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Rupert Cornwell

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.

Rupert Cornwell: Voters will pick a president, not his running mate

Nothing raises the spirits of the party faithful like a barnstorming convention speech, and Sarah Palin's on Wednesday night was, by any standards, a stem-winder. The problem is that convention speeches have a very short shelf life. Barack Obama, too, made a pretty decent speech when he accepted his party's nomination in Denver just eight days ago. But who remembers a word that he said?

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Rupert Cornwell: So is Obama the saviour of his party?

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Finally, the warm ups are over – Ted Kennedy and his farewell call to arms, the Clintons and the latest episode of America's favourite political psychodrama. Even the uncertainty about whether the engaging but irredeemably prolix Joe Biden can keep control of the word count will have been resolved when this article appears. Here in Denver, we've at last got around to the one thing that matters. Barack Obama.

Rupert Cornwell: Pour the kid a drink and stop alcohol abuse

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Out of America: Sneaking off to the bar is all part of college life, even if it is illegal for most. But plans to relax the law have had a shaky start

Rupert Cornwell: Obama's choice of VP reveals much about himself

Sunday, 24 August 2008

With Hillary Clinton never seriously in the running, Joe Biden has always been the best option on Barack Obama's vice-presidential shortlist. True, the presence of this 35-year Senate veteran on the Democratic ticket undercuts Mr Obama's claim to be offering a fresh "non-Washington" approach to the country's problems. Nor does Mr Biden bring a trove of electoral college votes. His tiny home state of Delaware offers only three and, with or without him, was already a certainty for the Democrats.

Rupert Cornwell: Down trodden Detroit fights for its very soul

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Out of America: How much worse can it get for a city, when a house is sold for $1, the mayor faces corruption charges, and even the T-shirts warn you off?

Rupert Cornwell: The return of the great powers

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Russia lost the original Cold War, but the United States is now weaker than it was 20 years ago

Rupert Cornwell: Little to do, lots to learn for impotent US

Friday, 15 August 2008

Russia's military crushing of Georgia confronts the US with a stark choice – whether to challenge Moscow in its own backyard, ortacitly concede its sphere of influence there. Already, however, it has taught Washington a harsh lesson: either way, nothing the US does can make much difference.

Rupert Cornwell: Out of America

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Political sex scandals can be sad, pathetic or astounding. A few are entertaining. The case of John Edwards is not among them

Rupert Cornwell: Cool guy, Barack. But could he be too cool for US voters?

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

The Democrat candidate can come across as cerebral and fastidious, even supercilious

Rupert Cornwell: Out of America

Sunday, 3 August 2008

If a family gathering of mainly rock-solid Republicans in conservative Nebraska is anything to go by, McCain doesn't have a hope

Rupert Cornwell: Out of America

Sunday, 13 July 2008

If Barack Obama becomes President, it will be thanks to the struggles of the civil rights generation. But he can't expect gratitude from all of them

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