US President Barack Obama says the US is “not at war with Islam – we are at war with the people who have perverted Islam”.
He was speaking to representatives from 60 nations attending a three-day event on extremism that follows attacks in Denmark and France.
Mr Obama said the world had to confront the ideologies that radicalise people.
He said those heading groups like Islamic State and al-Qaeda were not religious leaders but terrorists.
Mr Obama said associating Islamic State or al-Qaeda with Islam would be buying into the propaganda of those groups, challenging critics who have questioned him for not describing recent attacks as the work of “Islamic radicals”.
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President Barack Obama said Thursday that he will propose offering Americans two years of community college for free if they are “willing to work for it.”
Obama made the announcement in a short video from Air Force One, saying his plan will make community college accessible for everybody.The news came as part of a three-state tour to preview his State of the Union Address. Obama will make a more formal announcement in Tennessee on Friday.
“Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for anybody who’s willing to work for it,” he said. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anyone in the world.”
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So subtle and imperceptible has been the process of justifying the presence of ready-to-launch nuclear weapons as a normal phenomenon that today ordinary citizens in the Western world appear more worried about the possibility of a weapon or two falling into the hands of Iran
Barack Obama will be back in Prague on April 8 where his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev will join him to sign the treaty to reduce their respective nuclear arsenals by almost one-third over the next few years. This comes a year after Obama’s historic speech in the Czech capital in March 2009 where he pledged to work towards a nuclear weapons-free world.
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by Dr Ali Akbar M. Dhakan, Shanti Nagar Karachi, Sindh
In circumstances of economic and financial, social and environmental crises all over the world, the new President of America Mr Barack Obama, people think him as the hope for a peace in the world by his equitable policies and hope he will prove as a harbinger of peace.
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By: Haider Nizamani, Canada
AN athlete is never awarded a gold medal in the Olympics simply because he has declared that he would finish first in the race. Giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama is akin to rewarding an athlete for his intentions.
Obama has to prove through his actions that the committee of Norwegian politicians who chose him for the 2009 Peace Prize weren’t terribly wrong in their judgment.
To this end he has some factors working in his favour. He enjoys an immensely positive image among US allies in Europe. The US image in Europe was battered by George W. Bush, who managed to thoroughly alienate America’s close allies from 2003 onwards. Obama usually says the right things at the right places. He chose Cairo in June to convey his goodwill message to the Muslim masses and launched the idea of a world free of nuclear weapons while addressing a huge public meeting in Prague in April. He is erudite and charmingly articulate. But these qualities would only be meaningful if they are augmented by concrete actions.Before pinning our hopes too high on Obama as the saviour of the world, let’s keep the following in mind as a reality check. First and foremost, he is the elected president of the world’s foremost military and economic power. But his is an executive position that is subject to multiple institutional powers and vested interests that can restrict his room to manoeuvre in global affairs.
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Islamabad – The government is gently moving in a direction where it may reject the Kerry-Lugar Bill in its present shape. The rejection will be accompanied by a request to he US Congress and the Obama administration for an understanding of Pakistan’s sovereignty and its right to decide issues of national security and foreign policy, according to several senior Pakistani officials and an important federal cabinet minister, the sources said.
By Daniel Nasaw, Washington
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says that the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that hounded him and nearly drove him from office has set its sights on Barack Obama. The former president was referring to the web of politicians, media personalities, various internet groups and grassroots conservative activists who have opposed the new president at every turn. Mr. Clinton, the last Democrat to hold the White House before Mr. Obama, reffered to the term first used by by Hillary Clinton in 1998, when she defended him during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that threatened to topple his presidency. She described as a “vast right-wing conspiracy” the forces led by special prosecutor Ken Starr, who spent millions of dollars and several years building a case against Mr. Clinton in connection with a failed land deal in Arkansas. The investigation ultimately led to Mr. Clinton’s impeachment and trial in the Senate over the Lewinsky affair. He was acquitted. Asked on NBC’s Meet the Press whetther there was still a right-wing conspiracy, Mr. Clinton replied: “You bet. Sure it is. It’s notas strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it’s as virulent as it was.” He said that the conspiracy has focused on Mr. Obama and, “there agenda seems to be wanting him to fall.” His remarks came after Jimmy Carter, another Democratic former president, said that racism motivates much of the animosity against Mr. Obama.
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A Silly Question: “Is Barack Obama a Progressive?”*
By Paul Street
Courtesy: zmag, August 29, 2009 via Globeistan
…Is Barack Obama a progressive? John Wilson says “yes,” I say “no.” But how much does the question really matter at the end of the day? Obama wasn’t selected to head the United Way or the White Sox. He’s chief executive of the American Empire. He is a politician above all – one who was selected to sit atop and, I think, to re-brand what the left-liberal political scientist Sheldon Wolin rightly calls “Democracy, Incorporated.”
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“The White House website has the following note: The State Department has been busy translating the President’s speech, click here to find links to translated transcripts, and later versions of the video with translated captions as they come in. Languages will include Arabic, Chinese, Dari, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.”
by Nasir Khan
Please note: Dr Nasir Khan is a peace activist. He is the author of Development of the Concept and Theory of Alienation in Marx’s Writings 1843-44 (1995) and Perceptions of Islam in the Christendoms: A Historical Survey (2006). He has his own blogs at http://nasir-khan.blogspot.com and http://sudhan.wordpress.com through which he can be contacted.
April 8, 2009
On February 27, 2009 President Barack Obama delivered his much-anticipated policy speech on Iraq. The important point in his announcement was the withdrawal of some U.S. troops from Iraq by August 31, 2010. However, it did not mean an end to the American occupation of Iraq, or an end to an illegal genocidal war that the Bush-Cheney administration had started. Despite his high-blown rhetoric about withdrawing from Iraq, Obama did not deal with many important questions. Thus what was not said cannot be regarded as an oversight but rather as an indication of how the new administration intends to pursue its policy objectives. Those who had wished to see a break by the new administration with the Bush-Cheney administration’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are concerned because they detect the continuation of the goal of the U.S. domination, which the American rulers usually refer to as the ‘U.S. interests’ in the region.
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Obama’s bold budget dicards Bush ideology in bid to lift economy
U.S. President Barack Obama blamed current economic woes on “an era of profound irresponsiblity.”
– ANDREW TAYLOR
WASHINGTON- U.S. President Barack Obama charted a dramatic course for the United States with a bold but contenttious budge proposing higher taxes for the wealthy and the first steps toward guaranted health care for all Americans.
The budget was accompained by an astonishing $1.75 trillion federal deficit that would be nearly four times the highest in history. In a veiled jibe at George W. Bush’s eight- year presidency, Obama attributed the current economic maelstrom to “an era of profound irresponsibilty that engulfed both private and public institutions from some of our largest companies’ executive suites to the seats of power in Washington, D.C.”
Denouncing what he called the “dishonest accounting” of recent federal budgets, Obama unveiled his own $ 36 trillion blueprint for next year, a proposal tha would transfer walth from rich taxpayers to the middle class and the poor….
OTTAWA- “I love this country (Canada). We could not have a better friend and ally.” Barack Obama, U.S. President said in Canada.
Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economic has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder.” -John F. Kennedy
By Asif Ali Zardari, Islamabad
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan looks forward to a new beginning in its bilateral relationship with the United States. First, we congratulate Barack Obama and the country that had the character to elect him, and we welcome his decision to name a special envoy to Southwest Asia. Appointing the seasoned diplomat Richard Holbrooke says much about the president’s worldview and his understanding of the complexities of peace and stability and the threats of extremism and terrorism. Simply put, we must move beyond rhetoric and tackle the hard problems.
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan-Publicly, America’s most immediate challenge after the government change is Afghanistan and Pakistan. Privately, in Washington’s power corridors, it is oil.
Oil, and not al Qaeda, is threatening to knock America off global leadership. President Obama takes over a country whose global economic leadership is threatened by dwindling oil reserves and a dogfight over whatever remains.
Oil is running out, fast. And the remaining oil, including new reserves, lie in other people’s lands, closer to Russia, China, Europe and other powers. America’s global supremacy rests on an economic system based on easy access to oil. If someone else gets that oil, America loses.
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WASHINGTON DIARY: Obama’s tough challenges
Dr Manzur Ejaz
January 20th, 2009
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Many of Obama’s staunch supporters from the left-liberal sections have already been disillusioned by some of his appointments. They feel betrayed by the way he is accommodating conservatives, and fear that the Obama presidency may turn out to be more of the same.
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