July 2011

JFP 7/29: Ex-DNI blasts drone strikes; US blocked min wage increase in Haiti

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July 29, 2011

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Israeli Army Attacks Dutch Music Orchestra with Tear Gas

The Dutch street orchestra 'Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht' (the First Night of Love Brass Band) from Amsterdam was attacked with tear gas today by the Israeli army during their performance in the Palestinian village Kufr Qadum near Nablus, northern West Bank. http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10536&Itemid=28

World map: who recognizes Palestine?

Says it all.
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Lee-Jones Letter to President Obama calling for complete withdrawal from Iraq by previously agreed upon deadline

93 House Members signed the letter.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/976

Ansel Herz & Kim Ives: WikiLeaked Cables Reveal Obsessive, Far-Reaching U.S. Campaign to Get and Keep Aristide Out of Haiti
Reviewing 1,918 Embassy cables from April 2003 to February 2010 obtained by WikiLeaks, Haïti Liberté examines how the State Department pushed for Aristide's removal from power in February 2004 and strongly opposed his return in March 2011.
http://www.haiti-liberte.com/archives/volume5-2/WikiLeaked%20Cables%20Reveal%20Obsessive.asp

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JFP 7/28: Taliban ready for peace if US will give up bases

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July 28, 2011

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Lee-Jones Letter to President Obama calling for complete withdrawal from Iraq by previously agreed upon deadline

93 House Members signed the letter; thanks to everyone who contacted their Reps.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/976

Americans for Peace Now: Principles on the Palestinians, International Recognition & the UN

Amidst the din of Washington hysteria over the Palestinian push for recognition at the United Nations, Americans for Peace Now explains why this is a reasonable step for the Palestinians to take.
http://peacenow.org/entries/apn_principles_on_the_palestinians_and_the_un

RT video: Israelis and Palestinians gear up for final diplomatic battle

Just Foreign Policy talks to RT about the UN confrontation over Palestinian independence.
http://rt.com/news/un-palestinian-statehood-israel/

Glenn Greenwald: An un-American response to the Oslo attack

Greenwald notes that public officials in Norway have gone out of their way to reject blanket demands for heightened security in the wake of the Oslo attack, emphasizing that values of liberty and tolerance should not be automatically trumped by security concerns - a principle that used to be regarded as an American value.

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JFP 7/28: Taliban ready for peace if US will talk withdrawal timetable

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July 28, 2011

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Lee-Jones Letter to President Obama calling for complete withdrawal from Iraq by previously agreed upon deadline

93 House Members signed the letter; thanks to everyone who contacted their Reps.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/976

Americans for Peace Now: Principles on the Palestinians, International Recognition & the UN

Amidst the din of Washington hysteria over the Palestinian push for recognition at the United Nations, Americans for Peace Now explains why this is a reasonable step for the Palestinians to take.
http://peacenow.org/entries/apn_principles_on_the_palestinians_and_the_un

RT video: Israelis and Palestinians gear up for final diplomatic battle

Just Foreign Policy talks to RT about the UN confrontation over Palestinian independence.
http://rt.com/news/un-palestinian-statehood-israel/

Glenn Greenwald: An un-American response to the Oslo attack

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JFP 7/27 - CBO: Less War Counts As Deficit Reduction

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July 27, 2011

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Leave Iraq on Time: Don't Cut Social Security and Medicare to Pay for Occupation

While some leaders in Washington want to cut Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age for Medicare, the White House and the Pentagon are planning to increase spending on the U.S. occupation of Iraq by extending the U.S. military presence without Congressional approval. Eighty Members of the House have a different idea: withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by December on schedule. Urge your Representative to join them.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/exitiraq

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Leave Iraq on Time: Don't Cut Social Security and Medicare to Pay for Iraq Occupation
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/lee-jones-letter_b_910064.html

RT video: Israelis and Palestinians gear up for final diplomatic battle

Just Foreign Policy talks to RT about the UN confrontation over Palestinian independence.
http://rt.com/news/un-palestinian-statehood-israel/

Free Speech Radio News: US-Pakistan relations and the arrest of the Kashmir American Council director

Just Foreign Policy talks to FSRN about the arrest and the implications for US-Pakistan relations and resolution of the Kashmir issue.

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JFP 7/26: Reps push Iraq exit; Debt debate hangs on drawdown

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July 26, 2011

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Leave Iraq on Time: Don't Cut Social Security and Medicare to Pay for Occupation

While some leaders in Washington want to cut Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age for Medicare, the White House and the Pentagon are planning to increase spending on the U.S. occupation of Iraq by extending the U.S. military presence without Congressional approval. Eighty Members of the House have a different idea: withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by December on schedule. Urge your Representative to join them.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/exitiraq

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Leave Iraq on Time: Don't Cut Social Security and Medicare to Pay for Iraq Occupation
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/lee-jones-letter_b_910064.html

SOA Watch: Close the SOA Now!
Urge your Rep. to sign Rep. McGovern's letter urging President Obama to issue an Executive Order closing the SOA/WHINSEC, the "school of Latin American coups and assassins."
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/727/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6974

Glenn Greenwald: The omnipotence of Al Qaeda and meaninglessness of "Terrorism"
Greenwald notes that according to the New York Times, the Oslo bombing was "terrorist" until it turned out that Muslims were not responsible.

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Leave Iraq on Time: Don't Cut Social Security and Medicare to Pay for Iraq Occupation

While some leaders in Washington - including, apparently, President Obama and Speaker Boehner - want to cut Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age for Medicare, the White House and the Pentagon are planning to increase spending on the U.S. occupation of Iraq by extending the U.S. military presence without Congressional approval.

 

Eighty Members of the House, led by Barbara Lee and Walter Jones, have a different idea: obey the December deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq that the U.S. has agreed with the Iraqi government and that President Obama has touted as fulfillment of his campaign promise to end the Iraq war.

In a letter to the President circulating in the House, the Representatives write:

 

We are writing to urge you to hold to our nation's Status of Forces Agreement with the government of Iraq that commits our nation to bringing all of our troops and military contractors home at the end of this calendar year.

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Lee-Jones Letter to President Obama calling for complete withdrawal from Iraq by previously agreed upon deadline

Thanks to everyone who took action to ask their member of Congress to support the Lee-Jones letter on Iraq! With your help, 95 Members of Congress signed the letter, calling on the President to keep the previously agreed upon deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, not to extend it or to leave troops in the country indefinitely. The final version of the letter was sent to President Obama on July 27, 2011. Representative Lee's press release on the letter is posted here.


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Bring all U.S. Troops and Military Contractors in Iraq Home by Dec. 31, 2011!

The following 95 members of Congress signed the Lee-Jones letter on Iraq: Baldwin, Bass (CA-33), Boswell, Braley, Capps, Capuano, Chu, Cicilline, Clarke (MI-13), Clarke (NY-11), Clay, Cleaver, Clyburn, Cohen, Conyers, Costello, Cummings, Davis (IL-7), DeFazio, DeLauro, Deutch, Doggett, Doyle, Duncan (TN-2), Edwards, Ellison, Farr, Filner, Frank, Fudge, Garamendi, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hahn, Hanabusa, Hastings (FL-23), Heinrich, Hirono, Holt, Honda, Jackson Jr. (IL-2), Jackson-Lee, Johnson (IL-15), Johnson (TX-30), Jones, Kaptur, Kucinich, Larson, Lee, Lewis (GA-5), Loebsack, Lofgren, Lujan, Maloney, Matsui, McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, Michaud, Miller (CA-7), Moore, Nadler, Napolitano, Norton, Olver, Paul, Payne, Pingree, Polis, Rangel, Richardson, Rush, Sanchez (CA-39), Sanchez (CA-47), Schakowsky, Schrader, Scott (VA-3), Serrano, Sewell, Slaughter, Speier, Stark, Thompson (CA-1), Thompson (MS-2), Tierney, Tonko, Towns, Tsongas, Velazquez, Waters, Watt, Welch, Wilson (FL-17), Woolsey, Yarmuth

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JFP 7/25: Rebels Say Qaddafi Can Stay in Libya

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July 25, 2011

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Tell Washington: Don't Veto Palestinian Independence

As early as next week, the UN Security Council may consider the issue of Palestine's application to be admitted to the United Nations as a member state. Tell Washington not to get in the way of Palestinian independence.
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Kucinich challenges DOJ double standard on MEK

Rep. Kucinich questions why open supporters of the Iranian MEK are unchallenged by law enforcement, even though the MEK is on the State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations, while US anti-war activists are targeted with FBI searches and grand jury subpoenas.
http://kucinich.house.gov/UploadedFiles/072511__LTR_to_Attorney_General_Holder.pdf

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JFP 7/22: B'Tselem video captures IDF abuse in Beit Ummar

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July 22, 2011

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Tell Washington: Don't Veto Palestinian Independence

As early as next week, the UN Security Council may consider the issue of Palestine's application to be admitted to the United Nations as a member state. Tell Washington not to get in the way of Palestinian independence.
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B'Tselem: IDF officer points loaded weapon into face of unarmed Palestinian
The video shows the officer threatening an unarmed Palestinian in Beit Ummar - near Hebron - with a loaded weapon after the man tried to intervene on behalf of a relative who was detained. B'Tselem distributes video cameras to Palestinians to document abuses by the Israeli occupation forces.
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/video-shows-confrontation-on-west-bank/

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JFP 7/21: No choice but the UN for Palestinians

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July 21, 2011

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Lara Friedman: No choice but the UN for Palestinians

Some Palestinian initiative is almost certain to come before the U.N. in September, writes Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now in Foreign Policy. Whether people think it is a good idea or not, the Palestinians have the right to take their case to the U.N. The U.N. option doesn't represent, as some would suggest, a Palestinian betrayal of the peace process or a rejection of a negotiated resolution to the conflict. Rather, it reflects the almost universally acknowledged loss of credibility of the current negotiating effort. It reveals the Palestinians' understandable conclusion that, as things stand today, negotiations will never end the occupation or deliver statehood.
http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/07/19/no_choice_but_the_un_for_palestinians

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