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


One million hours of solitude

Simon Hedges shares his tips on surviving lockdown and government ineptitude

Review – Steal as Much as You Can by Nathalie Olah

Anna Clayton reviews Natalie Olah's book, which explores how upper middle-class pop culture has affected British politics

No solutions, no justice: Covid-19 and BAME communities

Apsana Begum MP asks why no action has been taken to protect BAME communities from Covid-19, despite the Government report revealing disproportionate impact


The nationalist unconscious

To fully grasp the rise of the new authoritarians, we must engage with psychoanalysis as well as economics, writes Richard Seymour

Lockdown live: ‘Race Today’

Join Red Pepper editor K Biswas and guests Paul Gilroy, Lola Olufemi, Ciaran Thapar and Joy White to discuss marginality, inequality, creativity and belonging in Britain

Brazilian oligarchs sacrifice people for profit

Business leaders are using social media and political influence to spread coronavirus disinformation – and endangering thousands of lives. Raphael Tsavkko Garcia reports

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