Gary Younge

Gary Younge is editor-at-large for the Guardian. He was based in the U.S. for 12 years before recently returning to London. He also writes a monthly column, “Beneath the Radar,” for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for the Nation Institute. His new book is Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books).

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
If Not Now, When Is the Time to Talk about Gun Control?
Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut is shocking and horrifying – the time and the place of these massacres inevitably catch us unawares.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Obama Fires and Romney Falters but Third Debate Fails
If the world could vote on 6 November, Barack Obama would win by a landslide. A global poll for the BBC World Service revealed that 20 out of 21 countries preferred the president to his challenger. But when you watched the presidential debate on foreign policy on Monday night you had to wonder why.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
This Presidential Election Show is Lame, But the Outcome Could Be Dramatic
'There are two ways you can interest [the average American] in a campaign, and only two that we have ever found successful," wrote Clem Whitaker , the co-founder of America's first political consulting firm. "He likes a good hot battle, with no punches pulled ...", or "he likes the movies; he likes mysteries; he likes fireworks and parades ... So if you can't fight, PUT ON A SHOW!
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Sunday, September 09, 2012
This Is Shaping Up To Be the Most Racially Polarised US Election Ever
As Republicans were promoting themselves as a multiracial party from the platform in Tampa two weeks ago, an ugly incident on the convention floor suggested not everyone had got the memo. From the podium a range of speakers of Haitian, Mexican, Cuban and Indian descent spoke of how their parents had overcome huge barriers so they could succeed in the US.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Night Republicans Had to Get Their Voice above the Hurricane
Primetime on Tuesday night took place not just on split screens but parallel universes. On one side of the Gulf of Mexico every agency of government was being marshalled to prevent hurricane Isaac destroying New Orleans. On the other side in Tampa speaker after speaker at the Republican convention implored government to get out of the way because it was wrecking the country.
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Friday, July 20, 2012
America Needs to Talk About Gun Control in the Wake of the Colorado Shooting
The chorus of empathetic responses to the tragic shootings at the Aurora movie theater, near Denver, Colorado early Friday morning marks a stubborn refrain in a perennial American elegy.
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Monday, July 16, 2012
The Democrats Can't Lecture Romney About Firing People
Following the stock market crash of 1987 the US House subcommittee on telecommunications and finance needed an expert to explain the underlying impulses that had brought capitalism to the brink. So they asked a criminal. Dennis Levine, once a prominent player in mergers and acquisitions, was coaxed out of prison in New Jersey, where he was serving two years for insider trading, in return for a Big Mac, fries and a chocolate shake.
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Monday, June 04, 2012
There's Class War in Wisconsin, Yet the Democrats Sing Kumbaya
There is a degree of hyperbole one comes to expect from American activists around election time. Given the level of polarisation, this is hardly surprising. Every vote, you're told, is about liberty, justice, the American dream, the constitution or the world one wants to leave your children or grandchildren .
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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Well, Why Shouldn't Poor White Voters Reject Democrats?
So white people who are struggling financially are going to vote Republican. And not by a narrow margin. Asked in a recent Washington Post poll which candidate would do more to advance their families' economic interests, middle-class white voters who said they were struggling to maintain their financial positions chose Mitt Romney. And not by a small margin.
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Monday, May 21, 2012
Nato Talks Security and Peace, Chicago Has Neither
On Friday morning in Brighton Park, a neighbourhood in southwest Chicago, around half a dozen Latina volunteers in luminous bibs patrolled the streets around Davis Elementary school. The school sits in the crossfire of three gangs; the Kings, the 2/6s and the SDs (Satan's Disciples). The trees and walls nearby are peppered with "tags" denoting territory and mourning fallen gang members.
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