February 2011

JFP 2/28: Who's blocking Aristide's return? DNC passes resln against Afghan War

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February 28, 2011

*Action: Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
"H.R.780 - To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan."
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't. You can reach your Rep. through the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
You can view the cosponsors here:
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h780/show
You can ask your Rep. to co-sponsor here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

Mark Weisbrot: Haitians Demand New Elections
US pressure forcing election runoff only with candidates they favor.
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6288

Anti-War candidate mulling Congressional run in IL-10
"I support a fixed timetable to extricate ourselves from the quagmire in Afghanistan." Ilya Sheyman was Field Director for Democracy for America and National Mobilization Director at MoveOn.
http://www.ilyasheyman.com/issues/

Rolling Stone/Michael Hastings: Military Used Psyops on Congress to Get More Money and Troops

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JFP 2/22: MoveOn Calls for 50-state rallies Saturday

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February 22, 2011

MoveOn Calls for 50 State Rallies in Solidarity with Wisconsin
Are you near a state capital? This is a good opportunity to talk to America about bringing our war dollars home.
http://pol.moveon.org/callforaction/

Lee bill for military withdrawal from Afghanistan
"H.R.780 - To provide that funds for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan shall be obligated and expended only for purposes of providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan of all members of the Armed Forces and Department of Defense contractor personnel who are in Afghanistan."
Check to see if your Rep. has co-sponsored; ask them to co-sponsor if they haven't. You can reach your Rep. through the Congressional switchboard: 202-225-3121.
You can view the 48 cosponsors here:
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h780/show

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JFP 2/21: Palestinians Vow "Day of Rage" After US Veto of Settlements Resolution

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February 21, 2011

Votes Friday on military cuts:
Nadler, Lee, Stark, Amendment No. 232, would have cut all but $10 billion for the war in Afghanistan, with the remaining money to be used to withdraw troops.
Defeated 98 - 331. Among Democrats: 91-99; Among Republicans: 7-232.
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll091.xml

Polis Amendment No. 46, would have cut Armed Forces personnel in Europe to no more than 35,000
Defeated 74 - 351
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll118.xml

Lee Amendment No. 141 would have cut Pentagon funding to Fiscal Year 2008 levels
Defeated 76 - 344
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll128.xml

Other amendments to cut the defense budget by Members of both parties were also defeated, aside from the Rooney amendment to cut funds for the second F-35 engines.
http://blog.livableworld.org/story/2011/2/19/204259/824

Video: 'We Stand With You as You Stood With Us':
Statement to Workers of Wisconsin by Kamal Abbas of Egypt's Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services
http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/must-read/statement-kamal-abbas

Leahy asked State Department to review aid to Bahrain
"U.S. law prohibits aid to foreign security forces that violate human rights, and there is evidence to apply the law today in Bahrain. I have asked the State Department to consider the application of our law and I urge a prompt decision."

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JFP 2/16: House cuts F-35 engine; Obama silent on Bahrain deaths

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February 16, 2011

War-ending, Military-cutting amendments
Members of the House have introduced amendments to the "continuing resolution" to cut the military budget. There are many worthy amendments to cut the military budget - links to full list below - but we are focused on two, which are expected to be voted on Wednesday or Thursday:

Rep. Jerry Nadler (Amdt 232) ("Nadler-Lee-Stark amendment") has proposed cutting $90 billion for the war in Afghanistan. This would essentially end the war.

Rep. Jared Polis (Amdt 46) has proposed to limit the number of troops stationed in Europe to 35,000 and to cut force levels by 7,500 troops in the next 6 months. This is an effort to begin to implement the recommendations of the Sustainable Deficit Task Force sponsored by Rep. Frank and Rep. Paul.

Also: Rep. Kucinich (Amdt 233) has proposed to zero out funding for "missile defense."

You can reach your Rep. through the Capitol Switchboard: 202-225-3121. Ask your Rep. to support the Nadler and Polis amendments and all other amendments to cut the military budget and end the war.

Lists of proposed amendments to HR 1:
http://www.rules.house.gov/Media/hdrs/hr1_amendments_stack_ocr.pdf
http://www.rules.house.gov/Media/hdrs/hr1_404-583_feb15_ocr.pdf

Today's votes:
Rooney Amendment (#2) (cut F-35 alternate engine)
Roll call no. 46:
Passed, 233 to 198 (first reported cut to the military budget.)
Jones Amendment (#95) (cut Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund)
failed 135 - 294 (Roll call No. 47)

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JFP 2/15: Nadler amdmt would end war; protests swell in Bahrain

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February 15, 2011

Military-cutting amendments tonight, tomorrow, and possibly Thursday
Members of the House have introduced amendments to the "continuing resolution" to cut the military budget. Some will be voted on tonight, others tomorrow and perhaps Thursday. There are many worthy amendments to cut the military budget - link to full list below - but we are focused on two, which are expected to be voted on Wednesday:

Rep. Jerry Nadler (Amdt 232) has proposed cutting $90 billion for the war in Afghanistan. This would essentially end the war.

Rep. Jared Polis (Amdt 46) has proposed to limit the number of troops stationed in Europe to 35,000 and to cut force levels by 7,500 troops in the next 6 months. This is an effort to begin to implement the recommendations of the Sustainable Deficit Task Force sponsored by Rep. Frank and Rep. Paul.

You can reach your Rep. through the Capitol Switchboard: 202-225-3121. Ask your Rep. to support the Nadler and Polis amendments and all other amendments to cut the military budget and end the war.

Here is the full list of proposed amendments to HR 1:
http://www.rules.house.gov/Media/hdrs/hr1_amendments_stack_ocr.pdf

Nadler, Polis Push Today to Cut Deficit by Trimming Empire
Okinawa and Bahrain show why we need to cut foreign military bases.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/nadler-polis-push-today-t_b_823577.html

William Hartung: Where to Find a Trillon Dollars
All of Obama's proposed cuts to domestic spending over 10 years could be replaced by the military cuts of the Sustainable Defense Task Force.

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JFP 2/14: Military-cutting amendments expected Tuesday

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February 14, 2011

Win Without War: Military-cutting amendments expected Tuesday
Members of the House are expected to introduce amendments Tuesday to the "continuing resolution" to cut the military budget. The expected amendment list as it now stands, according to Win Without War, includes:
Afghanistan War:
Rep. Jerry Nadler
Cutting $90 billion for the war in Afghanistan.
Rep. Walter Jones
Cutting $500 million for the Commander's Emergency Response Program (CERP) and $400 million for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund.
Other:
Rep. Jared Polis
Following recommendations in the Sustainable Defense Task Force report, cutting force structure by 33,000 troops. The bill will also limit the number of troops stationed in Europe to 35,000.
Rep. Tom Rooney
Cutting $450 million for the F-35 alternate engine program.

You can reach your Rep. through the Capitol Switchboard: 202-225-3121.

Egypt's Protesters Communique Number 1
On Saturday, protesters in Tahrir restated demands that have not yet been met by the Egyptian military, including: abolition of the emergency law; release of all political prisoners; interim civilian rule; a original constituent assembly to write a new democratic constitution; freedom to form any peaceful political party; freedom of the press and circulation of information; and freedom for union organization.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1102/S00466/egypts-protesters-communique-number-1.htm

CBS News Video: Wael Ghonim and Egypt's New Age Revolution

60 Minutes interviews Wael Ghonim.

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JFP 2/11: Gazans Cheer Mubarak Exit; Haiti Waits for Aristide

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February 11, 2011

President Obama's statement on Mubarak's resignation
President Obama calls on the Egyptian military to lift the emergency law and lay out a clear path to elections that are fair and free.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/11/remarks-president-egypt

Egypt Protests: Watch Four Demands

Four key demands have been constantly lifted up by protesters and opposition parties, which are essential for a credible transition to democracy: ending the arbitrary detention and harassment of journalists, human rights activists and peaceful demonstrators and freeing those who have been detained; ending the state of emergency; allowing free electoral competition in elections; and restoring full judicial supervision of elections.... Without these reforms, any 'orderly transition' in Egypt is likely to be a transition not to democracy, but a transition to dictatorship under a different face.
http://www.truth-out.org/egypt-protesters-verge-victory-watch-demands67647

Al Jazeera Video: Mark Weisbrot on Aristide's Return
Weisbrot talks to Riz Khan, responding to comments by OAS Secretary-General Insulza.
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/rizkhan/2011/02/20112972730729805.html

Rasmussen: Half of Likely Voters Think US Should Remove Troops from Japan, Europe

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JFP 2/10: Mubarak Defiant; Obama Advisers Split; False Equivalence on Haiti

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February 10, 2011

Egypt Protests: Watch Four Demands
Four key demands have been constantly lifted up by protesters and opposition parties, which are essential for a credible transition to democracy: ending the arbitrary detention and harassment of journalists, human rights activists and peaceful demonstrators and freeing those who have been detained; ending the state of emergency; allowing free electoral competition in elections; and restoring full judicial supervision of elections.... Without these reforms, any 'orderly transition' in Egypt is likely to be a transition not to democracy, but a transition to dictatorship under a different face.
http://www.truth-out.org/egypt-protesters-verge-victory-watch-demands67647

Rebecca Ray: What Wikileaks Teaches Us About Obama and Latin America
The Obama State Department stoked conflict between Colombia and Venezuela, even as Brazil was trying to de-escalate the conflict.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/02/10-7

Just Vision:"Ten Unsung Visionaries of 2011"
Photo slideshow shows ten Palestinian and Israeli civilians who are using nonviolence to work against the occupation.
http://www.justvision.org/highlights

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JFP 2/9: Strikes and worker protests in Egypt; McCain retreats on US aid

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February 9, 2011

"Orderly Transition," or "Nothing Burger" Reforms? Benchmarks for US Policy in Egypt
The Obama Administration claims to support an "orderly transition to democracy" in Egypt, but the trajectory of current U.S. policy, without clear benchmarks for reform, is a transition from Mubarak to Mubarakism without Mubarak. "Reforms" and "concessions" announced so far are a "nothing burger" as far as a transition to democracy is concerned. Benchmarks for US policy should include: ending the detention and harassment of journalists and human rights activists, lifting the state of emergency, allowing electoral competition, and restoring judicial supervision of elections. Congress and the Administration should link these benchmarks to US aid.
http://www.truth-out.org/orderly-transition-or-nothing-burger-reforms-benchmarks-us-policy-egypt67593

Economists Issue Statement on Capital Controls and Trade Treaties
Prominent economists express concern that many U.S. trade agreements and investment treaties contain provisions that strictly limit the ability of trading partners to deploy capital controls. The economists note that authoritative research recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the International Monetary Fund has found that limits on the inflow of short-term capital into developing nations can stem the development of dangerous asset bubbles and currency appreciations.
http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/CapCtrlsLetter.html

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JFP 2/8: US Backs Off Calls for Swift Reform in Egypt

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February 8, 2011

"Orderly Transition," or "Nothing Burger" Reforms? Benchmarks for US Policy in Egypt
The Obama Administration claims to support an "orderly transition to democracy" in Egypt, but the trajectory of current U.S. policy, without clear benchmarks for reform, is a transition from Mubarak to Mubarakism without Mubarak. "Reforms" and "concessions" announced so far are a "nothing burger" as far as a transition to democracy is concerned. Benchmarks for US policy should include: ending the detention and harassment of journalists and human rights activists, lifting the state of emergency, allowing electoral competition, and restoring judicial supervision of elections. Congress and the Administration should link these benchmarks to US aid.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/orderly-transition-or-not_b_820327.html

Gallup: 61% of Republicans Favor Congressional Action to Speed Afghanistan Withdrawal
Support for Congressional Actions, by Political Party:
Speed up withdrawal from Afghanistan: D - 86%, I - 72%, R - 61%
http://www.gallup.com/poll/145880/Alternative-Energy-Bill-Best-Among-Eight-Proposals.aspx

US for Okinawa: U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa Fact Sheet
U.S. military bases occupy approximately 20% of Okinawa Island. Although Okinawa makes up only 0.6% of Japan, it "hosts" 75% of all U.S. military bases in Japan.
http://peacephilosophy.blogspot.com/2010/01/us-for-okinawa-who-initiated-major.html

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