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


The antithesis of care

Hilary Aked writes about the insidious role of Prevent, the government’s counter- extremism programme, in compromising mental health services

Am I a modern slave?

Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change

Political blackness and Palestinian solidarity

The question of Palestine has become a black political litmus test, argues Annie Olaloku-Teriba, defining the very nature of black identity and politics


After the virus: no return to the old economy

As the Covid recession hits, Adam Peggs lays out alternative economic proposals the Labour left should be demanding

In and against, and outside, the party

Following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education, argues Joe Guinan

A tribute to Mike Cooley

Co-creator of the Lucas Plan, Mike showed how the immense talent of workers could be deployed for social use rather than private profit, writes Phil Asquith

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