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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.

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.

Ground-breaking oral historian Studs Terkel dies

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

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.

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.

Did the ‘New Deal’ benefit US workers?

21 October 2008
The events of the past month have brought the question of state intervention in markets into sharp focus. Since the rise of neoliberalism 30 years ago, belief in the rule of the free market has become absolute among our rulers.

Barack Obama rides high on wave of anger

14 October 2008
Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are on course to transform the US political landscape.

Will the economic crisis help Obama?

23 September 2008
Is Barack Obama making a turn to the left? His recent statements on the US economy seem to suggest so.

The real faces of America

16 September 2008
My journey started in Miami, Florida – a city of conspicuous wealth where grand mansions jostle for space along bleached white beaches. But there is another side to Miami – the poverty of the Magic City trailer park where I met Marcos Antonio Prado, a migrant from Guatemala.

Photos of the real faces of America

16 September 2008

US nationalises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as panic grows over crisis

09 September 2008
Imagine that a government summons the heads of two of the biggest corporations to its treasury headquarters in order to deliver an ultimatum – either they agree to a state takeover or have one forced upon them.

John McCain and Barack Obama are both caught up in the system’s game

02 September 2008
After a week dominated by Barack Obama’s consecration at the Democratic convention in Denver, his Republican rival has succeeded brilliantly in upstaging him.

Barack Obama's campaign moves further to the right

26 August 2008
The Democratic Party National Convention (DNC), which took place this week in Denver, Colorado, will have been watched by millions. It will have confirmed Barack Obama as the party's presidential candidate.

The 1930s revival of US working class struggle

12 August 2008
The Great Depression of the 1930s dealt an incredible blow to US capitalism. Industrial production fell dramatically. By 1932, one quarter of the US workforce was unemployed.

The 1920s were a decade of defeat for working people

05 August 2008
Last week we saw how protests, strikes and socialist organisation spread across the US working class during the early years of the 20th century.

Battling US capitalism and union corruption

29 July 2008
The early decades of the 20th century in the US were dominated by dramatic changes in capitalism – and profound resistance by ordinary people.

Barack Obama is already moving to the right

16 July 2008
US presidential candidate Barack Obama arrives in London to meet Gordon Brown next week. It’s part of his tour of key US allies, including France, Germany, Israel and Jordan.

Can the US empire strike back?

10 June 2008
Imagine, in a galaxy far, far away, an empire in decline. A disastrous military adventure and the rise of new powers have exposed its weakness. To cap it all, the emperor himself is generally despised as a provincial clod.

How shifting further to the right could scupper the Democrats

10 June 2008
Last weekend saw Hillary Clinton finally concede to Barack Obama in the Democratic Party’s contest to choose its presidential candidate.

Barack Obama and class

13 May 2008
Once in a while a mainstream US politician forgets the script and deviates from the self‑imposed censorship of the establishment’s club rules.

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