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Leader Pelosi, Top Intel Dem Schiff co-sponsor Yemen War Powers Resolution Ahead of House and Senate Votes

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and ranking Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff have agreed to co-sponsor the House Yemen War Powers Resolution ahead of the expected votes this week in the Senate and the House.

The current official list of co-sponsors, showing the co-sponsorship of Leader Pelosi, is here:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution...

Adam Schiff's letter to Just Foreign Policy's Sarah Burns indicating his co-sponsorship of the House Yemen War Powers Resolution is here:

https://www.facebook.com/justforeignpolicy/posts/10156601328790856

Congress: Stop UAE Siege of Hodeida, Save 250,000 Yemeni Lives

The government of the United Arab Emirates has threatened to siege the crucial Yemeni port of Hodeida in the coming weeks. The UN and aid groups have warned that this could kill 250,000 Yemenis. The UAE’s response was: “The price is right.”

Even top House Democrats who have expressed support for Saudi-UAE war aims in Yemen have publicly stated that attacking Hodeida would not achieve stated Saudi-UAE goals. It would not weaken the position of the Houthis at the bargaining table. It would not strengthen the position of Saudi-UAE at the bargaining table. It would just increase the death and suffering of thousands of innocent Yemeni civilians for no reason at all, except to appease the dictatorial regimes ruling Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The UN and aid groups have also warned that ten million more Yemenis will be pushed to the edge of starvation if the war is not ended this year.

There is no good reason for this war to continue. Congress has never authorized U.S. participation, without which the war would end. The UN envoy has stated repeatedly that he is close to a deal to stop the Saudi-UAE assault on Hodeida and resume peace talks. Sources close to the UN say the key missing ingredient for the deal is sufficient U.S. pressure on Saudi-UAE. They also say that Congress has the leverage to stop the UAE from following through on its threat to siege Hodeida.

But top Democrats in Congress continue to poor-mouth the leverage of Congress to stop the UAE from carrying out its threat, even though Congress just passed legislation conditioning U.S. participation in the war on Saudi-UAE efforts to end it through diplomacy.

Urge Congress to stop the UAE siege of Hodeida and save 250,000 Yemeni lives by signing our petition:

https://www.change.org/p/congress-stop-uae-siege-of-hodeida-save-250-000...

Advisory: Press Conference to Denounce Todd Young-Jeanne Shaheen Bill to Starve Yemeni Children

Advisory: Press Conference to Denounce Todd Young-Jeanne Shaheen Bill to Starve Yemeni Children

For Immediate Release

Peace Action - Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain - CODEPINK - Just Foreign Policy

March 12, 2018

Contacts:
Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, pmartin@peace-action.org
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK, medea.benjamin@gmail.com
Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy, naiman.uiuc@gmail.com

Washington - Peace and human rights groups opposed to U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi war and blockade in Yemen will hold a press conference on Monday March 12, 2018 at noon in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office building to announce their opposition to the Todd Young-Jeanne Shaheen bill that would continue U.S. participation in the war indefinitely, to call on Young and Shaheen to withdraw their bill, to call on Young and Shaheen to withdraw their threat to substitute the Young-Shaheen bill in place of the Sanders-Lee-Murphy bill to end U.S. participation in the war, and to call on Young and Shaheen to pledge to oppose any effort to substitute the Young-Shaheen bill for the Sanders-Lee-Murphy bill on the Senate floor.

After the press conference, the groups will go to Shaheen's office and then to Young's office to press their demands. The groups will deliver petitions signed by New Hampshire and Indiana residents in support of their demands.

The Young-Shaheen bill would allow U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen to continue if Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "certifies" to Congress that the Government of Saudi Arabia is undertaking "(1) an urgent and good faith effort to conduct diplomatic negotiations to end the civil war in Yemen; and (2) appropriate measures to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen by increasing access for all Yemenis to food, fuel, and medicine."

Members of Congress call on Brazil to protect rights of former President Lula

On January 19, 2018, Members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to the Ambassador of the Government of Brazil to the United States, calling on Brazil’s authorities to ensure that the rights of former President Lula to due process are fully protected, in accordance with Brazil’s international treaty obligations.

MSNBC: Stop censoring U.S.-assisted carnage in Yemen

 An analysis by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) has found that the purportedly liberal cable network MSNBC did not run a single segment devoted specifically to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen in the second half of 2017, even though – or perhaps because – the U.S. government has played a key role in creating the catastrophe. During this period MSNBC ran nearly 5,000 percent more segments that mentioned Russia than segments that mentioned Yemen.

In all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the U.S.-assisted Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians. And it never mentioned Yemen’s cholera epidemic, which infected more than 1 million Yemenis in the largest outbreak in recorded history, a direct result of the U.S.-assisted Saudi/UAE war and blockade.[1]

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Senate: Wield the Constitution to Stop Saudi Starvation of Yemeni Children

A bipartisan resolution will soon be introduced in the Senate invoking the War Powers Resolution to force a debate and vote on ending unauthorized U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen.

Urge your Rep. to co-sponsor Khanna-Massie to stop the Saudi famine in Yemen

Reps. Ro Khanna, Thomas Massie, Mark Pocan, and Walter Jones have introduced a privileged bipartisan bill invoking the War Powers Resolution to force a floor vote on ending U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's famine-producing war in Yemen. The current cosponsors are: Conyers, Lieu, Capuano, Ellison, McGovern, Lee, Raskin, Jayapal, Gabbard, Bass, Pallone, DeFazio, Nolan, Lofgren, Cohen, Slaughter, Blumenauer, Norton, Dingell, Walz, Doggett, Welch, Grijalva, Rush, McCollum, Clark, Schakowsky, Danny Davis, Hanabusa, Cooper, Jackson Lee, Labrador, Watson Coleman, and Waters.

If your Rep. is not yet a co-sponsor, call them now at (202) 224-3121. When you reach a staffer or leave a message, you can say something like:

"I urge you to co-sponsor the privileged bipartisan Khanna-Massie resolution to end unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen."

If your Rep. is already a co-sponsor, please thank them for co-sponsoring the bill.

When you've made your call, please report it below.

And you can sign and share our petition to the House here.

Press for Real Diplomacy to End the Unwinnable Afghan War

Capitulating to his generals, President Trump has agreed to send thousands of more American soldiers to Afghanistan, even though experts agree that the war in Afghanistan is unwinnable.

The only realistic alternative to endless war in Afghanistan is a negotiated peace that includes all the major Afghan factions and all the neighboring countries that are supporting major Afghan factions in the Afghan civil war, including Pakistan, India, Iran, and Russia. The Obama and Bush Administrations never seriously pursued a negotiated peace. So far, the Trump Administration is simply continuing the Bush-Obama policy of adding just enough American soldiers to prevent the Taliban from completely taking over Afghanistan, without doing anything diplomatically and politically to end the war.

Urge your Rep. & Senators to press the Trump Administration to commit to real diplomacy to end the war in Afghanistan by signing our petition at MoveOn.