Archive for the ‘American current affairs’ Category


Some good news from the United States for a change

December 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Doug Jones has become the first Democrat to win any statewide office in the state of Alabama in decades after Republican candidate Roy Moore’s campaign for the Senate was marred by sexual assault claims. More news here.

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American elections provide major wins for Democrats and diversity

November 9th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Outside of the USA, the media focus on American elections is concentrated on the four-yearly event when Americans elect the president, the whole of the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. There is some media interest in what are called the ‘mid-term’ elections when every two years voters again elect the whole of […]

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Do you understand how the American political system actually works?

August 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

On my web site, I have short guides to the political systems of 15 nations. Given the importance of the United States to the geo-politics of the world and the erratic behaviour of the current occupant of the White House, I receive most visits to my short guide to the American political system. I have […]

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“House Of Cards” or “Games Of Thrones” Trump-style

August 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Who has now left Trump’s White House team? Steve Bannon, chief strategist – 18 August Anthony Scaramucci, communications director – 31 July Reince Priebus, chief of staff – 28 July Sean Spicer, press secretary – 21 July Mike Dubke, communications director – 30 May James Comey, FBI director – 9 May Michael Flynn, national security […]

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Getting to know Democratic Party hopeful Kamala Harris

July 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Kamala Harris is the newly-elected Democratic Party senator for the state of California and only the second black woman to have been elected to the Senate. Her mother, who was born in India, was a breast cancer researcher, and her father, from Jamaica, was an economics professor at Stanford University. She started out as a […]

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How much does it cost to elect one member of the US House of Representatives?

June 24th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This week, Jon Ossoff for the Democrats and Karen Handel for the Republicans faced each other in an electoral contest in what became the most expensive House of Representatives race in history. The candidates, their parties and super Political Action Committees (PACs) poured more than $50 million (£39 million) combined into the effort to win […]

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Never heard of Kamala Harris? You will …

June 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Kamala Harris is the  daughter of an Indian American mother and Jamaican American father, She was raised in Berkeley, where she was introduced to civil rights activism from a young age. She served two terms as the district attorney of San Francisco, the first woman to hold the position, before being elected the first female […]

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What is the Qatar spat all about? And why have there been so many foiled and successful terrorists incidents in the UK recently?

June 6th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In a perceptive article in today’s “Guardian” newspaper, Paul Mason examines “Britain’s game of thrones in the Gulf”. On the clash between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, he agues: “The issue torturing the Saudi monarchy is Iran. Obama made peace with Iran in 2015, in the face of Saudi and Israeli opposition. Qatar is diplomatically closer […]

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An update on the United States Supreme Court

April 11th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

One of the most visited sections of my web site is my short guide to the American political system which you can read here. Following President Trump’s successful appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, I’ve updated the section of my guide relating to the court and you can access that here.

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Which is Donald Trump’s favourite television programme?

March 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

As explained in this article, it is “Fox & Friends”, the three-hour ‘news’ & entertainment programme which goes out each weekend morning on the Fox News Channel. Trump watches it religiously and often tweets in response to what he sees on the programme. Why does he like the programme so much? Simple. The article suggests […]

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