Obama reveals daughters Malia and Sasha both took part in anti-racism protests this summer ‘without any prompting’ from him or Michelle, and admits: ‘I couldn’t have been prouder’

‘Just remember, this country was founded on protest: It is called the American Revolution, and every step of progress in this country, every expansion of freedom, every expression of our deepest ideals has been won through efforts that made the status quo uncomfortable.

Obama meets foreign military chiefs to discuss Isis strategy

“It is very important, quite aside from trying to show Americans that he’s [Obama is] leading, that he shows other countries he’s committed,” Cordesman said, adding that the defence officials from abroad were in many cases more involved in setting policy than their US military counterparts.

‘Angel moms’ respond to critics of White House event

MICHELLE ROOT, ANGEL MOM: Sarah had just graduated from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. She was out celebrating with friends. On her way home stopped at a stoplight. Edwin Mejia who was drinking and driving, street racing, his blood alcohol was .241, rear ended Sarah going 70-plus miles an hour. He had come to our […]

Biden’s Cabinet Likely to Get US Mired in More ‘Forever Wars’, Analysts Say

Biden’s picks are all Obama-era officials with whom the former vice president has worked side by side and who supported the foreign policies of then-president Barack Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including intervention in Libya, a controversial approach to militants in Syria, the drawn-out withdrawal from Iraq, and others.

New President Hassan Rouhani makes the unimaginable imaginable for Iran

These are three ways of expressing the same fear, which grips Iranians across political and social lines: that the outside world is determined to control Iran, limit Iran’s growth and prevent Iran from fulfilling its national potential.Iran was in a rejectionist phase. Washington and Tehran are still full of people wedded to the paradigm of […]

White House extends olive branch as Iran president Rouhani inaugurated

The stance from Congress is at odds with that of the Obama administration, which has pursued a softer line on Iran as it transitions the presidency. Rouhani has pledged to follow a “path of moderation” and promised greater openness over Iran’s nuclear program. The White House appears willing to give the president a chance to […]

Trump and the Philistines Have Sacked Washington

One frequently heard question is where did this execrable vulgarity come from? A superficial explanation is the one offered by pop-psychology, that deep down Trump has always been very insecure and needs displays of wealth more than he needs the actual wealth. And yet he grew up in one of the most culturally dynamic and […]

Progressive groups want ‘squad member’ Rashida Tlaib in Biden cabinet

The Sunrise Movement, a group focused on the urgency of climate change, is advocating for cabinet picks who have no ties to fossil fuel companies or corporate lobbyists. It’s a wish list that includes Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Iran condemns tougher US oil sanctions bill passed by House

Despite fears the new legislation could thwart hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough in the wake of Hassan Rouhani’s election victory, the lower house of the US Congress overwhelmingly passed the sanctions to further limit the Islamic republic’s access to the global market for its oil exports and punish rebellious customers who continue to buy Iranian […]

26/11 Mumbai terror attacks: Whereabouts of David Coleman Headley still not known

Gilani is the US-born son of a Pakistani diplomat and an American woman with high society links in Philadelphia. He took on his mother’s maiden surname of Headley with David, an anglicised version of Daood, to hide his Pakistani origins as he carried out his terrorist missions. After a childhood in Pakistan, he returned to […]