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  1. Westminster Blog

    March 14, 2014

    Tony Benn: Tea with the FT in 2008

    This interview with Tony Benn was never published by Weekend FT: Tony Benn has not been chatting for long when my right hand...

  2. December 23, 2013

    A Christmas Story, Madison Square Garden, New York – review

    The promotional poster for Kinky Boots , which over the past year has acquired the status of the most popular new show on...

  1. January 14, 2013

    Unleash the funding dogs of political war

    The inspiration for this came from a bottle. It was a cheap South African Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay on special offer from...

  2. The World

    August 9, 2012

    Romney and the rise of Bob Zoellick

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a fairly critical piece about Mitt Romney’s foreign policy stance.  In my column I suggested...

  3. May 3, 2012

    We didn’t ask. But he did tell

    Whatever else you want to say about it, this US presidential campaign has been educational. In recent days, for example, we...

  4. December 11, 2011

    Gingrich promises a clash of ideas – whichever they are

    In a recent New Yorker cartoon, a couple are watching a televised Republican debate. “He could be psychotic,” says the...

  5. December 9, 2011

    Gingrich calls Palestinians an ‘invented people’

    Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential contender, dismissed the Palestinians as “an invented people” in an interview on...

  6. July 29, 2011

    Iranian exiles pay US figures as advocates

    An Iranian exile group is spending millions of dollars in a lobbying effort to be removed from the US’s list of foreign...

  7. May 11, 2011

    Liberal Leviathan

    Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis and Transformation of the American World Order, by G. John Ikenberry, Princeton,...

  8. February 9, 2011

    US rift opens over handling of Egypt crisis

    As the Obama administration has scrambled to respond to the unfolding drama in Egypt, political leaders and activists across...

  9. January 25, 2011

    An attempt at parody?

    From Mr Craig S. Tyle. Sir, I can only assume that the column purportedly by John Bolton, which assigns blame for the US...

  10. January 25, 2011

    Showcasing of Chinese goods for sale

    From Mr Matt Andersson. Sir, John Bolton’s geopolitical position on China is sober (“America is far too soft in its dealings...

  11. January 24, 2011

    Bolton fails to understand source of China’s power

    From Dr Michael Contarino. Sir, John Bolton suggests China is somehow overtaking the US militarily and must be stopped...

  12. January 21, 2011

    Don’t pretend that China is opening its markets yet

    From Mr A. Edward Gottesman. Sir, Martin Wolf seems to have been drinking Chinese Kool-Aid when he talks about “the...

  13. January 21, 2011

    Strength behind those polite tones

    From Mr Robert Cambria. Sir, John Bolton does not mince his words (“America is far too soft in its dealings with Beijing”,...

  14. January 21, 2011

    The way to make a moral difference

    From Mr Charles Scanlan. Sir, John Bolton imagines that China would be disconcerted if, two years hence, it were confronted...

  15. January 18, 2011

    The west needs to stand up to Beijing

    Mao Zedong once said that “all political power comes from the barrel of a gun”. Whether his apostolic successor President Hu...

  16. November 2, 2010

    Would-be presidents turn focus to 2012

    The US midterm election results might still be trickling in, but the Republican presidential primaries for 2012 begin on...

  17. September 20, 2010

    US Mideast arms deal aims to stop attack on Iran

    The Obama administration’s $60bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia is already being touted a domestic “jobs generator” for...

  18. FT Alphaville

    September 10, 2010

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - Wall Street’s psychic. - All that glitters must be silver. - Deutsche kills two birds with one cash...

  19. April 9, 2010

    Republican mid-term win would be 2012 'nightmare'

    A big Republican victory in the mid-term US elections this November could spell disaster for the party's hopes in the 2012...

  20. April 9, 2010

    Republicans warned over mid-term win fallout

    A big Republican victory in the mid-term US elections this November could spell disaster for the party's hopes in the 2012...

  21. April 8, 2010

    Republican mid-term win ‘nightmare’ for Frum

    A big Republican victory in the mid-term US elections this November could spell disaster for the party’s hopes in the 2012...

  22. April 8, 2010

    Obama moves towards a Nobel-esque nuclear goal with little fanfare in US

    Earlier this year Barack Obama raised eyebrows among supporters when he proposed a double-digit increase in the US nuclear...

  23. April 8, 2010

    Obama closes in on Nobel-esque nuclear goal

    Earlier this year Barack Obama raised eyebrows among supporters when he proposed a double-digit increase in the US nuclear...

  24. The World

    June 12, 2009

    Iran, some weekend reading

    I would love to be in Tehran today. But if, like me, you are having to read about the Iranian election from afar, here is...

  25. The World

    May 27, 2009

    Obama's North Korean and Guantanamo headaches

    It is amazing how quickly the news cycle moves on. When I was packing my bags for Washington over the weekend, the big story...

  26. The World

    January 10, 2009

    Israel and the United Nations

    Neither Israel nor Hamas seem particularly inclined to heed the UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate...

  27. August 12, 2008

    McCain censure upstages Bush response

    John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, yesterday upstaged George W. Bush's administration over the Georgia...

  28. The World

    June 27, 2008

    Mugabe and the Hague

    As the sham Zimbabwean election proceeds, there is increasing discussion of charging Robert Mugabe with crimes against...

  29. May 30, 2008

    Man who tried to arrest John Bolton

    From Gideon Rachman's blog: I am afraid that newspaper columnists are incorrigible show-offs. As a species, we are...

  30. The World

    May 29, 2008

    George Monbiot and John Bolton

    I’m afraid that newspaper columnists are incorrigible show-offs. As a species, we are constantly trying to draw attention to...

  31. May 27, 2008

    New president to mend EU fences

    From Mr Harry C. Blaney III. Sir, Philip Stephens is right: the time is ripe for better relations between the UK (and...

  32. May 17, 2008

    'Appeasers' row unites Democrats

    Barack Obama yesterday accused George W. Bush and John McCain of trying to fool voters by comparing advocates of talks with...

  33. February 5, 2008

    Observer: Two-pronged

    Hillary Clinton is the last person you would expect to heap praise on Dick Cheney. After all, she once likened the US...

  34. The World

    January 30, 2008

    Khalilzad for Afghan president?

    Thank you to Pacifist et al, for drawing my attention to the White House’s displeasure at Zalmay Khalilzad’s decision to...

  35. December 27, 2007

    Spider-Man to come to aid of UN's own battered spin doctors

    He has fought against foes ranging from the Green Goblin to Doctor Octopus, but Spider-Man now faces an even more...

  36. December 27, 2007

    Spider-Man swoops to add some spin to the UN's image

    He has fought foes ranging from the Green Goblin to Doctor Octopus, but Spider-Man now faces an even more formidable...

  37. December 26, 2007

    UN joins forces with Marvel Comics

    He has fought against foes ranging from the Green Goblin to Doctor Octopus, but Spider-Man now faces an even more formidable...

  38. The World

    December 10, 2007

    Book review: Striking title, shame about the content

    A controversial stint as American ambassador to the United Nations can be a good career move. Both Daniel Moynihan in the...

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