|Tuesday, September 08|
|·|| US Hypocrisy Astonishes the World |
|Friday, July 17|
|·|| Is Obama's African tough love bootstrap theory racist? |
|Sunday, June 14|
|·|| The Ooze of Piety: Peace Be Upon You? |
|Wednesday, March 11|
|·|| Obama, this is no economic crisis, it is the systemic breakdown of capitalism |
|Wednesday, March 04|
|·|| Obama's Iraq withdrawal plans and MoveOn |
|Thursday, February 26|
|·|| Obama's Non-Withdrawal Withdrawal Plan |
|Thursday, February 19|
|·|| Obama—President Of Special Interests |
|Sunday, January 25|
|·|| Is Obama just playing good cop? |
|·|| One Black Man's Critical Notes on Post Inauguration and Black America |
|Tuesday, January 20|
|·|| President Barack Obama: Change...What Change? |
|Friday, July 18|
|·|| U.S. to Send Envoy for Counternarcotics Cooperation, Chavez Responds to Obama |
|Sunday, June 08|
|·|| No, I Can't! Obama and The Israeli Lobby |
|·|| Why Obama Won || ||
|War and Terror: The Reality of the 'Lesser Evil'|
Thursday, December 06 @ 13:18:33 AST
Is This Child Dead Enough for You?|
By Chris Floyd
December 06, 2012 - chris-floyd.com
To all those now hailing the re-election of Barack Obama as a triumph of decent, humane, liberal values over the oozing-postule perfidy of the Republicans, a simple question:
Is this child dead enough for you?
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|Inside U.S.A.: Obama Humiliates the Black Caucus – and They Pretend Not to Notice|
Monday, October 03 @ 08:22:12 AST
|By BAR executive editor Glen Ford|
October 03, 2011 - blackagendareport.com
“Obama has very publicly commanded them to shut up and perform what he believes is their only legitimate function: to get him re-elected."
This magazine spent much of the 2008 presidential campaign warning that reflexive, unquestioning, uncomplaining support for Barack Obama would render African Americans politically irrelevant for the next four years. “About 90 percent of Black America has allied itself with a candidate that never promised them a damn thing,” we wrote, back on April Fools Day, 2008. One year before, in Selma, Alabama, Obama had first deployed his pseudo-Baptist preacher delivery to announce that Blacks had already come “90 percent of the way” towards equality, strongly inferring that his election would take us the other ten percent of the way, while simultaneously sending “a signal to whites that the days of Black racial agitation were nearly over.”
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|Inside U.S.A.: Barack Obama and the Debt Crisis: a Successful Con Game Explained|
Monday, August 08 @ 00:06:07 AST
|By Bruce A. Dixon|
August 08, 2011 - blackagendareport.com
The phony debt ceiling crisis was, from beginning to end, a con. It was an elaborate and successful hoax in which the nation's first black president, the Democratic and Republican parties, Wall Street and corporate media all played indispensable parts. The object of the supposed “crisis” was to short circuit public opinion, existing law, democratic process and traditions of public oversight, in order to deal fatal blows to Medicaid, Medicare, social security, job growth and public expenditures for the common good. It worked. We've been conned.
President Barack Obama as First Actor in the Con
The key actor in the con was and is Barack Obama, leader of the Democratic party and president of the United States. When the Bush and Obama administrations bailed out the banksters in 2008, 2009 and 2010 they didn't print new warehouses of greenbacks and send them over in a fleet of trucks. The Federal Reserve simply opened its spreadsheets, and wrote numbers with lots of zeroes crediting the banksters' accounts. It literally created the new money by giving it away, and next proceeded to borrow those funds back from the banksters at interest. The debt ceiling crisis was nothing but those same banksters twirling their mustaches and oinking “Well, we don't think you (the government that created the money by giving it to them) can really afford to repay all these loans you've been taking out... We might have to downgrade your credit rating...”
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|Inside U.S.A.: Fiddling in the Wasteland: Walking in Reagan's Shoes|
Tuesday, September 14 @ 02:08:45 AST
|By Mike Whitney|
September 14, 2010 - counterpunch.org
The Fed's Beige Book, which was released on Wednesday, provides a sobering look at an economy that is sputtering-along on empty. Nearly all the districts reported slower activity amid "widespread signs of deceleration". The stimulus-fueled rebound which powered GDP above 5% two quarters earlier, has progressively dissipated slashing growth to an anemic 1.6%. As underemployment has soared to 16.5% and deflation has continued to tighten its grip, all talk of a "recovery" has ceased and policymakers have grown more tentative, unwilling to do anything that might cost them votes in the upcoming midterm elections.
Housing prices--which had been holding steady for nearly a year--have started to lose ground following the expiration of the homebuyer tax credit at the end of June. According to economist Joseph Stiglitz, "The foreclosure rate is increasing. Two million Americans lost their homes in 2008, and 2.8 million more in 2009, but the numbers are expected to be even higher in 2010." Residential construction activity has slowed to a crawl across the country as housing appears set for another leg down.
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|World Focus: Obama and His Family Tied to CIA for Years|
Monday, September 06 @ 22:26:31 AST
|By Sherwood Ross|
September 6, 2010
President Obama – as well as his mother, father, step-father and grandmother – all were connected to the Central Intelligence Agency – possibly explaining why the President praises the "Agency" and declines to prosecute its officials for their crimes.
According to a published report in the September Rock Creek Free Press of Washington, D.C., investigative reporter Wayne Madsen says Obama's mother Ann Dunham worked "on behalf of a number of CIA front operations, including the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Ford Foundation." The East-West Center had long been affiliated with CIA activities in the Asia-Pacific region, Madsen says.
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|World Focus: Barack Obama: Are we moving from the Slave to the Nuclear Holocaust?|
Saturday, July 03 @ 22:58:15 AST
hundred millions of precious lives will World War III devour in its oil
By Franz J. T. Lee
July 03, 2010
In Venezuela we are seriously studying the latest reflections and
warnings of Fidel Castro. We are asking whether we are moving from the
catastrophic oil leaks in the Gulf of Mexico to the nuclear broil, to
the Nuclear Holocaust in the Middle East, to the next World War.
In all these capitalist developments, Karl Marx had the first
theoretical word, will the world proletariat have the last praxical
word? At last, are the global workers wakening up from their slumber?
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|War and Terror: Liberals Get a War President of Their Very Own|
Monday, February 08 @ 19:32:50 AST
|By Murray Polner|
February 08, 2010 - hnn.us
Suddenly and surprisingly, we have a Bush-like Obama Doctrine. To the applause of liberal hawks and formerly critical neocons, the president declared in his Nobel Peace Prize speech that the U.S. will continue to wage war—though naturally, only “just” war—anywhere and against anyone it chooses in a never-ending struggle against the forces of evil. His antiwar supporters can take seats on the sidelines. It’s all reminiscent of John F. Kennedy and the prescient George Ball, and afterward Ball and Lyndon Johnson. In the early ’60s, JFK—reluctantly, we are told by his admirers—decided to send 16,000 “trainers” to Vietnam to teach the South Vietnamese how to play soldier and to stop the Communists from sweeping over Southeast Asia. Vast quantities of money and assorted advisers were shipped without accountability to the corrupt gang of thugs running and ruining that country.
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|War and Terror: Obama’s Alternate Universe|
Wednesday, January 13 @ 19:23:36 AST
|By Scott Ritter|
January 13, 2010 - Truthdig
As America enters the year 2010 and President Barack Obama his second year in office, the foreign policy landscape presented by American policymakers and media pundits appears to be dominated by two physical problems—Iraq and Afghanistan—which operate in an overarching metaphysical environment loosely defined as a “war on terror.” The ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, entering their seventh and ninth years respectively, have consumed America’s attention, treasure and blood without producing anything close to a tangible victory.
What exactly constitutes the “war on terror” has never been adequately defined and, as a result, the United States has been, and continues to be, militarily involved in other regions as well, including Somalia, Kenya, the Philippines and, increasingly, Yemen. The American people today are fatigued, and while their political leadership promises to lead the nation out of the long, dark tunnel of conflict, there continues to be no light emerging in the distance, only the ever-darkening shadows of wars without end or purpose.
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|War and Terror: Breaking With Obama?|
Saturday, January 02 @ 02:18:26 AST
|By Ralph Nader|
January 02, 2010 - nader.org
Those long-hoping, long-enduring members of the liberal intelligentsia are starting to break away from the least-worst mindset that muted their criticisms of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.
They still believe that the President is far better than his Republican counterpart would have been. Some still believe that sometime, somewhere, Obama will show his liberal stripes. But they no longer believe they should stay loyally silent in the face of the escalating war in Afghanistan, the near collapse of key provisions in the health insurance legislation, the likely anemic financial regulation bill, or the obeisance to the bailed out Wall Street gamblers. Remember this Administration more easily embraces bonuses for fat cats than adequate investment in public jobs.
Of all the loyalists, among the first to stray was Bob Herbert, columnist for The New York Times. He wondered about his friends telling him that Obama treats their causes and them “as if they have nowhere to go.” Then there was the stalwart Obamaist, the brainy Gary Wills, who broke with Obama over Afghanistan in a stern essay of admonition.
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|War and Terror: 'Just War' Is Just Words|
Saturday, December 12 @ 16:53:47 AST
|By Ralph Nader|
December 12, 2009 - nader.org
President Obama, the Afghan war escalator, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, and proceeded to deliver his acceptance speech outlining the three criteria for a "just war" which he himself is violating.
The criteria are in this words: "If it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the force used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence."
After 9/11, warmonger George W. Bush could have used the international law doctrine of hot pursuit with a multilateral force of commandoes, linguists and bribers to pursue the backers of the attackers. Instead, he blew the country of Afghanistan apart and started occupying it, joined forces with a rump regime and launched a divide-and-rule tribal strategy that set the stage for a low-tiered civil war.
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|War and Terror: The Peace Candidate Myth: Yeswecanistan|
Thursday, December 10 @ 16:39:33 AST
|By William Blum|
December 10, 2009
All the crying from the left about how Obama "the peace candidate" has now become "a war president" ... Whatever are they talking about? Here's what I wrote in this report in August 2008, during the election campaign:
We find Obama threatening, several times, to attack Iran if they don't do what the United States wants them to do nuclear-wise; threatening more than once to attack Pakistan if their anti-terrorist policies are not tough enough or if there would be a regime change in the nuclear-armed country not to his liking; calling for a large increase in US troops and tougher policies for Afghanistan; wholly and unequivocally embracing Israel as if it were the 51st state.
Why should anyone be surprised at Obama's foreign policy in the White House? He has not even banned torture, contrary to what his supporters would fervently have us believe. If further evidence were needed, we have the November 28 report in the Washington Post: "Two Afghan teenagers held in U.S. detention north of Kabul this year said they were beaten by American guards, photographed naked, deprived of sleep and held in solitary confinement in concrete cells for at least two weeks while undergoing daily interrogation about their alleged links to the Taliban." This is but the latest example of the continuance of torture under the new administration.
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|Inside U.S.A.: The Audacity of Failure: The 4-year presidency of Barack Hoover Obama|
Monday, November 16 @ 03:27:31 AST
|By Mike Whitney|
November 15, 2009 - globalresearch.ca
Barack Obama is on his way to becoming a one-term president. According to Politico:
"President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year’s State of the Uni0n address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.
Er, now who exactly is telling Obama that raising taxes or cutting spending in the middle of a severe economic contraction is a good idea?
The president’s plan, which the officials said was under discussion before this month’s Democratic election setbacks, represents both a practical and a political calculation by this White House." (politico.com)
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|World Focus: Premature Peace|
Monday, October 19 @ 19:21:51 AST
|By Jim Miles|
October 19, 2009
When I first saw the headline, in Rob Kall's OpEd News, I thought 'This is a joke.' However on further checking the joke on the web - through sites as diverse as al-Jazeera, the Globe and Mail, the Christian Science Monitor, Reuters and others - it became obvious that this was not a joke, but a farce. I do not think there is much a I can really add to what has already been said about the prize going to Obama as many commentators have reflected my sentiments quite accurately, but I could not resist doing something to get my personal bewilderment/anger about this farce out of my system by writing about it.
According to the Norway Post:
"Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.
The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened, the Committee says."
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|World Focus: Barack Obama, The Nobel Peace Prize and the Wrong discussion|
Saturday, October 10 @ 01:28:37 AST
|By Iniko Ujaama|
October 09, 2009
I realise the discussion is out of focus and they have us debating about the wrong things. Perhaps the more peripheral issue is whether Obama deserves their prize (assuming it is worth anything). Had we not had so much respect and admiration for such awards we would not be having the same discussion.
Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I think many factors would influence our response to this occurrence. Many people are debating whether he 'deserves' the award and I for some time today engaged in this debate also. But upon reflection, much is overlooked which forms the bases for even having such a discussion. First, I think this discussion presumes a certain meaning and significance to the award which must be clarified (or at least a common ground established) before the discussion could be engaged productively.
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|War and Terror: Upside Down World: Warmonger Wins Peace Prize|
Friday, October 09 @ 11:44:53 AST
|By Paul Craig Roberts|
October 09, 2009 - counterpunch.org
It took 25 years longer than George Orwell thought for the slogans of 1984 to become reality.
“War is Peace,” “Freedom is Slavery,” “Ignorance is Strength.”
I would add, “Lie is Truth.”
The Nobel Committee has awarded the 2009 Peace Prize to President Obama, the person who started a new war in Pakistan, upped the war in Afghanistan, and continues to threaten Iran with attack unless Iran does what the US government demands and relinquishes its rights as a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty.
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