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U.S., EU Unveil Toughest Sanctions on Russia to Date

The Obama administration has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over its support for separatist rebels in Ukraine. President Obama said the measures will target Russia’s economy, but rejected claims of a new Cold War. President Obama: "If Russia continues on its current path, the cost on Russia will continue to grow. And today is a reminder that the United States means what it says. And we will rall ...

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Obama: Congress “Should Be Ashamed” of Inaction on Gun Control

Speaking at the White House, President Obama urged a national "soul searching" on gun control. He also called congressional inaction a source of "shame." President Obama: "It’s not the only country that has psychosis, and yet we kill each other in these—in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than any place else. ... The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becomi ...

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Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” So wrote President Barack Obama, back on Jan. 29, 2009, just days into his presidency. “Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” Now, six years into the Obama administration, his promise of “a new era of open Government” seems just another grand promise, cynic ...

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Obama Urges Congressional Response After Latest Mass Shooting

President Obama is calling on Congress to revisit gun control legislation in the aftermath of Monday’s shooting rampage at a naval base in Washington, D.C., that left 13 people dead, including the gunman. Speaking to the Spanish-language television network Telemundo, Obama said the spate of mass shootings in the United States should force lawmakers to take action. President Obama: "The fact that — we do not ...

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Obama and Putin: Time For Diplomacy on Syria

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square. He was speaking about the crisis in Syria, as President Barack Obama ramped up a planned military strike there. “I exhort the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace in tha ...

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Suggested Vacation Reading for President Obama: “Catch-22″

As the Obama family heads to their annual summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, perhaps the president should take along a copy of "Catch-22" for some beach reading. Joseph Heller’s classic, satirical antiwar novel, published in 1961 and based on his experiences as a bombardier in the second world war, is sadly relevant today, as Obama’s wars, in Afghanistan and beyond, drag on. Heller’s title refers to a fi ...

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President Obama speaks at the National Defense University on May 23

A presidential war speech often doubles as a gauge of the antiwar movement’s weakness or strength. This was borne out again last week when President Obama delivered what the administration billed as amajor address on the wars over which he is presiding. In his May 23 presentation at the National Defense University, the president proclaimed a fundamental shift in the wars since 9/11. In reality, it was a car ...

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‘Drone War Will Trigger New Arms Race’

By Jaya Ramachandran The increasing resort to drones by President Barack Obama will over the long term usher in "a new arms race and lay the foundations for an international system that is increasingly violent, destabilized and polarized between those who have drones and those who are victims of them", a leading terrorism expert has warned. One of the distinctive elements of President Obama's approach to co ...

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Michael Moore’s Poetic Plea to Obama: “Dear Mr. President, Please Let Leonard Peltier Come Home”

Singers Harry Belafonte and Pete Seeger hosted the "Bring Leonard Peltier Home in 2012 Concert" at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Friday to raise awareness of Peltier’s 37-year ordeal and plea for executive clemency from President Obama. Peltier is the Native American activist and former member of the American Indian Movement who was convicted of aiding in the killing of two FBI agents during a shoo ...

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The Obama Second Term: Business as Usual or a 21ST Century Lincoln?

By Jayantha Dhanapala* The US Presidential Inauguration ceremony will be held in Washington DC on Monday, January 21, 2013.The official theme for the 2013 inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future”. For many Americans, and indeed for many international observers, that faith is in desperate need of reaffirmation not only because of the domestic economic crisis, and the political paralysis in the US Congress ...

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