Barack Obama

Global Scan

Italy's army enters the marijuana business

Italy recently allowed the chronically sick to purchase marijuana for medicinal purposes. But the country's supply has been severely constrained. Now the army is stepping in. Meanwhile, in Canada, the elk supply is anything but constrained and that's a problem. And President Barack Obama may have to ally with Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Conflict & Justice

Obama will outline his strategy for fighting the Islamic State movement

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday, and he's expected to make his case for further US military action against the militants who call themselves the Islamic State. The president is likely to announce a continuation of the air campaign that began against ISIS in Iraq a month ago, and the possible start of airstrikes against the militants in Syria.

Global Scan

Vladimir Putin would like you to know he too opposes fracking

Imagine the foes of fracking and you'd probably put Greenpeace at the top of the list. But add Vladimir Putin too — someone who rarely sees eye-to-eye with the environmentalists. But he has his own reasons, not tied to saving the Earth. Meanwhile, there's tension over US military actions in Iraq. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.

Arts, Culture & Media

Jamming for Obama

In Jamaica, two songs have been written and recorded by Jamaican artists in support of Barack Obama's presidential run, and The World's Marco Werman has been trying to find out what Jamaica's Obama songs are all about.

Conflict & Justice

Chinese American voters

One third of Chinese-American voters are still undecided about who to vote for, and many of them are older and live in New York and California, states Barack Obama is expected to win easily and where there is little outreach.