Anne Penketh

Anne Penketh is a freelance journalist and columnist based in Paris. She was posted to Moscow, Paris and New York for AFP news agency before joining The Independent, where she was Diplomatic Editor until 2009.

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Colin Powell only endorsed Barack Obama because he is black, says Mitt Romney's aide

A senior aide to Mitt Romney has played the race card for the first time in the presidential campaign as new polling reveals that it is the most racially polarised election in more than two decades.

Ohio's voting machines – brought to you by the Romneys

Manufacturer's ties to candidate's son and donors raise concerns about unfair influence on result

The French press, the profit motive and the law

Is freedom of expression an absolute right? I've been wrestling with this over the last few days, starting with the Muslim furore over the anti-Islamic video made in California, followed by the publication of the Duchess of Cambridge topless pictures by the French magazine Closer, which raised privacy issues, and now the cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohamed in a French satirical weekly.

A relaxed and unshaven Nicolas Sarkozy

Resurgent Sarkozy ready for comeback as France longs for its 'bling-bling president'

Hollande slump in popularity has opened door for former rival

Anne Penketh: Clinton won a promise – but does China mean to keep it?

As the Tiananmen Square protesters know only too well, political dissidence in China usually has one outcome – a one-way ticket to America, and exile.

Netanyahu plays down rift with Obama over Iran strikes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday played down a rift with President Barack Obama over the timing of possible military strikes against Iran, suggesting that Israel and the United States are so united that their policies are indistinguishable.

Anne Penketh: Iran’s dangerous path of isolation

Iran’s ransacking of the British embassy in Tehran, which prompted the recall of all British embassy staff and the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from London, means that the chances of miscalculation by both sides in this spiraling crisis have suddenly intensified.

Anne Penketh: Obama's wars

It's election season in America. President Obama should therefore expect that anything he does is going to be criticised by the Republican opposition. But even on foreign policy, the president can't w ...

Anne Penketh: Why Gaddafi gave up his WMD

Portia Walker and Kim Sengupta have shed light in today's Independent on Britain's duplicitous relations with Libya over the years, in particular with Colonel Gaddafi's right-hand man, Moussa Koussa, ...

End of the Intifada: Four long years of bloodshed, bulldozed homes, suicide bombs and targeted killings

AN ACT of provocation by Ariel Sharon ignited the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, on 28 September 2000. On that day, the portly head of the Likud right-wing opposition bloc put on sunglasses and walked into one of the holiest sites in Islam, Haram al-Sharif, known as Temple Mount to Jews, in Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem.
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