Rupert Cornwell

Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch 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. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.

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John Walker: American naval officer who formed a family spy ring that passed highly damaging secrets to the Soviet Union

John Walker may not be one of the glamour names of espionage. But his 18 years of spying for the Soviet Union, in its later stages as head of a ring involving other members of his family, represented the most damaging leak in the history of the US Navy – and one which might conceivably have given Moscow the upper hand had the Cold War ever turned hot.

Rupert Cornwell: It’s caught in a trap and now Italy can’t just muddle through

Global Outlook Sadly, the same cannot be said of the eurozone, and least of all of Italy, the true sick man of the 18-country bloc. Italy is not the only laggard – the German and French economies both stalled in the second quarter – but it is different in terms of both statistics and the structural nature of the crisis that it faces.

Rupert Cornwell: It’s a lovely view from Jackson Hole but the only prospect detaining bankers is higher interest rates

Global Outlook Just how long, in Fed speak, is “a considerable time?” That was the all-important issue as the US Federal Reserve’s chairwoman, Janet Yellen, gave the now-traditional keynote speech yesterday at Jackson Hole, Wyoming – surely the most agreeable moment on the calendar of central bankers.

Police advance through a cloud of tear gas toward demonstrators

Ferguson: The issue Obama must tackle is white control in black areas

The violence in Ferguson is small beer compared to the 1965 conflagration in Watts, the rioting that swept US cities after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, and the Los Angeles riots of 1992 after the acquittal of white police officers charged with beating-up the black motorist Rodney King.

Barack Obama yawns at an East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on November 20, 2012.

Is Barack Obama just swinging out his reign?

Out of America: Second presidential terms are rarely productive, but there may be a way to put an end to this wasteful lame-duckery
Sunny days: Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Italy, which made Bill de Blasio an honorary citizen

Bill de Blasio: The man who dared to go on holiday

Out of America: New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir
US President Barack Obama, right, meeting with Ed Miliband at Buckingham Palace in London

Ed Miliband goes for his 'job interview' at White House

Labour likely to meet Mr Obama off-camera, away from the formal setting of the Oval Office

Early days: Rand Paul has a libertarian’s distaste for foreign intervention, which plays well with the US public

Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Out of America: The junior senator for Kentucky is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Left in limbo: Refugee children in a processing centre in Brownsville, Texas

Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Out of America: Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate people from some of the most dangerous countries in the world
Traditional spying techniques as depicted in books and films like ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ are still the most successful

The hi-tech world is not enough – all the best spies are human

For all the NSA’s billions of intercepted calls and super-sophisticated algorithms, it failed to predict the 9/11 attacks. But what if the US had had an al-Qa’ida mole? Rupert Cornwell takes a not-very-secret look at the world’s second-oldest profession

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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
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Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
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Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
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A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering