World

ISIS: Made in the U.S.A.?

  by Askia Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call ‘Ironically, Mr. Obama’s most outspoken critics—Republican Senators John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.)—were instrumental in laying the rebel movement’s foundation.’ WASHINGTON – Promising that he’s not leading this country into a new […read more]

Politics

The Case for Doing Nothing in Iraq

(Politico) – Here we go again. Whenever there’s a crisis anywhere in the world, you can count on America’s pundit class to demand action—usually of the military variety. Don’t just stand there, bomb something! After more than two decades of unchallenged American hegemony, Washington keyboards seem almost […read more]

Politics

Obama Lacks Black Support on Syria

by Charles Ellison Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Before giving his national address on Syria — one of the most consequential speeches of his presidency — Barack Obama barnstormed six major cable networks. Yet major networks of color weren’t on the list. […read more]

National

Obama Opts for Diplomacy Instead of War

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Speaking to a war-weary nation Tuesday night, President Barack Obama asked Congress to postpone a vote authorizing him to launch an air attack against Syria while he explores a Russian diplomatic proposal that could rid Syria […read more]

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Op-Ed

Obama Selling ‘Wolf Tickets’ on Syria

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened “limited action” against Syria because the country’s leaders allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people.  There are international bans against the use of chemical weapons, with Syria one […read more]

Op-Ed

The High Cost of Needless Wars

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist             With their fingers on the triggers, the Secretary of Defense and others in our government are poised to strike Syria and commit fighting troops to that country, even at a time when the soldiers in Afghanistan are scheduled to […read more]

Politics

John Kerry, House leaders make case for action

[POLITICO]   Top congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed President Barack Obama’s proposed military strikes against Syria, but that still doesn’t mean they will help the White House get the votes. A flurry of support for Obama’s plans […read more]

Politics

Syria a no-win for either party in 2014

[POLITICO] Another military conflict in the Middle East is the last thing either party wants to be talking about heading into the 2014 midterm. For lawmakers on the ballot next year, the decision whether to authorize a strike against Syria that President Barack Obama has […read more]

World

UN: Children Victimized in World Conflicts

[Voice of America] UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says thousands of children have been killed, injured, tortured or recruited into militias and armies in the past year as a result of armed conflicts.  In its annual report on the situation, the world body notes progress […read more]

Politics

Bill Clinton Suggests Obama Risks Looking Like a “Wuss” and “Total Fool” on Syria

[Slate] Bill Clinton took part Tuesday night in a Q-and-A with Sen. John McCain at a semi-private event in New York City, where the former president offered some notably sharp criticism of President Obama’s handling of the ongoing war in Syria, specifically his reluctance to […read more]

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Op-Ed

Military Expansion in Mali and Syria?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The Obama administration is preparing for an expansion of U.S. military involvement into areas from which it should keep its nose clear:  Syria and Mali.  The news reports are unsettling even as there are attempts by the administration […read more]