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Simon Jenkins

Why the West should listen to Putin on Syria

As everyone knows, the only way to stop the slaughter in Syria is for the US to work with Assad – and to stop worrying about what looks good.

Grexit is now only way out for Greece

The reality is that the eurozone's managers care more about their loans and their beloved currency than they do about Greece.

Who is in control of law and order in Baltimore?

Policing cities will always be tough, but that merely increases the need for clear political control.

A disaster of strange allies

The UK cosying up to Iran points to a creeping hypocrisy at play in Western military intervention.

Brinkmanship bedevils Crimea

The West's insensitive handling of issues in the Ukraine created Russian President Vladimir Putin's version of the Cuban missile crisis.

Egypt’s lesson for Ukraine

Defiant crowds may destroy an old regime, but seldom do they build a new one that endures.

Britain chooses the worst reason to wage war

There could be no more dreadful idea than to pour more armaments into the sectarian war that is consuming Syria.

Bankers happy to play Nero as Europe burns

While Rome burned, Nero put on fancy dress, stood on a tower and played his lyre, writes Simon Jenkins.

Connection is not conversation

Cellphones may at last be falling victim to etiquette, but this is largely because even talk is considered too intimate a contact.

Norway doesn’t need patronising

The Norwegian tragedy is just that, a tragedy. It does not signify anything and should not be forced to do so.

Unionism means Germany has to pay up for Greece

What would you do this morning if you were a Greek? Would you agree to your government cutting public-sector jobs, pay and pensions?

Media can’t make blemishes vanish

It's for governments, not journalists, to guard public secrets and there's no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks' revelations, argues <b>Simon Jenkins</b>

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