Category: Politics

US Politics: Obama changes rhetoric, continues same path

With his administration reeling from the loss of the Democrats’ effective super-majority in the Senate, Barack Obama was under pressure to deliver a state-of-the-union address on January 27th that could turn the political tide. The president’s speech was feisty, though…

Intel Briefs

– France successfully test fires new nuclear missile from submarine – Libya close to finalizing $2 billion Russian arms deal – Spain pushing to end EU’s embargo on arms sales to China – Colombian rebel groups agree to “alliance”

India, South Korea to Establish Strategic Partnership

VOA: The South Korean leader said the decision by both countries to establish a strategic relationship is a ‘significant development,’ and will help peace and stability in Asia.

This Isn’t the Transparency You Were Hoping For?

Clif Burns ExportLawBlog My colleague Stan Marcuss points out that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (”OFAC”) appears to have changed course in treatingFreedom of Information Act (”FOIA”) requests and has decided to hand out OFAC license applications willy-nilly to anyone…

Americans would reject Obama a 2nd term

Just three-in-ten people in the United States believe Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected in 2012, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 30 per cent of respondents would grant their president second term in office.

The Consolidation of Bolivarian Authoritarianism and Terrorist Ties

By Douglas Farah CounterTerrorismBlog As Jackson Diehl writes in today’s Washington Post, Hugo Chávez’s version of the Bolivarian Revolution is in a deep crisis. He is enough of a crisis that his pulled force RCTV off the air for refusing to carrying his endless…

Obama Falls Below 50% Mark in U.S.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for United States president Barack Obama is at the lowest point of his tenure, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 47 per cent of respondents approve of Obama’s performance, down…

The CIA’s Trouble Proving its Worth

The CIA seems to have a fight on its hands to prove the importance of its new Center on Climate Change and National Security. In the furore surrounding the incident aboard Northwest Airlines’ Flight 253, John Barrasso, a Republican senator from Wyoming, has…

African Conflicts and US Diplomacy – CSIS

The Place of Diplomacy is U.S. Africa Policy U.S. diplomacy in Africa is at a crossroads. New challenges and opportunities are emerging in Africa that require new approaches. At the same time, the United States is grappling with how best to coordinate…

Polls show Brown pulling away from Coakley

IQ: New polls are confirming the increasing trend for Brown in Massachusetts special election to replace Ted Kennedy.  At stake is the 41st vote to oppose President Obama’s healthcare bill.