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Now that Putin is Xi’s ‘best and bosom friend’, where does that leave the west?

An ever closer alliance between Beijing and Moscow has the Pentagon worried as a threat to US power in east Asia Simon Tisdall It sounds unpleasant, even painful. But as they ponder the linked challenges posed by China and Russia, Pentagon strategists are earnestly discussing whether Vladimir Putin, Russia’s famously athletic leader, will perform a “reverse Nixon”. This is neither a ...

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Our writers give their verdict on Boris Johnson’s new cabinet

The new prime minister’s first action was a dramatic ministerial shake-up. What does it mean for the party and the country? Aditya Chakrabortty, Sonia Sodha, Katy Balls, Paul Mason and Martha Gill Aditya Chakrabortty: ‘It’s Thatcherism with knuckle-dusters: slash taxes, burn red tape, strip workers of their rights’ Is he serious? You could almost hear the country asking the question as Boris Johnson doled out ...

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This is no normal transition of power. It’s a hard Brexit coup

The rise of Boris Johnson marks an unprecedented partisan takeover by the radical wing of the Conservative party Martin Kettle The passing of Theresa May and the ascension of Boris Johnson may have appeared to the casual observer as a colourful but nevertheless essentially conventional piece of British political continuity. The public decencies, insofar as such words can ever be ...

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Boris Johnson can use his affinity with Trump to calm the crisis over Iran

As the standoff in the Gulf continues, the new prime minister must work with the US on a constructive approach to Tehran Suzanne Maloney Boris Johnson is taking the helm with an urgent crisis brewing in the Gulf, where Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker threatens to pull the UK and the international community into the escalating friction between Washington and ...

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The world is literally on fire – so why is it business as usual for politicians?

Our extreme weather is making me nostalgic for the damp conditions of my English childhood. But despite the climate emergency, capitalism continues regardless Arwa Mahdawi Do you remember when the weather was a reliable source of innocuous small talk? “Hot today, isn’t it?” you would observe to a colleague as you stood awkwardly in the lift together. They would reply ...

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America’s red scare is back. And it’s racially tinged

Condemnation of Democratic congresswomen is xenophobic, dangerous and flat-out false Kate Aronoff The Republican party has come out swinging against socialism – a strategy sure to be a mainstay of its 2020 campaigns. “Our opposition to our socialist colleagues,” the Wyoming senator Liz Cheney claimed, referring to the congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, “has absolutely nothing ...

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By punishing Iran, Trump risks a full-scale war between our two countries

The US president should resist the pressure from his advisers and de-escalate the explosive tensions in the Persian Gulf Mohammad Khatami Twenty-one years ago, on my recommendation, the UN general assembly named 2001 the year of “dialogue among civilisations”, and signalled its commitment to peace and its rejection of war and violence. The Iranian people, despite their own historic grievances ...

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