August 2011

JFP 8/8 - NYT, McClatchy: US is hated army of occupation

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August 8, 2011

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A Historic Opportunity to Cut Military Spending

The agreement in Washington to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for deficit reduction has made a lot of people very unhappy. But the agreement had one important positive aspect: it created a historic opportunity for significant cuts in projected military spending.
http://www.truth-out.org/historic-opportunity-cut-military-spending/1312567362

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Gloria Steinem: The Arms Race Intrudes on Paradise
Writing in the New York Times, Gloria Steinem decries U.S. plans to build a naval base on Jeju Island in South Korea - a UNESCO World Heritage site.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/opinion/sunday/Steinem-the-arms-race-intrudes-on-a-south-korean-paradise.html

Daily Beast: Who's the War President?
The number of American troops abroad has dropped less than 1 percent under President Obama, buoyed by what appears to be a sharp rise in the number of clandestine assignments.

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JFP 8/5: Panetta: Cut Social Security and Medicare, not the military

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August 5, 2011

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A Historic Opportunity to Cut Military Spending

The agreement in Washington to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for deficit reduction has made a lot of people very unhappy. But the agreement had one important positive aspect: it created a historic opportunity for significant cuts in projected military spending.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/a-historic-opportunity-to_1_b_918985.html

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AFL-CIO: Any cuts must be at least 50% military
The AFL-CIO and other key Democratic constituency groups wrote to Democratic Congressional leaders, insisting (among other things) that any cuts must impact national security spending at least as much as domestic spending.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/986

125+ Groups & 25,000+ Individuals: Don't Veto Palestinian UN Membership

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A Historic Opportunity to Cut Military Spending

The agreement in Washington to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts has made a lot of people very unhappy. But the agreement had one important positive aspect: it created a historic opportunity for significant cuts in projected military spending.


Under the agreement, a joint House-Senate committee is supposed to propose, by Thanksgiving, $1.5 trillion of debt reduction (expenditures less revenues) over ten years. Significant cuts in projected military spending are on the table. Indeed, if the joint committee doesn't agree on a plan or Congress doesn't enact it, $1.2 trillion in cuts in projected spending over 10 years will be triggered, of which half must come from the military.

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JFP 8/4: The Pentagon Strikes Back: Cut Social Security and Raise Taxes

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August 4, 2011

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Rep. Lee introduces bill mandating US withdrawal from Iraq as planned

The bill prohibits funding to maintain US troops in Iraq past December.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.2757:

95 Reps. Call for Implementing Iraq withdrawal

When the dust settled, there were 95 Reps. on the Lee-Jones letter.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/976

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1) The Pentagon pushed back aggressively against the prospect of $1 trillion in military budget cuts, the New York Times reports. A senior Pentagon official said that a bipartisan Congressional committee assigned to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in government budget cuts should take none of that from the Pentagon. "I would expect them to focus on entitlements and taxes," the official said.

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AFL-CIO calls for cuts to military spending

This letter was sent to the Hill this morning.

The relevant paragraph:

"Any discretionary savings must rely at least as much on cuts in national security programs as on spending cuts in non-security discretionary programs. While there is an effort to cut spending across the broad array of annual discretionary spending programs, national security spending, which comprises 61% of the discretionary budget, continues to grow. Without cuts to national security programs, even very deep cuts to all other discretionary funding taken together will fall far short of dealing with the deficit. We want a safe and secure nation. But national security programs should not be immune from oversight and fiscal responsibility. We can responsibly reduce spending in this area without compromising our nation's security."

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JFP 8/3: Tea Party crushing Defense Hawks on military budget

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August 3, 2011

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Rep. Lee introduces bill mandating US withdrawal from Iraq as planned

The bill prohibits funding to maintain US troops in Iraq past December.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.2757:

95 Reps. Call for Implementing Iraq withdrawal

When the dust settled, there were 95 Reps. on the Lee-Jones letter.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/976

NYT editorial: End routine use of solitary confinement

While the editorial concerns the routine use of solitary confinement in the U.S., many have noted that U.S. abuses of prisoners overseas are buttressed by routine abuse of prisoners in the U.S.; as the Times notes, prolonged use of solitary confinement is seen internationally as a form of torture.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/opinion/cruel-isolation-of-prisoners.html

Video: The IMF's Policies in the Caribbean
Mark Weisbrot debates Therese Turner-Jones, Deputy Caribbean II Division Chief at the International Monetary Fund, on the IMF's policies in the Caribbean, with a focus on Jamaica in particular.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lwvoUW68T8

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JFP 8/2: Military cuts and the debt deal

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August 2, 2011

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Rep. Lee introduces bill mandating US withdrawal from Iraq as planned

The bill prohibits funding to maintain US troops in Iraq past December.
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.2757:

Barbara Slavin: The Enemy of Iran's Enemy

Iran has had links to members of what became known as al Qaeda since the early 1990s, Slavin writes. But Iran sees Al Qaeda not as an ally, but as a bargaining chip against U.S. support for Iranian terrorists.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/08/01/the_enemy_of_irans_enemy

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1) The good news is that the Pentagon budget is finally on the table in deficit reduction talks, writes William Hartung in the Huffington Post. But it will take a lot more work to ensure that it is truly reduced. The reductions being proposed now are being measured against the Pentagon's hoped-for rate of growth, not against current spending levels. So numbers that may sound like big cuts may not actually be cuts at all - they could just be reductions in the rate of growth.

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JFP 8/1: Civilians pay price for NATO attacks; Iraq more unsafe than a year ago

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August 1, 2011

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CPTer injured in Israeli settler attack on shepherds

On 27 July 2011, masked settlers from the Havat Ma'on outpost, armed with stones and an iron bar, harassed three Palestinian shepherds and attacked two international observers. The shepherds were out with their flocks on Palestinian land near Meshaha hill when the four masked settlers attacked them. They were able to get away, but the settlers then hit a CPTer in the head with an iron bar and destroyed his camera. He went to the hospital in Yatta and received eight stitches.
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/posts/827404

Al Jazeera English Launches In New York City

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/01/al-jazeera-english-launches-new-york-city_n_914359.html

Joseph Dana: Israel's Reaction to Palestinian Nonviolence Threatens Israeli Democracy

The renewed momentum of Palestinian nonviolent resistance to Israel's occupation since the fall of Mubarak has helped the struggle for human rights gain ascendance over U.S.-controlled diplomacy.
http://www.truth-out.org/palestinian-nonviolence-and-israels-reaction/1311859193

Americans for Peace Now: Israeli housing protests spotlight government priorities, including settlements

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