Author and poet Maya Angelou's passing leaves us to contemplate – for us as well as her – how far daring can get you.
The supreme court's relaxing of donation rules just made US elections even more undemocratic and corruptible.
Barack Obama's ascent to power had meaning, but now his interventions are too rare and too piecemeal to constitute a narrative, writes Gary Younge.
A deadlocked political culture is crippling the US economy and there is no end in sight to the crisis.
Not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, charged with killing an unarmed teen in the US raises painful questions, writes Gary Younge.
Whistle-blowers have become the ultimate patriots in the age after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, writes Gary Younge.
Barack Obama's State of the Union address pulled no punches when it came to issues, but it was a laundry list lacking emotion
The euphoria of 2008 has gone, but the US president's second win is remarkable precisely because it is not as symbolic, writes Gary Younge.
Studies show that Americans believe the economy is important, but they largely still vote according to race and class. Gary Younge reports.
A global poll for the BBC World Service has revealed that 20 out of 21 countries preferred Barack Obama to his challenger.