Obama administration

Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision? | Black America Web

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court by pointing reformed state, county and local governments to an escape hatch from the law’s strictest provision.

The Voting Rights Act effectively attacked persistent discrimination at the polls by keeping close watch, when it comes to holding elections, on those places with a history of preventing minorities from voting. Any changes, from moving a polling place to redrawing electoral districts, can’t take effect without approval from the Justice Department or federal judges in Washington.

via Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision? | Black America Web.

 

Michael Moore and Chris Hedges on the ‘Corporate Coup d’État’ and the Govt’s Moves to Jail People without Charges or Trial | Alternet

AMY GOODMAN: Last week, the ability of the U.S. government to jail people without charge or trial was back in court. A group of reporters, scholars and activists, including Noam Chomsky and Chris Hedges, are suing the Obama administration over the controversial provision in the NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act, saying it could allow for the indefinite detention of journalists and others who interact with certain groups.

via Michael Moore and Chris Hedges on the ‘Corporate Coup d’État’ and the Govt’s Moves to Jail People without Charges or Trial | Alternet.

 

Nomalanga: Why Black People Are Poor, Broke and Experiencing Lack | Healthy Black Woman

Does the Obama administration have to be held accountable for the reversal of the many systems, that have been strategically put in place over the course of hundreds of years, and are now negatively affecting minorities, women and other vulnerable groups? Of course! That having been said though, it is important to recognize that holding any administration accountable has to be done along with other actions that people take by themselves, for themselves.

via Nomalanga: Why Black People Are Poor, Broke and Experiencing Lack | Healthy Black Woman.

 

Child Casualties As a Result of U.S. Drone Strikes

U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen have caused the death of 178 children. Accompanying report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/115147268/Y…

 

U.S Trade Rep. Ron Kirk Jumps Obama Administration Ship | Kulture Kritic

US Trade Rep. Ron Kirk

Kirk’s reasons for leaving the Obama administration are still undisclosed, but his plan to leave was communicated through an email statement. The 58-year-old rep. said that trade is a major part of the administrative efforts to support American jobs at home. He also added that the administration made great strides to negotiate with trading countries based on the fair trade agreements.

via U.S Trade Rep. Ron Kirk Jumps Obama Administration Ship | Kulture Kritic.

 

“Unintended Consequences of Military Intervention”: Roots of Mali, Algeria Crisis Tied to Libya War

“Unintended Consequences of Military Intervention”: Roots of Mali, Algeria Crisis Tied to Libya War.

Emira Woods, co-director of Foreign Policy In FocusIn Algeria, at least 22 foreign hostages remained unaccounted for in what has been described as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades. Islamist militants opposed to the French air strikes in neighboring Mali seized a gas facility near the Libyan border. It remains unclear how many people died on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed the desert gas complex to free the workers. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has acknowledged it is now directly aiding France’s military operation in Mali. We speak to Emira Woods, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. [includes rush transcript]

 

Dr. Boyce & Yvette: Whatever Happened to Al Sharpton’s Black Agenda?

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http://www.kulturekritic.com/?p=9808

Its hard to ignore the fact that a lot of focus has shifted away from the Black community and has moved on to other things, such as the Fiscal Cliff. While it is true that the Black Community is not the only “agenda” that the Obama administration should be worried about, it is becoming increasingly hard to ignore the fact that the Obama administration seems more interested in Black people’s voting power than the actual people.

 

LGBT Community Furious Over Obama’s Inaugural Pastor Who Said Gays Will Go To Hell

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The LGBT community is in an uproar over the Obama administration’s choice of pastor to deliver the benediction at the President’s inauguration this month. A White House petition has been posted requesting his replacement as the result over overarching fury after it was discovered Reverend Louie Giglio has a history of anti-gay comments, including delivering a viciously anti-gay sermon in the 1990s, and has ties to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/lgbt-community-furious-over-obamas-inaugural-pastor-who-said-gays-will-go-to-hell/politics/2013/01/10/58033