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Seven Bad Endings to the Wars in the Middle East – By Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren, Seven Bad Endings to the New War in the Middle East

middle east mapIt was May 23, 2012, and President Obama was giving a graduation speech at the Air Force Academy when he told the assembled cadets that they should “never bet against the United States of America… [because] the United States has been, and will always be, the one indispensable nation in world affairs.”  On that basis, he suggested, the twenty-first century, like the twentieth, would be an American one.  Then, on October 23, 2012, in the final presidential debate with Mitt Romney, he reiterated the point, saying: “America remains the one indispensable nation, and the world needs a strong America, and it is stronger now than when I came into office.”

That phrase, “the indispensable nation,” is of relatively recent coinage, but it is now seemingly an indispensable word for any American politician and so it’s not surprising that the president continues to cling tightly to it.  On May 28, 2014, for instance, giving another commencement speech, this time at West Point, he once again went for that indispensable rhetorical jugular. Continue reading

Obama’s Complete Nelson Mandela Memorial Speech

Obama’s Complete Nelson Mandela Memorial Speech

 Dec 10, 2013 – President Barack Obama’s full speech at memorial service today for Nelson Mandela.

President Obama: It does not have to be true! – by Ron Persaud

It does not have to be true!
(Just saying appears to be enough.)

By Ron Persaud

President Obama

President Obama

I wish to state that I do not believe that President Obama is untrustworthy  or a liar; but he is being framed as both.

This is not new!

 Ever since he was nominated to run for the Office of President of the United States of America, Mr. Obama has been the target of a concerted and coordinated effort to discredit his qualifications (transcripts!), his eligibility (birthers!) and by open-mike envy (Jessie Jackson!).    Continue reading

US Republicans using weapons of mass financial destruction- Sir Ronald Sanders

US Republicans using weapons of mass financial destruction

The impact of the government shutdown on the US economy, which is still the world’s largest economy, will be felt worldwide says Sir Ronald Sanders.

By Sir Ronald Sanders 

Sir Ronald Sanders

Sir Ronald Sanders

 Caribbean360 News – Barbados, Thursday October 3, 2013 – There will be a lot of rubbish in Washington over the next few days.  And, that rubbish is not only the garbage that is steadily piling up in the nation’s capital because of the government’s shut down.  It is also the quality of the Republican Party’s argument for refusing to pass a Budget that would allow the federal government to provide goods and services to the public.

While the Republicans have obstructed Budgets before – notably in late 1995 and early 1996 when Bill Clinton was President – there is more than a little racism toward this first non-White American President by the right wing Tea Party element even though they have not dared to say so.    Continue reading

Obama Dares Graduates to Reject Cynical Voices – video

Obama Dares Graduates to Reject Cynical Voices

Published on May 6, 2013

President Barack Obama told college graduates at Ohio State University Sunday May 5, 2013  that only their generation can break the cycle of a political system consumed by “small things” that works for the benefit of a few.

Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech… with Obama – video

Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast with Obama

Obama Smacked Down the Right in His Inauguration Speech

12 Ways Obama Smacked Down the Right in His Inauguration Speech
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 09:33 By Adele M Stan, Alternet | Op-Ed  LINK
  • President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the presidential public swearing-in on the west front of the Capitol Building during the 57th inauguration in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / The New York Times)
  • President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the presidential public swearing-in on the west front of the Capitol Building during the 57th inauguration in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / The New York Times)
  • Reclaiming the language of patriotism, Obama then threw it back in the faces of right-wing Republicans to advance a liberal agenda. Continue reading

Good to be Alive – by Ron Persaud

Good to be Alive

By Ron Persaud

 Four years ago I confided to a friend that I wanted to live to see how President Obama’s first term would play out.

I had some misgivings at the time; and apprehension too!

Would he be President of the whole USA; or just for black people?  Let me hasten to explain that I come from a culture where the term “apaan jhaat” (for your own race)  was a campaign exhortation ever since I was a teenager. One of my sisters-in-law was seriously intent on returning to Guyana “if Obama wins”  He did but she did not.          Continue reading

US Ambassador Susan E. Rice at Howard University Convocation

Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, At Howard University’s 145th Convocation, September 28, 2012.

Susan-Rice-

Susan Rice – United States Ambassador to the United Nations

 In my own family, that legacy of oppression overcome weighed on my late father, Emmett Rice. He was a brilliant, proud man – an economics professor a senior official at the Treasury Department and the World  Bank, and a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board. But his life of service came despite ferocious odds. My dad grew up between the wars in segregated South Carolina, and he never forgot the sting of separate and unequal.

He served our country proudly in World War II, as an officer with the Tuskegee Airmen, but he forever resented the irony and inequity of fighting for freedom in a stubbornly segregated military. Dad had to learn to believe in himself by himself, to dismiss the taunting message of Jim Crow that he was somehow less of a man. He overcame that  trauma-but he never forgot that he had to endure it. Throughout his career, Dad sought to lift up others so they could seize the  opportunities he was almost denied.                Continue reading

Ramotar congratulates Obama on “well deserved” victory

 Ramotar congratulates Obama on “well deserved” victory

November 7, 2012  –  Demerara Waves

Guyanese leader Donald Ramotar on Wednesday expressed his congratulations to Barack Obama on his re-election as president of the United States.

“I take this opportunity publicly to express my congratulations on a hard fought and well deserved victory,” Ramotar stated briefly at a trade union event Wednesday morning.

An official message is expected to be dispatched shortly as is customary.    Continue reading

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