We are just a week away from what may be the most significant US mid-term election in living memory. Normally, America's midterms attract little attention, with voter turnout significantly less than during presidential elections.
When we remember how rapidly the US imposed sanctions on Russia over Crimea and the Skripal poisonings, it's bizarre to watch US President Trump's reaction to the killing of journalist Khashoggi by the Saudis.
Trump is escalating attempts to push through regime change in Latin American countries that are not US puppets, while maintaining a hypocritical silence when it comes to the human rights abuses of US allies like Saudi Arabia.
The last week’s news in Britain was dominated by the Conservative Party annual conference. Theresa May, the weakest PM in my memory, managed to stumble through the conference and, if anything, slightly strengthened her position.
Our top-level politicians should make tackling climate change their utmost priority before it's too late. But they're distantly removed from the lives of citizens, and care only about winning the next election.
Trump’s threats of war, sanctions and promises to make America great again could be dismissed as the ranting of an eccentric politician. But this isn’t all about Trump. What he advocates is representative of much of the US elite.
In eight weeks' time Americans go to the polls for the midterm elections. America's had some corrupt presidents and quite a few incompetents, but there's never been anything like the chaos in the White House today.
This month marks 10 years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers created the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, but governments have failed to make changes necessary to prevent a similar collapse.