OBAMA: DEFENDING THE 'INTERESTS OF EMPIRE'
Demba Moussa Dembele
For those anticipating sweeping, immediate change from Barack Obama's election to the US presidency, the results of the president's first year in office will undoubtedly have proven profoundly disappointing, writes Demba Moussa Dembele. Just as his Accra address was rooted in patronising references to 'corruption' and 'tribalism', it should be always borne in mind that Obama operates and will continue to operate first and foremost in defence of the 'interests of empire', Dembele stresses.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/61612



OBAMA'S FIRST YEAR: CHANGE WE CAN STILL BELIEVE IN?
Ama Biney
Can or will Barack Obama deliver a more peaceful, humane world, asks Ama Biney, a year after his inauguration as 44th President of the United States. Offering a tentative evaluation of the path followed by the Obama administration so far, Biney suggests that genuine change lies not with the president, but in the remobilisation of a grassroots movement among the ordinary Americans who had the optimism and motivation to campaign for him.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/61622




OBAMA'S NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY TOWARDS AFRICA: THE FIRST YEAR
Daniel Volman
A year into his presidency, Barack Obama is essentially following the same course of militarised action in Africa pursued by his predecessors over the past decade, writes Daniel Volman. A consequence of the US president's faith in the necessity of the global war on terror and pragmatic political concerns around retaining oil supplies, Obama's approach to Africa has been entirely rooted in asserting his country's military might, Volman concludes.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/61614