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January 13, 2009

Obama “deeply concerned” about Gaza

Aggregated from: England for Obama

Barack Obama has broken his silence about the situation in Gaza - it seems as a result of the latest Israeli attack, which killed 40 at a United Nations school. From MSNBC.com: “President-elect Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned” about civilian casualties in Gaza and Israel...

Open letter to Obama

Aggregated from: Lebanese Chess

If you're a teacher, please sign this Open letter to Obama to oppose Israel's war on Gaza. ...

Israel: A Strategic Liability For The US?

Aggregated from: Rantings of a Sandmonkey » American politics

Here is an interesting debate between National secuirty experts in the National Journal online, over whether or not Israel poses a startegic liability to the US in terms of global policy. For me it's interesting because middle-easterners always claim that the reason why they dislike the US forie...

Blame Australia!

Aggregated from: England for Obama

Guess who’s staying in the Presidential guest house Blair House - and thus preventing the Obamas from moving in? The delightful John Howard. Although, as Margaret Carlson says here, the 35 (count ‘em!)-bathroomed Blair House was reportedly free until recently - and Howard may well have b...

Obama’s Perestroika Challenge: US & Russia , W. George Krasnow

Aggregated from: open Democracy News Analysis - american power & the world

The challenge Barack Obama faces is being compared with that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the 1933 depression and of Abraham Lincoln at the start of the civil war. Another analogy suggests itself, with Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika.  Then, in 1985, the USSR was at war, its economy s...

January 8, 2009

A Dark Past in East Timor for Obama's National Intelligence Nominee

read Citizen journalists from East Timor have been busily tweeting about the nomination of Admiral Denis C. Blair for the post of US director of National Intelligence. The nominee faces serious accusations of backing the Indonesian occupation of East Timor in the 1990's, an invasion which led to the killing of approximately 1,400 Timorese and the displacement of 300,000 people.

You’ve Just Been Appointed U.S. Middle East Envoy…Now What?

Aggregated from: Mideast Youth - Thinking Ahead » USA

With the bloody fighting in Gaza, emotions are running high in the region, and around the world. The ghastly images we see on the news evoke a wide range of emotions: sympathy, empathy, regret, guilt, remorse, and yes, anger. All this is understandable. And yet we sense that strong passions and unbr...

Bush's mate Howard back in Washington

The upcoming inauguration has taken an Aussie turn. Barack Obama's displacement from Blair House was caused by former Australian Prime Minister John Howard who is to receive the US Medal of Freedom from his mate George W. Bush. U.S. bloggers were outraged apparently. Australian bloggers were just as vocal.

December 26, 2008

Morocco: Obama to Speak?

Algerian-American blogger The Moor Next Door has reported on a campaign set up by Moroccans to encourage President-Elect Barack Obama to make his first speech abroad in Morocco. The blogger states: This clever Moroccan site — Obama to Speak in Morocco — is marketing that country as the best candidate ...

December 15, 2008

Breaking News: Bush Ducks Shoes

It was an incident that lasted a mere 12 seconds. But as soon as bloggers the world over watched Muntadar Al Zeidi throw not one, but both his shoes, at US President George W Bush in a Press conference held in Iraq today, reactions - several in 140 characters or less in the Twittersphere - spread faster than you could say ‘footwear’ … twice.