Cold War

cold war

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…

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Olivia de Havilland’s Red Scare

28 July 2020 11:26 pm

Olivia de Havilland, who has died aged 104, will forever be remembered for the role of Melanie Hamilton in Gone…

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Trump’s German troop withdrawal will hurt America

9 June 2020 11:50 pm

Tensions between Germany and the United States have increased considerably since Donald Trump became President. Trump has repeatedly criticized Berlin…

The problem with mystery podcasts like Wind of Change

6 June 2020 9:00 am

Did the US secretly write a power ballad in order to bring down the Soviet Union? That’s the question behind…

Germany’s military has become a complete joke

31 August 2019 9:00 am

It is not hard to think of times when German military weakness would have been lauded as good news across…

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Ross Perot was the populist who betrayed populism

10 July 2019 4:54 am

Ross Perot, who has just died at age 89, is wrongly remembered as the man who cost George H.W. Bush…

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Will Trump enter the hypersonic nuclear arms race?

28 June 2019 6:45 am

The Pentagon is urgently reviewing just how and when the president might launch nuclear missiles as a dangerous new nuclear…

Enjoyably contrived: BBC1’s Baptiste reviewed

23 February 2019 9:00 am

What’s the best way to start a six-part thriller? The answer, it seems, is to have a bloke of a…

Oleg Gordievsky, the ultimate spy story — and Ben Macintyre, the best writer to tell it

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Spy stories, whether the stuff of fictional thrillers or, as in the case of Sergei Skripal, the real deal —…

Radio’s role in winning the Cold War

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Some of us grew up worrying about reds under the bed, which was perhaps not as foolish as all that…

Embarrassing – but electrifying: Bernstein 100 reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

‘There is something enviable about the utter lack of inhibition with which Leonard Bernstein carries on,’ wrote the critic of…

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…

Scarlett Johansson as a mermaid? Bung her in

What is a serious film festival doing opening with Hail, Caesar!

20 February 2016 9:00 am

What is a serious film festival doing opening with Ethan and Joel Coens’ turkey Hail, Caesar!? James Woodall reports from Berlin

Hot seats: Charles and Ray Eames posing with chair bases

The couple behind the world’s most famous chair

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Peter Mandelson, in his moment of pomp, had his portrait taken by Lord Snowdon. He is sitting on a fine…

How to fix our defence budget mess

28 March 2015 9:00 am

With the exception of 1983, when Michael Foot promised unilateral nuclear disarmament, defence has played little role in modern election…

Barack Obama: anatomy of a failure

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Whatever happened to Barack Obama?

Playing chicken with Vladimir Putin

29 November 2014 9:00 am

An official end to the Cold War was declared at a summit between President George H. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev…

Sanctions won’t tame Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Talking might

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Sanctions won’t help. One thing might

Anthony Horowitz’s Diary: Dinner with Saddam, anyone?

19 July 2014 9:00 am

I have written a play, but a month after it was sent to half a dozen theatres, I have heard…

An anti-Soviet rally in Moscow, February 1991: Gorbachev’s reforms resulted in the rise of his nemesis, Yeltsin

It's not just Putin who misses the Soviet empire. President Bush did, too

12 July 2014 9:00 am

In the latest – and best – of the books on the end of the USSR, Victor Sebestyen finds that the only good thing about the Soviet empire was the manner of its passing

Vladimir Putin knows what he stands for. Do we?

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Possibly because his oratory is no match for his much-displayed pectoral muscles, the speeches of Vladimir Putin are seldom reported…

How the first world war inspired the EU

8 February 2014 9:00 am

To understand the real meaning of the EU, you must grasp that it originated in the first world war, rather than the second