13 March 2007

Silencing the ‘niggas’ of New York

In banning the n-word, New York City Council is driven by the dodgy notion that words make reality, rather than the other way around.

6 February 2007

Fanning the child abuse controversy

Both the makers and critics of Hounddog, a film that depicts child rape, reveal America's unhealthy obsession with paedophilia.

10 January 2007

‘Something here stinks’

A report from smelly Manhattan on the various conspiracy theories about that New York 'gas cloud'.

10 November 2006

More political buffoon than military hardman

Donald Rumsfeld has a lot to answer for. So do the neocons and commentators currently cheering his demise.

8 November 2006

Bush is far from the only lame duck today

America's mid-term elections reveal a political class adrift in midstream.

8 November 2006

The big issue in NY? Mid-term mechanics

Opinion polls, surveys, voter registration patterns: in the absence of politics everyone is obsessing over the technical process instead.

30 October 2006

Is there still room for the ‘huddled masses’?

Mid-term elections: a missed opportunity to debate the role of immigration in America today.

16 October 2006

Nothing’s simple in the Big Easy

The rebuilding of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina is a mixture of racial tensions, conspiracy theories and indomitable spirit. Jack Shenker reports from the Crescent City.

11 October 2006

Foley’s follies

The downfall of Republican congressman Mark Foley may be rich with irony, but the obsession with personal behaviour is bad news for American politics.

13 September 2006

If politics is lost, how can we find it again?

US writer Joe Klein's new book - Politics Lost - is funny on the dumbing down of political life, but not so forthcoming with solutions.