November 2008

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Is Obama Screwing His Base with Rahm Emanuel Selection?

Picture: Stephen Zunes - I had really wanted to celebrate Barack Obama's remarkable victory for a day or so before becoming cynical again. I really did. And yet, less than 24 hours after the first polls closed, the president-elect chose as his chief of staff -- perhaps the most powerful single position in any administration -- Rahm Emanuel, one of the most conservative Democratic members of Congress. The chief of staff essentially acts as the president's gatekeeper, determining with whom he has access for advice...

Trailer: Religulous

Political humorist and author, Bill Maher combined the words religion and ridiculous to come up with the title of his documentary, 'Religulous'. Known for his astute analytical skills, irreverent wit and commitment to never pulling a punch, Maher brings his characteristic honesty to an unusual spiritual journey, as he travels around the globe interviewing people about God and religion. For more insight into this documentary, watch Larry King interview Maher here.

And Then a Hero Comes Along

Picture: dancy Fazila Farouk - Every once in a while, a miracle cuts through unyielding adversity to deliver a moment of hope. Barack Obama’s ascension to America's highest office is one such momentous miracle in our world’s history. Who would have thought that America was ready to elect a black president? The Reverend Jesse Jackson, for one, certainly seemed overwhelmed as he stood among the Chicago victory crowd, tears streaming down his face. Like many of us who have willed Obama’s victory for so...

Barack Obama in South Africa

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) released this video of Barack Obama's visit to South Africa, where he met with the organisation in Khayelitsha, as well as visited a clinic. Obama talks to members of the TAC about HIV and AIDS in America. According to the TAC, "Obama took a strong position on preventing and treating HIV and AIDS and was critical of (former) President Mbeki and the South African government’s response to the epidemic and their disregard and animosity towards the...