Jonathan Freedland

Obama now needs to focus on Israel

LONDON: There was no hesitation in pointing out the obvious loser from last weekend’s breakthrough deal between ... Published Dec 01, 2013 08:52am

Failure poses a danger beyond Egypt

**LONDON: Even the most global events, those whose reverberations are felt far beyond their borders, are rooted in Updated Jul 07, 2013 03:58am

Data collection by NSA damages Obama

LONDON: Among the guests at the fabled Bilderberg meeting, held this weekend just outside London, were the top brass... Published Jun 09, 2013 10:53am

Funeral designed to elevate Thatcher above politics

LONDON: If it’s true that Margaret Thatcher’s name will be remembered long into the future, these will be among the pictures that will recall her memory. A coffin draped in the union flag, borne slowly by gun Published Apr 19, 2013 01:13am

Obama must go to Israel with a message

LONDON: This should be a rare moment of hope. On Friday night, Israel got a new government and in a few days it will be treated to a US presidential visit, the first of Barack Obama’s second term. You’d think that, like Published Mar 17, 2013 03:04am

Israel in danger of shift to far right after polls

LONDON: In a week when the dead number 60,000 in Syria — a figure considered an underestimate by the UN body that produced it — it can seem like displacement activity to speak of any other topic in the region. It is Syria, surely, that matters most, a sla Published Jan 05, 2013 10:05pm

US constitution: a hurdle in the way of gun reform

LONDON: We watch their movies, we eat their fast food. Their culture has become global culture. So it always comes as a shock to realise how different Americans are from everyone else. The massacre in Newtown horrified even those who thought themselves in Published Dec 22, 2012 09:04pm

Republicans face five stages of political grief

WASHINGTON: My election night was spent among the grieving. Most didn’t know they were going to a wake when they headed to the grand ballroom of the Boston Convention Centre on Tuesday night. On the contrary, Published Nov 11, 2012 03:41am

Real Romney relaxed among the filthy rich

LONDON: If only the politicians would tell us what they really think, we say. If only they’d drop the soundbites and the focus-group-tested messaging and give it to us straight. Two politicians did just that this Published Sep 23, 2012 04:44am

Games reveal another kind of Britain

THE finish line is in sight. After two weeks of exertion, of triumph and dejection, of glittering victory and head-down defeat that have been the focus not just of British attention but of the gaze of the entire world, the London Olympics of 2012 will soo Published Aug 12, 2012 12:00am

A battle for the entire Middle East

IT looks a lot like the end. Just as viewers of a movie franchise know the formula so well, they can tell when the final reel is under way, so we’re getting used to the way Arab revolutions unfold — and sense that the signs Published Jul 23, 2012 12:01am

As crisis deepens, politicians shrink

IT used to be so simple. Voting was like driving: turn the wheel left and the car would move left, nudge it right and it would shift right. All that it took to effect a national change in direction was a majority of Published Jun 16, 2012 11:01pm

A dignified exit

SO now the Lib Dems are faced with an offer Labour believes they cannot refuse — a rainbow coalition made up of ... Published May 12, 2010 12:00am

Clegg`s dilemma

NICK Clegg, leader of Britain`s Liberal Democrats, knew this moment was coming and he dreaded it. In the closing ... Published May 09, 2010 12:00am

Cameron on way to victory

THE televised debates have electrified the election campaign and the final one may well have settled it. It did not... Published May 01, 2010 12:00am

A critical test of Obama`s resolve

SO there are limits to the magician`s powers. For a moment there, when the footage from Tehran showed young women... Published Jun 17, 2009 12:00am