Gideon Rachman

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The fires could rage in Australia for a couple more months. But the greater fears must be longer term.

The book The Lucky Country was written about Australia in the 1960s, and since then the label has stuck. For anyone slogging their way through a Briti(...)

Qassem Suleimani: killed in US drone strike in Baghdad. Photograph: EPA

Why is killing without a trial or oversight uncontroversial? The opposition to the killing of Iran’s Qassem Suleimani by US forces has been either on(...)

A poster of Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani worn by  a Houthi supporter at a rally in Saada, Yemen to denounce  the US killing.  The writing on the poster reads: ‘God is the Greatest, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.’ Photograph: Naif Rahma/Reuters

“Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.” I can still remember the exultant tone of Paul Bremer, the American governor of post-invasion Iraq, as he announc(...)

 US President Donald J. Trump responds to a question from the news media as he walks from the residence to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 02 December 2019. President Trump is traveling to London for the NATO Summit. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Both men would detest the thought. But, in crucial respects, the foreign policies of Donald Trump and Barack Obama are looking strikingly similar. Th(...)

People attend the ‘Put it to the People’ march in TLondon, Britain, 23 March 2019. Hundreds of thousands of people take part in the protest calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. EPA/NEIL HALL

The largest pro-EU demonstration in history took place last Saturday. Ironically, this display of Europhilia happened in a country that is about to le(...)

US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Could a trade war with the US bring an increasingly fragmented, populist-riven EU closer together? This was suggested by Financial Times commentator G(...)

Yannis Varoufakis: ‘You [Irish] are such a weird and wonderful people.’ File image: EPA/Marta Perez

Is President Trump going to be allowed to fire nukes and end the world? No, according to former presidential adviser and apparent deep-state operative(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US president Donald Trump: “The risk that Kim is miscalculating, by potentially provoking an American attack, is raised by the unpredictability of Trump.” Photograph: Saul Loeb, Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

The great wars of the 20th century were often preceded by a catastrophic miscalculation. The Germans failed to anticipate that Britain would fight ove(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald with the Cabinet, in Áras an Uachtaráin. Irish commentators have often drawn comparisons between the eloquence of so many MPs and the plodding delivery of most of our TDs.

The sorry spectacle of politics in the UK should give those who casually dismiss Irish politicians as second rate, or even venal, some pause for thoug(...)

 Fintan  O’Toole is nominated for his work in The Irish Times, the Guardian and the Observer. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole has been nominated for the 2017 Orwell Prize for political journalism. Writer Ruth Dudley Edwards has also bee(...)

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