Howard Zinn on Barack Obama

His campaign slogan was, “Yes we can.” Now the question is “Will he?”.

President-elect Barack Obama faces a daunting list of challenges on the political, social and economic horizons.Now that the celebrations in the United States, and around the world, have quietened down, reality has set in.

America is involved in two ongoing wars and is suffering from a major financial crisis at home. Obama has a mandate for change, and a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress.

But the questions remain: How much change can we expect? And just how much has America been renewed with these elections?

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Under Obama, Web Would Be the Way

Unprecedented Online Outreach Expected

CHICAGO — Armed with millions of e-mail addresses and a political operation that harnessed the Internet like no campaign before it, Barack Obama will enter the White House with the opportunity to create the first truly “wired” presidency.

Obama aides and allies are preparing a major expansion of the White House communications operation, enabling them to reach out directly to the supporters they have collected over 21 months without having to go through the mainstream media.

Just as John F. Kennedy mastered television as a medium for taking his message to the public, Obama is poised to transform the art of political communication once again, said Joe Trippi, a Democratic strategist who first helped integrate the Internet into campaigning four years ago.

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Freedom Rider: Told You So

12 November, 2008

emanuel.jpgIt’s not as if we at BAR didn’t warn you. Barack Obama’s first major act as president-elect was to select as his chief of staff Rep. Rahm Emanuel, whose ‘role as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was to insure that anti-war and other progressive candidates stayed out of the running.’ So when do the protests begin? ‘Progressives for Obama and other groups who promised to hold their idol accountable haven’t gotten around to doing so just yet or even announcing when the time will be right for their tongues to become untied.’

By BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

‘The masters of economic disaster are back.’

The difficult task of bringing a skunk to the post-election celebration is left to the same people who have chosen critical thought over self-induced hypnosis for the past year. Within a mere 24 hours of being elected president, Barack Obama told this group they were right all along.

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Stephen Lendman: Targeting Aristide In Exile

6 November, 2008

Elected Haiti’s president in 1990. Its first ever democratically chosen one. By a sweeping two-thirds majority. Took office in February 1991. Deposed by an army-led coup in September with all the earmarks of being made-in-Washington. Returned to office in October 1994. Served until February 1996. According to Haitian law, he couldn’t succeed himself. Reelect in November 2000 with 90% of the vote. Took office in February 2001. Served until February 29, 2004 when, in the middle of the night, US marines deposed him and forced him into exile.

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