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Obama's imperialist presidency

Many people around the world really liked Barack Obama when he was first elected US President in 2008. Smart, handsome and genuinely appealing, what was there not to like? But now people are having second thoughts.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 1:43am 5 comments

Americans ill-served by the blinkered view of US dominance

The time has come to think the unthinkable: the era of American dominance in international affairs may well be coming to an end. As that moment approaches, the main question will be how well the US is prepared for it.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am 13 comments

Tea Party favourite Rand Paul chosen by US conservatives as choice for 2016 presidential nominee

Paul, popular among the younger conservatives who thronged to the Conservative Political Action Conference, on Saturday narrowly beat Senator Marco Rubio - also tipped to seek the White House - by 25 to 23 per cent in the CPAC Straw Poll.

18 Mar 2013 - 3:52am

US ambassador to UN Susan Rice tipped as national security adviser

US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is set to become President Barack Obama's national security adviser after the disappointment of being forced out of contention for secretary of state, it is being reported.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:19am

Does China model herald a post-democratic future?

The contrast between the mindless partisan fighting in Washington and the smooth way that the changing of the guard is now going on in China has emboldened some people to assert that we have seen the global future and it is the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am 2 comments

John Brennan finally confirmed as head of CIA

The US Senate has finally confirmed John Brennan as CIA director after the White House doused a fierce debate over the potential use of domestic drones that could have delayed filling the crucial post.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:49am

Holding back women only hobbles progress

During my first week as the US secretary of state, I had the honour of meeting a group of courageous women from Burma. Two were former political prisoners, and although they had all endured incredible hardship in their lives, each of them was committed to moving forward - providing education and training to girls, finding jobs for the unemployed and advocating for greater participation in civil society. I have no doubt that they will continue to be powerful agents of change, bringing progress to their communities and their country in the years to come.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

US Senator Mitch McConnell slams liberal group for criticising Asian wife

McConnell forcefully defended Chao, who was born in Taiwan and who moved to the US as an 8-year-old with her family aboard a freight ship.

3 Mar 2013 - 2:55pm 1 comment

America's high-stakes gamble on spending cuts

A decade of budget deficits run up in war and economic crisis has saddled the government with a US$16 trillion debt. Now the government is about to start cutting spending in some programmes, offering a first look at how the US people will react.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:49am

Barack Obama wants 'balanced approach' instead of sequester

US President Barack Obama yesterday urged Congress to replace automatic across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester with what he called "a balanced approach" combining "smart" cuts with reforms.

3 Mar 2013 - 6:30am