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Clinton holds the line on Trump in the first debate

The polls had been tightening all through the month leading up to last night’s US Presidential Election Debate at Hofstra University in New York between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the respective Democratic and Republican Party nominees. On the eve of the debate, Clinton’s peak August 9th lead of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Obama, the nuclear weaponising deweaponiser

In 2009 the Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize on Barack Obama for, among other reasons, ‘the special importance’ of the US President’s ‘vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons’. The prize’s recipient had sketched out this vision some months previously in a speech [...]

Contrasts between the realism of Kennan and Obama

Was George F. Kennan a diplomatic historian rather than a diplomat who wielded influence in government circles? The answer must be in the affirmative because, despite the kudos he garnered as the strategist who advocated containing the USSR from the outset of the Cold War, Kennan faced consistent problems [...]

Kennan’s ‘long telegram’: reflections from the past and the present

On 22 February 1946 George F. Kennan, chargé d’affaires at the US embassy in Moscow, sent Washington a memorandum known as the ‘long telegram’, which was 5,000 words in length. A recapitulation of this document, The Sources of Soviet Conduct, written by the selfsame Kennan under the pseudonym of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The US: votes of rage

Of the various terms used to describe the mood of voters, ‘rage’ and ‘anger’ emerge with perhaps the greatest frequency in the analyses and surveys, both quantitative and qualitative, of the elections in the US. Rage has been on the rise since 2010, and it accounts for phenomena such [...]

United States’ global presence: who is right? Obama or Trump?

During his last State of the Union address, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, sought to clear the many doubts raised by the GOP presidential candidates, namely Donald Trump, the controversial entrepreneur, as to the country’s economic strength. The disastrous and uncertain “end of cycle” [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega In 2016 Latinos will decide who gets to the White House

Donald Trump is doing a great disservice to the Republicans with his absolute and sarcasm-studded opposition to immigration and his criticism of the party’s other aspiring candidates, whether Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, for speaking in Spanish during their campaigns. Reflecting the rapid demographic change in the US, some [...]

Elephants with longer trunks, donkeys with longer manes

Part of Donald Trump’s presidential announcement speech, like that of any other candidate, was devoted to listing his strong points: ‘I’m really rich’. But what was remarkable about Trump’s speech was the energetic and almost infuriated heckling of a member of the audience, who shouted: ‘we don’t need nice!!’. [...]

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