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Getting out the message: environmental activists seized on the Keystone XL pipeline as a symbol. Light Brigading/flickr

The activists' playbook behind Obama’s Keystone rejection

Activists can rightfully claim some credit for the Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. How did they do it?
When the President of the United States burst into song on the weekend, music amplified the emotional force of his words. EPA/Richard Ellis

Obama’s Amazing Grace shows how music can lift oratory high

Only a hard heart could fail to respond on some emotional level when Barack Obama, eulogising at one of the most emotionally and racially charged funerals in US history, started singing Amazing Grace.
An outstanding performance from David Oyelowo. Atsushi Nishijima © 2014 Paramount Pictures

It’s dangerous to draw parallels between Selma and today

In an early scene in Selma, a sunlit stairwell is the backdrop for several floral-clad girls chatting happily about the hair styles of Coretta Scott King. This gorgeous vision then explodes before our…
In this year’s State of the Union Obama has new found confidence Larry Downing/Reuters

State of the Union 2015: telegraphing the punches with purpose

There are many ways to look at the Obama approach to the 2015 State of the Union – the idea that the President’s strategy is ruining the culture and tradition of the State of the Union address is just…
The star-spangled banner yet waves over a Havana taxi-bike. EPA/Alejandro Ernesto

Obama’s Cuba move is more a milestone than a turning point

The recent news that the United States and Cuba are finally beginning to “normalise” relations has understandably caught the world’s imagination, given the two countries’ longstanding mutual hostility…
In action? EPA/Stringer

Boots already on the ground as US mission in Iraq accelerates

President Obama’s address, on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, was uncompromising, the United States will “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (IS) with “a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism…

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