They’ve been over here for 70 years, but the ‘opaque’ presence of our US allies worries many critics
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Monday 04 July 2011
A statue of former US president Ronald Reagan has been unveiled to mark 100 years since his birth.
Sunday 03 July 2011
An eastern Siberian gold mining company is the latest resources firm from the former Soviet Union looking for a chunky listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Friday 01 July 2011
Ex-fashionista turned bestselling novelist, Bella Pollen returns to the troubles of childhood with a fable-like story set on an island in the Outer Hebrides.
Tuesday 28 June 2011
It's the sort of thing we haven't really seen since the Cold War. But US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks allege that China's former finance minister Jin Renjing had to resign in 2007 because he was caught in a honeytrap with a spy from bitter rival Taiwan.
Saturday 25 June 2011
On 25 June 1950, communists from the north of Korea invaded the south, thereby starting the first major proxy war between western powers and the communist bloc.
Friday 10 June 2011
Still the emperor of espionage in a world of new wars, Le Carrré both sticks to his guns and moves with the times. This latest plunge into the rotten entrails of the secret state begins on a Caribbean tennis court.
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Wednesday 18 May 2011
Jodie Foster said yesterday it was "natural" for her to ask Mel Gibson to star in The Beaver. She said: "I've been friends with Mel for over 15 years and we've had many, many long discussions about life and so it was a natural place to go."
Thursday 05 May 2011
The remains of a British pilot shot down during the Korean War have been handed over, the government said yesterday.
Tuesday 19 April 2011
The best writers can bring the past to life in vivid detail – whether the subject is the Cold War or the Cavaliers. Any of these tomes is worthy of shelf space.
Tuesday 12 April 2011
Friday 01 April 2011
Their most recent heyday was the Cold War. But defectors have been around as long as states have been fighting each other. Think, for example, Benedict Arnold or Rudolf Hess. Now this eclectic company has been joined by Moussa Koussa, until lately foreign minister of Libya, and now a guest at a "secret undisclosed location" of Her Majesty's Government.
Friday 18 March 2011
An Exclusive Love is Johanna Adorján's homage to her grandparents, Istvá* and Vera, who, on 13 October 1991 committed suicide at their home in Denmark. Hungarian Jews, and survivors of the Holocaust, they were forced to flee their native country with two small children during the uprising of 1956.
Sunday 13 March 2011
On 20 August 1961, East German soldiers suddenly began work on a project that would become the most potent symbol of the divisions of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall.
Thursday 24 February 2011
For all the broad hints from this Government about charitable giving, it is rare these days for a renowned cultural figure to donate his or her archive to a British institution rather than auctioning it to the highest bidder – usually American. But it now emerges that the master of the spy novel, John le Carré, has followed Alan Bennett – a writer of an equally English, but quite different stamp – in making over his archive to the nation. It will be kept by the Bodleian Library at Oxford University – described by le Carré, referring to his most famous creation, as "Smiley's spiritual home, as it is mine".
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