United Methodists

Despite high hopes, G20 fails to provide global vision

Luckily, the message from Washington to Shanghai was that 'the mice are feet down', so US president George W. Bush and his entourage could relax; they would not be dead in a few hours.

Saturday, 5 November, 2011, 12:00am

China and US must build on Clinton's visit

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's challenge is repairing her country's battered ties with the world. She got off to a good start during her first foreign trip; she left China yesterday, the last of four stops, with a pledge from the leadership to co-operate on a host of issues, the economy foremost among them.

23 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

China looks for signs of change in US relations

The first signs of any winds of change in Sino-US relations are expected to emerge from the forthcoming talks between US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese leaders later this month.

Mrs Clinton is scheduled to visit Beijing on February 20-22 as part of her first trip to Asia since taking on the job as America's top diplomat.

9 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Would elite vote for war if their family had to go?

War has long tested the patriotism of the privileged classes. Those with the most to lose are not always the most willing to risk sacrificing life and limb on active service. Prince Harry's presence among British troops fighting the Taleban in Afghanistan for the past two months is, therefore, a cause for reflection.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Calling Bush's imperial bluff

A new intelligence report this week showed the enormous damage that President George W. Bush is doing to the US - and potentially to global stability - with his imperiously high-handed, arrogant and ignorant pursuit of a foreign policy that is dangerous and wrong, both morally and politically.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Out from the shadows

As she sat down for coffee with female cancer survivors in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah last week, Laura Bush spoke admiringly of women who have had the courage to speak out, and encouraged others in the authoritarian kingdom to do the same. Her appearance was part of a campaign, called 'Breaking the Silence'.

27 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Bush starts to sound like Gore, but energy can't take Iraq off centre stage

It was no small irony that President Bush seemed to be channelling Al Gore on energy policies on the very day that Mr Gore's documentary film on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, was nominated for an Oscar.

25 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

A pat on the back, but no new tack on Iraq

The departure from the Pentagon of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld heralds a period of uncertainty about future American policy in the Iraq war. The combative Mr Rumsfeld has been in a sense America's chief warrior, leading from the front without a trace of uncertainty. He carried the fight to the bitter end on Friday, with an admiring President George W.

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Bolten will add zing to West Wing

He roars around Washington DC on a three-year-old Harley Davidson 'Fat Boy' motorcycle. He plays guitar in a rock band named Deficit Attention Disorder. Friends nicknamed him Bad Mitzvah in honour of his Jewish roots.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Teen held over Bush threats

A 13-year-old boy whom police said threatened the life of US President George W. Bush has been released after it was decided his anger was directed at his school and not the leader of the free world.

Police Captain Linny Cloyd said the teen was investigated for making threats in e-mails against Mr Bush, the city of Florence in Kentucky, and a school.

31 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

The 'evil genius' is forced out of his hole

This past week should have been a tough one for US President George W. Bush. There was fresh controversy over conditions at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, as well as a Republican backlash over Hurricane Katrina and increased calls for the president to speak up about his alleged ties with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

18 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Mixed marks for Powell's record as top diplomat

Less of a traveller, but moderate views valued abroad

Outgoing US Secretary of State Colin Powell found during his four years as America's top diplomat that the job involved far more diplomacy than met the eye.

17 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

US election 2004

Top: Princess the chihuahua wears a Bush/Cheney sticker

on her dog vest as she and owner Rick Romero attend a campaign election rally by George W. Bush in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Above: A woman pledges George W. Bush her full support as first lady Laura Bush and

the twin Bush daughters Barbara and Jenna look on at an election rally in Dallas.

3 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

My favourite Republican

Not being an American, I do not fully understand the subtle nuances of the US political system. There is a right, a left and apparently a centre, but where it is and how politicians are distributed around it is, in my mind, a blur.

3 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Policy change

In her article 'Mr Bush, you've got it all wrong' (September 10), former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright disingenuously implies that 9-11 made President George W. Bush change America's foreign policy.

6 Oct 2003 - 12:00am