US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/New York Times

Being the pope should probably involve training in tightrope walking. There is a constant need to reach out and conduct dialogues with powerful but no(...)

US artist Ryan Mendoza stands in Berlin next to the reassembled former house of Rosa Parks. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

From her self-imposed Paris exile, Marlene Dietrich sang wistfully about her suitcase in Berlin. Rosa Parks can now do one better. Some 12 years afte(...)

This anti-integration rally in Little Rock, Arkansas,  is  featured in I am not your Negro.

Earlier this year this stirring, vital, essential film made headlines when it became the latest victim of online “vote brigading”, as a swarm of racis(...)

“An honest acknowledgement of past wrongs should not stop people of faith from speaking out against injustice, or from defending the vulnerable.”Photograph: David Sleator

Tony Campolo, the American sociologist and pastor who prayed the benediction at the 2016 Democratic convention after Hillary Clinton’s nomination for (...)

 President Donald  Trump accepts a bowl of shamrock from  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during a reception in the East Room of the White House, March 16th, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

For two comical, chaotic minutes, pandemonium reigned in the Oval Office. It was not what we expected and yet . . . And yet, when Donald met Enda, i(...)

Rosie O’Donnell performs  at the Borgota Hotel Casino & Spa on May 29, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photograph:   Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

The Irish Stand against US President Donald Trump is gaining momentum ahead of a major St Patrick’s Day gathering in the New York City church where Ma(...)

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives  at Orlando airport on Friday.  Photograph: Willie J Allen jnr/AP

US president Donald Trump’s brief honeymoon with the media following his well-received address to Congress on Tuesday came to an abrupt halt this week(...)

Drive-By Truckers will play Vicar Street, Dublin on Tuesday February 28th

“These are crazy times the world over,” says Drive By Truckers’ singer and songwriter Patterson Hood, “and especially right now in America. I’ve alway(...)

‘Studies  show we often confuse being angry with actually doing something. We think, “I took a stand on Twitter,” and then we move on,’ says Brant Hansen, author of Unoffendable. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Are people more prone to taking offence these days? Even asking that question has the potential to cause offence. “Oh, here we go again,” you may thi(...)

Yvonne Watterson has been luckier than Guadalupe ‘Lupita’ García de Rayos.

I can barely remember a time when I did not harbour a desire to go to the United States, eager to take what American historian and political commentat(...)

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