Category: Obama Admin

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Juan Cole: Obama Condems hatred of Muslim-Americans, Affirms their Importance to Nation

President Obama spoke Wednesday at a Baltimore mosque in an explicit pushback against the hatred for Muslims being promoted by billionaire real estate developer Donald J. Trump and others among the Republican presidential candidates. Trump has scapegoated all Muslim-Americans for the violence committed by a tiny fringe. He has called for Muslims to be excluded Read more…

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Paul Street: Hillary Goes Hopey-Changey in Iowa

Obama has always sold his authoritarian and regressive state-capitalist and imperialist agenda as the “pragmatic” policy platform of “a progressive who knows how to get things done.”

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Tom Engelhardt: Failed States and States of Failure

“We Destroyed the Cities to Save Them” and Other Future Headlines

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Bill Fletcher: Obama, Morocco and Saharawi Self-Determination

In his last year in office, Obama should push Morocco to respect Saharawi self-determination

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Paul Street: Hate of the Union: the TPP is an Offense to the People

When Feelings Reflect Reality Introduced in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty Four, the word “doublethink” refers to the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time and to believe both of them. I don’t know about the belief part (see note 2, below), but Barack Obama’s seventh and thankfully Read more…

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Juan Cole: Obama: Islamophobia harms US Interests; Daesh/ISIL a dangerous Fringe

President Obama’s last State of the Union address this year was largely lacking in specifics and replete with high ideals and ambitious goals like curing cancer. But he did address some issues in everyday politics. One of the more powerful moments came when he implicitly attacked Donald Trump and several other GOP presidential candidates for Read more…

William Boardman: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Again

The Paris attacks make further escalations harder to resist, if not politically inevitable and politically all but impossible to oppose. But opposition must arise from somewhere if we are ever to break out of this spiral of violence that has led only downward for more than a decade.

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Norman Solomon: Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor

Here is a condensed version of President Obama’s speech from the Oval Office on Sunday night, unofficially translated into plain English

Sam Husseini: From Planned Parenthood to Madrid: What Can Paris, London and Washington Learn?

The U.S. has been bombing the Mideast for literally decades now — not a month — and has yet to make a serious accounting

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Paul Street: Keystone Rejected: Big Carbon Undaunted

The Masters of Oil are not stupid

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