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Barack Obama and the order to close Guantanamo

27 January 2009
US president Barack Obama has issued a number of executive orders in his first week in office that distance him from his predecessor George Bush – on Guantanamo Bay, stem cell research, reproductive rights and climate change.

A conflict of interests in Obama's different supporters

20 January 2009
The fundamental test that Obama faces is not so much about the timescale or extent of his policy changes, but about the conflicting bases of his underlying support.

Barack Obama sworn in amid hope and uncertainty

20 January 2009
Thousands of Americans have travelled to Washington DC this week to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama as the new US president.

Response to police shooting shows US society is a tinderbox

13 January 2009
News of the shooting of Oscar Grant by Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) police in Oakland on New Year’s Day has made its way around the world.

Anger at Obama's silence over Gaza slaughter

13 January 2009
Barack Obama was elected on a wave of hope following eight years of the warmongering neoliberal George Bush.

Barack Obama faces tough tasks on economy

13 January 2009
As US president-elect Barack Obama prepares for his inauguration next Tuesday the impact of the recession on the US grows more severe by the day.

Occupation at US university

19 December 2008
We have just occupied New School University.

US factory occupation shows way to beat attacks

15 December 2008
Workers who took over and occupied their Chicago factory have won a startling victory.

Worries for car workers

09 December 2008
The US Congress and the White House seem set to finalise an emergency $15 billion short-term loan to keep the General Motors (GM), Chrysler and Ford car companies afloat.

Soaring job losses intensify crisis in US

09 December 2008
Workers in the US are facing mounting attacks on their pay, jobs, pensions and services as the recession grows ever deeper.

US bank bailout doubled but recession continues

02 December 2008
News that the US economy has been in recession for a year will come as little surprise to millions of Americans facing job losses and home repossession.

Barack Obama is drinking from two cups

25 November 2008
US president-elect Barack Obama has put forward a "stimulus" package for the US economy that makes chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-budget proposals taste like weak milky tea.

Early policy plans show conflicting pressures on Obama

11 November 2008
Some of the names being touted for Barack Obama’s cabinet show the twin pressures faced by the new president. Many people will find little comfort in his selections.

Key issues facing Obama as he becomes president

11 November 2008
The widespread exhilaration at Barack Obama’s victory will be tempered by fear that his administration will not make the radical changes that so many are demanding.

The movement behind Barack Obama

11 November 2008
Millions of people around the globe celebrated last week as Barack Obama won the US presidential election, turfing George Bush’s hated regime out of the White House.

US voices for change

11 November 2008
Jim Baldridge – Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Baltimore ‘I went with a busload of union members from Maryland to Richmond, Virginia, to support the Obama campaign.

Obama’s victory captures the mood for real change

05 November 2008
Millions of people are celebrating across the world today after Barack Obama was elected as the first black president of the United States – a momentous achievement in a country with a long history of entrenched and vicious racism.

Is Barack Obama the change we need?

04 November 2008
The people of the US were heading to the polls to vote for their new president as Socialist Worker went to press. All the early indications were that Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, is set to sweep aside his Republican rival John McCain.

Ground-breaking oral historian Studs Terkel dies

04 November 2008
American writer and activist Studs Terkel died last week, aged 96.

Workers in struggle: the other America

28 October 2008
The enormous enthusiasm that surrounds Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign is an expression of the desire of millions to see change.

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