Articles Tagged “Barack Obama”

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    Closing Guantánamo

    The Senate Torture report confirms that Guantánamo was a place of torture and indefinite detention, and continues to be an international embarrassment.

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    Normalization of US-Cuba Relations Begins

    President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba deserves applause. Normalization, however, will not be complete until the U.S. ends its economic embargo and returns Guantánamo Bay to Cuba.

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    You’ve Been Had

    The L.A. Times recently reported that Latino voters may opt to sit out the upcoming mid-term elections. Why? Because as one man lamented, it is President Obama’s failure to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

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    Spread of Ebola, Like AIDS, Can Be Brought Under Control

    My 19-year old son died of AIDS back in the early days of the AIDS pandemic. The hysteria surrounding the Ebola crisis reminds me somewhat of the hysteria in the early days of the AIDS crisis. There was a plethora of misinformation, risky rumors, blaming of the victim, and lots of finger pointing.

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    Is GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Based on Racism?

    Looking back over Obama’s years as president, It seems clear that racism is a factor in the GOP’s threat to impeach Obama.

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    Our Media’s Misleading Polls

    Shortly after Obama became president, an international poll showed him to be the most admired person in the world. But that was then and this is now. Now his international image seems to have devolved to a seemingly deplorable level.

  • Masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) executed as many as 50 captured Iraqi soldiers near Mosul earlier this week.

    Bush’s Iraq War Spiraling into Civil War

    Iraq is descending into civil war. The nation is close to a partition of the country into Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish zones, a predictable result of Bush’s ill-advised, unnecessary war.

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    Prisoner Swap is an Opportunity to Again Debate the Closing of Guantánamo

    It is unfortunate that the debate about the prisoner swap – U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 Taliban officials – disregards or at least minimizes the fact that prior to the swap, there were 149 still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, of which 78 are still imprisoned after being cleared for release and 38 the U.S. has said it lacks evidence to prosecute but claims they are too dangerous to release.

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    Obama, Get Angry

    Senator John Boehner recently derided the President as being “nuts” for believing the Keystone pipeline could cause environmental damage. Never mind that he qualified his assessment by noting that he was not a scientist, never mind the threat of eco-terrorism on that pipeline that could be disastrous, never mind that we need to focus on cleaner, renewable energies.

  • Lawmakers are working to introduce laws to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

    Keeping Firearms from the Mentally Ill

    The Obama administration announced January 3 executive actions intended to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a rule whereby states can submit information on such people to the National Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg on Friday.  Photo by Kevin Lamarque.

    Syria – A Serious Diplomatic Dilemma

    To much of the world, it appears that our president is indecisive, unsure of his options, and unable to amass consensus on how to proceed on the issue of Syria

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    Statement by Julian Assange on Verdict in Bradley Manning Court-Martial

    Today Bradley Manning, a whistleblower, was convicted by a military court at Fort Meade of 19 offenses for supplying the press with information, including five counts of ’espionage’. He now faces a maximum sentence of 136 years

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    Can the U.S. Claim Victory in Iraq?

    Following the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq in December 2011, can the U.S. claim victory or did the Obama administration adopt the face-saving solution of “Just declare victory and get out,” a position proposed by the late Senator George Akin of Vermont at the end of the Vietnam war?

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    Syria and Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Evidence of alleged sarin gas use has supposedly come from human tissue samples. A few dozen Syrians are said to have been killed. If true, did Assad forces or the opposition forces use these chemical weapons and why was only a small amount of sarin used?

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    Zero Dark Thirty: Turning the Spotlight on US Use of Torture

    Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. The film shows graphic scenes of US torture including waterboarding, beating, sleep deprivation, humiliation, and psychological torture.