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John Bolton, avenger

16 October 2019 3:45 am

President Trump may be pulling out of Syria, but it’s bombs away in Washington. John Bolton’s likening Rudy Giuliani to…

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What Pelosi really wants from impeachment

16 October 2019 2:48 am

The most important thing to know about Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is this: it is not about removing President Trump now; it…

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Whistleblowers give Trump a taxing time

4 October 2019 8:33 am

Oops. Donald Trump has another nettlesome whistleblower on his hands that he’s going to have to try and drown out. …

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Donald Trump’s blunderful presidency

1 October 2019 6:49 am

There’s a story about Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign that, apocryphal or not, explains why he’s now facing…

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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…

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Impeachment is a bad bet for everyone

25 September 2019 10:02 am

Is Donald Trump going to be impeached? Nancy Pelosi is not giving herself much room to maneuver: once a Democratic-led…

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Impeachment shows the Democrats are addicted to chaos

25 September 2019 9:49 am

Democrats have long criticized Donald Trump’s addiction to Twitter, his limited rolling-news attention span and the narcissism of his reality…

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Kiev won’t chicken out over Trump’s desired Biden probe

21 September 2019 2:07 am

For several years Donald Trump has depicted himself as a kind of Roger Thornhill, the advertising executive in Alfred Hitchcock’s…

A document of a mass human experiment that is moving, revolting, violent and extraordinarily pornographic

Dau is the strangest and most unsettling piece of art to come out of Russia in years

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Dau is not so much a film as a document of a mass human experiment. The result is dark, brilliant…

Does Putin intend to go to war with Ukraine?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

On Europe’s eastern borderlands, trouble is brewing. Two headstrong leaders — Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko —…

RLPO and the NDR Radiophilharmonie performing Britten's War Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral. Photo: Liverpool Philharmonic / Mark McNulty

Britten’s War Requiem almost sounded like a masterpiece – but it’s isn’t, is it?

17 November 2018 9:00 am

‘What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?’ We’ve heard a lot, lately, of the knell that tolls through the…

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When trendy ideas capture the ruling elite, democracy can go hang

23 June 2018 9:00 am

If social media manipulation has influenced elections, and dark money has influenced our elected representatives, then we are already on…

How to rig an election

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Andrés Sepúlveda sleeps behind bombproof doors in a maximum-security prison in central Bogota, Colombia. When travelling to judicial hearings or…

Ethnic cleansing and the horrors of Buczacz

20 January 2018 9:00 am

I thought I knew the history of the years 1914 to 1945: the first world war and the terrible casualties…

Huge audiences, gongs galore and Broadway awaits Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opened at the Sheffield Crucible in February for a standard three-week run. The show is based…

An anti-Stalinist painting of the 1940s shows the tyrant’s face composed of starving Russians, against a backdrop of the Gulag

A decade of famine and purges: the murderous 1930s under Stalin

11 November 2017 9:00 am

He stood five feet seven in his boots — the same height as Napoleon and an inch shorter than Hitler.…

Navigating a new world

14 October 2017 9:00 am

In the 1890s, when British-owned ships carried 70 per cent of all seaborne trade, legislators worried about the proportion of…

Mykola Bokan’s photograph of his family, including a memorial to ‘Kostya, who died of hunger’, July 1933. Bokan and his son were arrested for documenting the famine — both died in the gulag

The hunger

23 September 2017 9:00 am

In 1933 my aunt Lenina Bibikova was eight years old. She lived in Kharkov, Ukraine. Every morning a polished black…

Trump’s eastern front

29 July 2017 9:00 am

 Kiev There is no lavatory paper to be found in government buildings in Kiev. Plan ahead, locals advise, if you…

The joy of the Proms

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Summer nights, hot and humid, mean just one thing — it’s Proms season again. Sore feet, sweaty armpits, queuing outside…

Why Nato is more important than the EU for Britain

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The Leave campaign was right to pour scorn on David Cameron’s warning this week that Brexit could threaten Europe’s military…

Andrey Kurkov’s The Bickford Fuse is a satirical masterpiece

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Whimsy, satire and deadpan humour: welcome to the world of Andrey Kurkov. If you know Kurkov’s work, The Bickford Fuse…

Whoever invented the referendum deserves a kicking

9 April 2016 9:00 am

My favourite quote of the year so far comes from the author Fay Weldon. ‘If this were an all-woman society,’…

Farty, smelly and in love with Putin? You must be middle-aged

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There are things that happen when you grow older — bad things, harbingers of death and decay. Past the age of…

Silent strongman Sergey Shoigu is the real force behind Russia’s military aggression

5 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Crimea is ours,’ President Putin boasted last May. He was speaking on a documentary viewed by millions of Russians, and…