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Barack Obama faces 30 death threats a day, stretching US Secret Service

August 4, 2009 Leave a comment
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In a way this story from The Telegraph is expected, there are so many twisted right wing and extremist nutters in the USA who having easily acquired arms and hate are keen to assassinate President Obama. I only hope that the Secret Service remains vigilant and can deal with threats effectively and quickly.

By Toby Harnden in Washington, THE TELEGRAPH: “US President Barack Obama is the target of more than 30 potential death threats a day and is being protected by an increasingly over-stretched and under-resourced Secret Service, according to a new book.

Since Mr Obama took office, the rate of threats against the president has increased 400 per cent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush, according to Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service.

Some threats to Mr Obama, whose Secret Service codename is Renegade, have been publicised, including an alleged plot by white supremacists in Tennessee late last year to rob a gun store, shoot 88 black people, decapitate another 14 and then assassinate the first black president in American history…”

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Obama hails Apollo 11 astronauts

July 21, 2009 Leave a comment

I recall the excitement of 20 July 1969; the success of the Apollo project that began with the landing of  two of the Apollo 11 crew on the surface of the Moon was a significant scientific achievement.  Neil Armstrong and his colleagues, his fellow astronauts are right all efforts should now focuas on a permament colony on Mars.  The establishment of a scientific community on Mars would be expensive but it would be in itself a vital next step. We need to keep up bold new goals in space exploration. I hope that President Obama will approve extra funding to NASA for this goal.

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BBC Science: “US President Barack Obama has praised the “heroism” of the men who made the first landing on the Moon.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the event, he said Americans continued to draw inspiration from Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

“I think that all of us recall the moment in which mankind finally was untethered from this planet,” he added…”

Earlier, Mr Aldrin and Mr Collins called for renewed efforts to send a manned mission to Mars.

via BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Obama hails Apollo 11 astronauts.

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Obama engages the world

July 13, 2009 Leave a comment

President Barak Obama has now formulated US foreign policy in a series of speeches;

BBC NEWS: ‘With a series of rousing international speeches, President Barack Obama has definitively recast American foreign policy, shunning the Bush administration’s leadership-centric diplomacy and engaging directly with the people of the world…”more

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Obama praise for Iran’s Mousavi

June 27, 2009 Leave a comment
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US President Barak Obama has now praised the courage of Mir Hossein Mousavi in opposing the electoral fraud in Iran.  Given the insanity in Iranian government circles one can’t be sure what is going to happen next. There is now horrific repression, people are being tortured , beaten and murdered by state security thugs.  Iran is ruled by what looks like a nasty fascist clique which cares little for the fate of the people.  State paranoia has reached new levels of insanity:

BBC NEWS: “US President Barack Obama has praised the opposition candidate in Iran’s disputed presidential election.

Mr Obama said Mir Hossein Mousavi had captured the imagination of groups in Iran that were interested in opening up to the world.

He spoke of the bravery of protesters in the face of “outrageous” violence.

Mr Obama’s comments came hours after foreign ministers from the G8 nations issued a statement “deploring” the post-election violence in Iran…”more

via BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Obama praise for Iran’s Mousavi.

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Netanyahu wants demilitarized PA state.

June 15, 2009 Leave a comment
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Jeruslaem Post: Binyamin Netanyahuhas now clarified his position on the issue of two states. The White House has rightly accepted the proposals. There appear to be early grumblings of opposition from the Palestinian leaders but they should grasp the opportunity for lasting peace, it is a fair proposal:

Herb Kelnon in The Jerusalem Post: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lifted the shroud from his diplomatic endgame on Sunday night, saying at the BESA Center at Bar-Ilan University that he would support a Palestinian state if he received international guarantees that it would be demilitarized, and if the Palestinians accepted Israel as the Jewish homeland.

“If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israel’s security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state,” Netanyahu said to applause – the first time he has said he would accept a Palestinian state.

US President Barack Obama welcomed the prime minister’s speech, calling it an important step forward.

“The president is committed to two states, a Jewish State of Israel and an independent Palestine, in the historic homeland of both peoples,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement. “He believes this solution can and must ensure both Israel’s security and the fulfillment of the Palestinians’ legitimate aspirations for a viable state, and he welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu’s endorsement of that goal…”more

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Charles Bremner – Times Online – WBLG: Obama dampens Sarkozy’s D-Day ambitions

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Interesting story from Charles Bremner in The Times in regard to President Obama’s relations with Nicolas Sarkozy and the friction caused by the failure by Sarkozy to invite Queen Elizabeth to the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings:

THE TIMES:Barack Obama is not doing anything to help Nicolas Sarkozy. Three days from the US leader’s arrival for his D-Day weekend, he is keeping his distance from the French president who was so eager to welcome him.

The White House‘s coolness has added to embarrassment at the Elysée Palace over the way they have bungled what Sarkozy wanted to be a supreme Franco-American moment in Paris and especially Normandy. The final straw for Paris was the White House’s undiplomatic public reproach this week to Sarkozy for failing to invite the British Queen to the 6th of June ceremony…”

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President Barak Obama’s tribute to D-Day heroes

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Tributes were paid to the heroes of the D-Day Normandy landings on June 6, 1944 that eventually led to the defeat of nazi tyranny in Europe. President Barak Obama made a magnificent speech.

Let us remember Nazism is still with us here in our homeland and that we need to smash the Nazi scum in the anti-British BNP:

BBC NEWS: “Allied leaders have been paying tribute to veterans of D-Day, as they mark the 65th anniversary of the landings at a series of events in Normandy.US President Barack Obama said the bravery and selflessness of a few changed the course of a whole century.He was speaking alongside French, Canadian and UK leaders at the American cemetery near Omaha Beach, scene of fierce fighting on 6 June 1944.The Allies suffered 215,000 casualties on D-Day and in the Normandy campaign.Germany suffered similar losses as the Allies fought desperately up the beaches and into the French countryside to form a bridgehead…”

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