By Gloria J. Browne-Marshall As the nation marks the one year anniversary of the Newtown shootings in Connecticut, it is no closer to Federal gun control legislation.The number of children killed by gun violence, in another country, would violate international law.Last year, President Barack Obama acknowledged urban gun violence is a concern equal to that […]
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By Gareth Porter WASHINGTON (IPS) —The “first step” agreement between Iran and the United States that was sealed in Geneva over the weekend is supposed to lead to the negotiation of a “comprehensive settlement” of the nuclear issue over the next six months, though the latter has gotten little attention.But within hours of the agreement, […]
By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON (IPS) — The administration of President Barack Obama appears to have succeeded in preventing Congress from enacting new sanctions against Iran before the next round of nuclear-related talks between the U.S. and other great powers and Tehran scheduled for Geneva Nov. 20.As a result, optimism that at least an interim deal […]
By David Hart As is the case with perhaps all presidents, President Barack Obama can point to a number of times when he has been measured and thoughtful in his tenure. No matter what we think about the president politically or personally, I think we can all agree that he has had moments where he […]
WASHINGTON (IPS) — After a drone strike had reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud Nov. 1, the spokesperson for the U.S. National Security Council declared that, if true, it would be “a serious loss” for the terrorist organization.That reaction accurately reflected the Central Intelligence Agency’s argument for the strike. But the back story of […]
WASHINGTON (NNPA) — Last week, President Barack Obama said what many people who visited healthcare.gov to browse and buy affordable health insurance already knew: The website, tied so heavily to the success of the Affordable Care Act, wasn’t working properly.“And there’s no sugarcoating it,” said President Obama during a speech on the Affordable Care Act […]
The administration of President Barack Obama should put more emphasis on diplomacy in its quest for a satisfactory resolution of Iran’s nuclear program, according to a major new report released by The Iran Project. Endorsed by nearly three dozen former top U.S. diplomatic, military, and intelligence officials, the report calls for Washington to “rebalance” […]