Reading Time: < 1 minute Back in 2008, Barack Obama took the nation by storm by campaigning on Hope and Change. Now, with 2020 on the horizon and change badly needed, he wants Democrats to forego a bold agenda.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Outgoing President Barack Obama is leaving his successor with a wide array of tools he used to wage war and obscure the work of the government.
Reading Time: 5 minutes It was a trick of words: Congress agreed to an arms “control” treaty — but only in exchange for billions of dollars to “modernize” the current stockpile of weapons. So nothing really changed.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Four former drone operators came forward to strongly criticize President Barack Obama’s drone war, saying it bred terror, killed innocents, and left the ones pulling the trigger grievously wounded in spirit.
Reading Time: 4 minutes On May 18, 2015, President Obama made a surprising announcement: he ordered the federal government to reverse its standing practice of providing American police departments with surplus weapons and vehicles from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Given declining confidence in police after a seemingly constant recent stream of fatalities involving black suspects, this newfound caution with heavy provisioning is understandable. But questions about the wisdom of militarizing police are not new. WhoWhatWhy first wrote about the issue in February, 2014.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Why did the president back away from a commitment that federal agencies use green electronics? Buried in a recent Executive Order on sustainability is recycled rhetoric that undermines long-standing federal policy.
Classic Why: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Iran and the Bomb, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Facts
Reading Time: 10 minutes With the June 30 deadline looming to reach a deal in the Iran nuclear talks, we revisit the good old days when everyone was still entirely misled about Iran’s nuclear program. Have those days really passed?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Western support of the Ukrainian uprising may have been miscalculated—and has the potential to exacerbate an already-strained relationship with Russia.
Reading Time: 6 minutes The goodwill President Obama first enjoyed with our Latin American neighbors has thawed, in large part due to an executive order signed in March that labels Venezuela an “extraordinary threat.”
Reading Time: < 1 minute Sixty-two years after the Cuban Revolution began and 53 years after they were severed, diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba have been restored. Tom Hayden, a leader in the student, antiwar, and civil rights protests throughout the 1960s talks to WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman about what this new opening might mean.