Posts in ‘US Politics’

Barack Obama’s big day out

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Looking very Presidential indeed, Barack and Michelle visited the White House. What once was a three month lame duck interregnum has been condensed into an afternoon of niceties; there is no time to lose in addressing the problems the US faces. Their visit coincided with fresh news about secret authorisation in 2004 of raids on […]

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Nov 4, the day the buck stopped

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Like the peasants and courtiers in Sleeping Beauty, the retainers, the lobbyists and bond traders will blink, shake themselves awake and find that the world has moved while they have been sleeping. Tomorrow (the US is a day behind Australia) the US chooses a new President, and then the real fun begins. Neither candidate has […]

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It’s almost Halloween but I’m not even scared

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Today is already Mischief Night. As a teenager, that was the time we ran around in packs doing really thrilling things like jumping out from behind bushes and hitting each other over the head with flour-filled socks. For the more adventurous, an egg smashed in the hair was pretty exciting, or ringing random doorbells and […]

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Why Colin and I will be voting for Obama

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Now that Colin Powell has shown his hand in the US elections, it is time for me to return to my country of origin to exert my somewhat more modest influence. With my morale much boosted by the news that in the ACT the Greens now hold the balance of power (whoo- hoo!), Í look […]

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The biggest power grab

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Tonight is the final debate for the US Presidential election. I will get to watch it live, with a choice of commentary in Spanish or English. It remains to be seen if Obama will offer a critique of the additional bank buy-back announced in the past few days. This has given a wake up call […]

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The US of Ain’t

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

What this election clearly ain’t about is change, although both candidates are now waving that banner. After two weeks in the US, I’m now about to leave for Costa Rica, and not a moment too soon. The combination of crass urbanism and lack of substance in the politics is more than I am willing to […]

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Obama – the great black hope

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Visiting the US, one is everywhere reminded of the power this country has assembled, and the history it draws on. Last week I renewed my acquaintance with the treasures of the Frick Collection, established by a 19th century entrepreneur and connoisseur, who built a mansion on Fifth Avenue to display them: (Apologies if these pics […]

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McCain’s Folly – the view from New Jersey

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Today John McCain gave himself the big shot in the foot (or maybe head) that may be decisive. He has chosen as his Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who is known for taking on the oil companies in Alaska, which she has been governor of for 18 months. Prior to that she was mayor of […]

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Faith to Faith? I’m sweating it out

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Most of the US is sweltering, my pink and soft Canberra body (and spirit) no longer able to easily deal with the combination of heat and high humidity. It was hot in London, too, when we departed our hotel in Russell Square just a few days before the bombings. I was late joining my spouse […]

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On a sense of persepctive

Monday, June 28th, 2004

The sight of yet another hostage, marine Hassoun Wassef Ali, in Iraq being prepared for the grisly ritual of arraignment, soon to be refused demands, and then the brutal beheading – all delivered to us on the web – is truly and deeply sickening. It is easy to refuse this horror and to a certain […]

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