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US Senator Tim Kaine on the need for a new strategy for American foreign policy

February 25th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This week, I made my first visit to London’s Chatham House – officially the Royal Institute of International Affairs – at the invitation of a friend who is a member and runs the website Make Me Aware. We were there to hear an address by Tim Kaine, a Democratic senator for Virginia, a member of […]

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American politics: now fact is stranger than fiction

February 17th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’m a bit of a political junkie and I love political dramas in the movies or on television. “The West Wing” was my all-time favourite TV series – I watched all 155 episodes as they were broadcast and every episode again when it was out in a box set. So, a while back,  I thought […]

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Who will save America’s Democratic Party? (1) There’s Elizabeth Warren in the Senate

February 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In the United States, the Republicans now control the White House and the two houses of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives. If President Trump has his way, the vacant position on the Supreme Court will be filled by a conservative. In these circumstances, the Democratic Party has to fight back urgently and […]

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Who will save America’s Democratic Party? (2) There’s Keith Ellison in the House

February 14th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

In the United States, the Republicans now control the White House and the two houses of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives. If President Trump has his way, the vacant position on the Supreme Court will be filled by a conservative. In these circumstances, the Democratic Party has to fight back urgently and […]

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Is Donald Trump starting to learn the limits of presidential power?

February 11th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

They say that politicians campaign in poetry but govern in prose. But, as in so many other things, Donald Trump is trying to defy the normal rules of politics, both in the way that he governs (such as his inveterate tweeting) and in the policies that he is pursuing (such as the Muslim ban). Yet, […]

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The number of Americans killed annually …

January 31st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

… by Islamic jihadist immigrants: 2 … by being shot by other Americans: 11,737 You can find other relevant statistics compiled by the Huffington Post here.

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I don’t want to be pedantic about the presidency of Donald J Trump but …

January 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

… the media is wrong when it describes him as the 45th President of the United States. The first United States President was George Washington, who served from 1789-1797, so that the current President Donald Trump is the 44th to hold the office. However, there have been 45 presidencies. Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and […]

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On the day of President Trump’s inauguration, let’s remind ourselves how many votes he and Clinton won

January 20th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Ii stayed up all night on the day of the US presidential election. By the morning, it was clear that Donald Trump had won a clear majority in the Electoral College, while Hillary Clinton had narrowly won more actual votes nationwide. Over the days and weeks that follwed, the difference in the votes polled by […]

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How long can a Trump presidency last?

January 11th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The latest allegations about connections between Russia and Trump and his associates, if substantiated, are deeply worrying and come after a whole slew of concerns about conflicts of interests, character defects, political nominations, and flip-flopping policy announcement (often simply via Twitter). It is not just those who opposed the Trump candidacy who are worried; many […]

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30 photographs of my Thanksgiving visit to the USA

December 13th, 2016 by Roger Darlington

First, I did 10 blog postings during my visit to the United States to enjoy Thanksgiving; then I knitted these postings into a continuous narrative for my web site; now I’ve illustrated the text of the web page with 30 photographs. Check them out here.

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