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What Does A Second Obama Term Look Like?

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Barack Obama has many admirable qualities: intelligent, hard-working, and charismatic. Coming from a mixed-race background with virtually no input from his biological father, he rose from being a top student of Harvard Law School, to an Illinois State Senator, US Senator, and eventually President of the United States. Though he does not, as he once quipped in 2008, look like ‘those Presidents on the dollar bill,’ he does carry himself like a President. From all appearances he is a dedicated family man, devoted to his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, serving as a role model to the nation, and especially to the African-American community. Furthermore, Obama claims to be a Christian who believes he has eternal life. He told Christianity Today in 2008: ‘I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life.’ He started his Presiden…

PowerShift

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What a difference a mere 3 years can make! In a part of the world where once time was considered to have ‘frozen,’ since 2010, the Middle East as we knew is changing forever.

Snapshot 3 years ago:

•Israel had only 1 border out of 5 that was troubled;
•Israel had a functioning military alliance with Turkey;
•Israel was totally dependent on outside sources to meet is oil and natural gas needs
•Israel had relations with two of the most friendly of US presidents to towards the Jewish state: Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The powershift began in earnest, starting with the Tunisian Revolution of December 2010 to January 2011, when President Zine el-Abidene Ben Ali resigned and fled the country. The power shift moved to Egypt, where President Hosni Mubarak was removed from power after only 18 days. Neighbouring Libya was hit, too, and after months of protracted war, Gaddafi was ousted and brutally murdered. Then, in probably the most ‘peaceful’ of transitions, Yemen President Ali Abdullah…