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The Obama Spectacle- History, Hypocrisy, and Empire

Posted by seumasach on January 29, 2009

Larry Pinkney

ICH

29th January, 2009

Now that the spectacle of the Barack Obama coronation as the “American” Empire’s first African-American emperor has run its course, and many, many millions of dollars have been spent on self-adulation by the power elite of this nation, the huddled masses will necessarily be compelled to return to a system of no universal, single-payer health care, increasing joblessness, insatiable corporate / military greed, homelessness, de facto racial disparity & discord, police brutality, a burgeoning U.S. prison population, and endless U.S. wars abroad. For yet again, this nation will have done what it all too often does: perverted its promise, including the dream of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., into a hypocritical nightmare of gigantic and historic proportions.

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In America, Speaking the Truth Is a Career-ending Event

Posted by seumasach on January 28, 2009

Paul Craig Roberts

vdare.com

25th January, 2009

“The evidence is sitting on the table. There is no avoiding the fact that this was torture.”

These are the words of Manfred Nowak, the UN official appointed by the Commission on Human Rights to examine cases of torture. Nowak has concluded that President Obama is legally obligated to prosecute former President George W. Bush and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. UN Rapporteur: Initiate criminal proceedings against Bush and Rumsfeld now, By Scott Horton, Harper’s Magazine, January 21, 2009
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Obama: Regime Rotation

Posted by smeddum on January 27, 2009

Obama: Regime Rotation 

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

January 26, 2009 “Information Clearinghouse — The arrival of the Obama administration will not fundamentally alter the course of military expansion accelerated during the Bush era. The origins of these policies do not lie uniquely in neoconservative ideology. While the election of President Obama may offer new opportunities for progressive forces to delimit the damage, their space for movement will ultimately be constrained by deep-seated structural pressures that will attempt to exploit Obama to rehabilitate American imperial hegemony, rather than transform it. Read the rest of this entry »

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First blood to Obama

Posted by seumasach on January 26, 2009

 

PressTV

25th January, 2009

US commanders say they had consulted President Barack Obama before launching recent drone attacks on Pakistan’s tribal belt near the Afghan border. 

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Obama’s partisan, profane confidant reins it in

Posted by seumasach on January 26, 2009

 

 

 

IHT

25th January, 2009

Earlier this month, Barack Obama was meeting with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and other lawmakers when Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, began nervously cracking a knuckle.

Obama then turned to complain to Emanuel about his noisy habit.

At which point, Emanuel held the offending knuckle up to Obama’s left ear and, like an annoying little brother, snapped off a few special cracks.

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Martial Law, the Financial Bailout, and War

Posted by seumasach on January 8, 2009

 

 

 

One absolutely key element is missing from this analysis: by keeping the bulk of the US army, sworn to defend the constitution, engaged abroad the way is left clear for Northern Command, a special and unconstitutional force, to seize control inside the USA.

Prof. Peter Dale Scott

Global Research

8th January, 2009

Paulson’s Financial Bailout

 

It is becoming clear that the bailout measures of late 2008 may have consequences at least as grave for an open society as the response to 9/11 in 2001. Many members of Congress felt coerced into voting against their inclinations, and the normal procedures for orderly consideration of a bill were dispensed with.

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A setback for Obama’s plans

Posted by seumasach on January 5, 2009

A setback for Obama’s plans
By Jim Lobe
Asia Times

6th January, 2009
WASHINGTON – Israel’s massive week-long aerial assault on Gaza and subsequent ground invasion are likely to complicate president-elect Barack Obama’s hopes of aggressively pursuing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, and risk inflicting greater damage to Washington’s standing in the Arab world, according to most analysts in Washington.
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“Deep throat” dies but not the mystery

Posted by smeddum on December 19, 2008

By Paul Anderson
19/12/08

One of the lesser known mysteries of modern times is what really happened at Watergate. The official story is told in “All the President’s Men” but the story goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Read the rest of this entry »

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After Bush, Obama must catch up with Russia

Posted by smeddum on November 10, 2008

After Bush, Obama must catch up with Russia
10/ 11/ 2008

MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Fedyashin) – George Bush Jr. has managed to cultivate such a strong feeling against his White House in the world and has dented US reputation so badly that any change on Pennsylvania Avenue is like a breath of fresh air. Read the rest of this entry »

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Onion: Obamamania skit.

Posted by smeddum on November 8, 2008

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Why “Dr Doom” does not like Obama

Posted by smeddum on November 6, 2008

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