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Assessing an Obama Presidency

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The Left in the US and around the world is celebrating the end of the Bush Presidency. We also celebrate the election of an African-American to the Presidency of what remains a deeply racist country. And what person on the Left does not want ‘change’?

But this all raises many further questions about Obama’s Presidency, elected alongside a more strongly Democratic Congress.

What will their responses be to American militarism and interventions across the Middle East and Asia, and to the Wall Street crisis and bailout? What are the implications for the Left in the US and in Canada? Three of Canada’s leading labour activists and critics of American society address these and other issues.

part 1: Herman Rosenfeld, CAW Retiree, and Labour Studies, McMaster University

part 2: Ajamu Nangwaya, CUPE labour activist and educator

part 3: Abbie Bakan, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University

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