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New challenges for US movement against war

03 November 2009
The quagmire in Afghanistan is worse than it has ever been. But the US anti-war movement finds itself in a desperately floundering situation, unable to adequately mobilise protest activity around Barack Obama’s Vietnam.

Missile defence: Obama won’t drop US domination

22 September 2009
Is Barack Obama’s decision to cancel the deployment of missile defence in central and eastern Europe another sign of how the US has been weakened by the Iraq disaster? In a very obvious sense, yes.

US health plan is trapped by free market ideology

15 September 2009
US president Barack Obama addressed a joint meeting of Congress last week about the need to reform the US health system, which was one of his central electoral promises. This followed months of sniping from the right.

Obama’s tortured logic on prisons

02 June 2009
Within days of Barack Obama’s inauguration it was announced that Guantanamo Bay was to close within a year, along with the secret prisons that George Bush’s administration had set up around the world.

Obama is marching into the graveyard of empires

19 May 2009
Two events last week underlined the fact that Barack Obama is not kidding when he says he intends to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

Obama fails a foreign policy test

17 March 2009
Barack Obama was elected on a wave of hope and the expectation of a clean break with the disastrous policies of George Bush.

Jess Hurd’s photos of the US-Mexico border

03 March 2009

Latinos face a rising tide of hostility

03 March 2009
Immigrant Latinos in the US are facing a tough and worrying future.

Death on the US-Mexico border

03 March 2009
Enrique Morones is the founder of Border Angels, a group of activists helping migrants who make the hazardous journey across the border from Mexico to the US. He is taking crosses to the rows of "John Does" graves.

The real change facing Obama

17 February 2009
Barack Obama’s administration is starting to put itself about internationally. Having stayed away from the World Economic Forum in Davos, the US sent a high-powered delegation headed by Vice-President Joe Biden to the Munich security conference the weekend before last.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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