Barack Obama

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President Donald Trump  got into the White House and began yanking the country back to the 1950s – on abortion, on climate change, on women’s rights, on regulations. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

I am not going to write “a beautiful letter” to Premier Trump, the kind he likes to get from fellow autocrats. But I have to give him credit for one t(...)

Bob Woodward: ‘I think there’s a lot of pomposity, particularly on television’. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty

He may still be associated in the public mind with the investigative reporting of the Watergate scandal which ultimately brought down US president Ric(...)

Former US soldier Chelsea Manning was sentenced by a military judge  in 2013  to 35 years in prison.   File photograph:  Lars Hagberg / AFP/Getty Images

Former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from jail after a two-month stay for refusing to testify to a grand jury. Ms Ma(...)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Amy Osborne/AFP/Getty

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes on Thursday called for the world’s largest social-media company to be split in three and said chief executive Mark Zu(...)

Foreign policy: The Democratic presidential hopeful  most steeped in such policy, former vice-president Joe Biden, hardly brings it  up. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty

Towards the end of an almost-great career, which did not include his dream assignment as secretary of state, the US diplomat Richard Holbrooke confide(...)

Pastor Steven Anderson. Photograph: change.org

Online petitions have been launched calling on the Government to ban fundamentalist American preacher Pastor Steven Anderson from speaking in Dublin o(...)

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said a ‘de fato moratorium’ would apply to the death penalty for gay sex. Photograph: Brunei OUT/AFP/Getty Images

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on Sunday extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation prohibiting gay sex, seeking to temper a(...)

Election posters in Dublin, May 2007. Such posters  are unsightly, intrusive and damaging to the environment. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA wire

No one loves election posters. They are unsightly, intrusive and damaging to the environment. However, posters may be somewhat like democracy which, a(...)

Leadership is all about context, and is an organisational process as well as an individual one. Photograph: Getty Images

The only thing certain in the world of work at the moment is that nothing is certain. Change is no longer confined to organisations: it is system-wide(...)

Former US vice-president Joe Biden at a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

Aside from the likelihood that it was misattributed, Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity was always terrible advice. “Doing the same thing over a(...)

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