Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley is the United States correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.


CIA torture report: How the agency program spiralled out of control

Nick O'Malley It is not just the clinical detail of the brutality of American agents that makes the US Senate report on the CIA's torture shocking, it is how chaotic and in the end, pointless, the entire program...

CIA torture report to be released

In the spotlight: Senate intelligence committee chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein is questioned about the upcoming release of the CIA's torture program.

Nick O'Malley According to those who have already seen what is now almost universally known simply as the CIA torture report, its contents are chilling.

What it's like to be released from Guantanamo

The exterior of Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Nick O'Malley The release of detainees from the United States prison at Guantanamo Bay has become a common enough occurrence this year that the process runs predictably predictably and smoothly.

Ferguson signifies sad end of the age of Obama

Ferguson burning: A demonstrator sits in front of a street fire during a Ferguson demonstration in Oakland, California.

Nick O'Malley and Dan Fallon Far from helping the United States overcome racial tension, President Barack Obama's presence in the top job has had the capacity to inflame it.

Mistrust fills the air as National Guard and protesters face off in Ferguson

National Guard soldiers stand in formation outside Ferguson's police department.

Nick O'Malley As protests spread around the United States on Wednesday night, reinforced National Guard and police engaged in a tense stand-off in Ferguson, sparing the township much of the violence that tore...

Michael Brown jury decision: peaceful protests spread though United States

Querying justice system: A protester carrying an upside-down flag marches past cars on a highway in Oakland, California.

Nick O'Malley Protesters across the United States have gathered for more demonstrations over a grand jury's decision not to charge the police officer who killed Michael Brown.

Ferguson ignites with grand jury's refusal to indict policeman over fatal shooting


Nick O'Malley The anger that had been growing in over 100 days of continuous protest spilled into violence as the prosecuting attorney said that a grand jury had found no probable cause to indict Darren Wilson for...

Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson grand jury does not indict officer Darren Wilson

Demonstrators block an intersection during a march to protest the death of Michael Brown.

Nick O'Malley After three months, the grand jury in Ferguson has finally reached a decision on whether to indict the white police officer who shot and killed a young black man.


Tamir Rice: Not a boy with a toy in a park, but a black male with a gun

Shot: An undated photo of Tamir Rice, who was killed by police.

Nick O'Malley The problem in America is not between young black men and white police, but young black men and police in general.

The US's gun laws are failing its children

Another victim: Ronald Holt in front of a painting of his son Blair Holt, who was killed by gang violence.

Nick O'Malley The United States is becoming increasingly divided over gun control but while the argument rages its children keep dying.


Obama immigration plan shields 5 million and sets up showdown with Republicans

Appeal: Five million undocumented immigrants hope to be allowed to stay in the US.

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama appealed to Americans' sense of fairness, good sense and patriotism to allow five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the US.

Uber exec Emil Michael threatens to dig dirt on company critics, unleashing torrent of criticism

In the gun: Emil Michael, senior vice president for Business for Uber.

Nick O'Malley An executive of a car hire tech which has risen from start-up to $US17 billion international giant in four years declared to a dinner table that the company should spend a million dollars hiring...

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US-China deal means climate change talk unavoidable at G20

Agenda setter: US President Barack Obama in Beijing.

Nick O'Malley Climate is likely to be on the table in Brisbane, despite the Abbott Government's attempts to keep it off.

Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery: Children's voices, picnic blankets and sobbing for America's war dead

Dead remembered: Aileen Lucas visits the grave of her husband, US Marine Corps Major Christopher Lucas, on Veterans Day in Section 60.

Nick O'Malley Hundreds came and went throughout the afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day remembering America's dead.

US midterm results result reveal dark arts of voter manipulation

US President Barack Obama.

Nick O'Malley Separating the electorate into useful constituencies is not new in American politics. But in low turnout elections, the effect is pronounced.

Obama, Republican victors talk truce, prepare for battle

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is expected to become Senate majority leader following the midterm elections.

Nick O'Malley Far from heralding a new era of cooperation in Washington, DC, the Republican midterm rout of Democrats appears to have set the parameters for the next major battle between the two gridlocked...


Election night elevates a Republican star and encourages a Democratic one


Nick O'Malley Victory is a double-edged sword for Republicans, and Hillary Clinton will see the election results as good news for her budding campaign for the White House.

Republicans sweep to control of Congress, training their guns on Obama

Under new management: The US Capitol, about to go structural repairs, will also see a new political broom as Republicans control both houses of Congress.

Nick O'Malley The Republicans took almost every close race in the nation, winning the Senate and achieving their largest House majority since 1946.