the state


– of getting down to business. by vastate
Wednesday, 21 January 2009, 17:57
Filed under: -of jhumphrey, -of politik

well.  hey now.  so far, so good.

The New York Times:

In the first hours of his presidency, President Obama directed an immediate halt to the Bush administration’s military commissions system for prosecuting detainees at the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

banksy_guantanamo_baycheck.

The Guardian:

The new Obama administration is willing to talk to Iran “without preconditions” and will work towards the abolition of nuclear weapons, the White House said today.

irannuclear

check.  (does that mean you’ll be talking to these folks:

hamas

without preconditions too?)

Al Jazeera English:

Barack Obama, the US president, has contacted four Middle Eastern leaders on his first full day in office.

Among the first leaders he contacted on Wednesday was Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, who has been under intense political pressure since Israel launched its 22-day war on the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

“There is nothing about his understanding and sympathy to the suffering of those people who were under shelling and bombardment for more than three weeks, and hence no true approach that reflects a sincerity and change in the American approach to Israel-Palestine.”

However, Bishara said that Obama’s speedy contact with the Middle Eastern leaders is positive and showed a responsiveness and a responsibility for the events in the region.

gaza-womanummm. check.  kind of.

The Huffington Post:

Obama freezes salaries of top White House Aides.  The pay freeze, first reported by The Associated Press, would hold salaries at their current levels for the roughly 100 White House employees who make over $100,000 a year. “Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington,” said the new president, taking office amid startlingly bad economic times that many fear will grow worse.

check. plus.

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