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Obama’s Cabinet

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If you’re having trouble remembering what all those cabinet positions are for the executive office and who Obama has put in them, here is a helpful resource I came across through McClatchy.  You’ll find a very, very brief description of the offices and the people filling them in the coming administration.

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Written by Aaron Nee

December 20, 2008 at 1:06 pm

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Civilian Death Toll Rises in the “Real” War – Afghanistan

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Over the course of the US Presidential campaign, Obama has asserted that the real war is in Afghanistan. The President elect has called for an increased US military presence in the region.  Tuesday brought yet another grisly example of what a US presence in Afghanistan looks like.  A wedding celebration in the Kandahar province was brought to a gruesome end when a US led air strike slaughtered over 35 celebrants and injured more than two dozen others.  Because of the severity of the injuries inflicted, the death toll is expected to rise.

More details on the air strike can be read at China View.

For information on the August 22nd massacare of possibly as many as 90 Afaghani civillians by US forces see, Eric Schmitt’s Oct. 8th report in the International Herald Tribune.

Written by Aaron Nee

November 5, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Obama Celebrations Around the World

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Telegraph.co.uk has a photo essay of people around the world celebrating Obama’s victory.  Included in the essay are pictures of Obama’s step-grandmother in the village of Kogelo and other Kenyan relatives cheering, “We are going to the White House!”

Written by Aaron Nee

November 5, 2008 at 8:19 pm

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Strongly Suggested Change for Obama to Consider

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For the seventeenth consecutive year, the UN, with an overwhelming majority vote, has passed a resolution calling for the U.S. to lift it’s 46 year old embargo on Cuba.  Of the UN’s 192 members, only 3 stood in opposition to the resolution – The US, Israel and Palau.

According to the General Assembly’s press release, the resolution was a “call upon all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures such as that promulgated in the 1996 ‘Helms-Burton Act’.  That would be in conformity with their obligations under the Charter of the United Nations and international law.”

All eyes are now on Presedent Elect, Barack Obama to see if he will be the President who finally ends the illegal action against Cuba.

More details can be found at the UN’s website.

Written by Aaron Nee

November 5, 2008 at 6:10 am

FOX News fair and balanced? Maybe

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If fairness and balance is measured by how often a network has something nice or negative to say about a dominant party candidate, then FOX News Channel comes out on top.  According to the Pew Reaserch Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, Fox has just as much nice, neutral and negative to say about both Obama and McCain.  The overall media was found to be considerably more friendly to Obama and more negative toward McCain.  MSNBC, according to the study, is dramatically more unbalanced in it’s coverage of the two dominant party candidates than the other major media outlets.

The study says nothing about the amount of coverage given to Chuck Baldwin, Cynthia McKinney, Bob Barr, Ralph Nader and the other alternative candidates running this year, nor does it examine the accuracy of any of the networks’ negative or positive reports.

Written by Aaron Nee

November 2, 2008 at 8:03 pm

How much change?

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The Iraq war has been a significant factor in this year’s election.  Obama has been happy to point out time and again that he was opposed to the Iraq invasion from the outset, but if his Senior Working Group on National Security is any indication of what an Obama administration will look like, there is a lot left unchanged.

See the following report by Pepe Escobar at The Real News Network.

The second installment to Pepe’s report can be seen here.

Written by Aaron Nee

October 29, 2008 at 1:19 am