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What will Joe Biden do about North Korea?

19 January 2021 6:30 pm

Kim Jong-un marked the new year by treating North Koreans to several days of lengthy speeches followed by a display…

Britain's prisons are a breeding ground for Islamist terror

19 January 2021 6:00 pm

Was Reading terrorist Khairi Saadallah radicalised behind bars? What we do know is that locking Saadallah in HMP Bullingdon to develop…

Madam Vice President: who's who in the Harris clan

19 January 2021 9:00 am

Nearly three months since the US election, Kamala Harris will soon make history as the first woman to be sworn…

Why attempts to cut red tape almost always fail

19 January 2021 3:49 am

Rishi Sunak has been appointed to chair a new committee that will be tasked with cutting red tape, particularly anything…

Statue wars: what should we do with controversial monuments?

19 January 2021 2:03 am

Secretary of State for Communities Robert Jenrick’s pledge to protect monuments and statues from mob iconoclasm with new laws and…

The toxic side-effect of the Trump Twitter ban

19 January 2021 1:33 am

Almost two weeks on from the storming of the US Capitol it’s becoming plainer that the most substantive changes to…

Alexei Navalny: a profile in courage

18 January 2021 10:32 am

Vladimir Putin likes his opponents in exile: it makes them easier to portray as defectors who have turned their back…

Who is Merkel's successor, Armin Laschet?

18 January 2021 2:17 am

Armin Laschet is the new chairman of Germany’s Christian Democrats – the party that was led by Angela Merkel for…

The case for liberal pessimism

17 January 2021 9:27 pm

Liberalism hasn’t had its sorrows to seek of late but its misfortunes show no sign of abating. The confluence of…

Al Qaeda and Iran’s dangerous partnership

17 January 2021 7:00 pm

What does the world’s foremost Shia power and the most notorious Sunni terror group have in common? Given that the…

France's Covid response is a source of national shame

16 January 2021 6:15 pm

France is the only permanent member of the UN Security Council not to have developed a coronavirus vaccine, and it…

Is Joe Biden’s administration fit for the 2020s?

16 January 2021 6:09 pm

Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees have been warmly received by the massed ranks of anti-Trumpists in Washington. But the warmth stateside…

Is the one shot jab a game changer?

16 January 2021 6:01 pm

The UK’s decision to lengthen the gap between first and second doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines has been…

What does Trump want now? Revenge — and a second term

15 January 2021 6:30 pm

The figure of the ex-president is one of the most endearingly republican features of American politics. He who was the…

Why Merlina, the Tower of London raven, was so remarkable

15 January 2021 3:02 am

Merlin (or Merlina), the cleverest and most sociable of the Tower of London ravens is missing. It’s a bad omen…

Are we witnessing the birth of an African Islamic State?

15 January 2021 2:24 am

On Monday, 13 soldiers were killedby the Islamic State in northeastern Nigeria. A week ago, just after midnight on Friday…

Donald Trump is impeached again – now what?

14 January 2021 9:48 am

Today Donald Trump became the first president in United States history to be impeached twice. He was first impeached in…

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Donald Trump and the limits of free speech

13 January 2021 3:21 am

Is Donald Trump’s expulsion from Twitter an attack on free speech? A great many Republicans are saying so. You certainly…

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@jack is the giant

13 January 2021 3:09 am

Where is Jack? You know, Jack-the-Giant-Killer? The little fellow who caught the giant Cormaran in a deadfall and dispatched him…

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America’s Yeltsin moment

13 January 2021 1:12 am

The end of the Cold War was as great a shock to US politics as it was to the Soviet Union’s. The…

Tony Blair is deluding himself on a 'De Gaulle-style comeback'

12 January 2021 8:38 pm

Tony Blair has made a tentative return to the heart of British politics by offering Matt Hancock strategic advice on…

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How will Trump leave office?

12 January 2021 12:52 pm

Send in the troops. The nation must restore order. The military stands ready. Aficionados of the New York Times may recall…

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The Big Tech backfire

12 January 2021 7:43 am

If your aim is to stop America descending into civil conflict, it’s hard to think of a less effective method…

Did Boris's bike ride breach lockdown rules?

12 January 2021 5:14 am

Exercise is a dangerous game these days. As two women recently discovered, drive five miles for a walk at a beauty…

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The trouble with alienating Middle America

12 January 2021 2:22 am

You’ve got to admire the left. Granted, they own the internet, the media, the courts (apparently) and now the government,…