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Meet the two Americans set to steer the next general election

27 October 2014 16:00

Washington, D.C. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg – the obvious targets to blame for the disillusionment engulfing British politics. But let’s not forget the role of the Americans.… Continue reading

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Video: Does Cameron have an Iraq policy? Or is he just making it up?

18 August 2014 15:43

The Prime Minister has returned from his holidays, and yesterday wrote an intriguing piece in the Sunday Telegraph about the ongoing struggles in Iraq and Syria. ‘True security will only be… Continue reading

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Video: Should Parliament be recalled over Iraq and ISIS?

11 August 2014 13:29

Neither Obama nor Cameron seem ready to return from their holidays to debate how best to respond to the events in Iraq. However, in our look at the week ahead,… Continue reading

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Protestors in Sydney demand that Putin be banned from the G20 in November. Image: Getty

MH17 blame game reflects badly on all of us

20 July 2014 20:53

To judge by much of the western media coverage in recent days, you would have thought that Vladimir Putin had spent last Thursday sitting in the Kremlin, plotting how to… Continue reading

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MH17 makes the situation in Ukraine an American crisis and an EU catastrophe

19 July 2014 23:39

The burning embers of an international airliner litter a Ukrainian field. 298 dead. The west blames Putin. President Putin blames Ukraine and the west. Pro-Russian rebels strip the dead and… Continue reading

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After the horrific tragedy of MH17, Europe must wake up to the threat posed by Vladimir Putin

19 July 2014 23:04

How many more civilian planes need to be shot down over European airspace before Europe’s leaders get serious about the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia? As the smoke clears… Continue reading

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(Photo: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty)

As Christians are massacred in Iraq, laid-back Obama maintains his shameful silence

19 July 2014 19:11

Christians in Mosul have been offered three choices by ISIS: 1. Convert to Islam. 2. Pay the ‘jizya’ tax that renders them dhimmis – i.e., second-class citizens granted limited protection… Continue reading

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Elephant tusks being transported in the Congo. Image from Twitter, via @GatelyMark

How al-Shabaab is keeping the black-market African ivory trade alive

16 November 2013 16:50

It has taken a while, but finally the world appears to be taking the illegal trade in ivory seriously. Why now? Reports of a ‘terror trail’ that links al-Shabaab and… Continue reading

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UN inspectors inspect corpses in a hospital outside Damscus. Photo: YouTube/AFP/Getty Images

George Osborne: There’ll be no second Commons vote on Syria

1 September 2013 10:39

There’ll be no second parliamentary vote on Syria, George Osborne stressed this morning. There had been speculation that following President Obama’s decision to go to Congress before using military force,… Continue reading

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French Mirage 2000 D aircrafts flying over Mali. Photo: ABACA/PA Images

The Americans accuse the French of being too ambitious in Mali as British involvement grows

26 January 2013 12:16

It might have been pushed down the news agenda this week by David Cameron’s Europe speech and the bad economic news, but the situation in Mali is offering us a… Continue reading

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Police monitor a flat in Hoboken, New Jersey, believed be connected to the Connecticut school shooting. The gunman, Adam Lanza, was found dead at the scene. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images

The Connecticut shooting

14 December 2012 19:40

The news coming out of Connecticut is just awful. 18 children have been gunned down at their school and, reports suggest, that another nine people—including the gunman—are also dead. The… Continue reading

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The Continental Divide: Why are Red States So Red and Blue States So Blue? - Spectator Blogs

31 October 2012 18:37

So, for the third time in the last four American elections it looks as though this contest is gonna be a close one. As in 2004, however, the narrow-but-significant advantage… Continue reading

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Romney And Ryan Attend RNC Farewell Victory Rally In Florida

New, Improved, Human, Mitt Romney Still Faces Demographic Difficulties - Spectator Blogs

3 September 2012 11:17

Traditionally – that is, for the last 50 or so years – Labor Day is considered the “official” start of the Presidential campaign. Since Labor Day is today t’s OK… Continue reading

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Obama’s Polish Blunder

31 May 2012 12:01

In Washington, as Andrew Sullivan reminds us, a gaffe is when a politician inadvertently blurts out what they actually believe. It is always occasion for equal measures of embarrassment and… Continue reading

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Will Obama Dump Biden for Hillary?

22 May 2012 13:39

Mike Tomasky enters the Veepstakes with a variation on a well-worn theme: Will Barack Obama replace Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton? This is a Question To Which The Answer Is… Continue reading

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Obama’s Evolution

10 May 2012 12:29

Yesterday, Barack Obama came out of the closet and acknowledged what we’d all suspected for a long, long time: he supports extending the civil recognition of marriage to same-sex couples.… Continue reading

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The Limits of Political Speech: Talking About Everything Just Makes It Worse

20 March 2012 17:37

The Sunday Telegraph was sensible enough to publish a pleasing article by Brother Hoskin last weekend in which our man took the temperature of political speech-making in Britain today and,… Continue reading

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Today in Stupidity: Who Lost Syria?

15 March 2012 19:38

Perhaps I should apologise to Leon Wieseltier? His recent column is not a patch on Jennifer Rubin’s latest screed which may be the most stupid and contemptible thing I’ve yet… Continue reading

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War Games: Syria & Iran Edition

15 March 2012 16:06

The past is always a different, better place and never more so than when commentators dip into American history to salvage some justification for their favoured approach to any contemporary… Continue reading

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Cameron & Obama Play Winston Churchill Bingo

13 March 2012 8:47

If you thought Winston Churchill wouldn’t be mentioned until the second sentence of today’s "Obama-Cameron" op-ed in the Washington Post then, by gum, you’re a mug. Of course the old… Continue reading

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Shocker! Cameron Snubs Republicans!

12 March 2012 18:30

Nile Gardiner is always good for a laugh and his latest contribution to the Telegraph is no exception. Apparently David Cameron, visiting the US this week, will rue the day… Continue reading

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Afghanistan Isn’t Working

12 March 2012 14:03

For years now, Afghanistan policy has been governed by a simple question: Do the unknown costs of leaving Afghanistan trump the known costs of staying in Afghanistan? Until now the… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney: The Man From Nowhere

29 February 2012 0:59

In as much as it is possible to feel sympathy for a man seeking the American presidency while possessing a $250m fortune, Mitt Romney is an unusually pitiful figure. He… Continue reading

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2012: Last Chance Republicanism?

28 February 2012 2:06

How large are the stakes in this year’s American presidential election? Pretty huge if you’re a Republican. Jon Chait has an excellent piece in New York magazine explaining how the… Continue reading

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Rick Santorum: As Electable As George Wallace

15 February 2012 18:57

On the other hand, Jonathan Chait makes an argument that, though "electability" is notionally Mitt Romney’s greatest strength, there’s reason to suppose he’s no more electable than Rick Santorum. It’s… Continue reading

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