Barack Obama: opportunities and obstacles

It’s the end of an error and beginning of a new era, but as he takes office, Barack Obama will have to be bold to deal with the enormous challenges he faces: an imploding economy, poverty, inequality, healthcare meltdown, two wars and much more. So what does he have to offer? Bill Fletcher Jr offers […]

January 30, 2009 · 2 min read

It’s the end of an error and beginning of a new era, but as he takes office, Barack Obama will have to be bold to deal with the enormous challenges he faces: an imploding economy, poverty, inequality, healthcare meltdown, two wars and much more. So what does he have to offer?

Bill Fletcher Jr offers a legislative agenda for his first 100 days

What Obama means to the world

People’s obsession with Barack Obama says more about them than him, says Gary Younge

After the meltdown

William Greider, Frances Fox Piven, Doug Henwood, Arun Gupta and Naomi Klein discuss the financial crisis facing Obama – and what should be done

PLUS A patriot for Aretha

Steve Platt gets in touch with his inner Aretha

Change we can believe in?

Red Pepper’s Obama blog looks at what his presidency means for the global left

An open letter to President Barack Obama from Peter Tatchell

Julie Burchill misoverestimates Bush

Ben Trott responds to Julie Buchill’s ‘thoroughly absurd’ article in The Sun

The Economist on Obama and the question of betrayal

The Lexington column in this week’s Economist focusses on Obama’s betrayal of the left – either real or perceived, writes Ben Trott

\’It seems like Obama is saying: I will only be as good a president as the people who will organize to move me\’

Dont Rhine, from the sound art collective Ultra Red, on the inauguration

\’The audacity of dope\’

There’s been some fairly unusual attempts to cash in on Obama’s current popularity, says Ben Trott



Workers unite online

They're logging on to combat lagging labour laws, costly court proceedings, and outsourcing management, writes Gaia Caramazza

Review – Finding a Voice: Asian women in Britain

Finding a Voice: Asian women in Britain, by Amrit Wilson, reviewed by Maya Goodfellow

The political whiteness of #MeToo

We need to confront how the movement is shaped by the power of whiteness, write Alison Phipps


Trumpism goes global

Trumpism is capitalism’s Plan B, writes Nick Dearden

Brexit’s drug problem

For all the talk of free-trade, why is ‘Global Britain’ still behind on drug law reform? By Kojo Koram

What happens if a university fails?

David Ridley reflects on the Augar Review