An art installation in New York featuring fake criminal mugshots of Bush and Cheney is meant to be cutting edge. In fact it is cynically conformist.
Microsoft, fast food, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment (the one on bearing arms): should we be grateful to the US for these things?
There's one thing Jesus doesn't warn you about when he calls you to the church: job insecurity.
When the Soviets put the first man-made satellite into space, 50 years ago today, the event launched an era of US self-doubt that continues to this day.
The Iranian president's visit to Columbia University was less a blow against censorship and more an exercise in moral posturing.
Must-reads from the past week
Praise for Britain’s new PM as he returns from his trip to the US is an exercise in fantasy politics.
Immigrants to the US are no threat to jobs or security: they're citizens-in-waiting who should be welcomed by all who care for liberty and progress.
Republicans and Democrats are obsessively debating the fate of Lewis Libby because they have nothing of substance to say about Iraq.
Why are so many commentators throwing their toys out of their prams over the right-on mums and dads who live in Park Slope, Brooklyn?
John Pilger's new film rightly slates US intervention - but its fawning over Chavez substitutes fantasy for political analysis.