Shia LeBeouf at the premiere of Nymphomaniac. Photo: Getty
From Shia LaBeouf to Rolling Stone's frat house story, the trouble with "I Believe Her"
By Sarah Ditum - 14 December 12:55

When we talk about rape victims, “I Believe Her” is powerful because it’s simple; because it’s simple, it slides into being simplistic. Both the alleged frat house gang rape described by Rolling Stone, and Shia LeBeouf's accusations against a woman who visited his art installation, reveal its strengths and weaknesses.

Barack Obama with Chuck Hagel. Photo: Getty
The departure of a third defence secretary finally kills off Obama’s hopes of a “team of rivals”
By John Bew - 11 December 10:11

Chuck Hagel's resignation - the latest soap opera to hit the Obama adminstration - is a sign of severe dysfunction. The team of rivals has disintegrated, with many of them becoming a thorn in the president’s side as he limps on for a final two years.

A protester holds up a photo of Eric Garner during a demonstration in New York. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty
The case of Eric Garner shows that cameras won’t stop police brutality of black people
By Matthew Pratt Guterl - 04 December 16:17

The assumption is that cameras are objective, silent witnesses that provide indisputable evidence, and also that people behave differently when they know a camera is capturing their actions. This is a fantasy.

A protestor holds her hands up in front of a police car in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty
Ferguson has reinforced racial fear and lethal stereotypes
By Peter Bloom - 26 November 11:44

As long as racial fear can be used to justify disproportionate force, killings like that of Mike Brown in Ferguson will continue.

Wendy Davis, who looks likely to lose her bid to be Texas governor. Photo: Stewart F House/Getty
The US Midterms: the races you need to watch
By Nicky Woolf - 04 November 11:39

Rarely has an election elicited a louder national cry of “meh”. But there are some important races buried beneath the banality.

Fort Kent, Maine, where nurse Kaci Hickox has become the centre of a political controversy. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty
Ebola is the latest political battleground between America’s left and right
By David Millward - 31 October 12:21

The febrile atmosphere of the mid-term elections has turned the response to the disease into a way of playing politics.

Power games: Obama addresses US troops in Kabul, May 2014. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Altered states: Henry Kissinger’s scathing take-down of Obama
By John Bew - 30 October 9:00

Under the surface of World Order is a searing critique of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. While Obama has embraced the label of “realist”, this is not a realism that Kissinger recognises.

A woman kneels in a cloud of gas as she protests the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
In America, fear is growing that the police are getting out of control
By David Millward - 15 October 15:35

Barely a week goes past without a terrible incident, and too often the police officer is white and the other people involved are black.

Statesman and street fighter: Nixon showed foresight and skill in foreign policy but repeatedly resorted to sharp practices on the domestic front. Photo: Don Carl Steffen/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Rethinking Nixon: forty years after Watergate, can the 37th president be rehabilitated?
By John Bew - 18 September 9:09

It is now four decades since Richard Milhous Nixon resigned in disgrace as US president – he remains reappraised but not rehabilitated.

Romantic versions: an 1880 engraving depicting a US party in search of the missing Arctic explorer John Franklin and his team
What Canada – and John Franklin – can teach the UK about the independence game
By Noah Richler - 16 September 15:31

In the fortnight in which one of Franklin’s lost ships was found in the Canadian arctic, and Scotland – like Quebec before it – is voting on independence, the parallels between the UK and Canada have never been stronger. 

A military official announces Barack Obama's arrival at the Nato Summit in Newport, Wales. Photo: Getty
With his foreign policy, Barack Obama is trying to win by playing a loser’s game
By Ian Leslie - 04 September 15:54

If you’re playing a loser’s game, strategy is unnecessary. You avoid errors, but in dangerous times risk being buffeted by events.

Murder: a protester outside Buzz Westfall Justice Center where a jury began looking at the circumstances surrounding the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Photo: Getty
Welcome to America, where police shoot an unarmed black man six times – and then call him a villain
By Laurie Penny - 21 August 13:31

What is happening in Ferguson is about more than Michael Brown and his family. It’s a shadow play of a national crisis in race relations and class repression.

Demonstrators protest the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo: Getty
Amid the tear gas and arrests of reporters in Ferguson, we must not lose sight of Mike Brown
By Musa Okwonga - 14 August 14:55

The shooting of an unarmed black man by police in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri has provoked civil unrest, media fury and a debate about the community’s reaction. But riots, reporters' arrests and black anger are not the issue here – the death of Mike Brown is.

Taking the phrase “war on crime” rather too literally. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Michael Brown, Ferguson and the United States' police-soldiers
By Robert Macquarie - 14 August 13:21

Over the past few decades, US police departments have invested heavily in military-style equipment and training. The turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri shows the results.

Police fire teargas in Ferguson, Missouri. 13th August, 2014. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Why are US police firing tear gas and rubber bullets in Ferguson, Missouri?
By George Gillett - 14 August 12:41

Armoured vehicles, journalists arrested and protestors shot at – a summary of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

A demonstrator runs for cover in Ferguson, Missouri as police fire tear gas. Photo: Getty
Too many in the US view the events that led to Michael Brown’s death as the consequence of his own behaviour
By Garrett Albert Duncan - 14 August 12:08

A core American cultural value that gives priority to property rights over human rights informs the indifference towards the lives of especially young black men and women.

Miami-Dade county election officials check voting machines for accuracy. Photo: Getty
The “restroom row” in Miami is the latest attempt to make it harder for minorities to vote
By David Millward - 29 July 10:54

The Florida county – pivotal in the 2000 Bush-Gore battle – has backtracked on a policy that would have meant polling stations didn’t have disabled toilets.

The Capitol building in Washington DC. Photo: Getty
The 2014 US midterms don’t mean anything
By Tod Lindberg - 16 July 12:39

Pundits and polls say the stakes couldn’t be higher. The reality is quite the opposite.

San Francisco's oppressed motorists are fighting for change
By Barbara Speed - 09 July 13:45

They’ve been silent too long. 

They're bulldozing a fifth of Detroit
By Barbara Speed - 07 July 13:18

No more ruin porn? 

The Supreme Court in Washington DC. Photo: Getty
The Hobby Lobby decision was a victory for women’s rights
By Andrew Koppelman - 01 July 14:32

The Supreme Court has found a solution that is good for women and good for religious liberty.

Clinton voted for military action in Iraq but now admits she got it wrong. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty
The new stateswoman: Hillary Clinton’s steely idealism
By Douglas Alexander - 23 June 10:34

Will Hillary run for president in 2016? Her memoir is more interested in the fine art of diplomacy.

Senator Elizabeth Warren in late 2013. Photo: Getty
Why Elizabeth Warren should take on Hillary Clinton and run for the US presidency
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 June 11:13

Simply by running, Warren will drag the centrist Clinton to the left and put the causes she cares about – financial reform, fairer taxes, income inequality – at the centre of the 2016 presidential election.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the 2012 State of the Union. Photo: Getty
What Hillary Clinton’s new book tells us about her unspoken pact with Barack Obama
By Noam Scheiber - 09 June 12:30

Clinton gets Obama’s donors and operatives, and in return Obama gets the Democratic nominee best able to make sure his accomplishments outlive his administration. What’s not to like?

US Secret Service seeks Twitter sarcasm detector
By Sophie McBain - 05 June 12:55

The US Secret Service is seeking some help with its online snooping, and needs a company that can detect sarcasm online - because you need to be able to distinguish between "I love Al Qaeda" and "I love Al Qaeda". Good luck with that, pals! 

Students taking part in a candlelight vigil at UC Santa Barbara. Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny on Elliot Rodger: Mental illness does not excuse violent misogyny
By Laurie Penny - 30 May 10:00

What does a rich, privileged young man have to do to get labelled a terrorist?

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