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by NYCLAW -- New York City Labor Against the War Wednesday, Nov. 05, 2008 at 8:14 PM

"Obama will be able to work with his European allies to do a better job of selling the war to skeptical publics."

NYCLAW -- New York City Labor Against the War
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November 5, 2008

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Obama rides to victory on wave of mass dissatisfaction
It began with frustration over the war in Iraq and broadened into fury and dismay over economic turmoil at home, with home prices falling, unemployment on the rise and consumer confidence shattered.

Millions in streets seal Obama victory
Obama's win reflects a movement of people throughout the country who fought right-wing attacks against voters of color and who repudiated both the outright racism of the McCain-Palin campaign and the barely concealed racism of Sen. Hillary Clinton's primary campaign. It also reflects a desire to end the policies of endless war at home and abroad -- despite how Obama himself stands on the issues.

Meanwhile, in Iraq . . .
"It's not like even if Obama is elected we'll up and leave," said Specialist James Real, 31, of Butte, Montana, as soldiers watched the returns on television at Forward Operating Base Falcon in Iraq.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan . . .
"Obama will be able to work with his European allies to do a better job of selling the war to skeptical publics."

Meanwhile, in Albany, GA . . .
But much in this black-majority city of 75,000 also seems the same: neighborhoods remain starkly delineated by race, blacks are still five times more likely than whites to live in poverty and the public schools have so resegregated that 9 of every 10 students are black.

Empire with a happy face
Obama is not offering a fundamental shift. His approach is more like hegemony with a happy face.

How much of a difference?
There will be under Obama marginal improvements for some Americans although the corporate state, as Obama knows, will remain our shadow government and the working class will continue to descend into poverty. . . . An Obama presidency, however, will make no difference to those in the Middle East.

And what it will take for real change
Obama has promised "change," but the scale of change that is needed requires mass struggle from below.


Yet another U.S. massacre
A bombing run by fighter aircraft a short while later destroyed his compound and killed 37 people, including 23 children, 10 women and four men. . . . "What kind of security are the foreign troops providing in Afghanistan?",0,7682816.story


Millions of Iraqis at risk from contaminated water, says Red Cross
The report found that the humanitarian situation in Iraq following the US invasion was the worst in the world.

The Torturer's Tale
It was fine to douse the prisoner with icy water and put him in front of an air-conditioner, so long as the paperwork was in order,opinion,the-torturers-tale?WTmc_id=rss


Israel violates Gaza truce, killing 6 Palestinians
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of six Palestinians carried out by the Israeli Occupation Forces in the Gaza Strip yesterday evening and this morning.

Nablus undaunted
I am still amazed at the dignity and resolve that remains with a people who are forced to live under the strangling conditions of military control.


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