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In American democracy, Trump’s antics are nothing new

Two years ago, the United States of America witnessed an attempted coup as Donald Trump’s armed followers stormed the Capitol. Demanding an overthrow of the 2020 election results, Trump encouraged his followers and the rest of the Republican party to deny a basic principle of free and fair elections. In the aftermath of the recent […]

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The Khashoggi report: an appalling non-response by the West

Recent events have exposed the twisted logic behind arms deals to Saudi Arabia. A principle isn’t a principle unless it costs you something Some events in this article may be entirely fictitious. On 2 October 2018, journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was murdered, then dismembered. A US intelligence report, […]

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The non-retirement of a defeated man: the consequences

When Joni Mitchell said that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, I’m sure she was being sincere. Except with Donald Trump, we found out two weeks prior to his departure from office that American Democracy had gotten into a rather perilous place, with the incitement of insurrection and all that. I thought […]

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The Student’s White House Correspondents on President Biden’s first 100 days

US President Joe Biden has inherited an intensifying series of crises that have few analogues. Economic catastrophe, clear cut racial divisions, and a pandemic that has swelled into the world’s largest public health disaster are among the many quandaries Mr Biden has been elected to manage.  No playbook or remedy exists to deal with such […]

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Trump impeachment: the trial, the team, and the fate of Trumpism

The Trump impeachment trial has gotten off to a start-stop with a two-week wait for proceedings.  But will the trial ultimately perpetuate a state of disunity or unify a divided country in the era of Biden?  On 25 January, the Trump impeachment trial was formally triggered by the walking of the article of impeachment by […]

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After Trump, what’s next for the Republican party?

And so, the Trump presidency came to an end, with a flurry of  pardons and a trip to Palm Beach, Florida.  But while he is no longer a looming presence in Washington DC, Mr Trump and trumpism are likely to remain central to the Republican party for years to come.  So, what’s next for the […]

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Where next for the Republican party?

Donald Trump has another dubious accolade to add to his extensive list of ‘firsts’. He’s now the first President in US history to be impeached twice. The House voted to impeach the president 232 to 197 for ‘incitement of insurrection’, with 10 Republicans voting ‘yes’. Notably, this includes the head of the House Republican Committee, […]

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Joe Biden’s inauguration – unity amid disunity

Joe Biden’s inauguration will be remembered for a number of historic firsts, as well as the urging of unity amidst disunity.   The Covid-19 pandemic inevitably impacted the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States.  The crowds that usually throng the Mall on such occasions were conspicuously absent, and instead almost 200,000 US flags […]