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      Why the Ukraine scandal could be a pivotal moment in Donald Trump’s presidency
      Sep26

      Why the Ukraine scandal could be a pivotal moment in Donald Trump’s presidency

      The White House released a segment of the conversation between Donald Trump and Volodmyr Zelensky. It’s more damning than the president may have intended. It is the scandal that seemed to finally break the dam for the Democratic congressional leadership on the question of impeaching president Trump – or, at least, opening an inquiry into...

      Five things you need to know today: Parliament returns & Trump’s impeachment moves closer
      Sep25

      Five things you need to know today: Parliament returns & Trump’s impeachment moves closer

      Also: the fish is running out. De-prorogued Parliament is to re-open this morning at 11.30, after 11 Supreme Court judges unanimously ruled yesterday that its recent prorogation was unlawful. Perhaps not surprisingly, however, a number of the papers have taken Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s side over that of Parliament or the court,...

      The Democrats are poised to start impeaching Donald Trump
      Sep25

      The Democrats are poised to start impeaching Donald Trump

      The pressure from Trump for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son seems to have been the tipping point for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Is the House of Representatives about to finally start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump? Calls from Democratic lawmakers to do have gained momentum this week after the president used an official...

      Are the Democrats about to start impeaching Donald Trump?
      Sep24

      Are the Democrats about to start impeaching Donald Trump?

      The pressure from Trump for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son might be the tipping point for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Is the House of Representatives about to finally start impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump? Calls from Democratic lawmakers to do have gained momentum this week after the president used an official phone...

      If they are to stay impartial, UN agencies in Yemen must reject Saudi coalition funding
      Sep24

      If they are to stay impartial, UN agencies in Yemen must reject Saudi coalition funding

      Agencies like the World Food Program and UNICEF accepting Saudi funding in Yemen is tantamount to unwittingly abetting the coalition’s war effort and the resultant humanitarian crisis. Florence Nightingale, the modern nursing pioneer famed for her work with injured soldiers during the Crimean War, was surprisingly critical of Swiss...

      The illusions of the 1990s have been shattered but the decade is still distorting world politics
      Aug28

      The illusions of the 1990s have been shattered but the decade is still distorting world politics

      The future has turned out to be nothing like the optimists of that decade supposed. The 1990s was a decade of grand optimism. This hope appeared grounded in the Soviet Union’s fall, the subordination of Chinese communism to raising living standards and the domestic absence of radical politics. Many assumed that the future would be peaceful,...

      The absurd and frivolous G7 summit signalled the end of the world order
      Aug28

      The absurd and frivolous G7 summit signalled the end of the world order

      The elite of every country is increasingly out of control. For a group of people supposedly craving the return of great power politics, the leaders at the G7 meeting in Biarritz looked remarkably crap at it. There was romance – Melania’s swoon over Justin Trudeau; there was comedy – Johnson and Trump on the stairs. And there was even drama,...

      From Facebook to Vote Leave: how we entered into a war against reality
      Aug21

      From Facebook to Vote Leave: how we entered into a war against reality

      How information is weaponised in our divided age. In 2001, a year out of university, Peter Pomerantsev moved to Moscow. Working as a TV producer, he saw first-hand how public opinion was exposed to a “fog of disinformation”, how “spectacle had pushed out sense”. After returning to the UK in 2010, Pomerantsev wrote a series of articles, and then a...

      Jack Straw’s The English Job is timely, revealing account of his time in Iran
      Aug21

      Jack Straw’s The English Job is timely, revealing account of his time in Iran

      The former foreign secretary seeks to explain Iran’s deep suspicion of Britain. “The job is always an English job” goes the Iranian phrase that Jack Straw has borrowed for the title of his new book. It reflects, he says, the widespread Iranian suspicion that “we are some unseen, all-pervasive influence on life and events in Iran”. You...

      Why liberals now believe in conspiracies
      Aug14

      Why liberals now believe in conspiracies

      How could the most rational ruling elite in history have fallen for the most dangerous toxin in politics? Until quite recently the liberal position was that there are no conspiracies – none, at any rate, of any historical importance. History consisted of long periods of chaos and stupidity, with occasional intervals when rational figures such as...