America

You can’t discuss Richard Nixon without mentioning his downfall. But on the 50th anniversary of his inauguration, IAN WALKER considers his other legacy, as the man who fired the first shots of America’s culture wars.

#83: Lola Montez, dancer and adventuress. February 17, 1821 - January 17, 1861

As things begin to fall apart Bonnie Greer looks back at the late great writers who will define the next 12 months.

Even at this late stage, Brexiteers are projecting their own dreams onto their failing enterprise, in the knowledge they will escape the blame. John Kampfner reports.

Bonnie Greer on the administration-defining showdown awaiting Trump and Mueller in 2019

Michael White says the home secretary’s overreaction to the migrant drama at Dover was too tempting for a vote-hungry politician to resist

Gilda Gray built an entire career on the shimmy, the dance she developed as a teenager, writes CHARLIE CONNELLY in the most recent Great European Lives.

Boney M.’s 1978 just kept on getting better. RICHARD LUCK recalls the German disco outfit’s annus mirabilis and the smash-hit festive No.1 that finished it off.

British drama used to operate outside the constricting template of its American cousin. But does it still?

Ahead of its centenary year DANIEL PEMBREY travels to Germany to tour its key locations.

At the time, the Mafia looked like it had scored its biggest success with the Lufthansa Heist. Forty years on, the reality looks quite different. IAN WALKER reports.

The singer re-emerged in one of his most ebullient incarnations, while another star unveiled his own signature move. SOPHIA DEBOICK reports

MICHAEL WHITE on the dark forces that circle as the hunt continues for a way out.

A new exhibition shows why the works of Anni Albers rank alongside the output of the greatest abstract expressionists. Claudia Pritchard reports

STEVE ANGLESEY rounds up his Brexiteers of the week and David Davis’ Spice girl revelation.

The economic turmoil of the Great Depression produced plenty of downbeat realism but also escapist whimsy. SOPHIA DEBOICK reports

Three members of campaign group Veterans for Europe highlight different fears over the adverse impact of Brexit on the military.

The Jonestown massacre, 40 years ago this week, ranks as one of humanity’s darkest chapters. Is it best understood as an isolated tragedy, or as 
part of the pattern of the grisly history of the 20th century? IAN WALKER reports

Is the president unleashing a fierce anger within us all? Bonnie Greer investigates

They be only modest, but let’s take them while we can, says MICHAEL WHITE

The Trump resistance has won an important battle but the search goes on for a new Obama, says ANDREW ADONIS

From the Civil War to the civil rights movement, US politics has a long history of hatred, anger and violence. As a deeply divided America goes to the polls amid heightened tensions, Pulitzer prize-winning writer ALBERT SCARDINO, asks what can bridge the country’s great schism?

The president is back on his favourite topic, and playing with fire. PAUL CONNEW reports

MICHAEL WHITE on a counter-factual ‘what-if?’ moment that could have stopped Brexit at birth.

Documentary-maker Michael Moore’s new film paints a disturbing picture of the US, by looking back at a 1980s book which predicted how the country could fall victim to a form of fascism. BENJAMIN IVRY reports

Britain’s declining influence has put global security in peril. And it is entirely self-inflicted, says James P. Rubin, a former aide to Bill Clinton

BONNIE GREER on the stubborn strand of irrationality that is the bedrock of Brexit

SOPHIA DEBOICK on one of the most spectacular musical performances ever staged

The protests against tuition fees, Grenfell, and Trump’s presidency have all evoked real anger. But that anger right now is missing from the Brexit fight. ANTONIA CUNDY says it’s time young people were more radical.

It might be tempting to revel in the tribulations of Tehran’s unpleasant rulers. But, it’s worth being careful what you wish for.

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