Category Archives: Politics

Barack Obama 44th President of the United States


January 20th, 2009 saw the first African American elected president and quite possibly the youngest president ever to take office. obama I am excited to see Obama as the new president, its a welcome change from the bush era and I am looking forward to what he brings to the world.

He has quite a different attitude toward many aspects of world politics such as the war in Iraq, the economy, education and health. He has a ‘think different’ mentality and I hope his new ideas and new vision for the future is enough to change the world for the better.

So as I was saying, his inauguration was just 2 days ago on Jan 20th. His speech was uplifting, visionary and (I, not being an American citizen) still makes feel like the changes he wants to make will somehow still affect my life living in Australia.

“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.” – source: NYTimes

He at least takes responsibility for the past, and recognises that there is work to be done instead of just sweeping it under the rug as some (unnamed) presidents have done in the past. I like this guy already!

American politics and the US itself is quite a force in the world even if the rest of us like it or not, and Obama knows this, but I get the feeling from him (different from past presidents) that although he has the best wishes of the American people at heart, he has a worldly vision and is mindful that whatever he does will affect the rest of the world and that’s what I like about him. I don’t get the feeling that he is stuck up or self centered and he certainly doesn’t think that American’s are the only people who live on this planet.

Personally I can’t wait to see what he does with his time as president and how the world will benefit with a stronger leader.

North Korea will pay a very, very high price


I’m Adam, a new writer on The Whole Story and this is my very first post. You can find more about me at our About section of the blog.

In Follow up to Justin’s Post ‘North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing’ I was reading an article on Voice of America (VOA) News homepage and stumbled across a heading ‘US Envoy Says North Korea Must Pay For ‘Reckless Behavior’ and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I am currently in the process of joining the Australian Army and the last thing that I want is countries, mainly the Western ‘annoying’ possibly one of the most deadliest countries in the world, North Korea.

A senior US envoy arrived in South Korea to discuss a ‘punishment’ for Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons testing. The fears of a second nuclear test have encouraged the United Nations to strengthen there measures and called for inspections of all North Korean Cargo ships for any banned weapon parts.

How ever it then follows to say that China and South Korea and reluctant to interfere with North Korea in fear of igniting a conflict. So, is this a worry for the world when the two border countries of North Korea are hinting that they are not going to take part in the UN’s plans which involve North Korea’s neighbors?

Do we feel any safer?

Check Out Voice of America’s website and Give us you thoughts.

North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing


asiapolitics.jpgOctober 9th – 2006: North Korea have successfully conducted the country’s first nuclear weapons test in an underground vertical (abandoned mine or something) space with reports of no radioactive leakage of any kind from the blast zone as of this time.

Measuring 4.2 on the richter scale,  the blast was reported to have had a blast yield equivalent to 550 tons of TNT explosive.

“The test also follows a United Nations Security Council presidential statement from October 6, 2006 warning North Korea against conducting a nuclear test and “that a nuclear test, if carried out by the DPRK, would represent a clear threat to international peace and security”.  – source: globalsecurity.org

I watch the news, read the papers and am online every day and have read, seen and heard so much criticism leading up to the test by various countries including Australia, the United States, England ruling that such a test is non-beneficial for humanity. Even living in the age of terrorism, the use of nuclear weapons has become almost outlawed across the entire globe with the majority of countries entering into nuclear non-proliferation treaties and such.

I have no idea what kind of impact the latest nuclear test in Korea will affect the world, but heads of power are absolutely outraged at the North Korean leader with calls for the UN to intervene. Nuclear weapons technology is very dangerous and must be taken seriously, the actions of one country will affect the entire world which must be understood. We cannot afford to have ‘rouge’ states developing weapons without any control on them whatsoever (it seems anyway).

The Korean Prime Minister has been labelled a ‘Cowboy’ and ‘reckless’ in various print articles I’ve read over the last day or so and the general feeling of the international community would be fairly similar I would imagine.