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Selfie Service

Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela. The service was held in front of a vociferous crowd in the FNB stadium in Johannesburg. US President Barack Obama said Mr Mandela was a “giant of history”, describing him as the last […]

Copa Havana

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said that he decided to step down and transfer power to his younger brother, Raul, because he was diagnosed with a fatal illness in 2006. In an article published to mark his 87th birthday, Fidel Castro said he didn’t expect to survive the stomach ailment and live for so […]

Ben Bernanke, the Fed and the Tea Party

Ben Bernanke is not a Tea Party sort of person. An academic appointed as Chair of the US Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) by a Republican President (Bush II) and re-appointed by a Democrat President (Obama) who helped organise the bailout of Wall St in response to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), he is the epitome of […]

Charity begins at the IRS

The head of the US tax agency has quit after it emerged his staff singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny, President Barack Obama has announced. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had asked for and accepted the resignation of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Acting Commissioner Steve Miller, he said. “I will do everything in my power […]

Boston Manhunt Ends

And the winner is …

Political science models. President Obama’s re-election has already been thoroughly mythologised, particularly by those disappointed by said re-election. One can read worried, or admiring, examinations of the data-mining and thoroughly internetted campaign techniques used by the Obama campaign, complaints about media bias, dark musings about the implications for the future of the US and so […]

How things look depend on where you stand

This post from Stratfor points out that the US faces much less stressful challenges than the EU or China or Iran. So, the re-elected President Obama faces a world where the US’s hand, vis-a-vis other Powers, is strengthening rather than weakening. I really don’t get the angst about President Obama’s foreign policy. Yes, he has […]

Gaffe-er Tape

A secretly filmed video has emerged showing Mitt Romney disparaging Barack Obama voters at a private donor dinner. The Republican nominee is shown saying the 47% of Americans who back the president do not pay income tax and would never vote for Mr Romney. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care […]

Power Dressing

SAN FRANCISCO _ Dressed in his trademark hoodie and jeans, Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg kicked off a cross-country road show to pitch his company’s initial public stock offering. Hundreds of institutional investors stood in long lines Monday to pile into a ballroom at New York’s Sheraton Hotel to hear the billion-dollar pitch from the […]

I Shot the Sharif

Barack Obama is marking the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death with a campaign suggesting that his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, lacks the guts to have ordered the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader. Infuriated Republicans have hit back by accusing the president of dividing America, calling the campaign “shameless” and accusing Obama of seeking […]