January 2012

JFP 1/31: US-funded NGO "democracy promotion" challenged; Obama denies "huge" drone deaths

Just Foreign Policy News, January 31, 2012
US-backed NGO "democracy promotion" challenged; Obama denies "huge" drone deaths


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Action: Help Wyden-McGovern Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
The Obama Administration is wants to sell more arms to Bahrain, although repression of peaceful protests continues and the government is blocking human rights monitors from visiting the country. Sen. Wyden and Rep. McGovern are circulating a letter of opposition. Ask your Senators and Rep. to support the Wyden-McGovern letter.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/newbahrainarms

Freedom House Opposes Arms Sale to Bahrain

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Call-In for Wyden-McGovern Letter Opposing New Bahrain Arms Sales--Report Back Here!

Since there is not much time before the letter closes for signatures, calling your representatives would help. Just follow these simple instructions:

  • Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
  • Ask for your representative's office.
  • When your representative's office picks up, tell them that you urge your representative to sign the Wyden-McGovern letter to oppose any new arms sales to Bahrain. The deadline for signatures is Wednesday close of business.
  • If you are speaking to your Representative in the House, tell them to contact Mike McVicker in Rep. McGovern's office to sign.
  • If you are speaking to one of your Senator's offices, tell them to contact Isaiah Akin in Sen. Wyden's office to sign.
  • When you're done, make sure you report your call below!

JFP 1/30: Wyden, McGovern slam new Bahrain arms sale; France to push earlier Afghan drawdown

Just Foreign Policy News, January 30, 2012
Wyden, McGovern oppose new Bahrain arms sale; France to push Afghan drawdown


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Action: Urge Obama: In Iran Diplomacy, Go for a Feasible Deal Now
Few have hope that a diplomatic deal that would resolve all outstanding issues between the U.S. and Iran is politically feasible within the six month timeline envisioned by the sanctions passed by Congress, especially given that this is an election year. But a deal that would lower tensions and put off the most extreme sanctions may be possible. Urge President Obama to pursue an interim deal to ease tensions with Iran.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/20percentdeal

Global Times: China-bashing easy and cheap for US candidates
Writing for Global Times, Just Foreign Policy argues that the responsibility for U.S. job losses due to outsourcing to China lies primarily with the actions of the U.S. government, not with those of the Chinese government.

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JFP 1/27- LibDems: mil cuts shld be 2X; Israel can't hit Iran nukes; Admin threats Egypt aid

Just Foreign Policy News, January 27, 2012
LibDems: mil cuts shld be 2X; Israel can't hit Iran nukes; Admin threats Egypt aid

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Action: Urge Obama: In Iran Diplomacy, Go for a Feasible Deal Now
Few have hope that a diplomatic deal that would resolve all outstanding issues between the U.S. and Iran is politically feasible within the six month timeline envisioned by the sanctions passed by Congress, especially given that this is an election year. But a deal that would lower tensions and put off the most extreme sanctions may be possible. Join us in urging President Obama to pursue an interim deal to ease tensions with Iran.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/20percentdeal

*Action: Methodists consider selective divestment from Israeli occupation
"Aligning United Methodist Investments with Resolutions on Israel/Palestine." There is a form for individuals and groups to endorse the resolution.
https://www.kairosresponse.org/The_Resolution.html

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JFP 1/25: Shift in New York Times reporting on Iran's nuclear program?

Just Foreign Policy News, January 25, 2012
Shift in the New York Times reporting on Iran's nuclear program?

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Shift in the New York Times reporting on Iran's nuclear program?
"One swallow does not a summer make." But compare:
"Western politicians believe Iran is building a nuclear weapons *capability*, but the government in Tehran insists that its nuclear program is for civilian uses only."
- "Europe and U.S. Tighten Vise of Sanctions on Iran,"
Stephen Castle and Alan Cowell, New York Times, January 23, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/world/middleeast/iran-urged-to-negotiate-as-west-readies-new-sanctions.html
to:
"Israel and the United States both say that Iran is pursuing the building of nuclear *weapons* - an assertion denied by Tehran - but they have had differing views on how aggressive the pursuit has been and what should be done about it."
- "U.S. General Visits Israel for Discussions on Iran"

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JFP 1/23 - Israel: Iran not making nuke weapons; Bush CIA chief: bombing bad idea

Just Foreign Policy News, January 23, 2012
Israel: Iran not making nuke weapons; Bush CIA chief: bombing bad idea


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*Action: Tell Congress - Don't Sabotage the Afghan Peace Talks
Romney slams the President for talking to the Taliban. Reuters says some in Congress want to block President Obama from transferring Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo in a bid to spur peace talks. Urge Congress to support - not sabotage - efforts to start peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/romneypeacetalks

RT: US and Iran on a collision course?
Just Foreign Policy talks to RT about the hype around Iran's nuclear program, the danger of war, and the prospects for a diplomatic solution.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP3l4PuQxI8

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WaPo: Still Getting Ahead of the Facts on Iran

It seems that the Washington Post still requires a bit of help sticking to the facts on Iran. An article in yesterday's Post, entitled "Center for American Progress, group tied to Obama, under fire from Israel advocates," featured the following passage (emphasis mine):

At the same time, Israel’s supporters worry that Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon and greater instability in the Middle East pose existential threats to Israel.

Hm. "Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon." Sounds awfully familiar. Where have we heard that before?

Oh, yes. Recall that, way back in December, Just Foreign Policy initiated a campaign to get the Washington Post to correct a photo gallery headline, which originally read, "Iran's quest to possess nuclear weapons." The ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, agreed that the headline was "misleading," and the Post corrected it to read, "Iran's quest to possess nuclear technology." The mishap was blamed on the tricky nature of the headline creating process.

This time, however, the object of Iran's quest wasn't being mulled by an uninformed photo or copy editor--a journalist or editor, who should have known better, was responsible.

To his credit, Mr. Pexton responded to my email in a prompt fashion, and the offending passage was revised shortly thereafter--about six hours after the article was originally published. The passage now reads (emphasis mine):

JFP 1/17: Romney slams peace talks; Paul booed on "Golden Rule"; Honduras "most homophobic" in LatAm

Just Foreign Policy News, January 17, 2012
Romney slams peace talks; Paul booed on "Golden Rule"; Honduras "most homophobic" in LatAm

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Guardian: Ron Paul booed at GOP debate for urging "Golden Rule" in U.S. foreign policy
The Guardian reports: "Responding to Gingrich, Paul went on to say:
'My point is, if another country does to us what we do others, we're not going to like it very much. So I would say that maybe we ought to consider a golden rule in foreign policy. Don't do to other nations... [Boos]
... what we don't want to have them do to us. So we endlessly bomb these countries and then we wonder, wonder why they get upset with us? And yet it continues on and on. I mean, this idea that we can't debate foreign policy, then all we have to do is start another war?
I mean, it's warmongering. They're building up for another war against Iran, and people can't wait to get in another war. This country doesn't need another war. We need to quit the ones we're in. We need to save the money and bring our troops home.'
This is not what a Republican audience is used to hearing – hence the boos and jeers at an unprecedented level for a GOP debate. Yet Paul continues to poll well despite his heretical views."

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JFP 1/16: NPR denies "fomenting war with Iran"; PBS Ombud denies PBS "dishonest"

Just Foreign Policy News, January 16, 2012
NPR denies "fomenting war with Iran"; PBS Ombud denies PBS "dishonest"


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Martin Luther King Jr.: "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam"
"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government."
http://husseini.org/2007/01/martin-luther-king-jr-why-i-am.html

NPR Ombudsman: "Is NPR Fomenting A War With Iran? No."
Shorter NPR: first of all, we never said Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon. Furthermore, Iran _is_ trying to develop a nuclear weapon, so there.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2012/01/13/145184485/is-npr-fomenting-a-war-with-iran-no

PBS Ombudsman: A FAIR Catch But UnFAIR Conclusion

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JFP 1/13: US officials accuse Israel of "false flag" operations against Iran

Just Foreign Policy News, January 13, 2012
US intel officials accuse Israel of "false flag" operations against Iran


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Donate to Place an Ad in The Hill to Prevent War on Iran
CodePink is placing an anti-Iran-war ad to coincide with the AIPAC meeting in Washington March 2-6.
https://codepink.salsalabs.com/o/424/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=7465
More info: http://www.occupyaipac.org/

Robert Parry: Herding Americans to War with Iran
The Washington Post attacks Defense Secretary Panetta as an appeaser because he dared to say that Iran is not trying to develop a nuclear weapon.
http://consortiumnews.com/2012/01/12/herding-americans-to-war-with-iran/

Dalia Dassa Kaye: Do Israelis really want to bomb Iran?

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