It wasn’t the events of September 11th that changed the world, but the events of September 12th and beyond, when the Bush administration took the world to war in response; that changed the world, and continues to threaten U.S. and global security, and shred U.S. democracy.
President Obama’s decision comes despite the fact that US government and independent models predict an 80% chance Polar Bears will become mostly extinct by 2050, with total extinction this century without cuts in emissions.
Although Obama's promises on nuclear disarmament should not be exaggerated, the announced shift in the US nuclear policy offers a glimmer of hope. Outlining the key treaties regulating the spread and testing of nuclear weapons, Achin Vanaik explores the prospects the new US presidency offers to the goal of disarmament and suggests strategies for civic action to further the cause.
It's not for lack of alternatives that the Left has struggled to harness the opportunity for change offered by the global financial crisis - but for failing to translate this into a political programme that connects with the everyday struggles of people suffering under neoliberalism.
There's widespread disappointment over India's choice of negotiators for the recent dialogue over Kashmir, which looks more like an effort to pretend - in advance of Obama's visit to the country - that the government is "doing something" about the situation.
The latest US government nuclear review shows that Obama's nuclear policy - rhetoric aside - is no different to previous administrations, seeking to retain nuclear weapons for the indefinite future and accepting scant constraint on how these weapons might be used.