Rupert Cornwell

Rupert Cornwell writes commentary on international relations and US politics for The Independent. In 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Poverty: The Election Issue That Dare Not Speak Its Name
A presidential election campaign approaches its climax, as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney criss-cross the land in search of the last few votes. But my thoughts have turned to a couple of candidates from long ago, who have been back in the news these past few days.
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Sunday, August 09, 2009
War Hero Tackles US Over Degrading Prison Conditions
Few United States senators have a more unusual CV than Virginia's Jim Webb. He's a Democrat who was once a Republican and served as Navy Secretary under Ronald Reagan. He's a decorated Vietnam veteran and the highly successful author of Fields of Fire, which is said by many to be the best novel ever written about that war. When he made his senate bid in 2006, his Republican opponent ran adverts criticising some explicit sexy passages in other Webb works.
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Sunday, January 04, 2009
Bush Burns the 'Midnight Rules' Oil
Presidencies begin with a slate wiped clean and a first 100 days in which the new incumbent sets out to change the world. They end in the tawdry process in which George W Bush is now engaged: a final flurry of presidential dec-rees to prolong power beyond the grave, a concerted effort to regild a tarnished reputation - and, of course, pardons.
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Sunday, October 07, 2007
Privatizing the Iraq War has Created a Trigger-happy Mercenary Army Subject to No Laws
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guardians? Or, when discussing the conduct in Iraq of America's largest and most notorious private security contractor, Blackwater, who will protect us from the protectors? The ancient question raises the most profound issues of power and the accountability of power. But as far as Blackwater goes, the shocking and deeply scary answer - at least until now - has been: nobody.
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Sunday, April 29, 2007
Going to College? Watch Out for Bush's Bandits
For those of us here with children of 17 or so, it's angst time: where does he or she go to college, and will they get a place? More than a year before high school graduation, the first scouting visits have started to possible campuses, and the first serious worries surface about the Scholastic Aptitude Test. This is the dreaded SAT, the US equivalent of A-levels, whose points score is the basic determinant of whether you get in.
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Friday, April 06, 2007
American Dream Ends in Property Market Crash
Even now, the ads on television, radio and the internet continue: "Is your credit bad? Don't worry, we'll provide the loan for the home of your dreams ..." What those commercials should, but do not, add is: go through the small print with a toothcomb. Or else you, too, could be swept up in America's subprime mortgage crisis.Just as in Britain, homeownership is a traditional goal of American society. But as interest rates have climbed and the housing market has slumped, the number of what are politely called "delinquent" loans has soared.
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George Bush believes he is on a mission from God, according to the politician Nabil Shaath. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP News
Friday, October 07, 2005
Bush: God Told Me to Invade Iraq
President George Bush has claimed he was told by God to invade Iraq and attack Osama bin Laden's stronghold of Afghanistan as part of a divine mission to bring peace to the Middle East, security for Israel, and a state for the Palestinians. The President made the assertion during his first meeting...
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Thursday, May 19, 2005
Galloway: The Man Who Took on America
It may not have been the "mother of all smokescreens" - as George Galloway memorably described the congressional investigation into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal - but his appearance certainly underlined the mother of all culture gaps between the parliamentary traditions of Britain and America. We...
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