Neil Sheehan outside his home in Washington in 2009. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/The New York Times

Neil Sheehan, a US reporter who wrote an award-winning book about the Vietnam War, has died aged 84. Sheehan died on Thursday morning of complicatio(...)

Julian Assange, in 2017, speaking from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a seven-year investigation in Sweden against the WikiLeaks founder was suddenly dropped.  On Monday Assange won his fight to avoid extradition to the United States. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Yesterday’s decision of a London court not to authorise the extradition to the US of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is welcome, but the court’s reas(...)

Peter Sellers in  Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Dr Strangelove, Stanley Kubrick’s biting cold war satire which is re-issued in cinemas next week some 55 years after its initial theatrical run, is ar(...)

After one violent scene in ‘I, Tonya’, someone turns to the screen and says: ‘This didn’t happen’

Earlier this year, as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk boomed through the world’s cinemas, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, historian of that battle, stepped up to t(...)

Steven Spielberg: 'I probably watch five old movies a week and five new movies a week. And it’s the old films more that make me want to keep directing.' Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Wrapped in a heavy suit and scarf against the wintry London day outside, Steven Spielberg walks up without a coterie of minders, a trail of rose petal(...)

The Taoiseach has to talk about migration – he has done so every other year he’s been at the White House. Photograph: Eric Luke

Enda Kenny has had many dreadful days as Taoiseach and a few very good ones. The good days were those on which he stepped out of character as a jobbin(...)

The smearing of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe was made possible by the hunger for vicious gossip that  runs deep in Irish culture. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Well, of course, you know the real story about your man, don’t you?  How often have you heard this and how often have you taken the bait, allowi(...)

WikiLeaks: President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence has relieved her supporters. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

When Barack Obama, in one of his final acts of president of the United States, announced the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence for esp(...)

Donald Trump releases his medical records – on TV. By some estimates, the president-elect benefited to the tune of more than $5bn worth of free airtime. Photograph: Sony Pictures Television

As the Trump team unveiled plans to eliminate Nasa research on climate change, one senior scientist noted that this would be like “ripping out the air(...)

William Bernstein very likely wishes that he had been perhaps six months later in furnishing his publishers with the final text of Masters of the Word(...)

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