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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


Jeremy Hunt is poised to flog the last of the NHS
Peter Roderick sounds the alarm on an 'attack on the fundamental principles of the NHS'.

Viva Siva, 1923-2018
A. Sivanandan, who died this week, was a hugely important figure in the politics of race and class. As part of our tributes, Red Pepper is republishing this 2009 profile of him by Arun Kundnani

Sivanandan: When memory forgets a giant
Daniel Renwick calls for the whole movement to discover and remember the vital work of A. Sivanandan, who died this week

A master-work of graphic satire
American Jewish cartoonist Eli Valley’s comic commentary on America, the US Jewish diaspora and Israel is nothing if not near the knuckle, Richard Kuper writes

Meet the frontline activists facing down the global mining industry
Activists are defending land, life and water from the global mining industry. Tatiana Garavito, Sebastian Ordoñez and Hannibal Rhoades investigate.

Transition or succession? Zimbabwe’s future looks uncertain
The fall of Mugabe doesn't necessarily spell freedom for the people of Zimbabwe, writes Farai Maguwu

Don’t let Corbyn’s opponents sneak onto the Labour NEC
Labour’s powerful governing body is being targeted by forces that still want to strangle Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, writes Alex Nunns