Nearly there. Nearly there. The 2020 US presidential election – after surely the strangest campaign ever conducted – is just over a week away. Donald Trump’s theatre of the absurd seems to have hurt him in the polls, but even if the odds are against him, there is still a chance of a repeat of 2016. So what would that mean for the rest of the planet? From the Paris climate accord to the Iran nuclear deal to the rise of nationalist leaders; who wins on 3 November will have a huge bearing on the future of the world. In a special report, some of our top international correspondents consider what will change if Biden wins, or if Trump hangs on.
Across the Pacific, there was some confirmed joy for progressives after incumbent prime minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term. Ardern’s Labour party won a rare outright majority in the Wellington parliament, having worked in a coalition with the nationalist New Zealand First party for the past three years. Charlotte Graham-McLay looks at how New Zealand rejected the populist ideas embraced by other nations and Phil Taylor profiles the resurgent Greens, who Ardern has indicated she may invite into a coalition government, despite her majority.
Bolivia has had a tumultuous year since its disputed 2019 election. The fallout from that vote led to the enforced departure of socialist president Evo Morales and the ascent of a rightwing interim administration led by Jeanine Áñez. Now, several delays and a pandemic later, the election has finally been re-run and Luis Arce – the candidate from Morales’s Mas party is the president-elect. What will it mean for (another) deeply divided country? Tom Phillips reports.
In opinion, Nesrine Malik wonders if, in the UK, the Conservatives’ version of patriotism is the correct one and Will Hutton argues that Britain ought to join the EU and the US in trying to break up the big tech monopolies.
This week’s features take in the story of Alicia Garza, who co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement but has stepped away; Simon Hattenstone meets editor-turned-TV host Piers Morgan who is as opinionated as you might expect and Juliette Garside brings us the latest from the Daphne Project – an attempt to get to the bottom of the killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
We also look at the doo-wop roots of reggae in Jamaica and Rachel Cooke speaks to Don DeLillo ahead of his eerily prescient new novel The Silence.