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International politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Speaks To Long Island Association Event

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton, 2016? God help us all.

31 March 2014 15:58

Connoisseurs of hinge-moments – those instants at which a country’s future changes – have long-appreciated the 1994 Florida gubernatorial election. Jeb Bush lost. Meanwhile, across the country, his elder brother… Continue reading

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Spectator TV presents Putin vs. Obama: whose side are the American right on?

31 March 2014 10:35

Under the shadow of the Crimean situation, Harry Cole travelled to Washington DC to find out what American conservatives really make of Putin. He asked attendees of this month’s Conservative… Continue reading

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A poster in Sevastopol ahead of the Crimea referendum this month. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images

Ten fateful forks in the road to Crimea

25 March 2014 16:00

Regret suffuses the post mortem on many a conflict, with hindsight recommending alternatives that were far less obvious at the time. Crimea is different. Rarely can the fateful choices —… Continue reading

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The west has a choice: abandon Ukraine or punish Russia? It should choose the latter.

18 March 2014 14:47

An astonishing number of useless twits appear to think Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is somehow not Vladimir Putin’s fault. The poor Russia despot – no longer much too strong… Continue reading

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Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court. Photo: Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Inside the circus – a report from the Oscar Pistorius trial

15 March 2014 14:00

Pretoria I panicked one morning when I couldn’t find the 24-hour Oscar Pistorius Trial channel on my hotel TV set. Naturally I’d done a mountain of my own research, but… Continue reading

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Tim Berners-Lee at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. His message 'This is for everyone'

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web. What comes next?

12 March 2014 12:42

On this day in 1989, the World Wide Web was born. Tim Berners-Lee, a contractor at CERN, published a paper called ‘Information Management: A Proposal‘. Although it’s tricky to pin… Continue reading

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Tensions Grow In Crimea As Diplomatic Talks Continue

The clock is ticking for Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. He has missed his best chance of victory.

7 March 2014 11:37

Tick tock. Tick tock. Time is running out in the Ukraine. Time passes and cements the “facts on the ground”. Russia controls the Crimea and, one way or another, we… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin is losing the battle for Ukraine

5 March 2014 12:20

It is always tempting, in the field of foreign affairs, to suppose we are led by dupes and fools while our opponents enjoy – or endure –  leaders of boundless… Continue reading

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Where is public opinion on the Ukraine crisis? Photo: Getty Images.

Ukraine polling: EU vs Russian integration and who is the weakest leader?

5 March 2014 11:09

It’s difficult to figure out exactly what’s going on in Ukraine and what it all means — as Freddy has pointed out there’s a lot of hyperbole at the moment—… Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky. Photo: SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP/Getty Images

Noam Chomsky in the Crimea

3 March 2014 12:03

Go to London or of any other Western capital and here is what you will not see. You will not see mass demonstrations against the Russian invasion of the Ukraine… Continue reading

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What can Western powers actually do in the Ukrainian crisis? Photo: YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images

What exactly should the West do in Ukraine?

2 March 2014 20:25

I’ve seen and read an awful lot of criticism about how weak and pathetic the West has been in responding to the developing crisis in the Ukraine, but scarcely a… Continue reading

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Ukrainian MPs Vote To Oust President Viktor Yanukovych

Tory Europhobia cripples Britain’s attitude to the Ukrainian crisis

24 February 2014 10:00

Colin Freeman, the Telegraph’s fine chief foreign correspondent, made a remarkable claim the other day that merits wider attention. What, he asked, was Britain’s view on the crisis in Ukraine? The… Continue reading

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The Olympian smugness of the anti-Sochi gay protests

7 February 2014 18:32

Now look, as Tony Blair would say, homophobia is bad. Very bad. But does that mean we have to turn the Sochi Winter Olympics into a sort of global gay… Continue reading

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Enjoy the Winter Olympics but remember – and listen to – Pussy Riot as well.

4 February 2014 11:05

And so to the winter Olympic Games which should not be hosted by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Sure, Putin’s Russia is not nearly as horrific as Stalin’s Russia but when that’s… Continue reading

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England v South Africa: 1st Investec Test - Day One

India holds the cricket world to ransom; England and Australia agree to pay

27 January 2014 12:56

Almost no idea is rotten enough that it can’t or won’t be defended by some scoundrel somewhere. Even so, the equanimity with which some folk have greeted the proposed ICC… Continue reading

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What is Europe good for? Rather a lot, actually…

23 January 2014 12:50

Europe, eh? Good for nothing, innit? That’s the prevailing narrative you hear these days. But, as so often, this is a matter of perspective. The chart above, plundered courtesy of… Continue reading

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England v Australia: 1st Investec Ashes Test - Day Five

A Carve-Up That’s Just Not Cricket

20 January 2014 15:14

By god, you know matters have come to a wretched pass when you feel inclined to defend and protect the International Cricket Council. And yet, remarkably, such a moment is… Continue reading

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The Winter Olympics should never have been awarded to Vladimir Putin’s Russia

14 January 2014 11:49

Last month’s terrorist attacks in Volgograd were doubtless an attempt to warn foreigners off the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. An attempt, too, to remind Vladimir Putin that his… Continue reading

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Senate Chairman Of Transportation Committee Calls For Investigation Into George Washington Bridge Lane Closures

Rumours of Chris Christie’s political death are exaggerated.

8 January 2014 21:35

January 2014, two years before the Iowa caucuses and already Chris Christie, the pugnacious governor of New Jersey, has been handed the Black Spot. His chances of securing the Republican… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown on the House of Commons this afternoon.

Gordon Brown leads tributes to Nelson Mandela in the Commons

9 December 2013 16:09

All three party leaders paid eloquent tribute to Nelson Mandela in the Commons. But by far the most powerful speech came from Gordon Brown. His speech, which combined wit with… Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela gave us the greatest gift of all: Hope

6 December 2013 0:02

Sometimes when a significant public figure dies, even, perhaps especially, when that death comes as no surprise and may, indeed, be considered some form of release there is a natural… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Nelson Mandela in 2008. Photo: PA.

David Cameron and Ed Miliband pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

5 December 2013 23:01

Downing Street has released the following statement from David Cameron: ‘A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend… Continue reading

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William Hague, Cathy Ashton and John Kerry celebrate this weekend's deal with Iran. Picture: Getty

William Hague: We will need to reassure Saudi Arabia and Israel about Iran deal

25 November 2013 17:20

The Commons was in congratulatory mode this afternoon when William Hague gave his statement on the deal with Iran. Baroness Ashton, not familiar with heaps of praise falling on her,… Continue reading

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Kennedy Addressing

John F Kennedy was one of the nastiest presidents in American history

19 November 2013 14:55

The fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination is, of course, an occasion for a fresh outbreak of the virulent hagiography that has corrupted the memory of his actual record.… Continue reading

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It’s tempting to compare France’s National Front with Ukip — but wrong

8 October 2013 17:56

There is today only one united French political party, and it is the National Front. The FN has been profiting from a split French right, a hopeless French left and… Continue reading

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