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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The outcome of a Midwest senate race may reinvigorate US populism – or leave Obama a-mouldering in the White House

President Barack Obama finds himself sucked back into the war

Obama tries to sell another unwanted war to the US

After seeking to end America’s wars in the Middle East the President is now being forced to launch a new one

American Football: Rice assault scandal leaves NFL facing familiar charge

Peruse the headlines and the conclusion is inescapable: the National Football League is populated by overpaid thugs who carry the sport’s on-field violence into their private lives – and, once their careers are over, are likely to end up with brain damage and dementia.

Crystal clear? Barack Obama with David Cameron at the Nato summit last week

They talk the talk, but do our leaders have the stomach to face up to the Russians?

Out of America: Nato has a commitment to defend the Baltic states, unlike Ukraine. But those in charge seem less than committed
Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch avoids the tackle of Brad Jones in the reigning champions’ 36-16 defeat of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday

NFL: Seahawks and 49ers ready to show West is still best

The new NFL season has begun

John Walker

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
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