September 2011

JFP 9/12: Israel "isolated"; Sadr calls ceasefire to ease US pullout

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September 12, 2011

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Juan Cole: Top Reasons the U.S. Should Get Out of Afghanistan

The US and NATO have come to be seen as armies of foreign occupation; former radicals maintain Afghans are fighting the US/ NATO troop presence now, and would put down their arms if the foreigners left; the large US/NATO troop footprint in the country, along with the US-engineered overbearing presidency, which the US uses to try to control the country, contributes to fanning the flames of insurgency; since the Pakistan cross-border problem is insoluble, the Afghanistan War is unwinnable.
http://www.juancole.com/2011/09/77-us-troops-wounded-in-truck-bombing-of-base-in-wardak-top-reasons-us-should-get-out-of-afghanistan.html

Just Foreign Policy RT Interview: Ending the Wars Would Save 400,000 Jobs

Just Foreign Policy explains to RT that unlike the President's jobs proposal, ending the wars would save jobs without a dime of deficit spending; and furthermore, that under the Budget Control Act, the President's jobs proposal will have to be paid for over the next ten years, and ending the wars is one way to pay for it.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1016

Jobs Plan? End the Wars, Save 400,000 Jobs

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Beyond Asking "Why?"

“Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward. And freedom will be defended.”

The memory most often recounted by those in New York on September 11th must be how clear and blue the sky was that day. I, for one, will never forget that sky. It was unblemished, a pure cerulean dream. And then came the cloud, though it was not the sort that carried rain—it held the sins of men. When the wind blew north the next day, I breathed in that cloud—that acrid, deathly thing—and I, and all Americans, have borne its burden ever since.

But many Americans do not see this burden for what it is, for it is not simply a grief for the events of that day. One of the lessons of September 11th should have been that events do not stand in isolation: causes extend far and wide, in time and space, and so do consequences. And perhaps now, more than ten years ago, there is a greater understanding among the general public of the hidden nature and history of U.S. foreign policy. I know that my own understanding and perception of things has grown and changed. Albeit I was only 17 on that fateful day, a college freshman for a mere week, but having been a JROTC cadet in high school, required to deliver a weekly presentation on international issues, I fancied that I was more knowledgeable than most my age. It turned out that I was quite in the dark. So, after September 11th, I wondered “why?” Many Americans did, and some even asked it of our leaders. But the answer they received was deceit.

In the days following that infamous Tuesday, I watched no television, avoiding the news or tuning it out when it happened to be on in the room. Even then I felt uneasy about the effects such programs would have on my conception of recent events. I saw the effects that it had on the people around me—their anger, their impetuousness—which seemed counterproductive given the moment.

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JFP 9/9: Somalia: It's OK to talk to rebels; Kyl has temper tantrum over military cuts

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September 9, 2011

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Just Foreign Policy RT Interview: Ending the Wars Would Save 400,000 Jobs

Just Foreign Policy explains to RT that unlike the President's jobs proposal, ending the wars would save jobs without a dime of deficit spending; and furthermore, that under the Budget Control Act, the President's jobs proposal will have to be paid for over the next ten years, and ending the wars is one way to pay for it.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1016

Jobs Plan? End the Wars, Save 400,000 Jobs

Here's how the President can save more than 400,000 jobs without spending a dime: bring home the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as scheduled, instead of cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits.
http://www.truth-out.org/jobs-plan-end-wars-save-400000-jobs/1315495268

*Action: Tell Congress: $200 Billion In "Real Savings" If We End the Wars "On Time"

Many Americans don't realize that the Super Committee can reach 1/6 of its debt reduction goal just by withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan when we said we were going to. Urge your representatives in Congress to make this part of any debt reduction deal.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endwarsontime

*Action: Urge Your Rep. to Co-sponsor the Iraq Accountability Act

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Just Foreign Policy RT Interview: Ending the Wars Would Save 400,000 Jobs

In an interview today, Just Foreign Policy explained to RT why ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would save at least 400,000 jobs:

JFP 9/8: Abuse charges against UN troops; African women say raped by Libya rebels

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September 8, 2011

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Jobs Plan? End the Wars, Save 400,000 Jobs

Here's how the President can save more than 400,000 jobs without spending a dime: bring home the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as scheduled, instead of cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits.
http://www.truth-out.org/jobs-plan-end-wars-save-400000-jobs/1315495268

*Action: Urge Your Rep. to Co-sponsor the Iraq Accountability Act

The Administration is trying to keep thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq indefinitely. Bipartisan legislation would prohibit this. Urge your Rep to co-sponsor.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/obamaextendsbushwar
Current list of co-sponsors:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR02757:@@@P

*Action: Tell Congress: $200 Billion In "Real Savings" If We End the Wars "On Time"

Many Americans don't realize that the Super Committee can reach 1/6 of its debt reduction goal just by withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan when we said we were going to. Urge your representatives in Congress to make this part of any debt reduction deal.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endwarsontime

Mark Weisbrot: International Community Fails Haiti Yet Again -This Time With A Cholera Epidemic

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JFP 9/7: Ending Wars Would Save 400,000 Jobs

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September 7, 2011

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Jobs Plan? End the Wars, Save 400,000 Jobs

Here's how the President can save more than 400,000 jobs without spending a dime: bring home the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as scheduled, instead of cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/jobs-plan-end-the-wars-sa_b_952430.html

*Action: Tell Congress: $200 Billion In "Real Savings" If We End the Wars "On Time"

Many Americans don't realize that the Super Committee can reach 1/6 of its debt reduction goal just by withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan when we said we were going to. Urge your representatives in Congress to make this part of any debt reduction deal.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endwarsontime

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Urge Obama: Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

Nine Nobel Peace Laureates - including Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama – have written to President Obama, urging him to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, saying his decision offers a "critical moment" to make good on his pledge to create a green economy.

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Jobs Plan? End the Wars, Save 400,000 Jobs

President Obama is preparing to deliver a major address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, outlining his plans for spending and tax cuts to create jobs.

Here's a plan that would likely save at least 400,000 jobs over the next ten years, without increasing the deficit or raising a dollar of additional revenue: bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan as previously scheduled, and use the savings to reduce the debt in place of proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits - or other cuts in domestic spending.

The total savings to the federal budget of using the chained CPI as a measure of inflation (including cuts in Social Security benefits) and raising the Medicare retirement age appear to be on the order of $200 billion over 2012-2021. This proposal was a key feature of the deal that President Obama and Speaker Boehner agreed to in the debt ceiling negotiations. The deal collapsed, because Speaker Boehner could not deliver the House on the deal, since it also included revenue increases. Judging from press reports, the President and others would like to revive this deal. So - unfortunately, from the point of view of the values and interests of the overwhelming majority of Americans - this proposal appears to still be on the table.

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JFP 9/6: UN troops in Haiti accused of sexual assault; Turkey to challenge Gaza blockade at World Court

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September 6, 2011

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Oil Change International: Keystone XL Pipeline Not Aimed at U.S. Market

A new report from Oil Change International takes aim at the argument that the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline should be supported because "it's better to get oil from Canada than from OPEC." In addition to noting that there is a single global market for oil, so it doesn't make any difference to the price faced by consumers where we get our oil from (e.g., the Libyan civil war raised gas prices in the U.S., even though Libya exports to Europe), the report notes that the companies that will receive oil from the Keystone XL pipeline are focused on exports, not supplying the U.S. market.
http://priceofoil.org/2011/08/31/report-exporting-energy-security-keystone-xl-exposed/

FAIR: NYT on WikiLeaks: Move Along, No Atrocity to See Here
As FAIR notes, while the New York Times was telling us on its editorial and op-ed pages that there were no revelations in the WikiLeaks cables damning to U.S. foreign policy, the Times was sitting on a cable that, as McClatchy noted, "provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a five-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi."

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JFP 9/1: Rebels round up black Libyans; Cable backs US atrocity in Iraq

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September 1, 2011

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September 15 Rallies for Palestinian Freedom

On September 15 - the International Day of Democracy - activists around the country are planning demonstrations opposing U.S. threats against Palestine's UN membership bid. So far, events are planned for New York City, Phoenix, AZ, San Francisco, CA, Washington, DC, Urbana, IL, Omaha, NE, Pittsburgh, PA, and Austin, TX. Attend an event - or organize one.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/September15/216475758396747?sk=events
http://september15.org/

Why I'm Protesting the Tar Sands Pipeline at the White House on Saturday

The key political fact about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is this: at the end of the day, the decision of whether to approve the permit for the pipeline or not will be a political decision wholly owned by President Obama.
http://www.truth-out.org/why-im-protesting-tar-sands-pipeline-time-take-sides/1314814147

Human Rights First: Kansas City Should Take Back "Freedom Medal" from Bahraini King

Kansas City gave a freedom medal to the King of Bahrain, who has presided over a brutal crackdown on democracy protesters.
http://actions.humanrightsfirst.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=4637

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