Stories from Opinion

  • 3 years ago

    In legal battles against travel ban, Trump’s own statements are his worst enemy ― Mohamad Bazzi

    MARCH 22 ― Throughout the US presidential campaign, Donald Trump boasted of his plan to ban Muslim visitors and immigrants from America. He often criticised Islam, conflating...

  • 3 years ago

    Mr Trump, will Her Majesty see you now? ― Peter Apps

    FEBRUARY 3 ― When it comes to dealing with foreign leaders of whom she might not approve, Britain's Queen Elizabeth always behaves impeccably. When it comes to giving a harsh...

  • 3 years ago

    Don’t write democracy off just yet — John Lloyd

    DECEMBER 24 — This past year has been one where the limits and failings of democracy became more visible than at any time since World War Two enshrined the view that...

  • 3 years ago

    Yes, 2016 was bad. Next year could be worse ― Peter Apps

    DECEMBER 23 ― The killing of Russia's ambassador to Turkey on Monday evening might have prompted knee-jerk comparisons to the 1914 assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand,...

  • 3 years ago

    The lessons of Aleppo's long, pointless siege ― Peter Apps

    DECEMBER 13 ― In its 7,000 years of existence, Aleppo has been fought over by Babylonians, Greeks and Romans. The modern battle for the ancient Syrian city, however, may yet be...

  • 3 years ago

    Trump’s empty threat to stop buying Saudi oil — John Kemp

    NOVEMBER 17 — President-elect Donald Trump is very unlikely to restrict imports of crude oil from Saudi Arabia despite threats to do so issued during the election campaign....

  • 3 years ago

    The psychology behind voters' choices ― and election madness ― Arie W. Kruglanski

    NOVEMBER 9 ― More than any other recent presidential campaign, 2016 has been driven by psychological forces far removed from the optimistic rationality of the Founding Fathers....

  • 3 years ago

    Al-Qaeda's ruthless pragmatism makes it more dangerous than Islamic State ― Colin P. Clarke and Barak Mendelsohn

    OCTOBER 29 ― Policymakers and terrorism scholars are debating whether al-Qaeda or Islamic State is the more dangerous threat to the United States and the West. After the various...

  • 3 years ago

    Opec is back in business, and the market is sceptical — John Kemp

    LONDON, Oct 26 — Opec’s output accord in Algiers last month was initially greeted with enthusiasm by oil market bulls but much of that euphoria is now dissipating as traders...

  • 4 years ago

    How Clinton could lose even as she wins ― Bill Schneider

    OCTOBER 22 ― It's not enough to win the election. You also have to win the interpretation. That's where your mandate comes from. What kind of mandate will Democratic...

  • 4 years ago

    Stronger-than-expected La Nina may be brewing — Karen Braun

    OCTOBER 20 — Many have doubted forecasts calling for the onset of the first La Niña in almost five years, believing that its failure to materialise in convincing fashion last...

  • 4 years ago

    Leaks aren’t always good for politics — or journalism — John Lloyd

    OCTOBER 15 — Editor’s note: This column contains language that some readers may find offensive. Both journalism and politics now live in the leak culture, and both professions...

  • 4 years ago

    How to beat Islamic State in Iraq ― Josh Cohen

    OCTOBER 14 ― There is a way to defeat Islamic State in Iraq. It's to grant the country's Sunni population its own separate state, free of control from Baghdad. The idea of a...

  • 4 years ago

    Islamic State is becoming more dangerous as it weakens ― Mohamad Bazzi

    SEPTEMBER 30 ― By many measures, Islamic State is a weakened and demoralised force. After months of US-led bombing and defeats by local troops in Iraq and Syria, the group lost...

  • 4 years ago

    Oil exporters focus on supply, but what of China demand? — Clyde Russell

    LAUNCESTON (Australia), Sept 28 — Major oil exporters clearly would like higher crude prices and may even be getting closer to some sort of coordinated action, but they should...

  • 4 years ago

    Sexual politics and the politics of sex ahead of the first debate — Elizabeth A. Cobbs

    SEPTEMBER 27 — Clubbing one’s political opponent with a sex scandal is a tactic as old as the republic. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is now demonstrating its...

  • 4 years ago

    Inside Putin’s unburstable bubble — John Lloyd

    SEPTEMBER 23 — A few days before the Russian parliamentary election, the Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny released a video of the country house used by the...

  • 4 years ago

    Aid attack deepens the West’s Syria policy nightmare — Peter Apps

    SEPTEMBER 23 — Those who think events in Syria cannot get worse are “dead wrong”, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. He’s correct, of course. Going...

  • 4 years ago

    Boards should put money where their mouths are in hostile offers — James Saft

    SEPTEMBER 15 — It may be time for corporate boards which reject takeover offers to get more skin in the game. Hostile takeover attempts have become much more common in recent...