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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All sections of the community, protesters as loudly as the authorities, have condemned the shootings of two police officers in Ferguson

Ferguson shooting: Could be time for Washington to intervene directly - but such a move has momentous precedents

Ferguson's basic problem - a black town run by whites - is not isolated. But if events there are left to fester, the situation could mirror Selma in 1965

The predominately black crowds that gathered near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma appeared to be as concerned with the present as much as the past

Selma anniversary: Thoughts turn to Ferguson as Obama marks civil rights landmark

Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was in Selma, Alabama, to lead 40,000 people to mark the country’s  civil rights ‘Bloody Sunday’ 50 years ago. But, says Rupert Cornwell, thoughts turned to Ferguson, Missouri

If Hillary Clinton is to be a credible presidential candidate, she has to step up

Time is running out for Hillary Clinton. She must declare her candidacy quickly

Out of America: She's the Democrats' only hope for the presidency, but has caused controversy by using her personal email for government business

Robbie Keane celebrates scoring LA Galaxy's second goal against Chicago Fire on Friday

MLS infant is now an adult – but still suffers from growing pains

US soccer league at 20: healthy but not wealthy enough

Foreign policy shapes presidential legacies. Obama's thus far? The killing of Osama bin Laden, the expanded use of drones – and that’s about it

War or peace, Obama just can't win

No one wants another Iraq, but that doesn’t stop the President being criticised on all sides for caution on the world stage

Spring training has been tempered by another “apology” from Alex Rodriguez for using steroids

Yankees suffer A-Rod for their own backs

As spring training starts, disgraced slugger’s return from a year ban is causing embarrassment

How can Vladimir Putin, who seems bent on a new Cold War, be contained?

Ukraine crisis: Putin is counting on fact West has no desire for war

A flimsy figleaf is enough for those with no stomach for a fight

London Mayor Boris Johnson on a trade visit to New York last week

From a US presidential candidate you want gravitas, but all too often you get gaffes

For politicians keen to polish their global statesman image, crossing the Atlantic - in both directions - has many pitfalls

Tiger Woods is left scratching his head at last month’s Phoenix Open, where he shot an 82 – the worst round of his career

It's another twist, but is this really the end of Tiger Wood's tale?

COMMENT: After taking an indefinite break due to a back injury, the former world No 1 faces a stiff challenge to return

Charlie Sifford, the first black player on the PGA tour

The road to equality was a long and lonely one for Charlie Sifford

Out of America: Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks are being honoured this month, but the golfer, who has just died, also merits a place in history

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