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Humanisme.dk

 Rune Engelbreth Larsen: Obama og Den Danske Drøm (også i Politiken, 8.11.2008)
“Obama (har) indiskutabelt generobret Den Amerikanske Drøm. Vi mangler fortsat modet til at skabe den danske.”

Information

 Martin Burcharth: Da Obama stillede sig på Wall Streets side (30. september 2011)
“I en ny bog løfter den amerikanske journalist Ron Suskind sløret for, hvad der skete under møde mellem Obama og 13 bankchefer midt under finanskrisen – et træf, der betød, at skurkene fra Wall Street slap med livet og pengene i behold.”

 Tariq Ali: Obama værre end McCain (23. december 2008)
“Den fremtrædende venstreorienterede forfatter og kommentator Tariq Ali tror ikke, at USA’s udenrigspolitik vil ændre sig væsentligt med Obama. ‘Det kan blive værre’, siger han, men det tegner godt for den europæiske venstrefløj, mener han.”

Kritisk Debat

 Jørgen Dragsdahl: Obamas udfordring (februar 2009)
“Kynikere spår, at Obama vil skuffe, men han har allerede vist, at ‘håbet’ kan give resultater. Man kan more sig over, at venstreorienterede, som ofte generelt beskyldes for anti-amerikanisme, pludselig anses for naive, når de knytter håb til en ny amerikansk præsident. Og undre sig over, at kredse, som traditionelt anser USA for’mulighedernes land’, kun ser fiasko forude.”

Modkraft.dk

 Judith Butler: ‘Jeg ved, at han har solgt ud af homoseksuelles rettigheder og Palæstina – men han er stadig vores redning!’ (21. januar 2008)
“Queerkraft ser tilbage på valgdagen med den amerikanske venstreorienterede queerteoretiker Judith Butlers ord.”

 Karsten Ditlevsen: Obama støtter fabriksbesættelse i Chicago (8. december 2008)
“Den nyvalgte amerikanske præsident udtaler sin støtte til 200 fabriksbesættere i Chicago.”

 Ole Wugge Christiansen: Obamas udenrigspolitik bliver konservativ (20. november 2008)
“Høge, Clinton-støtter og neokonservative dominerer de navne, der er i spil som udenrigspolitiske medspillere for den kommende præsident Barack Obama.”

 Henrik Herløv Lund: Obama er begyndelsen på enden på nyliberalismen (Kontradoxa, 6. november 2008)
“Valget af Obama er et fravalg af den nyliberalisme, der fra Reagan og til og med Bush har domineret amerikansk politik. Efter at have rullet velfærdsstaten og omfordelingen tílbage og svækket statens økonomiske styring samt gældsat USA til op over skorstenene er den nyliberale æra ved vejs ende.”

 Martin Lindblom: USA’s venstrefløj maner til besindelse (6. november 2008)
“Mens det meste af verden er gået i kollektivt selvsving over valget af Barack Obama som USA’s næste præsident, er en række amerikanske venstrefløjsintellektuelle og -aktivister mere forsigtige med de euforiske roser.”

 Niels Fastrup: Tredive års højredrejning kan være slut (6. november 2008)
“Der skrives historie, har det lydt, efter at Demokraten Barack Obama blev valgt til USA’s 44. præsident. Måske er valget begyndelsen på enden på højrefløjens årtier lange dominans.”

Le Monde Diplomatique

 Gareth Porter: Slik mistet Obama kontroll over Irak-politikken (07.01.09)
“Innen 16 måneder skal de amerikanske troppene være ute av Irak, lovet Obama under valgkampen i høst. Men et snedig renkespill utført av Bush-administrasjonen og USAs militære ledere gjør det vanskelig for Obama å holde løftet sitt.”

Rød-Grønne Linjer

 Ny cowboy, ny politik? (nr.17, 8. decmber, 2008)
“En ny præsident betyder ny politik. RGL har bedt Morten Kabell og Karsten Ditlevsen vurdere, hvor meget fornyelse Obama i virkeligheden vil komme med.”

Socialistisk Arbejderavis

 Martin Smith: Det andet Amerika (nr.284, 5. december 2008)
“I denne artikel, der skrevet lige inden Obama vandt præsidentvalget, kigger Martin Smith på fagforeninger, Barack Obama og arbejderes kamp i USA.”

Socialistisk Information

 David Finkel: Obamas hvedebrødsdage, hvor længe? (03.03.09)
“Præsident Barack Obama – efter en måned er det stadig svært at tænke på denne realitet uden en kildren af mild forundring – gik på scenen den 24 februar for at holde den årlige tale til kongressen med en betydelig støj i baggrunden.”

 Obama er en fuser (16.01.09)
” 20. januar vil Barack Obama formelt blive indsat som USA’s 44. præsident … [der er] al grund til at pege på gabet mellem hans håbefulde støtter på den ene side og realiteternes verden på den anden.”

 Barack Obamas dobbelte mandat (11.11.08)
“Udtalelse fra den amerikanske venstrefløjsorganisation Solidarity.”

Socialistisk Standpunkt

 Frederik Ohsten: Obama – den mindst ringe? (12. november 2008)
“Inden for det nuværende amerikanske valgsystem repræsenterer valget af Obama et sundt skift til venstre. Men Obama blev først og fremmest valgt på grundlag af det, folk ønsker at se i ham frem for det, han virkelig står for.”

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See also:
The US Presidential Election 2008 : Materials in English.

Against the Current

 The editors: Changing for real (No.138, January/February 2009)

“President Barack Obama, to whom literally billions of people around the world look to provide ‘U.S. leadership’ with a human face, inherits an empire that the United States economy in its current condition can’t afford to maintain. He shows no intention, however, of downsizing American imperial reach.”

 Malik Miah: What Obama’s victory means about race and class (No.138, January/February 2009)
“It is wrong to think Obama’s election means the country has gone ‘beyond race’. We aren’t in a post-racial ‘color blind’ country. Racism and bigotry, and institutional racism, still exist. What Obama’s win does is encourage all minorities in whatever fields they pursue to believe more is possible.”

AlterNet

 Jeremy Scahill: This is Change? 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to watch for in Obama’s White House (AlterNet, November 20, 2008)
“A who’s who guide to the people poised to shape Obama’s foreign policy.”

 Tom Engelhardt: Sparing Obama criticism isn’t doing him (or us) any favors (November 13, 2008)
“Obama is about to enter a hornet’s nest of entrenched interests and ideology. Electing him was the easy part. Now the real work begins.”

 Joshua Holland: America is a Center-Left country no matter how much the corporate media say otherwise (November 10, 2008)
“Outside of a few social issues, Americans are firmly in the progressive camp, but that hasn’t prevented a lot of bloviating to the contrary.”

 Naomi Klein: Can Obama stop the Bush Administration’s final economic heist? (November 6, 2008)
“Terrible looting of public capital has a habit of taking place during periods of dramatic political transition, and Bush has one underway.”
See also sektion: Election 2008

Democracy Now!
As video, audio, MP3 and text.

 Noam Chomsky: What next? The elections, the economy, and the world (November 24, 2008)
“World-renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky discussed the meaning of President-Elect Barack Obama’s victory and the possibilities ahead for real democratic change at a speech last week in Boston. It was his first public appearance since the election.”

 President-Elect Obama and the future of US foreign policy: A roundtable discussion (November 06, 2008)
“John Pilger, Mahmood Mamdani, Raed Jarrar, Tariq Ali, Laura Carlsen, and more on Obama’s troubling foreign policy ideas.”

The Electronic Intifada

 Ali Abunimah: President-elect Obama and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace (18 November 2008)
“In sum, Obama’s positions are remarkable only for their conformity with long-standing US policies.”

Foreign Policyn in Focus

 Theme: Obama and the World
“After covering the campaign in detail, FPIF now looks at the foreign policy challenges and opportunities of the next administration.”

In These Times

 A stunning success. Now what? (November 5, 2008)
“In These Times editors around the country react to Barack Obama’s historic victory.”

International Socialism

 Alex Callinicos: Narrowing the bounds of the possible: the US election (Issue 136, Autumn 2012, p.3-11)
“[At] the domestic front, where the Obama administration’s response to the 2008-9 slump essentially continued the policies hastily put in place by treasury secretary Hank Paulson during the dying days of the Bush presidency.”

 Alexander Anievas, Adam Fabry and Robert Knox: Back to ‘normality’: US foreign policy under Obama (Issue 136, Autumn 2012, p.63-88)
“[The article] demonstrate the continuities between Obama’s foreign policy and that of his Republican predecessor George W Bush. Rather than reining in the imperial presidency, Obama has revelled in the expansion of a global machinery of assassination executed by Predator drones and Navy Seals.”

 Megan Trudell: From a bang to a whimper: Obama’s first year (Issue 125, Winter 2010)
“Barack Obama’s first year in office has disappointed many of those who woted for him. The article examines his record.”

 Megan Trudell: Obama’s 100 days (Issue 123, Summer 2009)
“The Obama administration, heavy with Clinton (and Bush) era politicians, though appearing radical in comparison with the recent past, may be exposed as being in no way radical enough to help those who are suffering. If Obama continues the direction of the first 100 days, his rhetoric may be seen to be merely sugaring the pill. However, …”

 From Bush to Obama (Issue 121, Winter 2009)
“Electoral ‘revolutions’ sometimes share something in common with the real thing. Different forces come together out of a common sense of grievance against an old order, even though they have diametrically opposed class interests – and some committed supporters of the old order jump on the bandwagon in order to influence its course.”

 Megan Trudell: Obama and the working class vote (Issue 121, Winter 2009)
“The detailed analysis of the voting shows it has an important class dimension – although powerful forces within the Obama camp will try to prevent workers’ aspirations translating into concrete politics.”

International Socialist Review

 Phil Gasper: Obama, imperialism, and capitalism (Issue 78, July–August 2011)
“Phil Gasper shows how Obama’s foreign policy differs little from his predecessor.”

 Ashley Smith: Rehabilitating U.S. intervention: U.S. imperialism in the age of Obama (Issue 78, July–August 2011)
“Obama’s grand strategy of engagement is designed to co-opt its international and regional rivals into the neoliberal capitalist order and quell any threat from below. Far from delivering peace and justice, Obama’s strategy has led him to oversee several wars, launch new ones, escalate CIA black ops, and organize a counterrevolution against the Arab Spring to preserve American control over the Middle East.”

 Scott McLemee: Obama: The man who couldn’t (Issue 74, November–December 2010). Review of Tariq Ali, The Obama Syndrome: Surrender at Home, War Abroad (Verso, 2010)
“By Ali’s reckoning, the president is simply another Chicago politician: a windbag from the Windy City, now at the helm of the American Empire.”

 Editorial: Is this the change we can believe in? (Issue 66, July–August 2009)
“Under Bush, the arrogance and right-wing shift went so far that it seems imperative for the ‘enlightened’ fraction of the American establishment to steer ‘to the left’, at least in words. This is where someone like Barack Obama can be useful.”

 Editorial: The shape of things to come (Issue 63, January-February 2009)
“Obama’s election is comparable to that of Franklin Roosevelt’s in the 1930s, whose election came on the heels of the world’s worst economic depression and the discrediting of the free market. Roosevelt’s first state interventions were implemented chiefly to bail out big business. It was only under mass pressure from below – the biggest unionization wave in history – that the content of the New Deal shifted to respond to the demands of labor.”

 A new political landscape (Issue 62, November-December 2008)
“ISR’s Lance Selfa contends a Democratic sweep will put a final exclamation point on a political era.”

International Viewpoint

 Gilbert Achcar: Balance-sheet of U.S. imperialism (Issue 404, September 2008)
“In my opinion, repairing the damage caused by the Bush administration could be facilitated by such a profound and radical change of face, change of image for the United States. An ‘imperialism with a Black and human face’ could restore the image of the United States that was so greatly tarnished by the disaster of the Bush administration.”

Logos

 Geoffrey Kurtz: Obama and the organizing tradition (Vol.7, Issue 2, 2008)

“Barack Obama will be our first president to have been a community organizer. Constructing associations is not easy, and organizers have a long tradition of debate about how best to do so. Obama contributes something to this organizing tradition …”

Middle East Report

 Mouin Rabbani and Chris Toensing: The continuity of Obama’s change (January 27, 2009)
“President Barack Obama’s campaign pledge to begin working for
Israeli-Palestinian peace from his first day in office is one that he almost
met … yet the optimism is unwarranted by the
history of US Israel-Palestine policy and, more importantly, developments on the ground, still smoldering from Israeli bombardments of unprecedented intensity.”

Monthly Review

 John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney: A New New Deal under Obama? (Vol.60, No.9, February 2009)
“Given that a political ceiling on U.S. civilian government purchases as a percentage of GDP has persisted for more than seven decades, it is unlikely that this will change without a massive, indeed social-transformative, struggle, despite a relatively progressive administration and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

MR Zine

 Patrick Bond: Obama’s economic advisors: Will well-tested enemies of Africa prevail? (12/11/08)
“One of Barack Obama’s leading advisors has done more damage to Africa, its economies and its people than anyone I can think of in world history, including even Cecil John Rhodes.”

Mother Jones

 David Corn: Obama wins and redefines real America (11/04/08)
“In a historic win, Barack Obama becomes America’s first black president. But the meaning of his victory extends far beyond race.”

The Nation

 William Greider: U.S. economy: Past and future (November 24, 2008)
“Obama is too smart to allow the past to define his presidency. But Timothy Geithner is an architect, and now an enabler, of the unfolding crisis.”

 Frances Fox Piven: Obama needs a protest movement (November 13, 2008)
“Roosevelt became a great president because the mass protests among the unemployed, the aged, farmers and workers forced him to make choices he would otherwise have avoided.”

 William Greider: President Obama: This proud moment (November 4, 2008)
“This election will transform American life in ways we cannot yet fully imagine. Let us congratulate ourselves on being alive at such a promising moment.”
See also Election 2008: The Choice

New Left Review

 Mike Davis: Obama at Manassas (Issue 56, March-April 2009)
“Does Obama’s victory signal a political turning point comparable to 1980 or 1932? Mike Davis maps county-level changes, from below – minority-majority demographics, subprime suburbs, white-collar financial worries – catalysed by the 2008 campaign. From above, realignment of American capital behind the Silicon President.”

New Politics

 Obama, austerity, and change we really can believe in. By Jack Gerson (Issue 52, Winter 2012)
“Obama’s prioritization of the financial industry and corporate profitability did not break new ground, but rather was continuing on the path of Carter, Clinton, and the New Democratic Coalition.”

 Obama’s foreign policy: The change we really want? By Joanne Landy (Issue 46, Winter 2009)
“Achieving a thoroughgoing and consistent progressive foreign policy will require a substantive, not just rhetorical, transformational politics in the United States that goes far beyond what we have reason to expect from Barack Obama’s presidency.”

Socialism Today

 Illusions & reality (Issue 124, Dec 08-Jan 09)
“The hopes now invested in Obama will be quickly tested and, as events unfold, there will be disillusionment with a president who ultimately represents a big-business party and corporate interests.”

 The ”˜US empire’ after Bush (Issue 123, Nov 2008)
“Tony Saunois assesses what this new situation means for US foreign policy.”

SocialistAlternative.org

 Video: Interview with Lynn Walsh about the Presidential Elections (Nov 13, 2008)

 Philip Locker: Will Obama deliver? (Nov 12, 2008)
“… as the euphoria wears off, hard questions will need to be examined. How will Obama and the Democrats use their new power? Will Obama make good on his promises, especially regarding the key issues of the economy, healthcare and the war in Iraq? Will there be the fundamental change that Obama voters are hoping for?”

Socialist Appeal

 John Peterson: US elections: Welcome to the ‘School of the Democrats’ (05 November 2008)
“… this marks a definite turning point in the history of the country and of the world. Big illusions have been created that Obama will provide ‘change’. What American workers have voted for is an end to policies that benefit the rich, but Obama does not represent real change.”

Socialist Review

 Jonathan Neale: After Barack Obama’s historic victory, what’s next? (December 2008)
“What will Barack Obama’s presidency bring? That depends on the balance of forces.” Plus other feature articles by David Hilliard, Verity Burgmann, Manning Marable and Noam Chomsky.

 Mike Davis: US elections – the new deal? (November 2008)
“The US ruling class are desperate to rescue their system from catastrophe. Mike Davis looks at what the new incumbent of the White House faces and what this means for ordinary Americans.”

Socialist Worker [UK]
 The movement behind Barack Obama (Issue 2127, 15 November 2008)
“The US presidential election showed a real desire for fundamental change. Anindya Bhattacharyya asks what the votes tell us about battles to come.” Med links til 6 andre artikler.

SocialistWorker.org

 Series: Obama’s 100 days (April 2009- )
“What do you think of Obama’s first 100 days? And what does the left need to do now to move the struggle forward? We asked a group of writers and activists for their answers to these questions.”

 Lance Selfa: A ‘center-right nation’? (November 12, 2008)
“The punditocracy that grew up over the last few decades was schooled in an era of conservative dominance that has come to a close. But old habits die hard.”

 Roundtable: What next for the struggle in the Obama era? (November 5, 2008)
“SocialistWorker.org brings together a roundtable of activists and writers on the left to discuss what new openings they see with an Obama administration in power – and what challenges still lie ahead for social justice movements.”
See also section: 2008 Election

Solidarity

 Dan La Botz: Working paper: Obama, the crisis & the movements (May 17, 2009)
“What has Obama done in his first months in office? – What do the economic and political conditions and Obama’s response mean for the labor and social movements in this country? – What should Solidarity, other socialists, and labor and movement activists throughout the country be doing to respond to the crisis?”

 Barack Obama’s dual mandate (6 November 2008)
“Millions of Americans see the election of Barack Obama as a referendum on white supremacy and today we join in their celebration … Yet the 2008 election also represents a dual reality that is important for socialists and activists for peace and social justice to grasp.”

The Unrepentant Marxist

 Deconstructing Obama. By Louis Proyect (January 20, 2009)
“Comments on selections from Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address.” With links to a Transcript of the speech. And the speech as Video

Weekly Worker

 Wobbling to the right (Issue 780, July 30, 2009)
“Jim Creegan examines the first six months of Barack Obama’s administration.”

 Commander in chief (Issue 752, January 15, 2009)
“As George Bush hands over the reins of power, James Turley looks at what to expect from the new man.”

 Obamania and the left (Issue 745, November 13, 2008)
“James Turley sees the illusions of millions reflected in the left.”

Workers Liberty

 Martin Thomas: The first black president of the USA (5 November, 2008)
“We can only rejoice at the barrier-breaking involved in the election of a black person as president of the USA. Obama will surely disappoint his supporters, and revolutionary socialists could not vote for him; but the symbolic significance remains.”

World Socialist Web Site

 The record of the WSWS on Obama (5 November 2010)
“We rejected the attempts to portray Obama as the spearhead of a progressive reform movement …The following excerpts offer a small sampling of this body of work.”
Who’s who in the Obama cabinet:

 Part one: Economic and budget policy. By Patrick Martin (19 January 2009)

 Part two: Internal security. By Tom Eley (20 January 2009)

 Part three: National security and foreign policy. By Patrick Martin (21 January 2009)

 Part four: Domestic policy. By Tom Eley (22 January 2009)
“A series of profiles of the major appointees to the cabinet and top White House staff of Barack Obama.”

 One week since the election of Obama. By Barry Grey (11 November 2008)
“The first week of the Obama transition has already begun to illuminate the social contradictions within the so-called Obama coalition.”

 The election of Barack Obama (November 5, 2008)
“It is a watershed election, one which reflects, in the electoral framework, the massive demographic, socio-economic and cultural shifts over the past quarter-century.”
See also section: US Elections & Politics

Z Magazine

 Noam Chomsky: Elections 2008 & Obama’s ‘Vision’ (Vol.22, No.2, February 2009)
“What we can expect in 2009, given both parties are well to the right of the population.”

 Jack Rasmus: Obama’s economic program: Which one will emerge – Obamanomics 1 or Obamanomics 2? (Vol.21, No.12, December 2008)
“What is Obamanomics? Having just won the presidential election, perhaps it is timely to take a closer look at what Obama’s proposed economic program during the campaign really amounted to.”

ZNet

 Noam Chomsky: Obama on Israel-Palestine (January 26, 2009)
“On January 22, the one president was Barack Obama, so he could speak freely about these matters – avoiding, however, the attack on Gaza, which had, conveniently, been called off just before the inauguration.”

 Mark Weisbrot: After four decades, finally: The beginning of the end (November 06, 2008)
“For nearly four decades this country has been moving to the right … The end result of America’s long right-wing experiment was perhaps the most massive redistribution of income and wealth in our history. Over the last 35 years, there has been virtually no increase in real wages for the majority of the labor force.”
See also 2008 Election Watch

YouTube.com

 Nader asks if barack Obama will be an Uncle Tom. Ralph Nader-Interview with Fox News (4:48 min.)
“To put it very very simply, he is our first African American pesident: or he will be. And we wish him well. But his choice, basically, is whether he’s going ot be Uncle Sam for the people of this country, or Uncle Tom for the giant corporations.”

 We, the People; U.S.A. Dances in the Streets after Barack Obama is elected President! (on Michaelmoore.com). Also: YouTube playlist.


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