January 2011

JFP 1/28: ElBaradei Calls Out US on Support of Mubarak

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January 28, 2011

Mohamed ElBaradei: 'If Not Now, When?'
Egyptian democracy leader calls out US officials for their weak statements on the crackdown.
http://www.truth-out.org/mohamed-elbaradei-if-not-now-when67255

Hillary Could Do More to Stay Pharaoh's Hand
The US is not doing all it can to protect Egyptians from a regime that the US has helped create and given billions in military aid.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/hillary-could-do-more-to-_b_815216.html

Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution. Jewish Voice for Peace and Americans for Peace Now are speaking out. Add your voice.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Channel 4 video: Israeli soldiers express remorse for Gaza
13 minute documentary by Israeli filmmaker Nurit Kedar has drawn death threats against the filmmaker, the New York Times reported.
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/israeli-journalist-reports-death-threats-over-gaza-war-film/

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JFP 1/27: Egypt Opposition Prepares Major Friday Protest; US Pivots, Calls for Reform

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January 27, 2011

*Update on previous JFP Action Alert: US Treasury has instructed US banks to report on Tunisian transactions, and the US has has cancelled visas of the Ben Ali clan, the Guardian reports. #8 below.

IPA: Online Resources on Egypt and Tunisia
While the Egyptian government appears to be intermittently attempting to block phone lines, internet access and various social media networks, here is a partial list of resources.
http://www.accuracy.org/online-resources-on-egypt/

Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution. Jewish Voice for Peace and Americans for Peace Now are speaking out. Add your voice.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Is this potentially a winnable fight? We argue it is:
Can US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!
It's not an immutable law of the universe that the U.S. has to veto U.N. resolutions critical of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This is a winnable fight if we move the debate beyond the usual suspects.
http://www.truth-out.org/can-us-support-un-resolution-israeli-settlements-yes-we-can67136

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JFP 1/26: Egypt's Day of Revolt; US Dictates Leaders to Haiti and Palestine

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January 26, 2011

Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution. Jewish Voice for Peace and Americans for Peace Now are speaking out. Add your voice.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Is this potentially a winnable fight? We argue it is:
Can US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!
It's not an immutable law of the universe that the U.S. has to veto U.N. resolutions critical of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This is a winnable fight if we move the debate beyond the usual suspects.
http://www.truth-out.org/can-us-support-un-resolution-israeli-settlements-yes-we-can67136

BBC Video: Three reported dead after Egypt's 'day of revolt'
"Egypt hasn't seen protests like this in years. But after the example of Tunisia, suddenly they've lost their fear…"
http://bbc.in/gCJgCA

YouTube Video: Mubarak poster is torn down 25th january 2011 egypt
New York Times: "an act whose boldness here is hard to overstate"
http://t.co/ug5CqfM

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YouTube Video of Protests in Egypt

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JFP 1/24: UN res on settlements puts Obama on the spot

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January 24, 2011

Urge Obama to Support UN resolution on Israeli settlement expansion
A resolution is before the UN Security Council that opposes Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, echoing longstanding U.S. positions. But President Obama is under pressure to veto the resolution from political forces that seek to maintain the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Urge President Obama to support the UN resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/noveto

Is this potentially a winnable fight? We argue it is:
Can US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!
This is a winnable fight if we move the debate beyond the usual suspects.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/can-us-support-un-resolut_b_813233.html

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Miami Herald runs full-page statement calling for the return of Aristide
Signers included Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, actor Danny Gloverand Reverend Jesse Jackson.
http://canadahaitiaction.ca/content/miami-herald-runs-full-page-statement-calling-return-aristide

GOP Lawmakers Planning Meeting To Explore Alternatives In Afghan War
Are you represented by a Republican in the House? If so, ask your Rep. to go to this meeting.

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Can the US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can!

Can the US Support UN Resolution on Israeli Settlements? Yes We Can! by Robert Naiman

A key resolution on the Israel-Palestine conflict is now before the UN Security Council. Largely echoing stated US policy, the resolution embraces negotiations, endorses the creation of a Palestinian state, and demands an immediate halt to Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. But even though the resolution echoes US policy, President Obama is under pressure to veto the UN resolution from forces in Washington who want to protect the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Can President Obama say no to this pressure? Yes, he can! Urge him to do so.

Prominent former US government officials, including Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Ambassador James Dobbins, have written to President Obama, urging him to instruct our Ambassador to the United Nations to vote yes on this initiative, noting that it echoes US policy.

It's not an immutable law of the universe that the U.S. has to veto U.N. resolutions critical of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Indeed, last year, the U.S. promised the Palestinians to "consider allowing UN Security Council condemnation of any significant new Israeli settlement activity," the Guardian reported.

Some DC conventional wisdom suggests that there is no way politically that President Obama can fail to comply with any demand from the "Israel lobby" to veto the UN resolution.

But there are reasons in this case to doubt whether this conventional wisdom must necessarily be right.

JFP 1/20: US blocks Aristide's return; Pickering urges US yes on UN settlements resln

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January 20, 2011

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*Action: Urge Obama to Freeze Assets Linked to Ben Ali Clan
France, Switzerland, and Germany have announced that they have frozen assets linked to the deposed President of Tunisia. A Tunisian prosecutor is investigating these assets. But the US is silent. Urge President Obama to support the freeze and the Tunisian investigation.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/freezetunisianassets

Background:
Europeans Freeze Assets Linked to Deposed Tunisian President; What About US?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/europeans-freeze-assets-l_b_811811.html

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Europeans Freeze Assets Linked to Deposed Tunisian President. What About US?

Last Friday, popular protests over unemployment and corruption forced Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to resign after 23 years in power. A Tunisian prosecutor has opened an investigation into the overseas assets of Ben Ali and his family, much of which are widely believed to be the fruit of corruption, and some of which the Tunisian government may try to recover. France, Switzerland, and Germany have all announced the freezing of assets linked to the Ben Ali clan; the European Union is considering doing so.

But the U.S. has made no such announcement, and the issue of U.S. support for Tunisian efforts to track and possibly recover these assets hasn't, to my knowledge - and I've been searching for it, and asking reporters and others about it - even been mentioned in the press. Shouldn't the US also move to freeze any assets in the U.S. linked to the Ben Ali clan, and indicate its full support for Tunisian efforts to recover stolen assets?

On Wednesday, the Tunisian prosecutor's office moved to investigate overseas bank accounts, real estate and other assets held by Ben Ali, his wife Leila Trabelsi and other relatives, while Switzerland froze assets linked to Ben Ali and 40 people in his entourage. On Saturday, France announced that it was blocking "suspicious financial movements concerning Tunisian assets." Germany has also announced moves to freeze the assets of Ben Ali's family.

JFP 1/19: Aristide wants to return home; Afghans blame US for Iran fuel cutoff

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January 19, 2011

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Juan Cole: Tunisia Uprising led by Labor Movements, Internet Activists
Talking to Democracy Now, Juan Cole speculates on reasons US corporate media "blew off" the Tunisian revolution: it was led by workers' organizations; it was largely secular, not Islamist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBmL_OqaS_I&

Center for Economic and Policy Research: Analysis of the OAS Mission's Draft Final Report on Haiti's Election
CEPR finds that the OAS Mission did not establish any legal, statistical, or other logical basis for its conclusion that candidate Michel Martelly finished second and Jude Celestin third.
http://www.cepr.net/index.php/press-releases/press-releases/cepr-examines-oas-report-on-haitis-election-finds-it-qinconclusive-statistically-flawed-and-indefensibleq

Robert Wright: Sharing the Burden of Peace
In his last "opinionator" column for the New York Times, Robert Wright argues that the logic of the U.S. "playing global cop" is dangerously circular: "A big reason that some nations view us so warily is that we assume the role of global cop - or, as they see it, of global bully… The cost of being global cop isn't confined to money; there's also the ill will that gets generated by the policing."

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JFP 1/18: Ministers quit Tunisia govt; Lebanon protests US meddling

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January 18, 2011

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Al Jazeera Video: Tunisian anger at 'unity govt'
Protesters are angry at how many members of the previous government have been allowed to keep key posts, including the ministers of defense, finance, the interior and foreign affairs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXvbiTMXfkc

Center for Economic and Policy Research: Analysis of the OAS Mission's Draft Final Report on Haiti's Election
CEPR finds that the OAS Mission did not establish any legal, statistical, or other logical basis for its conclusion that candidate Michel Martelly finished second and Jude Celestin third.
http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/analysis-of-the-oas-missions-draft-final-report-on-haitis-election

Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon: A Time for Action - Not Servility
Cohen and Solomon announce the formation of "Roots Action."
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/18-0

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JFP 1/17: Tunisia puts focus on West-Arab security ties

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January 17, 2011

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Center for Economic and Policy Research: Analysis of the OAS Mission's Draft Final Report on Haiti's Election
CEPR finds that the OAS Mission did not establish any legal, statistical, or other logical basis for its conclusion that candidate Michel Martelly finished second and Jude Celestin third.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/47037329/Analysis-of-the-OAS-Mission%E2%80%99s-Draft-Final-Report-on-Haiti%E2%80%99s-Election

Center for Constitutional Rights: Support the Call for Fair Elections in Haiti

Ask the State Department to support fair elections in Haiti. 3076 have signed the petition.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/haitinewelection

Tunisian Protests Move Hillary's Line on Democratic Reform
As Hillary Clinton was delivering a "scalding critique" on the need for reform to Arab leaders, the New York Times noted that protests demanding that the President of Tunisia resign "echoed loudly in the background." Could Clinton's remarks mean a shift in U.S. policy? "Revolution by the Have-Nots has a way of inducing a moral revelation among the Haves," Saul Alinsky said, as Secretary Clinton may have noted when she was researching her senior thesis on Alinsky.

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