If the latest poll is to be believed, Americans are crying out for change. They’re fed up with a Congress which almost forced a debt default, they’re appalled by the debt, the deficit, and now the downgrade, but most of all, they’re angry at President Obama’s inability to ease unemployment, despite his enormous economic stimulus package.
So forget what Obama used to say in 2008, if Republicans pick the right candidate next summer, 2012 will be the year Continue reading
Barack Obama is enjoying a resurgence in popularity since the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Yet this was happenstance. Could Obama’s legacy rest on him raising petrol taxes to reduce the America deficit? Asks Luke Cahill.
When Barack Obama was elected to the presidency, many compared him unfavourably to Jimmy Carter. There are some similarities to Carter’s four years in office. Like Obama, Carter’s election was as a result of a violent swing against the Republicans, after President Nixon’s actions and then Continue reading
Yingluck Shinawatra is Thailand’s first female prime-minister. She has a difficult job to do. Claire Porthouse reports.
Thailand has just achieved the feminist milestone of its first female prime minister – and finally the media coverage has its priorities right.
Having a female leader is a milestone in feminist terms. In fighting for equal rights for women, most feminists would also fight for an equal chance to have a female leader as they would a male one. Much of the coverage about the US elections that brought Barack Obama into power Continue reading
Barack Obama has been America’s president for over two years now. During his election campaign he was full of charm and excellent rhetoric. The appeals of “hope” and “change” won him support throughout America and the world. Has his presidency fulfilled its promise? Lena Miteyko investigates.
Barack Obama – a man hailed for his breathtaking oratory skills that eventually saw him come through victorious in the US Continue reading
America is a country founded on Puritan morality and has always been viewed as a socially conservative country. However, with the changing opinions about abortion and homosexual marriage among the population, socially conservative politicians must adjust to these changes to have a chance of winning over the public, writes Luke Cahill.
One of America’s founding principles was that of religious liberty. The belief that a person could practice any religion they chose as long as it was not to the detriment of others. This was however Continue reading
As Nato’s second handover ceremony took place in Afghanistan this week, many are still questioning how well local forces are up for the task. With over 140,000 Nato troops currently in Afghanistan, the majority American, how well will the Afghan forces deal with this changeover? Will the Taliban be able to take advantage of this? And if things go wrong, what implications will this have for the leaders of the US, the UK, France and others, who wish to move quickly in their withdrawal, asks J. Britain?
Within the last few days NATO handed over the peaceful province of Bamiyan to the Afghan security forces in Continue reading
The Republican Party is in disarray and its leading candidates for the 2012 elections are way behind Obama in fundraising. Obama’s image-management is far better too than anything the Republicans can manage. It will be even worse for the Republicans if the US defaults on his debt, writes Luke Cahill.
As the talks to raise the debt ceiling proceed before the 2nd of August deadline, the 2012 election cycle rumbles on, the first fundraising returns are in and they reveal a predictable picture. Continue reading
The American debt is significant enough to have global markets worried. Following Politics Preacher’s discussion of the debt crisis, Jason Holmes adds his cent to the debate.
There have been various discussions that country will soon have to default on government debts. Thus, the politicians and the economists have been discussing as to how to bring down the debt level and how to stop the country from defaulting. Mainly, the financial experts are of the view that the country needs a tax reform. Most are of the view that only a tax reform will result in debt reduction and thus will be able to save the nation from defaulting; the debt reduction process in itself is a Herculean task. Continue reading
The West’s defensive capabilities are exposed by the war in Libya. The Americans are losing patience, the EU is assuming control of from NATO – Could this signal the beginning of the end for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation? Asks Luke Cahill.
As the conflict in Libya drags on, what was hoped to be Cameron’s and Sarkozy’s Falkland’s – something that would get wide political support and lead to a quick victory – has become a typical Euro muddle. There are serious operational questions to be asked as to whether NATO can survive much longer, or will she rest in peace?
The involvement of the United States has been minimal, at least by the Obama administration, portrayed. This is partly due to an eye to next year’s presidential election, and partly due to the desire by the Continue reading
Uncle Sam is lumbered with a staggering debt and it’s not looking good. Obama’s going to need the Republicans to make the best of a bad hand, writes Politics Preacher.
There has been some rather scary talk of Greece defaulting recently, and the amount it will cost us as well as other countries, something which this blog has covered.
Something which has had a lot less coverage is the USA. They are in big trouble. They have something called a “debt ceiling” which is at around 14 and a half trillion dollars, a level for which they may not borrow above without approval. Their current national debt stands at around that level, and most analysts agree that between now and the 4th of August, that debt ceiling will be triggered.This will in turn lead to “selective defaulting” a tough thing to define, as no one has yet said who exactly they would be defaulting on. Continue reading