Martin Luther King

The sin of neutrality

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Yet again, millions of civilians across the Horn of Africa are starving. The world blames the crisis on drought and…

Why great speeches are made for stage and screen

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Curious thing, writer’s block. If you believe it exists. Terry Pratchett didn’t. ‘There’s no such thing,’ he said. ‘It was…

Can the republic survive?

5 July 2020 4:28 am

‘A republic, if you can keep it.’ That was Ben Franklin’s famous response when asked, as the Constitutional Convention ended…

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I will not be silent

19 June 2020 2:07 am

After the horrible death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, I started to grow increasingly uncomfortable by what I saw. I…

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The strange new liberal attraction to the feds

27 January 2020 4:44 am

In a political era defined by abnormalities, few developments are as bizarre as the newfound liberal admiration for federal law…

In praise of the semicolon, a most maligned punctuation mark

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Now, how shall I start this review? I loved this book. I really did. (Too abrupt.) I loved this book,…

On the run with Martin Luther King’s assassin

2 December 2017 9:00 am

This newly translated novel by the Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina is really two books, spliced together in alternating chapters.…

Aung San Suu Kyi with military officials at the swearing-in of President Htin Kyaw, 30 March 2016

Has Aung San Suu Kyi become a puppet of Burma’s generals?

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Peter Popham is commendably quick off the blocks with this excellent account of the run-up to last November’s Burmese general…

King maker: David Oyelowo in ‘Selma’, the best performance of the year not nominated for an Oscar

Selma review: rich, nuanced, heartbreaking

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Selma, the civil rights film that stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, undoubtedly contains the best and most powerful…

My four great loves were unrequited (though I had a chance with Ginger Rogers)

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I had a short chat with BBC radio concerning the actor Jack Nicholson, whom I knew slightly during the Seventies…