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Obama Pushes for Congressional Approval to Attack Syria; Syrian Refugees Top 2 Million

The Obama administration is gaining ground in its bid to win congressional approval before launching a military strike on Syria. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain met with Obama on Monday, along with fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. After the meeting, McCain told reporters he believes a vote against the strikes would have "catastrophic" consequences. The Senate Foreign Relations Co ...

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Obama speech reaction – nuclear weapon reductions will reduce risks but prohibition treaty urgent

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) welcomes President Obama’s announcement in Berlin today calling for a world without nuclear weapons and the readiness to pursue further reductions in the US and Russian nuclear arsenals.  However, the humanitarian consequences of any nuclear weapon use, increasingly the focus of global engagement on these weapons, demands their prohibition and eli ...

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Obama calls for reduction of Russian nukes

US President Barack Obama has called on Russia to slash its deployed nuclear weapons by up to a third. “After a comprehensive review, I've determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies -- and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent -- while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third,” he said in a Wednesday speech in Berlin. “And I intend to seek neg ...

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“A path to a Just World – people reviving Democracy”. Comments on Noam Chomsky’s speech

In his fascinating and lucid 1h 20min speech to an audience of 2,500 people in the plenary hall on the first day of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Chomsky touched on many subjects, among them: the alternative model of the 'Commons', false democracy and the issue of weapons in their various forms (drones, the nuclear threat, Obama’s terrorist policies). We asked the presenters of the Pressenza panel ...

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From Prague to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free World: Is President Obama’s vision now achievable?

Four years today, President Obama announced in Prague his vision and commitment to seek a world without nuclear weapons. Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, reports on a number of anniversary actions, and asks whether this vision is still alive, and possible to achieve, or merely a pipe-dream that has fallen to the politics of reality. In January ...

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Obama – Nobel Peace Prize 2009: “We will maintain the best military the world has ever known”

Being the President of the USA can’t be an easy job; being a president from an ethnic minority, someone from a community that has a long experience of poverty, violence and discrimination, must be even harder.  On one hand in order to succeed in xenophobic US politics you have to be heartless in your dealings with foreigners and show this to everyone in Washington, on the other hand as a human being with th ...

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Obama vows action after online guns petitions

US President Barack Obama on Friday vowed to take action to stop gun violence in response to online petitions signed by more than 400,000 people after last week's elementary school massacre. "In the days since the heart-breaking tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, hundreds of thousands of you, from all 50 states, signed petitions asking us to take serious steps to address the epidemic of gun violence in this c ...

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Obama or Romney: US Defense Spending Would Still Eclipse the World

One of the biggest issues in the 2012 US presidential campaign has been defense spending, as incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney battle over how much to spend on the American military. But the sheer amount the US spends on defense is a concept foreign to the rest of the world. By Suleiman Wali for RIA Novosti* reproduced from Human Wrongs Watch “The United States makes up 43 percent of global ...

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Imagine a Hedge Fund Manager as U.S. President

In the late summer of 1998, in the wake of the Asian financial crisis, a group of German and French professors of economics organised at the University of Bremen in Germany a seminar to discuss ways to re-regulate the international financial markets. The theme could not have been timelier: The disaster of the Mexican crisis in late 1994 had already shaken the foundations of neoliberalism in Latin America, t ...

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Obama addresses Muslim anger over film; warns Iran on nuclear bid

President Barack Obama addressed on Tuesday an anti-Islam film that set violence raging across the Arab world, while vowing that the United States would “do what we must” to prevent Iran from acquiring nukes. Taking the podium at the United Nations six weeks before the U.S. presidential election, Obama sought to counter criticism of his foreign record by Republican rival Mitt Romney, who has accused him of ...

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