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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Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Vengeance Led Us into War, It Won't Lead Us Out
In one episode of The Simpsons the school bell rings, prompting the students to sprint for the door before the end of a history lesson. The teacher pleads with them to let him finish. "Wait a minute! " he says. "You didn't learn how World War II ended!" There's silence as the class waits expectantly. "We won!" shouts the teacher. Delighted, the class cheers, as one: "U-S-A! U-S-A!
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Monday, April 25, 2011
For Israelis and Palestinians, the Status Quo Is Neither Sustainable Nor Desirable
Back in 2008 a Florida couple running a small business that throws children's parties bought two costumes that looked like Tigger and Eeyore on eBay from a firm in Peru for $500. When Walt Disney saw the characters advertised online, it threatened legal action for an infringement of copyright laws and presented the couple with a seven-point demand to cease and desist.
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Monday, April 11, 2011
The Tea Party Tail Wags the Republican Dog, but It's Obama Who's Dragged Off Course
The recently elected Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, is no art critic. Indeed subtlety and nuance seem to elude him at almost every turn. While campaigning he promised a group of fishermen he'd tell Barack Obama " to go to hell ", and responded to one reporter's questions with a demand to " stop the bullshit ".
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Monday, February 28, 2011
Wisconsin Is Making the Battle Lines Clear in America's Hidden Class War
You can tell a great deal about a nation's anxieties and aspirations by the discrepancy between reality and popular perception. Polls last year showed that in the US 61% think the country spends too much on foreign aid . This makes sense once you understand that the average American is under the illusion that 25% of the federal budget goes on foreign aid (the real figure is 1%).
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Sunday, February 13, 2011
The West Can No Longer Claim to Be an Honest Broker in the Search for Peace
'You think you know what Arab rage looks like," claimed an article in Time magazine last week. "Wild-eyed young men shouting bellicose verses from the Qur'an as they hurl themselves against authority, armed with anything from rocks to bomb vests."
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Monday, January 31, 2011
US Troops Die Because of Their Country, Not For It
Most of the stories told about Benjamin Moore, 23, at his funeral started in a bar and ended in a laugh. Invited to testify about his life from the pews, friend, relative, colleague and neighbour alike described a boisterous, gregarious, energetic young man they'd known in the small New Jersey town of Bordentown since he was born. "I'll love him 'til I go," his granny said.
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Monday, December 06, 2010
Students' Power Is Limited. But Their Anger and Revolt Can Prove Contagious
On 1 February 1960 Franklin McCain and three teenage friends from the historically black North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College, went to the whites-only counter at Woolworths in Greensboro and took a seat .
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Monday, November 22, 2010
For White Americans, Things Aren't What They Used to Be
Pity George Bush. Scanning eight years of calamity for the lowest point in his presidency could not have been easy. Among the top contenders: Abu Ghraib; failing to act on threats of an al-Qaida attack before 9/11 or find WMD in Iraq; helping to collapse the economy; being forced to withdraw a supreme court judge choice; and failing on immigration reform.
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Monday, November 08, 2010
The "Tea Party" Does Not Exist
Lectures about fiscal responsibility from the occupants of a plush suite on the 20th floor of one of the fanciest hotels in Las Vegas stick in the craw like a slice of cantaloupe swallowed sideways. Appropriately, the Tea Party Express's open bar, trays of fruit and skyline view at the Aria hotel on election night smacked more of a corporate event than a political, let alone a populist, one. At one stage I turned to a man standing next to me and asked if he was a Tea Party supporter. "No," he said.
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Monday, November 01, 2010
US Midterm Elections: Machine v Momentum
To listen to some pundits , the election is pretty much over already. The Democrats, if you missed it, lost big time. The Republicans are back; Obama is effectively neutered . All we're waiting for now is someone to cast and count those damn votes .
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