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Trump’s Iran strategy has finally won over the ‘Never Trumpers’

8 January 2020 7:05 pm

As a general rule, neoconservatives and hawkish Republican foreign policy officials don’t respect President Donald Trump’s capacities as commander-in-chief. They…

Iran’s generals are weeping for Qasem Soleimani. But soon they will prepare to fight

4 January 2020 9:56 pm

It has been 24 hours since America droned Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad airport. Now both Iran and the United States…

The Soleimani assassination is Donald Trump’s biggest gamble yet

3 January 2020 7:31 pm

Ever since Donald Trump was elected president on a non-military interventionist platform, sceptics have questioned his commitment to withdrawing troops…

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Where did the money come from for Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine operations?

10 December 2019 3:35 am

Donald Trump is about to become only the third US president to be impeached —or charged with a crime —…

Republicans can’t make up their minds on how to save Trump from impeachment

19 November 2019 4:51 am

It didn’t take long after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump for the…

Praise be to Mary MacLeod Trump. [Photo: The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images]

If we do get a good Anglo-American trade deal, we should thank Trump’s mother

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In an uncharacteristic fit of almost-robustness, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is ‘open-minded’ about scrapping the BBC licence…

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Brace yourselves for the impeachment frenzy

28 September 2019 7:09 am

We’re told over and over by fairweather Constitutional scholars that impeachment is a ‘political process.’ Which is to say: it’s not…

Why 80 per cent of young people in this Macedonian town have turned to posting ‘fake news’

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s such a relief to turn on the radio and hear the voice of Neil MacGregor. That reasoned authority, his…

Tony Slattery is still a miraculously gifted comedian

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Some of the marketing efforts by amateur impresarios up in Edinburgh are extraordinary. I was handed a leaflet for a…

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‘Doubling down’ is Donald Trump’s greatest triumph

24 July 2019 8:42 pm

For three years, we have been told what Donald Trump is. We have been told that he is a racist,…

Kanye wipes the floor with David Letterman

6 July 2019 9:00 am

My plan to cut the BBC out of my life entirely is working well. Apart from the occasional forgivable lapse…

A torpid seminar on why Trump is the Antichrist: Shipwreck reviewed

2 March 2019 9:00 am

When reviewers call a work ‘important’ they mean ‘boring’ and ‘earnest’. And in those terms Shipwreck is one of the…

Pro-Trump propaganda at the Donmar Warehouse by Lynn Nottage. Photo: Johan Persson

A masterpiece of pro-Trump propaganda: Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse reviewed

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Sweat, set in the Pennsylvanian rust belt, looks at a blue-collar community threatened by a factory closure. The script uses…

The Somme battlefield today. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Radio 3 had the most simple yet effective way of reflecting on war’s impact

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Amid all the remembrance, Radio 3 came up with a simple yet effective way of reflecting on war’s impact. Threaded…

A hedge-fund protagonist – Gary Shteyngart takes aim in Lake Success

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘We lived in a country that rewarded its worst people. We lived in a society where the villains were favoured…

The Democrats’ dilemma: should they impeach President Trump?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

 Washington, DC The Democrats will face a dilemma if they win control of the House of Representatives in November’s midterm…

Like Jon Bon Jovi struck by lightning: Garrett Lombard as Lucky in Waiting for Godot

Washed-up junkies, Trump the director and a cash giveaway: Edinburgh Festival round-up

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Trump Lear is a chaotically enjoyable one-man show with a complicated premise. David Carl, an American satirist, has arrived on…

Did Ed Balls mean to make a documentary on the joys of Trump’s America?

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The thing I most regret having failed ever to ask brave, haunted, wise Sean O’Callaghan when I last saw him…

Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t funny – especially when he’s mocking the powerless

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest series Who Is America? isn’t funny. But then, nor was his terrible 2016 movie The Brothers…

Life is a cabaret: Barry Humphries and Meow Meow

Barry Humphries on Trump, transgender ‘rat-baggery’ and causing maximum offence

21 July 2018 9:00 am

‘I’m an amateur,’ Barry Humphries tells me. The Australian polymath uses the word in its older sense of ‘enthusiast’ rather…

The great thing about the World Cup is you don’t even have to watch it to enjoy it

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Even though I don’t watch much football I love the World Cup because it’s my passport to total freedom. I…

Fury and excitement – how the journalists at the New York Times have coped with Trump

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Back when his country was controlled by the USSR, the Czech writer Milan Kundera pointed out that ‘Union of Soviet…

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Musically, politically and culturally, Kanye West is uncontrollable and unignorable

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Kanye West is more than halfway in to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame — if his politics don’t block the…

Notes from Jerusalem: Everyone is in love with Donald Trump

19 May 2018 9:00 am

‘Trump Make Israel Great’ reads the banner on the deserted hotel next to the new American embassy in Jerusalem. Unlike…

Rarely have I sat through such a chaotic and whimsical script: Describe the Night reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Describe the Night opens in Poland in 1920 where two Russian soldiers, Isaac and Nikolai, discuss truth and falsehood. Next…