Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Cockburn’s past columns can now be found at The I. Patrick Cockburn is the author of War in the Age of Trump (Verso).

Brexit Bluster Exposes the Waning of English Power

Gangsterism as Foreign Policy: Assassinations are Becoming the New Norm

Trump’s Worst Crime Must Not be Forgotten

America and Britain are the Big Losers on the World Stage

Robert Fisk had True Independence of Mind, Which is Why He Angered Governments and Parts of the Media

Trump’s Cult of Personality Will be Badly Damaged by Defeat, But His Toxic Politics Marches On

Trump’s Bid to Stop the Count Risks Turning America into an ‘Illiberal Democracy’ like Turkey

America’s Gettysburg Moment: Even If Defeated Trumpism Will Not Vanish

When Does Incompetence Become a Crime?

Wars and Pandemics Produce the Same Sort of Lethal Government Bungling

Is Syria’s Idlib the Next Gaza Strip?

The Assange Extradition Case is an Unprecedented Attack on Press Freedom, So Why’s the Media Largely Ignoring It?

Britain Will Seek Coronavirus ‘Herd Immunity’ Covertly or by Default, Thanks to an Inability to Get anything Done

Boris Johnson is Failing So Badly Because He Still Thinks Like a Newspaper Columnist, a Disastrous Weakness During This Crisis

America’s War on Terror is the True Cause of Europe’s Refugee Crisis

Trump’s Opponents Need to Portray Him as the True Enemy of the Nation

Trump at the RNC: Echoes of Saddam

Syria Faces Calamity as Trump’s New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus

The Decline in Power of the Oil States

The Rise of Nationalism Has Led to the Increased Repression of Minorities

War and Pandemic Journalism: the Truth Can Disappear Fast

The Government’s Failed Track-and-Trace System is a Disaster for England

The Media Manipulator: Why Trump’s Distractions May Not Save Him This Time

The UK and US are Starting a New Cold War with Russia and China, So What are These Governments Trying to Hide?

Boris Johnson Should not be Making New Global Enemies When His Country is in a Shambles

Trump’s Racism May be Blatant, But the Culture He Defends Comes Out of the Civil War and Goes Well Beyond Racial Division

The Blundering British Political Class has Shown the Same Incompetence in Both Fighting Wars and Coronavirus

The BoJo Follies

British Leaders Have No Idea How Bad Slavery Was

The Brexit Crisis Led to Totally Incompetent Leadership at a Time of Unprecedented Calamity. Now We are Paying for It

An Unavoidable Recognition of Failure: Trump’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Governments are Using COVID-19 Crisis to Crush Free Speech

Trump’s Megalomania and Boris Johnson’s Incompetence Have Only Increased in COVID Pandemic

Iraq Will be Hit Harder by Falling Oil Prices Than COVID-19 or ISIS

Trump is Igniting a Cold War With China to Try to Win Re-election

Can Boris Johnson’s Government Survive the COVID-19 Crisis Their Mistakes Exacerbated?

Trumpian Nationalists Have Met Their Match in COVID-19

A Pandemic May be Reported Like a War, But They’re Very Different

The Chaotic Government Response to COVID-19 Resembles the Failures of 1914

Trump’s Chernobyl Moment: the US May Lose Its Status as World Superpower and Not Recover

Austerity Has Weakened Our Ability to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Battle for the Saudi Royal Crown

Time to Stop Pretending People With Serious Psychosis Can be “Independent”

The Real Modi: Do the Killings of Muslims Represent India’s Kristallnacht?

With Wikileaks, Julian Assange Did What All Journalists Should Do

Sinn Fein’s Victory is Ireland’s ‘Brexit Moment’ When Left-Out Voters Turn on the Elite

People are More Frightened of Coronavirus Than They Need to be, But the Culprit is not Who You Think

We Live in a Disintegrating World

China’s Coronavirus Outbreak Reminds Me of the Irish Polio Epidemic I Survived

The US and Iran’s Perpetual Almost-War is Unsustainable – and Will End Badly