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According to Forbes, best-paid actor Robert Downey jnr earned $75 million last year while the top 25 hedge fund managers took home, on average, almost $1 billion each. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Half a century ago, a classic essay in the New Yorker titled Our Invisible Poor took on the then-prevalent myth that the United States was an affluent(...)

Former US presidents George W Bush (L) and George HW Bush wave before an American football game last November. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

I can’t wait to read the book W won’t write. Crown Publishers startled everyone last week by announcing the 68-year-old W has written a “personal biog(...)

Chris O’Dowd received the nomination for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his performance in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” opposite Hollywood star James Franco.

Irish actors Chris O’Dowd and Sarah Greene have been nominated for Tony Awards, Broadway’s answer to the Oscars. O’Dowd, from Boyle, Co R(...)

John Lewis: he said he had been arrested about 40 times during civil rights campaigns and Montgomery police chief Kevin Murphy, in 2013, was the first police officer to apologise. Photograph: Douglas Graham/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images

When US congressman John Lewis, the civil rights leader who walked beside Martin Luthe(...)

People line up for a food giveaway programme at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California, recently. Disposable income in the US and Britain is much more unequally distributed than in France, Germany or Scandinavia. Photograph: Reuters

Most people, if pressed on the subject, would probably agree that extreme income inequality is a bad thing, although a fair number of conservat(...)

Few can be unaware of the current commemoration of the outbreak of the first World War, the calamity from which all other 20th century disaster(...)

Remembering our JFK
  • US
  • November 22, 2013, 01:00

It is difficult fully to recapture the trauma in Ireland of John F Kennedy’s assassination, the shock and public grief over the loss of “one of our ow(...)

Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap is seen at a residence in Hanoi in  August 2008. General Vo Nguyen Giap, architect of Vietnam’s military victories over France and the United States, died today, of natural causes, family members and a hospital source said. He was 102. Photograph: Kham/Files/Reuters

Vo Nguyen Giap, the brilliant and ruthless self-taught general who drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from colonial rule and later forced the (...)

US ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler presents her credentials to president Patrick Hillery at Áras an Uachtaráin in January 1986. Photograph: Pat Langan

Ireland has a strange quirk to its access to information laws. The now well-known Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1997 and allows citizens a(...)

What's another year?
  • Books
  • February 26, 2013, 12:50

James T Patterson, author of this elegantly written and finely nuanced work on the US in the 1960s, is clearly no fan of Philip Larkin, or he w(...)

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