Columns

Barack Obama has the mood, the momentum and the money in his favour – but John McCain’s character and record could yet swing November’s presidential election for the Republicans

Wolf Totem is a disconcerting mixture of nationalism, lupine metaphors and nostalgia for the age of nomads. But what does the novel’s runaway success tell us of the aspirations of the new China?

From the Beatles and Wilson to Bono and Blair, the rise of rock stars to power and influence has tempted leaders all over the world to cultivate them – even at the risk of ridicule

By blocking the construction of the new Oxford ­laboratories, ­animal-rights activists are ­harming the university, the public and the animals themselves

Standpoint’s Mole inside the Crown Prosecution Service believes that it is too bureaucratic, inefficient and politicised

‘America is a looking glass in which humanity sees itself reflected and, all too often, distorted by fear, envy and resentment’