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Barack Obama: Zionism's "true friend"

With the nomination of America's first black candidate who is in with a real chance of winning the presidency, many anti-racist, progressive activists are looking to him as a source of inspiration and a potential leader to correct the injustices oppression in the USA and around the world. They hope that Obama will bring change to the White House and a new administration that can seek to correct some of the worst excesses of the Bush years. They will be sorely disappointed. Read more...

US Mayday "No Peace, No Work" protest shuts down West Coast ports

On May Day, 29 ports on the West Coast were shut down as 25,000 longshore workers walked off the job in the first political strike against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more...

Barack Obama's dilemma of race and class

After his victory in the Oregon primary on 20 May, with only three more to go in early June, Obama has claimed the nomination is "within reach." Though Hilary Clinton still refuses to admit defeat, the Democratic establishment has turned towards Obama. In mid-May he passed Clinton's tally by winning a steady stream of endorsements from superdelegates - the 796 national party leaders, representatives, senators, and governors who will have the deciding vote in the nomination.With defeat looming, Clinton has resorted to playing the race card, arguing that, almost regardless of the primary results, she should win the nomination because a black candidate could not win the presidential election itself. Contests in West Virginia (13 May) and Kentucky (20 May) saw high votes for Clinton (67% and 65%) due in large part to racism among poorer white voters: Her vote among non-college educated whites in Kentucky rose to 69 percent, among whites with a family income below $50,000, she won 75 percent of the vote. In a CBS exit poll, eight out of 10 Clinton voters said they would be unhappy with Obama as the Democrats' candidate, with only 33% willing to vote for him while 41% said they would vote for McCain. Read more...

US Democrats: Neither Obama nor Clinton

The Democrats and the Republican parties are choosing their presidential candidates. The battle for the White House is on, as the race heats up to decide the Democrat and Republican candidates for this November's elections for the US Presidency. For the Democrats, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are running each other close for the party's nomination, each with more than $100 million in their campaign war chest; 2008 promises to be the most expensive campaign in history. Read more...

The meaning of the Obama phenomenon

Barack Obama’s revival of old-style populist Democratic rhetoric may win him some working class voters. But his policies cannot change their lives for the better, and need to be exposed Read more...

Bush's dream of a "new American century" finally extinguished in Heiligendamm?

The G8 summit produced the now routine empty promises but also showed ominous signs of growing tensions and conflicts between the great powers. Dave Stockton argues that the two terms of the Bush presidency, far from laying the basis for “another American century", have proved to be a disaster for US imperialism as its hegemony in the world faces unprecedented challenges. Read more...

Cracks in the American world order

Theses on the World Situation, January 2007

Since the summer of 2006, when the congress of the League for the Fifth International agreed its international perspectives, there have been a series of dramatic events in the world political situation. These have included a humiliating defeat for Israel at the hands of Hezbollah resistance fighters in Lebanon; an intensification of the crisis in Iraq and promises of more troops by the US government; and the huge mass movement that challenged the right's stolen election in Mexico, only to be lead to defeat by its leaders. Read more...

US imperialism at a turning point

George W Bush cuts a beleaguered figure these days. Most Americans disapprove of his performance, and a CNN poll last month showed 60% opposed the war in Iraq, while 48% believed the US would eventually lose the war. More than one in four Americans wanted all American soldiers withdrawn by the end of the year. Read more...

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