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.
18 January 2014 06:09 PM
The rose gardens and parks of the US capital are under attack and only lethal force can save them from the doe-eyed assailants
17 January 2014 11:36 PM
It's Conference Championship weekend, and the four best teams in the NFL lock horns for a shot at the sport's ultimate prize
NSA surveillance revelations: Barack Obama announces reforms to bulk data collection and spying on heads of states
17 January 2014 02:08 PM
Long-awaited speech unveiled some restrictions to America's surveillance policy, but Obama remained largely unapologetic
12 January 2014 12:00 AM
The political fate of the US presidential hopeful rests less on how much ridicule he attracts than on whether he can see off the lawyers
11 January 2014 12:00 AM
For devotees of the NFL, this is as good as it gets – the divisional round of the play-offs, four games pitting the regular season’s finest against four challengers already battle-hardened by victory in last weekend’s ever-treacherous wild-card round. And in 2014 there’s an extra twist: the prospect that one of the longest, most painful droughts in US sport might be near an end.
Steve McQueen’s acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave is brutal in its honesty. But is it too much for American audiences?
10 January 2014 02:02 AM
The paucity of slavery movies is especially striking when compared with the hundreds made about the Holocaust
05 January 2014 12:00 AM
The city is being led by a liberal for the first time in a generation, and the Democrats – especially Hillary Clinton - will be watching closely
04 January 2014 12:00 AM
Today, the battle for the Super Bowl starts in earnest. The regular season is out of the way, and so is Black Monday which immediately follows, the now traditional cull of NFL head coaches who didn’t deliver the goods. This year five were sacked (the most noteworthy among them Mike Shanahan of the utterly dysfunctional 3-13 Washington Redskins).
03 January 2014 01:00 AM
Devastated by injury and dumped by his beloved team, one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks is back in business and breaking records
29 December 2013 12:00 AM
Once the elite, tracing their lineage to the Pilgrim Fathers – America's white Anglo-Saxon Protestants' grip on power is weaker than ever
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
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