America

The West is failing to rise to the challenge of coronavirus

26 March 2020 11:43 pm

Having apparently shaken off the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda machine is now in…

When will Joe Biden accept it’s all over?

23 February 2020 7:47 pm

In Iowa, Americans had to wait the entire night before a caucus winner was declared. Today in Nevada, the wait…

Portrait of the week: Britain leaves the EU, coronavirus evacuations and a great day for Trump

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Home The United Kingdom quietly left the European Union at 11 p.m. GMT on 31 January. Boris Johnson, the Prime…

After Iowa, Donald Trump looks invincible

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The Democrats have gifted Trump his best week since taking office

The history, power and beauty of infographics

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

on the history, power and beauty of infographics

Is there method – or madness – behind Trump’s actions in Iran?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Leaders are often accused of escalating a conflict abroad in order to distract from headaches at home. On Tuesday, before…

What is a ‘tergiversation’?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Last year, someone at US dictionary Merriam-Webster noticed that lots of people were looking up the word tergiversation online. It…

Full of fascinating data and excellent comedy: Messiah at Stratford Circus reviewed

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I’ve joined the Black Panthers. At least I think I have. I took part in an induction ceremony at the…

Scorsese at his most leisurely, meandering and engrossing: The Irishman reviewed

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The Irishman is Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half-hour epic — a mobster-a-thon, you could say — starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino,…

The story behind Donald Trump’s fake withdrawal from Syria

2 November 2019 9:00 am

That noise you can hear is Donald Trump flip–flopping in the sand. Last week, American troops and dozens of tanks…

Only fitfully funny: Chris Morris’s The Day Shall Come reviewed

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The Day Shall Come is a second feature from British satirist Chris Morris and like the first, Four Lions, it…

Pity poor Candace Bushnell, still flogging Sex and the City at 60

17 August 2019 9:00 am

On paper, Candace Bushnell and the medieval warlord El Cid don’t have a lot in common. The first made a…

Angry, cold, self-centred, opaque, disconnected and brutalising: Bronx Gothic reviewed

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s hard to describe a play without appearing to defame the writer, the performer and the theatre responsible for…

The fanatical thinking that’s on its way to British schools

1 June 2019 9:00 am

For anyone who isn’t following the long march of racial self-flagellation through America’s institutions, last week’s revelations about the excesses…

Adversity is the new diversity – and it disadvantages everyone

25 May 2019 9:00 am

To clear up any confusion, American SATs are closer to A-levels than to British primary-school SATs. In my day, this…

We’re all self-haters now

27 April 2019 9:00 am

As an American coming of age at the fag end of the 1960s, I celebrated self-loathing. Everything about the United…

Spell-binding: Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide in Us

Nyong’o is spellbinding but the plot is ultimately baffling: Us reviewed

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Us is a second feature from Jordan Peele after his marvellous debut Get Out, which was more brilliantly satirical than…

Crackles with nylon, self-regard and unearned privilege: On the Basis of Sex reviewed

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is too ill to sit on the Supreme Court. When she saw On the Basis of Sex,…

Portrait of the week: May’s historic loss, Brexit chaos and the US shutdown

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit threw politics into unpredictable chaos. The government was defeated by an unparalleled majority of 230 — 432 to…

Doors drummer John Densmore and Police percussionist Stewart Copeland. Photo: BBC / Somethin’ Else Sound Directions Ltd / Nico Wasserman

According to BBC4, what was one of the ‘most important inventions in modern music’?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Here’s a tricky quiz question for you. What word completes this sentence from a BBC4 documentary on Friday: ‘The world…

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Why 1919 wasn’t the year it’s cracked up to be

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad The funny thing is that I was at school with a man called Ted Widmer, and I recently read…

Trump’s 19ft Christmas tree and 300lb gingerbread house are quintessentially American

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The most obnoxious advert on American television this Christmas season features a thirtyish man telling his wife he ‘got us…

Christopher Buckley with George Bush

The man I knew as Vishnu: remembering George H.W. Bush

8 December 2018 9:00 am

The world knew him as ‘Bush 41’. I knew him by a different name -during the time I worked for…

The Democrats’ obsession with Beto O’Rourke is a sign they’re in trouble

24 November 2018 9:00 am

 Washington, DC   Ever since America elected Donald Trump, Democrats have fantasised about removing him from power. They’ve dreamed of…

Michelle Obama during the 2008 Democrat primaries. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

When the first world war ended, many soldiers were left with ‘a terrible empty feeling’

10 November 2018 9:00 am

‘It was so unreal,’ said one of the first world war veterans about the long-awaited Armistice. It was the most…