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



Lowkey: Soundtrack to the struggle

Ashish Ghadiali interviews British-Iraqi rapper Kareem Dennis, aka Lowkey, about viral videos, power in the community, the Grenfell fire and writing lyrics at the cutting edge of political debate

Out of the gloom

By Hilary Wainwright

Hungary: Europe’s creeping fascism

Luke Cooper reports on his recent visit to Hungary, an EU member state where democratic freedoms are no longer taken for granted


The reactionary rebellion

Neo-fascism is on the rise across Europe. It may have taken on a different form but its essence is the same, writes Walter Baier

They shall not pass: feminists on the front line

Across the world, feminists are fighting the far right and fascism. We hear from activists in seven countries.

Foul play in Qatar

Marzena Zukowska reviews a documentary film that examines the labour behind the 2022 World Cup