called “Squad” of new progressive congresswomen, which consists of Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. Things escalated sharply over the weekend, when Pelosi decided it would be a good idea to demean her colleagues in the New York Times. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following,” Pelosi told the Times, referring to a border funding bill the Squad opposed. “They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
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Trump created a storm over Kim Darroch. Boris Johnson will bring a hurricane | Simon Jenkins 11 Jul 2019, 1:05pm Trump created a storm over Kim Darroch. Boris Johnson will bring a hurricane | Simon Jenkins
With the forces of no deal whirling faster, Johnson is banking on the idea that a dramatic shock could be Britain’s salvationImagine chaos. Dream disruption. Think of a hundred
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The Guardian view on Kim Darroch’s resignation: a grim portent | Editorial 10 Jul 2019, 1:29pm The Guardian view on Kim Darroch’s resignation: a grim portent | Editorial
Boris Johnson’s failure to support the UK’s ambassador in Washington is a sinister indication of his priorities and characterDonald Trump was not yet elected US president when the UK voted to leave the European Union but those two ballot-box shocks of 2016 have become historically intertwined. For Conservative Eurosceptics, quitting the EU was inseparable from the ambition to strike a trade deal with Washington, and the arrival in the White House of a maverick economic protectionist did not change that calculation. On the contrary, the pro-Brexit side of British politics was soon captured by a Trumpian ethos, marked by contempt for international institutions, democratic norms and diplomatic protocol. The
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The Guardian view on undiplomatic language: don’t pander to Donald Trump | Editorial 9 Jul 2019, 1:41pm The Guardian view on undiplomatic language: don’t pander to Donald Trump | Editorial
The US president is angry at the British ambassador’s frank assessment. His reaction reinforces Kim Darroch’s verdict on his administrationThough the president of the United States has fired off
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UK ambassador’s truth and consequences | Letters 9 Jul 2019, 1:29pm UK ambassador’s truth and consequences | Letters
Readers give their views on the fallout from Kim Darroch’s memos about Donald Trump’s administrationSir Kim Darroch appears to have carried out his remit scrupulously and honestly (
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The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees – podcast 8 Jul 2019, 10:00pm The sea captain facing jail after saving the lives of refugees – podcast
Carola Rackete defied Italy’s ban on migrant rescue ships by forcing her way into the port of Lampedusa last week. She tells the Guardian’s Lorenzo Tondo she would do it all again, even though she faces a lengthy trial and a possible jail sentence. Plus: Simon Jenkins on the leaked diplomatic cables of the UK’s Washington ambassador, which were highly critical of Donald Trump
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Trashing of Trump gives MPs chance to enjoy a bit of deploring | John Crace 8 Jul 2019, 3:33pm Trashing of Trump gives MPs chance to enjoy a bit of deploring | John Crace
Alan Duncan begs MPs to go back to doing what they do best: go heavy on the moral outrage and forget the details No one was much bothered by what had been leaked. Kim Darroch, the UK ambassador to the US, had only reported back what had long been obvious to the entire world: that Donald Trump was vain, inept and ran a wholly dysfunctional administration. It was the sort of email that anyone might send after watching the news headlines on American television.
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How can Kim Darroch represent Britain in Trump’s Washington now? | Simon Jenkins 8 Jul 2019, 6:29am How can Kim Darroch represent Britain in Trump’s Washington now? | Simon Jenkins
The UK ambassador was a fool to put his unvarnished opinions in writing and think they would be kept secretUniquely dysfunctional, incompetent, unpredictable, faction-riven, diplomatically clumsy, inept. That is Donald Trump’s Washington
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Ben Jennings on the leaked Trump cables – cartoon 7 Jul 2019, 1:08pm Ben Jennings on the leaked Trump cables – cartoon
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Iran didn’t ask for this crisis, but it won’t stand for Trump’s bullying | Hossein Mousavian 7 Jul 2019, 12:01pm Iran didn’t ask for this crisis, but it won’t stand for Trump’s bullying | Hossein Mousavian
Ramping up uranium enrichment was an inevitable response to US moves. A resolution is possible if the president changes course
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They’ve got Ivanka, we’ve got Stanley Johnson. When did politics become a family affair? | Catherine Bennett 7 Jul 2019, 2:00am They’ve got Ivanka, we’ve got Stanley Johnson. When did politics become a family affair? | Catherine Bennett
The president’s daughter was rightly ridiculed at G20, but Boris’s father goes unchallengedIn the debate over Trump and Johnson, as to which man constitutes the more severe national embarrassment, the entry of Ivanka on to the world stage arguably gives the US monster an edge. For their achievements in lying, racism, conceit, incompetence, rudeness, jingoism, greed, crotch-length ties, laziness, fiscal opacity, diplomatic offences, hair choices, sexual incontinence and infantile fantasies featuring bridges, walls and tanks, the men are surely – taking into account that Johnson has yet to enjoy the enhanced misconduct opportunities that come with national leadership – well matched.
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The Observer view on the behaviour of populists in public office | Observer editorial 7 Jul 2019, 1:00am The Observer view on the behaviour of populists in public office | Observer editorial
Around the world, disenchanted voters have been let down by anti-establishment politicians whose behaviour is shamefulAs the US columnist Frank Bruni has noted, Ivanka Trump’s gauche intrusion at last weekend’s G20 summit of global leaders in Japan added a new dimension to Take Your Daughter to Work Day. It was not an entirely positive learning experience for Trump, who was cold-shouldered by Emmanuel Macron and Christine Lagarde in icy French fashion. She was also
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Donald Trump wants to be a dictator. It’s not enough just to laugh at him 5 Jul 2019, 12:52pm Donald Trump wants to be a dictator. It’s not enough just to laugh at him
He cages children, he holds a military parade, he muses about being president for life. Yet we fail to see him for what he isMaybe we’re too busy laughing to see it. Perhaps it’s the jokes and memes that Donald Trump generates in abundance, the gift that keeps on giving, that blinds us to a chilling fact that we’d rather not face. Put simply, the leader of the world’s most powerful nation is behaving like an authoritarian dictator, one who threatens democracy in his own country and far beyond. Here’s the latest example of how the comedy can distract. On Thursday Donald Trump marked the Fourth of July by praising the US military, invoking the heroism of an army that defeated the British in the 18th century in part because “
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Life in the fastest warming place on earth - podcast 1 Jul 2019, 10:00pm Life in the fastest warming place on earth - podcast
In the world’s northernmost town, temperatures have risen by 4C since 1971, devastating homes, wildlife and even the cemetery. India Rakusen and Jon Watts travel to Svalbard to find out how the island is coping with the effects of global heating. And: Gary Younge on Ivanka Trump’s presence at the G20 Since 1971,
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We laugh at Ivanka Trump – because to take her seriously is frightening | Suzanne Moore 1 Jul 2019, 10:06am We laugh at Ivanka Trump – because to take her seriously is frightening | Suzanne Moore
The handbag entrepreneur was snubbed by world leaders, but it doesn’t matter – she is still the perfect product placement for brand Trump
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un – cartoon 30 Jun 2019, 1:39pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un – cartoon
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The Guardian view on Trump and Kim: an unsatisfactory sequel | Editorial 30 Jun 2019, 1:27pm The Guardian view on Trump and Kim: an unsatisfactory sequel | Editorial
The US president’s meeting with the North Korean leader is a stunt, not a breakthroughHollywood loves sequels. However, audiences who applaud spectacular but shoddy movies have only themselves to blame. Their reward is further-diminished versions, in which the original’s flaws are more glaringly apparent. On Sunday, Donald Trump launched the third instalment of his
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How can we lure back all the people who avoid news? | Emily Bell 30 Jun 2019, 9:00am How can we lure back all the people who avoid news? | Emily Bell
Initiatives such as Tortoise aim to engage audiences alienated by Brexit and Trump What happens if we produce journalism and nobody reads it? This is not an existential worry lurking beyond the keyboard of every reporter and editor, but a growing problem of “never-newsers”: people who deliberately or accidentally avoid the news. According to the recent Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s
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The Guardian view on the US Democrats’ debates: Harris and Warren are setting the pace 28 Jun 2019, 1:30pm The Guardian view on the US Democrats’ debates: Harris and Warren are setting the pace
As the voters start to choose America’s next political leader, the supreme court is allowing the politicians to choose their voters insteadEverybody knows Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for US president in 2020. Nobody has a clue who his Democratic opponent will be. The contest to find the answer to this question will be a marathon not a sprint, and the marathon has only just begun. The first real votes will not be cast until February; the nominee will not be formally adopted for more than a year. It is also an unusually
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