Showing posts from October, 2008

Obama tries to gain ad-vantage

The 2008 US presidential election will be recorded in the annals of history as one of many firsts. On Wednesday night, Sen Barack Obama added two more to this expanding list when the Democrat presidential nominee aired a half-hour TV commercial - the first of its kind in the history of American elections - and for the first time in this election cycle campaigned with former President Bill Clinton, with whom he has had a strained relationship.

Can America Count?

There's a serious fear that vote 'purges' could mar the US elections

Protection of voters’ rights inadequate

On November 4 Americans will go to the polls to elect a new president. Their two main choices are Democratic Senator Barack Obama, who would make history as America’s first black president should he win, and Republican Senator John McCain, who at 72 would be America’s oldest president. Wendy Weiser directs work on voting rights and elections at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. During the run-up to the 2004 and 2006 elections, she masterminded litigation and advocacy efforts that kept hundreds of thousands of voters from being disenfranchised. In an interview Weiser says she is concerned about the rise in vote suppression efforts across the country and the inability of some states to cope with the huge voter turnout expected this year.

Bush ex-secy Powell endorses Obama

In a major blow to John McCain, President George W. Bush’s former secretary of state Colin Powell on Sunday formally endorsed Barack Obama’s presidential bid, calling the Democrat a “transformational figure” who will “electrify our country . . . (and) the world”.

Severance Packaged

Layoffs are now a fact of life, NRI whizkids look to home.

N-deal a careful balance of rights and obligations for both parties: Pranab

“Many thought this day would never come,” secretary of state Condoleezza Rice acknowledged minutes before signing the the US-India civilian nuclear agreement at the state department on Friday. It was a photo finish. The deal was carried over the finish line by the momentum generated chiefly by President George W. Bush and Rice.

India, US sign 123 agreement

Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee today signed the US-India civilian nuclear agreement here. The signing ceremony was held at the ornate Benjamin Franklin Room at the state department.

123 law makes no change in fuel assurances: Bush

President George W. Bush on Wednesday allayed India’s concerns about nuclear fuel supply assurances, saying the legislation he was signing “does not change the fuel assurance commitments that the United States government has made to the government of India, as recorded in the 123 Agreement.”

Indian-American kills self, family

The troubled US economy has claimed its first known victims. An unemployed Indian-American man, upset over losing his high-profile job to the global financial meltdown and finding himself a pauper from a millionaire overnight by the plunging US stock market, killed his wife, three sons and mother-in-law before committing suicide himself outside Los Angeles over the weekend.

Indians Face The Heat

The Great American Dream fades into the sunset

Pink Slips On Mean Street

The bailout rejected, recession knocks

Obama tried to kill N-deal, says McCain

With presidential elections exactly a month away, it’s silly season once again in Washington. This was evident on Thursday, a day after the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill authorising civilian nuclear cooperation between the US and India.

Palin, Biden agree unstable Pak dangerous

Democratic vice-presidential hopeful Senator Joseph Biden on Thursday night warned that another terrorist attack of America, if it were to happen, would come not from Iraq but from the “al Qaeda planning in the hills of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

All clear for N-deal

The United States Senate on Wednesday night overwhelmingly voted in favour of overturning a three-decade ban on nuclear commerce with India. The final vote tally was 86-13.

123: US senate considers two amendments

The US Senate on Wednesday debated on the US-India civilian nuclear agreement and considered two amendments that sought to ensure US nuclear exports did not help boost India’s nuclear weapons programme or contribute to a future nuclear test.