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Donald Trump isn’t mad

12 August 2020 3:06 am

It is alarming how psychiatric diagnoses have crept into the political commentary. Donald Trump, we’ve been told, has narcissistic personality…

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Trump’s Art of the Executive Order

11 August 2020 11:28 pm

The Executive Order is political weakness at its most powerful. The spectacle of Donald Trump adding his Sharpie-stroke to the…

Britain isn't racist

11 August 2020 10:56 pm

In the last few months we’ve been told that Britain is a fundamentally racist society, that the colour of your…

Britain: summer flu is now more deadly than Covid

11 August 2020 10:05 pm

Britain is, of course, in the middle of a deadly pandemic of a novel infectious disease. It’s just that it…

How dangerous is Covid? A Swedish doctor’s perspective

11 August 2020 7:08 pm

I want to preface this article by stating that it is entirely anecdotal and based on my experience working as…

Can Taiwan pull off its China gamble?

11 August 2020 7:08 pm

When Alex Azar, the US health secretary, arrived in Taipei on Sunday, he became the highest-ranking US official to visit…

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Should Kamala Harris pay reparations?

11 August 2020 9:04 am

What do Stokely Carmichael, Harry Belafonte, Colin Powell, Sidney Poitier and Busta Rhymes have in common? And how are Beyoncé,…

Lebanon’s existential crisis

11 August 2020 5:28 am

It had to happen. On Monday evening, just under a week after 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a…

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Joe Biden should debate

11 August 2020 4:24 am

Why would a benevolent God deny us the prospect of a debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump? As the…

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Don’t hold your breath for an Ilhan Omar upset

11 August 2020 3:47 am

Ilhan Omar haters have whipped themselves into a hopeful frenzy thinking the first Somali American woman to serve in Congress…

The UK’s incoherent Channel migrant strategy

11 August 2020 2:09 am

I saw a little cloud no bigger than a man’s fist that was coming in from the sea, reported the…

How Covid spread in Sweden's care homes

10 August 2020 11:11 pm

Why did Covid prove so lethal in care homes? Between 2 March and 12 June, there were 66,112 deaths of…

The BBC only has itself to blame for the licence fee mess

10 August 2020 10:58 pm

For an organisation that likes to be popular these are troubling times for the BBC. This month the Corporation started…

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There is no ‘do no harm’ VP pick

10 August 2020 10:56 pm

If you’ve kept half an eye on the ‘who will it be?’ story that is the Democratic party’s vice-presidential nomination,…

How many years of life did lockdown save – or destroy?

10 August 2020 9:10 pm

It’s official – lockdown will eventually have a greater impact on our lives and health than Covid-19 itself. That, at…

Belarus’s regime is nearing collapse

10 August 2020 7:17 pm

It’s hard to believe Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko will retain his half-affectionate, half-exasperated nickname ‘Batka’ (Dad) after his re-election yesterday in…

The Lib Dem paradox

10 August 2020 5:24 pm

Are the Lib Dems finished? It’s not the first time that question has been asked. In fact, it’s a fairly…

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The Greens turn red

10 August 2020 1:35 am

The Green party has nominated Howie Hawkins to the presidency of the United States. But Hawkins’s victory has seemed preordained…

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The Democrats want a Cold War, but will they get a civil war?

10 August 2020 1:18 am

With the Swamp lovingly tended under the Obama/Biden administration, the Democrats sense a chance to end President Trump and carry…

New York vs NRA — and the silencing of dissent

9 August 2020 8:50 pm

On Thursday morning, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association. According to James,…

Herd immunity is still key in the fight against Covid-19

9 August 2020 11:09 am

Open or close? Open the schools and close the pubs? Open bowling alleys but not skating rinks? Allow open restaurants…

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Why are black Americans likelier to die of COVID than Latinos?

9 August 2020 4:34 am

Only part of the dramatic racial differences in age-adjusted COVID-19 death rates can be explained by racial differences. The remainder reflects a substantially lower black…

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Meet Gen Z GOP, a group of confused liberals

9 August 2020 4:06 am

Meet the hip new Republican youth group: ‘Gen Z GOP’. Media outlets welcomed the group with open arms. NeverTrumper Bill…

Will HSBC protect its pro-democracy staff in Hong Kong?

8 August 2020 5:00 pm

Noel Quinn, the chief executive of HSBC, declines to say whether his bank will disown pro-democracy staff who fall foul…


What’s on the agenda?

8 August 2020 7:47 am

Donald Trump has been tight-lipped about his second-term agenda, preferring to speak about the past accomplishments of his administration when…