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Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaos | Michael H Fuchs35h 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Kamala Harris just changed the direction of the presidential race | Cliff Albright 28 Jun 1:56am Kamala Harris just changed the direction of the presidential race | Cliff Albright
In several commanding moments, she distinguished herself from her rivals and positioned herself to lead the fight against Trump
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The heedless drift towards war with Iran shames Britain | Simon Tisdall 28 Jun 1:00am The heedless drift towards war with Iran shames Britain | Simon Tisdall
Jeremy Hunt says Britain would stand with the US in the case of military intervention. How has Iraq been forgotten so quickly? The imperial city of Persepolis, ruined capital of Persia’s kings, rises from the desert north-east of Shiraz like a rebuke to invaders, ancient and modern. Its marble columns, many still standing, were erected about 500BC when inhabitants of the British Isles were capering around in animal skins and it was Greeks who posed the biggest military threat. Donald Trump’s America was a bad idea whose time had not yet come. Britain’s recent history with Iran is, for the most part, shaming. Nineteenth-century imperialists and traders exploited and bullied, redrawing its borders with the Raj. British armies invaded and occupied and, in the 1920s, helped to elevate Reza Shah to the peacock throne. The ensuing era of autocratic rule sowed the seeds of the anti-western 1979 Islamic revolution. At Persepolis, graffiti left by Victorian army officers still defaces its pillars.
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The Guardian view of the Osaka G20 summit: bad as he is, Trump is not the only problem | Editorial 27 Jun 1:30pm The Guardian view of the Osaka G20 summit: bad as he is, Trump is not the only problem | Editorial
The climate crisis underlines the need for effective global economic leadership. The US president makes this harder, but so do China and several othersEver since the G20 of leading global economies was founded, its summits have mostly been convergent occasions, marked by attempts to find common ground and remembered for nothing more unseemly than a bit of
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Andrzej Krauze on continental power games – cartoon 26 Jun 1:00am Andrzej Krauze on continental power games – cartoon
Europe finds itself caught between pressure from Donald Trump – on trade, Iran, Brexit, the far right – and Vladimir Putin’s own aggressive policies
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The Guardian view on Trump and Israel-Palestine: the reality behind Kushner’s fantasy | Editorial 25 Jun 1:42pm The Guardian view on Trump and Israel-Palestine: the reality behind Kushner’s fantasy | Editorial
The derisive reception for the first stage of the US “peace plan” for the Middle East is deservedSome political performances illuminate an issue; others, like this week’s charade in Manama, Bahrain, are meant to conceal. After all the Trump administration’s grand talk of “the deal of the century” in the Middle East, the launch of its first, economic aspect has been both absurd and bathetic. The Palestinian refusal to attend has meant that Israel is also absent. This is a play missing its stars and half the cast as well; the Arab states involved have sent lower-tier officials. Even its instigator, Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, talked of a workshop rather than a conference; of a vision rather than a plan. Economy-first approaches have been tried before, and failed even with realistic roadmaps and more trusted interlocutors. The gap between Mr Kushner’s illusion and the realities of this seven-decade conflict could hardly be starker. It is encapsulated by the Peace for Prosperity document – more brochure than blueprint – and the fact that several of its photos are images of programmes
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The US’s Middle East ‘peace summit’ is bizarre. Palestinians are right to boycott it | Ian Black 25 Jun 6:33am The US’s Middle East ‘peace summit’ is bizarre. Palestinians are right to boycott it | Ian Black
The Trump administration is notoriously biased towards Israel, and its $50bn offer to Palestinians pointedly avoids land rightsIn the toxic history of the enduring conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinians have often been accused of “never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity”. This familiar charge has been repeated in the runup to an extraordinary event taking place in the Gulf state of Bahrain, convened by the US and starting on Tuesday. The Manama “workshop” – downgraded from “conference” to lower already rock-bottom expectations – is designed to discuss the “Peace to Prosperity” plan
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The left is fighting back, even in Republican states, as it attempts to reshape capitalism | Will Hutton 23 Jun 2:00am The left is fighting back, even in Republican states, as it attempts to reshape capitalism | Will Hutton
As Trump announces his candidacy, forces are already mustering to confront him Behold the new political yobs. The British and American right, once keen to engage intellectually with the left and firmly anchored in business and the middle class, have now become yobs in their evidence-free, argument-free attitude to trade and foreigners. They are guided by noxious prejudice and the simple rule that their flag and interest must rule whatever. Yobs too in their attitudes to all the decent impulses in society: tolerance; the rule of law (that’s for suckers); a welcome to immigrants, fair play; respect for truth, personal integrity. The triumph of the new nativism is the triumph of the yob. Our societies, let alone our politics, have never been so threatened.
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The Observer view on heightened US tensions with Iran | Editorial 23 Jun 1:00am The Observer view on heightened US tensions with Iran | Editorial
Donald Trump’s White House farce once again takes the world to the brink of war Donald Trump was repeatedly warned that his aggressive policy of escalating military and economic “maximum pressure” on Iran risked triggering war by accident. Last week, the long-predicted miscalculations duly occurred and, for a few scary hours, the world tottered on the brink. Both sides in the Gulf made mistakes, although US commanders appear more at fault. But the biggest mistake of all was made in 2016, when Americans picked a dangerous fool for president. The sequence of events that led Trump to order airstrikes on Thursday evening, then
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The Guardian view on Iran and Trump: the risks remain | Editorial 21 Jun 1:30pm The Guardian view on Iran and Trump: the risks remain | Editorial
The US president’s decision to call off action is a relief, but does nothing to resolve the stand-offThe UN secretary general, António Guterres, sometimes
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To defeat Boris Johnson, learn the lessons of Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland 21 Jun 12:35pm To defeat Boris Johnson, learn the lessons of Donald Trump | Jonathan Freedland
Britons must not repeat the mistakes that have dogged opposition to the US presidentAll we need now is for Boris Johnson to praise Mark Field, the government-minister-cum-self-appointed-close-protection-officer who thought the best way to deal with a peaceful distributor of leaflets was to
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What does Biden have in common with Trump? Delusional nostalgia | Moira Donegan 21 Jun 2:00am What does Biden have in common with Trump? Delusional nostalgia | Moira Donegan
The former vice-president’s unrepentant sexism appeals to a vision of the past based more in fantasy than reality Joe Biden is building a campaign of reminiscences. The former vice-president and current Democratic presidential frontrunner is pitching voters the idea that the past was better than the present, and that Biden,
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Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters 20 Jun 1:24pm Trump’s dangerous brinkmanship on Iran | Letters
The British government should call for restraint and de-escalation, says a group of campaigners, politicians and leading cultural figuresThe threat of war with Iran is terrifying and the behaviour of the US government risks making the danger real. Its categoric claim that Iran was responsible for last week’s attacks on the two tankers in the Straits of Hormuz has been challenged by the Japanese and the German governments. It has served only to make a dangerous situation more serious. The context to this is Donald Trump’s scrapping of the nuclear deal with Iran last year, which blocked the way to normalising relations and immediately escalated tension. The accompanying sanctions have caused real economic damage and human suffering. In May the Trump administration turned the screw tighter by dropping exemptions for oil exports. These measures are part of the policy of regime change advocated by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, Trump’s two senior foreign policy officials, both of whom have called for military attacks on Iran.
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Four reasons why Trump is cruising towards re-election | Cas Mudde 20 Jun 2:00am Four reasons why Trump is cruising towards re-election | Cas Mudde
Democrats should not delude themselves: unless they shape up – and fast – the president is heading for four more years On Tuesday night President Trump launched his re-election campaign with a by now classic rally in Orlando, Florida. It was a “
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Why are the best footballers in the world suing their bosses? – podcast 19 Jun 10:00pm Why are the best footballers in the world suing their bosses? – podcast
The Women’s World Cup is nearing the knockout stages, with the tournament favourites, the US, in blistering form. But back home, the players are taking on their governing body in a gender equality lawsuit that could have huge implications for women’s sport. Plus: Jonathan Freedland on Donald Trump’s economic record The US set a Women’s World Cup record this month with their
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A US war with Iran looms. Don’t for one second think that it is justified | Owen Jones 19 Jun 8:31am A US war with Iran looms. Don’t for one second think that it is justified | Owen Jones
Trump’s allies will try to paint Iran as a threat, as they did with Iraq. We must not fall into step with their prefab bloodlustWe know how the story goes. The decision for war is made long in advance. That becomes the end point, and the evidence must be marshalled to achieve that goal. A long-lasting regime suddenly becomes an imminent threat. Exiles with minimal connections to their country of origin, but with fat bank balances, extensive links with rightwing thinktanks, multinational companies and western security services are wheeled out to solemnly declare that war must be waged on their homeland. A litany of never-ending human rights abuses is endlessly detailed: the sort ignored by our elites if they are committed by our allies, like the Saudi dictatorship, which has plunged
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Donald Trump’s reckless Iran policy casts doubt on the US as global leader | David Wearing 19 Jun 5:00am Donald Trump’s reckless Iran policy casts doubt on the US as global leader | David Wearing
Washington’s European allies need to ask themselves whether the US government has become a dangerous liabilityIrrespective of whether
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The Iran crisis was created in Washington. The US must be talked down | Simon Tisdall 18 Jun 1:02pm The Iran crisis was created in Washington. The US must be talked down | Simon Tisdall
President Trump claims he doesn’t want conflict, but his actions could accidentally trigger another Middle East warIn Washington, at times of stress, international crises play out in black and white. As in a flickering newsreel from a former age, complex events are reduced to symbolic emblems of right and wrong. Grainy video images of “evil-doers”, George W Bush’s favoured term, purport to show faceless Iranians acting suspiciously around a burning oil tanker in the Gulf last week. As new
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Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan is inappropriate and unfair | Letters 17 Jun 12:37pm Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan is inappropriate and unfair | Letters
London’s mayor is addressing the causes of knife crime with progressive policies, while the US president is creating division, says
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Trump’s fanned the flames in Iran, now the fire risks getting out of control | Peter Beaumont 14 Jun 1:03pm Trump’s fanned the flames in Iran, now the fire risks getting out of control | Peter Beaumont
If the oil tanker attack was Iran, that is serious. What happens next depends on who has most to lose between them and the USThe growing confrontation in the Gulf between the US and its Saudi-led allies on one side and Iran and its proxies on the other is now focused on the spate of recent
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Will Boris Johnson have the last laugh? | Brief letters 13 Jun 12:18pm Will Boris Johnson have the last laugh? | Brief letters
Boris Johnson | Brexit | Lord Spicer | Bob Dylan | Speaking YorkshireI wonder how many people remember the OMG laugh of 2015? Trump becoming president and Johnson becoming prime minister (
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How the royal family killed off republicanism | Larry Elliott 13 Jun 1:00am How the royal family killed off republicanism | Larry Elliott
The democratic case against the monarchy is clear, but even Labour knows it would be electoral suicide to make itFrom Harry Truman to Donald Trump, there have been 13 US presidents since the Queen came to the throne in 1952, so she has plenty of practice in hosting a state visit for the world’s most powerful man. Unsurprisingly, Trump loved the British establishment
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Disruptor has become a dirty word. And not just when applied to Donald Trump | Andre Spicer 11 Jun 4:00am Disruptor has become a dirty word. And not just when applied to Donald Trump | Andre Spicer
It started with digital start-ups, but now it’s destroying public services. True innovation comes from scientists and engineersThere are many names people called Donald Trump during his recent UK visit. One of the more flattering was “the disruptor in chief”. When the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was asked about Trump, he responded: “
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Vince Cable: ‘The Tories have made a Horlicks of Brexit’ 10 Jun 1:00am Vince Cable: ‘The Tories have made a Horlicks of Brexit’
As he prepares to stand down as leader of the Lib Dems, the veteran MP talks about past coalitions, possible alliances – and ballroom dancingVince Cable, the other party leader stepping down this summer, looks like a man ready to hand over. In the Twickenham home he has lived in for 45 years, a table is covered with piles of notes and clippings from the Financial Times – “horizontal filing,” he calls it – research for a new book he is working on. It is a study of how major politicians “have changed the way we do economics”, from Alexander Hamilton to Margaret Thatcher and, although he has not made a final decision on this – because who knows how the story will end? – Donald Trump. He will soon have more time for that project. Unlike Theresa May, the 76-year-old leader of the Liberal Democrats did not have to be dragged from politics’ front line. It was his decision. But what a way to go. A few months ago, the Lib Dems were down to just 11 MPs. It seemed that theirs was a permanently ruined brand, rendered toxic by five years in coalition with David Cameron’s Tories. The decline was painfully obvious every Wednesday lunchtime, when Cable would have to wait the best part of 45 minutes to be called at Prime Minister’s Questions, long after the leaders of Labour and the Scottish National Party and a string of backbenchers. He and his party were a political afterthought.Any centrist energy was focused on the Independent Group, the breakaway of Labour and Conservative MPs who looked set to gobble up the Lib Dem vote and perhaps the party itself.
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Teaching children about LGBT issues is not brainwashing – it equips them for life | Russell Hobby 9 Jun 1:27pm Teaching children about LGBT issues is not brainwashing – it equips them for life | Russell Hobby
Parents’ rights do not trump all. Teachers need the support of the government on this highly charged issueLast week, a high court injunction
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Selective memory and the D-day anniversary | Letters 7 Jun 12:49pm Selective memory and the D-day anniversary | Letters
Readers respond to Simon Jenkins’ plea for an end to endless war remembrance. Plus thoughts on the roles of Donald Trump and Theresa May in the commemorations in NormandySimon Jenkins (
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Steve Bell, D-day and Russian sacrifices | Letters 6 Jun 12:59pm Steve Bell, D-day and Russian sacrifices | Letters
Readers respond to cartoonist Steve Bell’s depiction of a Russian soldier on the beaches of NormandyAs a great admirer of Steve Bell, especially his constant evisceration of Trump, I was more than disconcerted by his ill-judged depiction of the
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An insult to Trump’s intelligence claim | Brief letters 6 Jun 12:58pm An insult to Trump’s intelligence claim | Brief letters
Ageing and raging | Matt Hancock | Donald Trump | Sharing birthdaysThe past three years have been marked by too many articles suggesting that those of us over 60 are responsible for the referendum result, have become wealthy as a result of the property market, have unsustainably large pensions and “pulled up the ladder” on the generations coming behind us. What a rare treat to read an alternative account that more closely reflects a world recognisable to many of us (
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Pity Ireland: the next page of the Trump family album | Hannah Jane Parkinson 6 Jun 12:04pm Pity Ireland: the next page of the Trump family album | Hannah Jane Parkinson
They’ve left the UK. Harry has unclenched his fists. They’ve arrived in Ireland. And Donald mentioned the wall … A collective sigh of relief as the Trumps left the UK en masse; the land a little less orange, a little less
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Trump is provoking a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. What could go wrong? | Simon Tisdall 6 Jun 5:56am Trump is provoking a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. What could go wrong? | Simon Tisdall
The president is riding roughshod over international treaties in the name of making a profit for himself and his familyHow grimly galling, as Donald Trump
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Boris Johnson’s backers are cynics enabling disaster | Owen Jones 6 Jun 1:00am Boris Johnson’s backers are cynics enabling disaster | Owen Jones
Just like Republicans who excoriated Trump only to fall into line behind him, Tory MPs are playing a dangerous gameWho are the biggest frauds and charlatans: Donald Trump, or his erstwhile Republican opponents? In the different political universe of four years ago, when Trump’s odds of clinching the Republican nomination were
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Brexit Britain and Trump’s America are a betrayal of the values D-day was fought for | Martin Kettle 5 Jun 11:59am Brexit Britain and Trump’s America are a betrayal of the values D-day was fought for | Martin Kettle
The D-day commemorations have never felt so uneasy. Trump and Brexit are tearing apart the bonds forged after 1945They are saying that Thursday – the 75th anniversary – will be the last of the
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NHS must be off the table in trade talks with Trump | Letters 5 Jun 11:56am NHS must be off the table in trade talks with Trump | Letters
Readers respond to Donald Trump’s comment that he wants the NHS ‘on the table’ in any future trade negotiationsMy late mother trained as a nurse in Glasgow in the 1940s and witnessed the birth of the NHS. Having grown up in a village in rural Scotland where nobody ever called the doctor because they wouldn’t have been able to pay the bill, she often told us of the revolution in healthcare which the NHS made possible, and about the gratitude of ordinary folk nursed free of charge in hospital through diphtheria, tuberculosis, scarlet fever and the like. I can hardly imagine her reaction on hearing that only 70 years later the United States wants the NHS to be “on the table” in a future trade deal (
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Why do US evangelicals support Trump? They’re giving Christianity a bad name | Tim Farron 5 Jun 7:42am Why do US evangelicals support Trump? They’re giving Christianity a bad name | Tim Farron
The politicisation of evangelicals is dangerous – especially when they’re supporting a loveless, graceless amoralism
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The NHS cannot become a bargaining chip in our desperate dealmaking with America | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett 5 Jun 7:07am The NHS cannot become a bargaining chip in our desperate dealmaking with America | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
With a no-deal Brexit looming, Tory MPs are rushing to defend our health service from Trump – but they can’t be trustedEven when it’s in the process of being deliberately run down by the Conservatives so it can finally be privatised, our National Health Service makes America’s arrangements look monstrous by comparison. So those of us who have long suspected that privatisation is the ideological end-goal for many Conservative rightwingers were left unsurprised when the
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What is the future for Sir Philip Green? – podcast 4 Jun 10:00pm What is the future for Sir Philip Green? – podcast
As Sir Philip Green’s retail empire faces the prospect of entering administration, putting 18,000 jobs at risk, the Guardian business reporter Sarah Butler discusses how we got here. Plus: Sadiq Khan responds to being called a loser by Donald Trump It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Sir Philip Green. The retail tycoon has been charged in the US with four counts of misdemeanour assault, following allegations from a fitness instructor in Arizona that Green repeatedly touched her inappropriately -allegations he strenuously denies. And his retail empire, the Arcadia Group, could face administration unless creditors can agree on his restructuring plan. The Guardian reporter
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Steve Bell on Donald Trump meeting Theresa May – cartoon 4 Jun 1:49pm Steve Bell on Donald Trump meeting Theresa May – cartoon
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Trump mind focused on sycophantic colonic irrigation | John Crace 4 Jun 1:13pm Trump mind focused on sycophantic colonic irrigation | John Crace
US president could barely raise a pulse as he stumbled through his script This wasn’t the way it had been meant to be. When Theresa May had invited the US president for a state visit, she had pictured herself standing next to him as almost an equal. The prime minister who had delivered Brexit, now poised to negotiate a free trade deal with America. Two leaders ready to the carve up the world in their own image. Instead she was now barely even a supplicant. More like a woman without a shadow. The woman who wasn’t really there, at the press conference no one really wanted. The point at which politics disintegrates into existential ennui. Shortly after 2pm, May and Donald Trump took up their positions at the two lecterns set up in the Durbar Court of the Foreign Office. The prime minister spoke first. She tried to sound upbeat, but her voice rarely strayed beyond a flat monotone. She may still have a few weeks left in No 10, but mentally she has checked out already. The epitome of demob unhappy.
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Brexiteers want a leader with Trump’s swagger. That would be the ruin of Britain | Rafael Behr 4 Jun 12:49pm Brexiteers want a leader with Trump’s swagger. That would be the ruin of Britain | Rafael Behr
The president gets away with his boorishness because the US is a hyperpower. A cut-price UK version would be a disaster Donald Trump’s presidency and Brexit have their own
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Taking our country back to give it to Trump | Letter 4 Jun 12:04pm Taking our country back to give it to Trump | Letter
Guardian readers respond to Trump’s state visitDecades ago a medical consultant told me he had been at a dinner with a (then) Tory party grandee. No doubt after his tongue had been loosened by imbibing, the grandee told my friend that: “We are going to get rid of the NHS. It’s a socialist invention.” That had the awful ring of truth about it those many years ago. Trump now seems keen to facilitate this government’s wish to privatise the NHS (
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Yes, Jeremy Corbyn has to protest against Trump. But where does that leave politics? | Gaby Hinsliff 4 Jun 7:42am Yes, Jeremy Corbyn has to protest against Trump. But where does that leave politics? | Gaby Hinsliff
Corbyn’s life has been a preparation for this moment. Yet offending Trump is not the best move for a prime minister in waitingThere is almost nowhere on Earth Jeremy Corbyn belongs more than on a
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Brexiters beware: Donald Trump will trample all over our sovereignty | Zoe Williams 3 Jun 2:25pm Brexiters beware: Donald Trump will trample all over our sovereignty | Zoe Williams
The US president’s willingness to intervene in our politics and the targeting of the NHS by US business should serve as a warningA diagram
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To a Manhattan socialite like Trump, meeting the Queen is everything | Richard Wolffe 3 Jun 1:18pm To a Manhattan socialite like Trump, meeting the Queen is everything | Richard Wolffe
The president doesn’t care about the spats or the protests, he only cares about statusHe is from Queens. She is, well, the Queen. He likes to build towers that feature his name in gold. She keeps her gold in the Tower. In public and private, he runs the gamut from boorish and braggadocious to mindbogglingly bigoted. In public and private, she doesn’t.
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Finally, Prince Andrew has found his perfect role – Trump’s escort | Suzanne Moore 3 Jun 1:16pm Finally, Prince Andrew has found his perfect role – Trump’s escort | Suzanne Moore
The prince and the president will have a lot more to talk about than golfFinally the answer to the question never asked on University Challenge: “What is Prince Andrew for?” Even the finest moral philosopher would stumble on this one. Now we know: the prince of naff is to keep the US president away from “political conversations” by talking to him about golf. Yes, really: Andrew will accompany Trump on two of the three days of his British trip. Hopefully, then, Prince Charles won’t have to bring up the climate crisis that Trump denies, Prince Harry will not have to defend the supposed nastiness of his wife’s remarks, and he and Prince William will not have to make small talk with a man who said in public he could have “nailed” their mother. The Queen may indeed signal her distaste through the medium of jewellery or whatever, but frankly this visit is an abomination and the royal collusion is vile.
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An absolute state of a visit: what the Trump and Windsor snapshots tell us | Hannah Jane Parkinson 3 Jun 1:14pm An absolute state of a visit: what the Trump and Windsor snapshots tell us | Hannah Jane Parkinson
Big hats! Flight attendant chic! Fist-bumping the Queen! Let’s take a look at what’s happened so far ... Roll up, roll up! The freakshow is back in town. Which rather loses its impact when our own freakshow has not left town for the past three years, but never mind. Donald Trump is back in the UK for a full state visit. State is the correct word. If Theresa May was determined to bow out on a low, she’s done herself proud.
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These protests aren’t just about Trump, they’re about everything he stands for | Owen Jones 3 Jun 11:22am These protests aren’t just about Trump, they’re about everything he stands for | Owen Jones
Trumpism is an assault on women, minorities, the climate emergency, and now the NHS. And it is alive and well in BritainEnough of the
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The wrangling to become Tory leader is turning Britain into an oligarchy | Simon Jenkins 3 Jun 6:22am The wrangling to become Tory leader is turning Britain into an oligarchy | Simon Jenkins
Boris Johnson looks likely to be the choice of the party faithful, but Brexit will prove as fatal to him as it has to MayMeanwhile back at the ranch, Britain must choose a new prime minister – and fast. Donald Trump may have been elected by just
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The Guardian view on Trump’s state visit: the president is not welcome | Editorial 2 Jun 1:50pm The Guardian view on Trump’s state visit: the president is not welcome | Editorial
Hobnobbing with the royals will boost the president’s ego. But this is not the greatest danger of rolling out the red carpet nowTwo and a half years after Theresa May rushed to become the first world leader to meet the newly inaugurated President Trump in Washington, she has chosen to make a state visit that should not be taking place the final act of her premiership. While the prime minister’s poor political judgment and obstinacy have been hallmarks of her three years in office, the spectacle of the next three days will make a particularly awful ending. Mr Trump is only the third US president ever to be honoured with a
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The reason Britain rolls out the red carpet for Trump? It’s what Britain does | Nesrine Malik 2 Jun 12:36pm The reason Britain rolls out the red carpet for Trump? It’s what Britain does | Nesrine Malik
I have bad news for the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. It is entirely British to welcome problematic alliesThis time it’s a
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s meddling before his state visit | Observer editorial 2 Jun 1:00am The Observer view on Donald Trump’s meddling before his state visit | Observer editorial
The president has once again interfered in British politics. He should learn to mind his mouthAs Britain sees it, a state visit is an important way of celebrating and strengthening the relationship between two sovereign countries. It is a symbolic occasion intended to formalise and promote a voluntary alliance linking two independent peoples. The principal focus is not on individual politicians, except in so far as such leaders are seen as representing their fellow citizens. State visits are certainly not supposed to be an ego trip. This is something, among many other things, that Donald Trump plainly does not understand. When the Queen hosts a foreign leader, she does so in her capacity as head of state, not as a tour guide or re-election campaign prop. The honour she bestows belongs entirely to the country of which her guest is the current, temporary leader. Whatever he may think, the state visit is emphatically not a
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Donald Trump breezes in to Britain – cartoon 1 Jun 1:00pm Donald Trump breezes in to Britain – cartoon
The US president cements the special relationship… with Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson
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Politics may be broken. But it’s only politics that can save us | Jonathan Freedland 31 May 12:25pm Politics may be broken. But it’s only politics that can save us | Jonathan Freedland
From Trump to Brexit, democracy seems paralysed. But there’s no point waiting for a hero to ride to our rescueNo one would cast Robert Mueller as the lead in a romcom. And yet
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Mueller stopped short of calling Trump a criminal, but did we need him to? | Richard Wolffe 30 May 3:57pm Mueller stopped short of calling Trump a criminal, but did we need him to? | Richard Wolffe
The denial from Mueller’s office that the special counsel drew up an indictment on three counts obstruction of justice is problematic and entirely predictable Did Donald Trump repeatedly break the law by trying to block multiple investigations into his mysteriously intimate relationship with Russia? The answer is rather similar to questions about the pope’s Catholicism and the propensity of bears to poop in the woods.
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My friend Walter Wolfgang’s life was a portrait in moral courage | Jeremy Corbyn 30 May 1:40pm My friend Walter Wolfgang’s life was a portrait in moral courage | Jeremy Corbyn
He always stood up for what he believed in, and he’ll be standing, in spirit, with protesters against Donald TrumpDonald Trump flies into the
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Mueller’s inaction over Trump has let the US down. Why is he holding back? | Simon Tisdall 30 May 11:31am Mueller’s inaction over Trump has let the US down. Why is he holding back? | Simon Tisdall
The special counsel’s reluctance to indict the president has only deepened the mystery he was hired to solve Robert Mueller has a reputation as a straight-shooting, play-it-by-the-book sort of guy. That changed this week. The special counsel’s stated justifications for not accusing Donald Trump of obstruction of justice appear convoluted and legally dubious. Mueller was a man hired to solve a mystery. His odd decision to take refuge in questionable precedents, and thereby effectively duck the issue, has only compounded it. His two-year investigation was admirable in many ways. Unlike similar exercises in the past, such as Kenneth Starr’s 1990s inquiry into Bill Clinton, he kept his counsel, did not leak to the media, and completed the business within a reasonable timeframe. His finding that there were “multiple, systematic” Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election is clear and unambiguous.
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The Guardian view on Europe: change, not decay | Editorial 28 May 1:57pm The Guardian view on Europe: change, not decay | Editorial
The big parties grew smaller and the small parties bigger. But the voters still believe in the European projectWhen the eurozone was locked in crisis and, later, when a million migrants fled to Europe from the Syrian war and elsewhere, many predicted that the European Union would not be able to stand the strain. When these crises were followed by the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, it was common to say – especially in the
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How warmly can Charles greet Donald Trump, the man who leered at both Kate and Diana? | Catherine Bennett 26 May 2:00am How warmly can Charles greet Donald Trump, the man who leered at both Kate and Diana? | Catherine Bennett
The Queen has hosted tyrants before but the prince had no need to invite Trump The latest on Donald Trump’s state visit, now reportedly reinvented as one of those new, 3G,
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Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you weren’t paying attention | Gary Younge 24 May 1:00am Shocked by the rise of the right? Then you weren’t paying attention | Gary Younge
The seeds of Trump, Brexit and Modi’s success were sown by endemic racism and unfairness. Tackling that is the answerThe morning after both Donald Trump’s victory and the Brexit referendum, when a mood of paralysing shock and grief overcame progressives and liberals on both sides of the Atlantic, the two most common refrains I heard were: “I don’t recognise my country any more,” and “I feel like I’ve woken up in a different country.” This period of collective disorientation was promptly joined by oppositional activity, if not activism. People who had never marched before took to the streets; those who had not donated before gave; people who had not been paying attention became engaged. Many continue. Almost three years later the Brexit party,
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Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast 21 May 10:00pm Is John Bolton trying to drive Trump to war with Iran? – podcast
Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was a key architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Now he is stoking tensions with Iran. Julian Borger describes how the standoff could get out of control. Also today: Katharine Viner on how the Guardian is updating its language when reporting on the climate crisis John Bolton, who has been called “
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To defuse this crisis the US must start talking to Iran | Peter Westmacott 21 May 1:00am To defuse this crisis the US must start talking to Iran | Peter Westmacott
As Washington raises the stakes, the risk of a misunderstanding is high – and it could lead to a new conflict in the Middle East, Once again Iran is the focus of attention for Washington’s foreign policy hawks – and by extension for the rest of us. Donald Trump says he doesn’t want a war with Iran, but his
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Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins 20 May 6:21am Google’s Huawei ban is good news: tech giants shouldn’t always get their way | Simon Jenkins
Big tech has gone unchallenged for too long. Donald Trump’s decision to blacklist the Chinese company is changing that The post-digital revolution starts here. Thank you, Donald Trump. The US president’s
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When Cheam fell for Lady Chatterley | Brief letters 16 May 12:38pm When Cheam fell for Lady Chatterley | Brief letters
PD James | Lady Chatterley’s Lover | Lowry cricket painting | Trump’s trade warThe prescience in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Children of Men (
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Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat 16 May 10:29am Trump’s twinship with Orbán shows ‘illiberal democracy’ has a home in the US | Ruth Ben-Ghiat
The US president’s mission is align with the global right. In Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, he has found an allyHow suited President Donald Trump and his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán,
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With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones 15 May 12:23pm With Bolton whispering in Trump’s ear, war with Iran is no longer unthinkable | Owen Jones
Antiwar activists must do everything they can to prevent it, and that includes pressuring US alliesIt was a deception that would lead to hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, and to the deaths of nearly 60,000 US soldiers. In August 1964 President Lyndon B Johnson solemnly
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The Guardian view on UK inequalities: following the US threatens democracy | Editorial 14 May 1:39pm The Guardian view on UK inequalities: following the US threatens democracy | Editorial
Brexit, like Trump, is not the cause of disenchantment with democracy but rather its symptom – one with roots in the UK’s political and economic disenfranchisementSerious questions need to be asked about why Nigel Farage’s Brexit party is
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The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: don’t start them | Editorial 10 May 1:30pm The Guardian view on US-China trade wars: don’t start them | Editorial
The time has come to rewrite the rules so that the world’s largest economies are able to trade peacefullyDonald Trump has been an opponent of free trade deals all his public life. A protectionist message was central to his run for the White House. On the campaign trail he promised “
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Steve Bell on Trump and Iran – cartoon 9 May 3:13pm Steve Bell on Trump and Iran – cartoon
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Trump’s foolish Iran policy only makes war more likely | Simon Tisdall 9 May 2:02pm Trump’s foolish Iran policy only makes war more likely | Simon Tisdall
Iran’s rulers face impossible choices as a result of unrelenting US hostility, which has one aim – regime changeIt is unclear what, if anything, Iran can do to induce the United States and its regional allies to halt their escalating war of attrition before it provokes all-out conflict. When Donald Trump
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Trump’s antics on Iran have endangered us all. The stakes are now lethally high | Jonathan Freedland 8 May 7:33am Trump’s antics on Iran have endangered us all. The stakes are now lethally high | Jonathan Freedland
In withdrawing from the nuclear deal, the US – not the vile Iranian regime – is the rogue state risking global securitySuch is the carnival of the Trump presidency, it can be tempting – especially for those outside the US – to view it as spectacle, a long-running reality TV show that veers between The Apprentice and House of Cards. But every now and then comes a reminder that, for all the cartoonish absurdity of the central character, the Trump administration is all too real, that its actions matter and that the stakes are lethally high. A fresh and urgent reminder of that has come today with
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Donald Trump is a horse racing expert – who knew? Now cricket awaits his input | Marina Hyde 8 May 6:39am Donald Trump is a horse racing expert – who knew? Now cricket awaits his input | Marina Hyde
After his insistence political correctness interfered with the Kentucky Derby the US president’s UK visit during the Cricket World Cup is an opportunity not to be missed Given that his online trophy cabinet already includes accolades like “most tweets sent by a head of state from the toilet at 5am”, Donald Trump could be forgiven for declining to express a view on the Kentucky Derby result. Nevertheless, he persisted. If you missed this one – and let’s face it, there are a lot to get through –
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The Observer view on the pressing need to save the Arctic | Observer editorial 5 May 1:00am The Observer view on the pressing need to save the Arctic | Observer editorial
This vital region must be conserved, not least from Trump’s ignorant policies Scientifically, the life-threatening dangers of global warming in the Arctic are increasingly understood. But political understanding – and action – lag far behind. Attempts by Donald Trump to
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Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr … beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi 2 May 9:36am Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr … beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi
The world’s worst leaders have an heir who will risk peace to get Dad’s attention. It’s a whole new generation of morons There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the world’s most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process. The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the
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Steve Bell on Trump and the Venezuela crisis – cartoon 1 May 1:56pm Steve Bell on Trump and the Venezuela crisis – cartoon
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Bret Easton Ellis is part dinosaur, part sage. I’m intrigued | Suzanne Moore 29 Apr 1:47pm Bret Easton Ellis is part dinosaur, part sage. I’m intrigued | Suzanne Moore
He says the reaction to Trump is worse than Trump himself. He refuses to toe the liberal line on race and gender. Where do we position such a writer?If Patrick Bateman, the serial killer at the heart of American Psycho, were to venture on to Twitter, would all hell break loose? No. He would just be looking for celebity retweets like everyone else. I saw Bret Easton Ellis talking on stage of his creation, who still stalks him, the other day. He was louche and likable, an ageing enfant terrible, a literary man. Well, that is the version I saw, but he is as unreliable a narrator of his own life as Bateman is. Authors’ talks are always a performance and Easton Ellis has been starring in his own horror movie for a long time.
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Empty the streets for Donald Trump | Brief letters 29 Apr 12:51pm Empty the streets for Donald Trump | Brief letters
State visit | Gender-neutral ships | Adverbs | Tony Slattery | Romeo and JulietRe recent correspondence on Donald Trump’s visit to the UK (
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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the San Diego synagogue shooting – cartoon 28 Apr 1:58pm Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and the San Diego synagogue shooting – cartoon
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The Guardian view on the Democratic race: real debate should be welcomed | Editorial 28 Apr 1:30pm The Guardian view on the Democratic race: real debate should be welcomed | Editorial
The contest for the presidential nomination is wide open, and the political differences are starkFor a long time, the prospect of a Trump presidency was unthinkable. For many, even when the votes were counted, it was so appalling and implausible that it took a while to sink in. Now the prospect of a second term is very possible indeed. The stakes in 2020 could not be higher for Americans and the rest of the world: another four years of a man who should never have claimed the Oval Office and has used it to wreak damage at home and abroad – or a second chance. The Democrats are now beginning to determine who might best grab that second chance. The
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To rage against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is simply childish | Simon Jenkins 26 Apr 9:12am To rage against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK is simply childish | Simon Jenkins
No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at the US presidentWhat is the matter with us? A US president has been invited to Britain on a state visit, and is coming in June. It is a state courtesy, between one democracy and another, on the occasion of a wartime anniversary. No conceivable purpose is served by 200,000 people coming to London to shout insults at him. I cannot think what possessed
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How to respond to Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK | Letters 24 Apr 1:13pm How to respond to Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK | Letters
Readers air their views on news that the US president will be given the red-carpet treatment during a three-day visit from 3 JuneOn the same day that Trump’s state visit to the UK is announced (
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The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s UK visit: a mistake | Editorial 23 Apr 1:43pm The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s UK visit: a mistake | Editorial
The US president is no respecter of democracy or Britain. He should be held at a distance, not given dinner with the QueenRolling out the red carpet for a US president ought to be
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Is Benjamin Netanyahu about to go rogue in Jerusalem? All the signs are there | Mick Dumper 22 Apr 3:00am Is Benjamin Netanyahu about to go rogue in Jerusalem? All the signs are there | Mick Dumper
Flushed with election success and politically tooled-up with Trump’s support, he now has the holy Islamic sites in his sightsIs Israel lining up its ducks for another dramatic unilateral action in Jerusalem? The portents are there in the recent Israeli election campaign, a campaign that returned
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Mueller’s account of Trump’s world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics | Will Hutton 21 Apr 4:00am Mueller’s account of Trump’s world acts as a cautionary tale for UK politics | Will Hutton
Senior figures in both countries behave as if they are above the law. Enough is enoughTrump was right. His presidency was
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The Observer view on the Mueller report: Trump is a disgrace and is not welcome in Britain | Observer editorial 21 Apr 1:00am The Observer view on the Mueller report: Trump is a disgrace and is not welcome in Britain | Observer editorial
The president has been shown to be the biggest threat to US governance since Watergate. Britain must not honour this dishonourable man with a state visitThe prospect of Donald Trump making a
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The backstabbing brutality of Game of Thrones has taken over politics | Kevin McKenna 21 Apr 1:00am The backstabbing brutality of Game of Thrones has taken over politics | Kevin McKenna
Politics is a more visceral and primitive thing – The West Wing was a much better influence There are few situations more superficial and contrived than when a politician insists on borrowing themes from the realm of popular television and drama. Donald Trump
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The Mueller report shows that bad guys who play dirty, like Trump, always win | Jonathan Freedland 19 Apr 5:10am The Mueller report shows that bad guys who play dirty, like Trump, always win | Jonathan Freedland
The attorney general has protected his boss, and impeachment looks futile. But the Democrats still have a duty to act Those who had long hoped Robert Mueller – the mostly silent sheriff riding into town to ensure good triumphed over evil – would be the saviour to deliver America and the world from Donald Trump are naturally disappointed. Mueller’s report,
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The Guardian view on the Mueller report: now we see it. What next? | Editorial 18 Apr 3:20pm The Guardian view on the Mueller report: now we see it. What next? | Editorial
It is no surprise that the document bears little resemblance to that portrayed by the Trump administration. It must not be allowed to draw a line beneath itFinally we have heard
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I co-founded the BDS movement. Why was I denied entry to the US? | Omar Barghouti 16 Apr 7:46am I co-founded the BDS movement. Why was I denied entry to the US? | Omar Barghouti
With this denial of entry, Israel appears to have once again enlisted the Trump administration to do its bidding Last Wednesday, as I was preparing to depart for the United States for a series of speaking engagements, I was abruptly stopped and prevented from boarding my flight at Ben Gurion airport. The US consulate informed the airline staff that US immigration has banned me from entering the country, despite having a valid visa, without providing a reason. Given my regular, unhindered travel to the US for years, this ban seems to be an ideologically and politically motivated measure that fits in with Israel’s escalating repression against human rights defenders. Israel’s far-right regime is not merely continuing its decades-old system of military occupation, apartheid and
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The Trump-Netanyahu relationship is sowing disaster for both countries | Michael Fuchs 11 Apr 8:10am The Trump-Netanyahu relationship is sowing disaster for both countries | Michael Fuchs
By catering to the right, the leaders are harming Palestinians, making Israel less safe and further damaging America’s reputation In the run-up to the Israeli elections, Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu took a series of irresponsible steps to help the Israeli prime minister’s electoral prospects: Trump announced support for Israeli sovereignty over the
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‘Creepy Joe’ Biden made women uneasy. Sorry shouldn’t be the hardest word | Gwenda Blair 7 Apr 5:00am ‘Creepy Joe’ Biden made women uneasy. Sorry shouldn’t be the hardest word | Gwenda Blair
Obama’s deputy refuses to admit wrongdoing, which puts him in the same company as Trump Joe Biden doesn’t do apologies. The former US vice-president and leading (but still not formally announced) candidate for president sympathises and empathises. He understands and reaches out. He shares. But he doesn’t say he’s sorry. This has never been a big deal, given his famous agreeableness, his easygoing manner, and his much-touted common touch. For a guy who sometimes comes across more like an overgrown puppy than a potential commander-in-chief, it might even have seemed an asset to stand his ground and show a little spine. But over the last week, after
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The Boeing scandal is an indictment of Trump’s corporate America | Will Hutton 7 Apr 3:59am The Boeing scandal is an indictment of Trump’s corporate America | Will Hutton
There is growing alarm in the US that Capitol Hill’s bonfire of the regulations has led to hundreds of deaths. It may be a turning point America First nationalism, indulgent free market economics, Republican libertarianism and a political system in hock to corporate lobbying has just contributed to killing 356 innocent people. The more we know about the crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in
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America is fueling our age of impunity. Just look at Yemen | David Miliband 5 Apr 8:47am America is fueling our age of impunity. Just look at Yemen | David Miliband
The US has the power to set a global standard on international human rights. Unfortunately, it is retreating from our global rules-based system The promise by Donald Trump to veto the bipartisan Congressional War Powers Resolution on Yemen is significant in and of itself. The decision is rightly drawing significant fire. The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster and a strategic failure, with precisely the forces the Administration says it opposes - Iran, jihadists, separatists - gaining ground on the back of the bankrupt Saudi-led war strategy. However, there is a wider, ugly picture, beyond Yemen. It can be summarized as an Age of Impunity: where war crimes go unpunished and the laws of war become optional. This is not solely the responsibility of the United States, but the US has the power and position to set a global standard, and when it fails to do so the effects are felt worldwide, by innocent civilians feeling the brunt of lawless military tactics and humanitarian aid workers risking life and limb as they go about their work.
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Holidays and arms deals with Brunei don’t trump gay people’s right to exist | Owen Jones 5 Apr 7:13am Holidays and arms deals with Brunei don’t trump gay people’s right to exist | Owen Jones
Fine words on LGBT equality from the government cost nothing – only real economic action will make a differenceGay lives either matter, or they don’t. Declaring that you support LGBTQ rights is cost-free; so is wrapping yourself in the rainbow flag, smiling at a same-sex couple publicly holding hands with that “Good for you” look in your eyes, or waving on a Pride parade with your kids. But what happens when a dictatorship allied to Britain, and linked to the British establishment, announces that it will
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Trump will never say sorry. That’s a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes 5 Apr 5:00am Trump will never say sorry. That’s a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes
The US president may well be undone by his lies, but expecting remorse or contrition is a waste of energyIt is an enduring mystery about Donald Trump that, for a guy who lolls around all day
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Why did Trump say his dad was German? He lies so much he doesn’t know the truth | Richard Wolffe 4 Apr 6:00am Why did Trump say his dad was German? He lies so much he doesn’t know the truth | Richard Wolffe
It is a particularly Trumpian move to deny your father’s Bronx birth while also denying your predecessor’s Hawaiian birth The world can be a confusing place for Donald Trump. There are so many countries, some of them of the
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Don’t rely on Russia: there is no magic wand to rid us of Trump – or Brexit | Nesrine Malik 31 Mar 10:51am Don’t rely on Russia: there is no magic wand to rid us of Trump – or Brexit | Nesrine Malik
Trump and Brexit were not some perversion brought about by corrupt campaigners, but the result of years of failing politicsAlmost a year ago, the US public radio network, NPR, interviewed Robert Mueller’s biographer, Garrett Graff, on All Things Considered. It was a classic American hagiography. The “wealthy” Mueller went to Princeton University where he played lacrosse, then
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Jamie Dimon, spare us your crocodile tears about inequality | Robert Reich 26 Mar 11:37am Jamie Dimon, spare us your crocodile tears about inequality | Robert Reich
If the CEO of JPMorgan Chase really cared about American workers, he would put an end to corporate executives like him rigging the system If I may be so bold as to try to lure your attention away from Trump and Mueller for a moment, consider Jamie Dimon’s lament, delivered a few days before Mueller delivered his report. Dimon is CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and wrongdoing by him and the CEOs of other big corporations is more responsible for Trump’s election than anything Russia dreamed of, as I’ll explain.
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After Mueller, the need for oversight of Trump is as urgent as ever | John Mulholland 26 Mar 8:00am After Mueller, the need for oversight of Trump is as urgent as ever | John Mulholland
Trump believes the Mueller report represents ‘total exoneration’. It does not – and we at the Guardian will keep holding him to account
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The Guardian view on the Mueller report: release it in full | Editorial 25 Mar 2:48pm The Guardian view on the Mueller report: release it in full | Editorial
Donald Trump can only be defeated when Democrats understand why he wonOnly Donald Trump could describe as
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18 Mar 3:57pm McCain and Trump
The late Vietnam War hero made enormous sacrifices for our country. His handling of rumors about the President wasn’t one of them.
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A chaotic Brexit is part of Trump’s grand plan for Europe | Natalie Nougayrède 14 Mar 1:59am A chaotic Brexit is part of Trump’s grand plan for Europe | Natalie Nougayrède
The president and his outriders want Europe weak and divided. Brexit will deliver some of thatIf Brexit is halted, both the UK and the rest of Europe will reap the benefit – and Donald Trump, for one, will suffer a defeat. The sect of Brexit has passionate adherents far beyond Britain’s hardline leavers. It includes vocal and influential preachers in the Trumpian world of Washington – and the reality of Trump is having a deep impact on Europe, with the Brexit mess a key part of it all.
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5 Mar 6:39pm Is Team Trump Getting Along Too Well with France?
A bad tax idea gets a surprise U.S. endorsement.
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Talking to the Taliban: what price peace? 4 Mar 10:00pm Talking to the Taliban: what price peace?
Donald Trump is becoming increasingly impatient about removing all US troops from Afghanistan, 18 years after the invasion that followed September 11. As peace talks continue, Fawzia Koofi, a female Afghan MP, describes being in the room with the Taliban, while the Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison examines the slow progress for women’s rights that could be at risk when international forces leave. Plus: Gary Younge on knife crime Donald Trump has become
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May’s Brexit bung to the north is pathetic. It changes nothing | Simon Jenkins 4 Mar 6:30am May’s Brexit bung to the north is pathetic. It changes nothing | Simon Jenkins
The £1.6bn the PM has promised to secure Labour support for her deal is no match for years of systematic neglectMay’s bung is like Trump’s wall. You give me my Northern Ireland border deal, she says to Labour, and I will give your people oodles of cash. Except that May has blown it. She has
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Ben Jennings on investigations into Donald Trump – cartoon 3 Mar 2:55pm Ben Jennings on investigations into Donald Trump – cartoon
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The Trump/Cohen revelations are awful. So why am I yawning? | Nesrine Malik 3 Mar 12:39pm The Trump/Cohen revelations are awful. So why am I yawning? | Nesrine Malik
We’re at a most dangerous stage of this presidency: Trump fatigue is setting inThere is an old Arabic joke about corruption. A thieving government minister is fired by the head of state and replaced, but the people who have long suffered under the minister don’t rejoice. When they’re asked why they’re not celebrating, one explains to the confused president: “Yes he was a thief, but he stole until he’d taken his fill. The new guy will be hungry.” Growing up under authoritarian regimes in the Arab world was great for the jokes. It was always dark humour, but that made it easier to accept the inevitabilities of living under a dictatorship than trying to fight them. There were so many violations of rights on a daily basis that survival required adaptation. It was exhausting, and futile, to be permanently scandalised. And so we spared our energy and joked instead.
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May I have a word about… the Kalashnikov kamikaze drone | Jonathan Bouquet 3 Mar 1:00am May I have a word about… the Kalashnikov kamikaze drone | Jonathan Bouquet
If the company’s latest weapon is as effective as its AK-47 machine gun, heaven help us all Few would argue that democracy is anything other than a good thing, even if it sometimes has unexpected and traumatic results. Witness the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump. Better, however unpalatable you found the results, than the malign ways of totalitarianism and dictatorship. By extension, being democratised should be equally welcome. Well, yes, but only up to a point, it seems. Consider the following. Kalashnikov has just announced a
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The Observer view: even Donald Trump’s base must doubt him now | Observer editorial 3 Mar 1:00am The Observer view: even Donald Trump’s base must doubt him now | Observer editorial
Michael Cohen’s damning testimony means that unless Trump wins the next election, he could find himself in court Donald Trump must be re-elected in 2020. Not because he is the best person to be America’s president – he manifestly is not. Not because his record qualifies him for a second term. The man responsible for the longest government shutdown in history and a reckless and dangerous approach to international affairs has already conclusively proved his unfitness to lead. Trump’s personal conduct shames the country whose people and interests he professes to serve. All this holds true. Yet it does not alter Trump’s most pressing, selfishly subjective 2020 calculation: that he must win again to be sure of staying out of jail. By convention, sitting presidents are not subject to criminal prosecution, although, legally speaking, it is possible. What is certain, however, is that if Trump loses or does not run next time, he will forfeit all actual or notional immunity from criminal proceedings on 20 January 2021. If and when that point is reached,
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Trump vs. a Republican Senate 1 Mar 7:06pm Trump vs. a Republican Senate
The national emergency vote could hurt GOP incumbents in 2020.
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We now know the great prize of Brexit: becoming Trump’s prey | Jonathan Freedland 1 Mar 1:00pm We now know the great prize of Brexit: becoming Trump’s prey | Jonathan Freedland
The US would give us a great trade deal, we were told. This week the president has shown how volatile and untrustworthy he isShall we take a gentle amble down memory lane, a nostalgic trip back to the heady days of the referendum campaign of 2016? So many sweet promises were murmured into our ear, it can be hard to remember them all. No talk then of
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No en suite for the presidential suite | Brief letters 1 Mar 11:17am No en suite for the presidential suite | Brief letters
MPs’ pay | Trump’s no-deal | Mingebags | Presidential privy | Le petit coinI read with interest that MPs find themselves powerless to moderate an above-inflation 2.7% pay rise recommended by their independent pay review body (
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Trump Walks on Kim 28 Feb 7:45pm Trump Walks on Kim
Give him credit for refusing to accept less than denuclearization.
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Declare Victory, Not Emergency 28 Feb 6:49pm Declare Victory, Not Emergency
Congress gave Trump $1.4 billion for his wall. He wouldn’t take yes for an answer.
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28 Feb 4:13pm What Does Kim Want?
The Trump sales pitch depends on persuading the ultimate crime boss to go legitimate.
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The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: Trump’s vanity diplomacy falls flat | Editorial 28 Feb 1:34pm The Guardian view on the US and North Korea: Trump’s vanity diplomacy falls flat | Editorial
The US president boasts of being a deal maker. But his summit with Kim Jong-un in Hanoi has ended in failure and recriminationOnly a year ago, many feared that Donald Trump’s dealings with Kim Jong-un might end with a bang. Then came the Singapore summit. Mr Trump boasted that they “fell in love” and that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat. The bromance did not look sustainable. Now a follow-up in Hanoi has
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Trump was out of his depth in Hanoi. This failure is his greatest flop yet | Simon Tisdall 28 Feb 12:26pm Trump was out of his depth in Hanoi. This failure is his greatest flop yet | Simon Tisdall
The blunderer-in-chief has let North Korea’s dictator emerge unscathed over his regime’s appalling human rights abusesDonald Trump’s self-reverential style of personalised, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants diplomacy just crashed and burned in Hanoi. It is fitting, perhaps, that Vietnam – scene of past American humiliations – was the setting for the blunderer-in-chief’s greatest flop. Trump tried to wing it in nuclear talks with North Korea’s more canny leader, Kim Jong-un, and got what he deserved:
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Trump’s a racist conman – and that’s the brand America bought | Gary Younge 28 Feb 12:11pm Trump’s a racist conman – and that’s the brand America bought | Gary Younge
Michael Cohen’s testimony may be horrifying but it is not shocking. The president’s supporters know exactly what he isShortly before November’s midterm elections I
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The Media Will Re-Elect Trump 28 Feb 11:26am Updated The Media Will Re-Elect Trump
They would rather believe tall tales about Russia than hear what voters said in 2016.
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Ivanka Trump occupies a different reality from most working women | Kate Aronoff 28 Feb 6:00am Ivanka Trump occupies a different reality from most working women | Kate Aronoff
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was right to criticize the first daughter’s ill-informed comments on guaranteed jobs Responding to a question about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal and its call for a federal job guarantee, Ivanka Trump this week offered sage wisdom: “I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years,” she said. “People want to work for what they get. So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want.” The statement sparked outrage, including from Ocasio-Cortez. She
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Trump Base Wants Immigration Compromise 27 Feb 7:09pm Trump Base Wants Immigration Compromise
His backers are the likeliest to support a wall-for-DACA deal.
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The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: the crisis is in Kashmir | Editorial 27 Feb 1:35pm The Guardian view on Trump in Asia: the crisis is in Kashmir | Editorial
While the US president preens himself in Hanoi, the pressing issue is the escalating tension between India and PakistanAs the crisis between two nuclear-armed states
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High Nuclear Stakes in Hanoi 25 Feb 7:25pm High Nuclear Stakes in Hanoi
Anything can happen when Trump and Kim get together again.
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A Nobel Prize for Trump 25 Feb 6:41pm A Nobel Prize for Trump
Alas, the Norwegians don’t reward leaders who see a bad deal and walk away.
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The Obama-Trump Economic Boom 25 Feb 6:40pm The Obama-Trump Economic Boom
The current expansion may soon be America’s longest, and neither inflation nor tariffs are likely to stop it.
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Trump and Huawei 24 Feb 5:22pm Trump and Huawei
Dropping charges as part of a trade deal would damage the rule of law.
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Trump, the EU and capitalist greed | Letters 22 Feb 11:35am Trump, the EU and capitalist greed | Letters
Readers respond to Natalie Nougayrède’s piece on why Trump and his team want to wipe out the EU, and note Mike Pence’s carefully worded praiseIf, as Natalie Nougayrède says, John Bolton opposes “‘globalists’ who want to tie nation states into a web of international norms and agreements that restrict sovereignty”, what hypocrisy (
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Trump Rescues Newsom 20 Feb 7:24pm Trump Rescues Newsom
Too bad the feds didn’t cut off California’s bullet train sooner.
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The perfect chance for gunboat diplomacy | Brief letters 19 Feb 1:08pm The perfect chance for gunboat diplomacy | Brief letters
Clothing and the environment | Gunboat diplomacy | Maduro and Trump | Scots and sconesFrom reading this article (
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Trump is right: it’s our moral duty to take back radicalised Britons | Usama Hasan 19 Feb 10:57am Trump is right: it’s our moral duty to take back radicalised Britons | Usama Hasan
Indoctrinated young people like Shamima Begum need to be shown how Islamic thinking embraces modern nation-statesHow do we deradicalise young, indoctrinated people like
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