Letter to the Editor: War on False Pretenses

Letter to the Editor: War on False Pretenses

Regarding the Sept. 1 front-page article “Syria attack is put on hold”: President Obama’s offer of congressional debates is better than bombing without debate, but not as good as what our Constitution requires: that Congress, not the president, decide whether we go to...
Optimism and Fear: President Obama on War in Syria

Optimism and Fear: President Obama on War in Syria

If I was really optimistic, I’d say that President Obama is hoping that Congress will follow the example of the British parliament – and vote against his proposed military strike on Syria. It would let him off the hook – he could avoid an illegal, dangerous, immoral...
Saving the Non-Defense Side of the Budget

Saving the Non-Defense Side of the Budget

The Post is concerned that President Obama said the Pentagon should not get special treatment in future budget negotiations [“Defense in decline,” editorial, Aug. 4]. It’s doubtful that the president is unaware of his core responsibility to provide for the common...
New Policy Statement: A New Direction for U.S. Policy on Africa

New Policy Statement: A New Direction for U.S. Policy on Africa

A new statement spotlights three points of concern from members of the Africa Advocacy Network (ADNA): 1. Militarization of US policy toward Africa; 2. Food, Agricultural Investment, Land Grabs; 3. Financial Integrity and Economic Development. VIEW THE STATEMENT (PDF)...

Exactly Why Is President Obama Going to Israel?

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he and U.S. President Barak Obama have agreed that when the U.S. President visits Israel they would discuss “three main issues … Iran’s attempt to arm itself with nuclear weapons, the unstable...
A Better State of the Union: Shift From Austerity to Jobs

A Better State of the Union: Shift From Austerity to Jobs

A letter from John Cavanagh, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Joy Zarembka, Associate Director of the Institute for Policy Studies: We’re optimistic that President Obama will use his State of the Union address tonight to shift the national...

Administration Appoints Itself Judge and Jury on Death by Drone

A Department of Justice memorandum leaked by NBC News has garnered considerable controversy this week, renewing the ongoing discussion over the legality—and morality—of the Obama administration’s targeted killing program. The disclosure comes as John...
Is Obama Taking Climate Voters for Granted?

Is Obama Taking Climate Voters for Granted?

My relationship with President Obama has been getting a bit strained lately. I really like Obama, and I know he likes me, too. But I feel like he’s taking me for granted… as a climate voter. I know it sounds like something out of an afterschool special, but back in...