As Trump and Putin try to unpick agreements on nuclear weapons that have helped keep the world safe, IAN WALKER looks back at the moment the world first stepped back from the abyss

F.W Murnau, December 28, 1889 - March 11, 1931

The year when music came with a sense of optimism, Orientalism – and often surrealism – as pharaohs and fruit provided the inspiration.

As the Second World War took shape, a big band leader dominated the year. While, from very different quarters, a Disney film and an emerging folk star signalled sounds of the future.SOPHIA DEBOICK reports.

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

MICHAEL WHITE says the most likely next steps will involve an extension of Article 50.

The polls may show his ratings are holding steady, but Trump is losing control of events and his own destiny, says ALBERT SCARDINO.

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

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

Michael White on the increasingly hopeless manoeuvres from all sides as they realise the finish line is near.

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

We pay for social media with our data. But not for much longer, says PARMY OLSON. With regulators getting tough and consumers more wary, we’re about to start paying in cash.

Steve Anglesey names the worst Brexiteers of the week

The notorious MS-13 is one of the most brutal criminal gangs in the world. But, says STEVEN S DUDLEY, who has spent three years studying it, the group is being used to push a specific agenda by the Trump administration – and that won’t help address the real problem

In the 1940s, the Santa Monica house of the Austrian actress and screenwriter Salka Viertel and her screenwriter and director husband Berthold, became a literary and artistic salon for a community of exiled writers, artists, thinkers and scientists, who had all fled from the Nazis.

It’s hard to keep up with all these claims of plots and counter-plots swirling around the political system, isn’t it?

“Exposure of Cambridge Analytica’s links with Vote Leave has obviously touched a raw nerve” claims Anthony West.

Facebook might seen like a humbled giant, right now. But make no mistake, its business model is never going to change, says PARMY OLSON. And that means people will remain products.

The data scandal embroiling social network perfectly illustrates the dangers of naïvety, arrogance and evangelism to which all the tech giants are vulnerable, says former industry insider GEOFF SUTTON

MICHAEL WHITE on the negotiation countdown, the Norway model and why we can’t just muddle through.

Amid the investigations into the Trump administration PAUL CONNEW wonders if the President’s longest-serving aide could be the one to bring him down.

Brexit is a career-killer for freelancers, argues reader Jayne Hamilton.

Christopher Chandler correction: In an article headlined “Who is hacking Brexit? And why we need our own Robert Mueller inquiry” published on 25 November 2017, our columnist, Liam Byrne MP, claimed that Mr Christopher Chandler had “helped to lead a boardroom coup to emplace Alexey Miller, Putin’s deputy from St Petersburg days, as head of Gazprom”. Mr Chandler strenuously denies any allegation that he helped to lead a boardroom coup to emplace Alexey Miller as head of GazProm. We did not have a basis to make this claim, which suggested that Mr Chandler had acted with an intention to place Miller, an associate of President Putin, as CEO of Gazprom. We also reported that Mr Chandler lives in Singapore. In fact, he does not (and has not) lived in Singapore. This correction has been published following an upheld ruling by the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Poor Brigitte Macron – the force behind the great hope of the centre Emmanuel since... well, since he was quite young.

The zealots who allow the Brexit fiasco to happen are diminishing the UK inch by inch, day by day.

For some in Europe Brexit offers an opportunity to prize business away from London and the UK.

If you think Brexit has been a disaster after just a year, imagine the damage it will do in a decade

We pick the most wrong and unstable Leavers of the week

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