Posts Tagged ‘Obama



17
Nov
09

Should Barack Obama have allowed himself to be censored?

If by speaking to China’s youth, President Obama was attempting to smuggle in a bit of democracy into China, then he’s failed according to this blogger. Here’s why:

‘Chinese authorities declined the White House’s request to have the town hall broadcast nationally. Each of the 400-plus students had to attend a pre-talk “lecture and meeting” to learn their talking points. Chinese news sites that originally reported Obama’s remarks about an open Internet and universal rights were quickly censored.’

Hypocrite  or wise move? Is  allowing himself to be censored the sacrifice  President Obama has to make to have China on side?

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12
Nov
09

On air: Is President Karzai the biggest barrier to peace in Afghanistan?

117[2]The US Ambassador to Kabul is advising President Barack Obama not to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan, until President Karzai’s government proves it will tackle corruption. Continue reading ‘On air: Is President Karzai the biggest barrier to peace in Afghanistan?’

29
Oct
09

The right thing to do?

obama2This story got a huge reaction from listeners to the BBC’s Newshour. President Obama flew to Delaware to pay his respects to 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan. This month has been the dealiest in Afghanistan since US forces began operations in 2001. It’s the first time he’s done this, and President Bush visited the families of dead troops but never received the bodies at the base. Was he right to do this? Or does he risk being accused of making political gain, and of undermining national support for the operation?

22
Oct
09

Fat cats ; time to go on a diet…

How would you react to a 90 per cent pay cut ?

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leaders of  the seven companies that received bailout cash from the US government, will have to cut their salaries.

  Is this a big triumph for the little taxpayer in the midst of a downturn where unemployment rates are shooting up through the roof? Like this blogger suggests?

Continue reading ‘Fat cats ; time to go on a diet…’

09
Oct
09

Does President Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize ?

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The Nobel Committee said President Obama was awarded for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”. Continue reading ‘Does President Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize ?’

25
Sep
09

On air: Does the G20 have the answers and the actions?

med In London they gave the IMF more money, now in Pittsburgh they’re giving more countries an influence over what it does. Add to that the confirmation that the G20 will replace the G8 as the lead body co-ordinating the world economy and that power shift we talked about on Wednesday seems to underway. Continue reading ‘On air: Does the G20 have the answers and the actions?’

24
Sep
09

G20-20 vision ?

g20 prepThe Group of Twenty are meeting  in Pittsburgh to deal with the world financial crisis, and hopefully lead us all out of the recession.

Here’s how they’ve been getting on with the pledges they made at the last summit, in London 5 months ago.pittsburgh welcome 

President Obama calls this summit a “check-up”.

Here’s a country-by-country guide to the challenges each of the delegates are facing at home.

So what can we expect this time ?
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