US Politics

America for Sale: The Best Government Money Can Buy

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

With the latest Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v FEC the flood gates for personal wealth to influence the outcome of US elections have swung wide open and some would say American democracy itself is now up for sale.

Martin Scorsese Doesn't Live Here Anymore and More's the Pity

Jason Holmes | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The question is, where has he gone? These words don't come easy, but Martin Scorsese, at this current juncture in cinematic history, has disappeared. Once a maestro film-maker who advocated anarchy of the soul - see De Niro's Johnny Boy in Mean Streets or Joe Pesci in GoodFellas - Scorsese delighted in holding up a mirror to America's underbelly, and he did so with that most subversive of narrative tools: humour.

Putin's Dangerous Folly

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

With Russia integrated into the borderless world economy, all sides have a great deal to lose. Unless the West is willing to engage militarily, the only obvious way to get Putin's attention is by imposing real economic sanctions that have a real effect. However the New Russia cannot be isolated by sanctions without severely damaging Russia's trade partners and investors in the West.

7 Quotes From Russian And US Politicians That'll Make You Think The Cold War Never Ended

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

Hello there Russian and US senators, 1983 called. It wants its rhetoric back. Things have got incredibly tense between two of the worlds sparring s...

Obama and the Power of the Pen

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Up till now, President Obama has used his executive power sparingly compared to his recent predecessors. However, President Obama needs to chose these battles wisely and make sure he is on the right side of history when he acts alone.

US Mid-Terms - A Congressional Brain Drain

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

The 2014 Mid-Term Elections is not just about control of Congress. No matter which party wins, we will all be losers. Due to an unprecedented amount of retirements from both parties this year the US Congress is losing a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and ability to get things done.

The Americans Are Ready to Reform Surveillance Laws, So Why Aren't We?

Emma Carr | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Emma Carr

The Snowden revelations have indicated that the security services have engaged in legally dubious gathering and monitoring of our communications data. We know that they, along with some ministers, want the legal power to do this on an even larger scale. David Davis MP recently requested his mobile phone provider to give him all the data they held on him for a single year. What they gave him could fill a shelf and highlighted serious implications for our privacy that access to metadata can have.

'John Kerry Can't Teach Me Anything About Conflict With Palestinians'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Israel's defence minister has caused a rare rift with his country's closest ally by describing US Secretary of State John Kerry as "obsessive" with a ...

Lies, Damned Lies and Rhetoric

Jane Mansour | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Mansour

The issues most susceptible to the rhetoric over research approach from politicians and the media - welfare, immigration, spending - are likely to be central to elections in both the US and the UK over the next few years.

Does Obama Have a Second Act?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Clearly 2013 was not the year Barack Obama had hoped for as the start of his second term. As with all second terms, President Obama's time to secure his legacy is limited before he becomes a "lame duck" and the nation begins to focus on 2016... He literally must decide what he wants to be remembered for when his time in office is at an end.

Obama's Lessons on Miracles From Mandela and Lincoln

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Although the Republicans in Congress have tried to thwart almost every effort put forth by the President up to now, Obama has not found a successful and winning way to deal with them. Perhaps his hero "Madiba" has a message in his life story for his young protégé Barack.

JFK - Does Time Stand Still?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Young Jack Kennedy and his beautiful, intelligent and cultured wife Jacqueline became in essence America's first Royal Family. They radiated the image of a new generation of the 'American Dream' where anything was possible. It was against this backdrop of hope and optimism for future, that this dark day in American history occurred. On that sunny Friday in Dallas, 50 years ago, time stood still.

Back Towards the Brink in Iraq as Old Tensions Are Renewed

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

We are seeing old tensions and new combine, pushing Iraq once again to the edge of a very steep cliff. In 2008, sectarian violence was at a high level, but the trend was downward from the heights of the civil war that started in earnest in 2006; now the trend is, if anything, upwards...

US Election Three Ring Circus

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Let's face it, what we Americans take for granted - endless political campaigns rife with cash and a terminal election elimination process rife with guile, distrust and humiliation - even our most politically savvy friends across the Atlantic scratch their collective heads and declare... "When is enough, enough?"

Why the Electoral College Works

Courtney Mower | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Courtney Mower

I acknowledge the Electoral college system may not be perfect, but it has many positive features and for now it's the best option the United States has.

"Hollywood for Ugly People" - My Time in DC

Cai Wilshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Cai Wilshaw

As I approached the grandiose marble Capitol building in Washington DC that very first day, I had absolutely no inkling of what to expect in my six week fellowship in Congress... Silence was the overarching theme of those auspicious first weeks. The corridors of power were confusingly empty.

Hillary's Unfinished Challenge

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Since the day she left her State Department office in Foggy Bottom, speculation about whether Hillary would make another run for the presidency has not stopped. Many believe that this is her destiny and it is her's for the taking. Her supporters, especially women, are counting on Hillary to take up the gauntlet on their behalf...

US Shutdown Has a Hefty International Price Tag

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Factionalism is once again rife in the US. The Republican-led shutdown of the federal government last week is but the latest in a series of politically orchestrated crises designed to erode Barack Obama's domestic legitimacy. Whatever success Republicans achieve domestically, holding the federal government hostage to an extremist minority at home is not cost-free internationally...

US Shutdown Is 'Warning To Britain'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK

The US government shutdown is a "warning to Britain" and reinforces the need for the coalition government's austerity measures, says David Cameron. ...

Does Obama Go It Alone?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

As the week begins President Obama faces the toughest test of his presidency to date. Through a combination of factors, some of his own making and some beyond his control, he has boxed himself and the US Government into a corner and there appears to be no easy way out.

Egypt: The Need For Action Vs. The Want For War

Richard Reoch | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

As Egypt slides dangerously towards civil war, and the international community remains remarkably reluctant to take meaningful action, I am reminded of an incident that I witnessed in my own country many years ago...

Decoding the New Security System

Agnes Callamard | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Agnes Callamard

Harassment of journalists is a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression, which is protected by the UK's domestic law and international law. Extending such harassment to members of a journalist's family is utterly appalling.

Summer Round-Up

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

President Obama, Michelle, Malia and Sasha and are already at their vacation spot on Martha's Vineyard, MA until August 18.

Whether We Like It or Not, The Settlers Have Won - The Two-State Solution Is Now Impossible

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It is now a matter of when, not if, the West Bank boils over into violent protests. All eyes are on events in Damascus, Cairo and Istanbul while Israel continues to oversee the long­est military occupation in the world, 46 years and counting.

This Woman Wants A More Powerful Job

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Politics

Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said she is considering a bid for the US Senate. That's right. Sarah. Palin. The Tea ...