The West

A Cooler Shade of Red

A new museum exhibition of Cold War art leaves the nastiness of the communist system completely unacknowledged

Going West

Cold War geopolitical terminology is obsolete. We need new terms to reflect a changed world

US and Them

The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy by Frank Prochaska

Grey Power Time Bomb

Political parties are being held to ransom by older voters. And it's the young who are paying the price

New York: Diary

‘New York feels much calmer than London about the financial crisis. It's not clear if this attitude is a product of resignation or sheer denial, schadenfreude against wealthy financiers, or perhaps a kind of emotional hardiness born of the 9/11 attacks.’

‘The notion that talking to the enemy avoids war—a position otherwise known as appeasement—is a dangerous fallacy’

‘Is there an absolute measure to settle the argument on limits of freedom of speech? No. Each law-making democracy must decide for itself’

Is Capitalism Morally Bankrupt?

Samuel Brittan and Edward Hadas, both distinguished economic commentators, discuss where to place the blame for the current global crisis with Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson

‘Obama would be an American, not European, president, and Livni would be an Israeli leader, not a Brussels bureaucrat’

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens
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