August 2012

JFP 8/30: Ecuador upbeat on Assange talks; cutting Pentagon vs. Social Security

Just Foreign Policy News, August 30, 2012
Ecuador upbeat on Assange talks; cutting Pentagon vs. Social Security

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Cut Pentagon Budget, Not Social Security & Veterans' Benefits, Save 380,000 Jobs

Some people want to "save" the government $145 billion over 10 years by cutting Social Security, veterans' benefits, and federal pensions. A much better idea is to cut the bloated Pentagon budget instead. Not only would that protect Social Security and veterans' benefits and make it harder for the Pentagon to occupy other people's countries, it would save 380,000 jobs.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/cut-the-pentagon-budget-n_b_1844125.html

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JFP 8/28: Rachel Corrie verdict; Ecuador threatened on trade; Colombia talks to FARC

Just Foreign Policy News, August 28, 2012
Rachel Corrie verdict; Ecuador threatened on trade; Colombia talks to FARC

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Romney-Ryan "Ploughshares to Swords" Budget Would Cost America At Least 530,000 Jobs
If we could only make the Ryan plan stick to the principle of at least one dollar in military cuts for every dollar in domestic cuts, that would reduce the job loss of the Ryan plan by at least 12.9% - saving 530,000 jobs. That's on the scale of the jobs at stake in last year's fight over continuing the stimulus.
http://truth-out.org/news/item/11099-romney-ryan-ploughshares-to-swords-budget-would-cost-america-at-least-530000-jobs

Let's Help WikiLeaks Liberate the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Text
Our "crowdsourced" reward for WikiLeaks to publish the text is now over $20,000.

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JFP 8/27: TPP Threatens Generics; Egypt talks to Iran on Syria; US faults Israel on Corrie

Just Foreign Policy News, August 27, 2012
TPP Threatens Generics; Egypt talks to Iran on Syria; US faults Israel on Corrie

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Romney-Ryan "Ploughshares to Swords" Budget Would Cost America At Least 530,000 Jobs
If we could only make the Ryan plan stick to the principle of at least one dollar in military cuts for every dollar in domestic cuts, that would reduce the job loss of the Ryan plan by at least 12.9% - saving 530,000 jobs. That's on the scale of the jobs at stake in last year's fight over continuing the stimulus.
http://truth-out.org/news/item/11099-romney-ryan-ploughshares-to-swords-budget-would-cost-america-at-least-530000-jobs

*Action: Urge the NYT to Investigate Four Questions on the WikiLeaks Case

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JFP 8/23: Romney-Ryan "Ploughshares to Swords" Budget Would Cost Half a Million Jobs

Just Foreign Policy News, August 23, 2012
Romney-Ryan "Ploughshares to Swords" Budget Would Cost Half a Million Jobs

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Romney-Ryan "Ploughshares to Swords" Budget Would Cost America At Least 530,000 Jobs
If we could only make the Ryan plan stick to the principle of at least one dollar in military cuts for every dollar in domestic cuts, that would reduce the job loss of the Ryan plan by at least 12.9% - saving 530,000 jobs. That's on the scale of the jobs at stake in last year's fight over continuing the stimulus.
http://truth-out.org/news/item/11099-romney-ryan-ploughshares-to-swords-budget-would-cost-america-at-least-530000-jobs

*Action: Urge the NYT to Investigate Four Questions on the WikiLeaks Case

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Romney-Ryan "Ploughshares to Swords" Budget Would Cost America At Least 530,000 Jobs

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to cut domestic spending in order to increase military spending. Regardless of whatever else may be true - that is, regardless of whether you think more military spending is otherwise a good idea, or how you feel about the public services that would be axed by greater domestic cuts - their plans to cut domestic spending in order to increase military spending would cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

How many jobs? A plausible estimate is that their plans to cut domestic spending in order to increase military spending would cost at least 530,000 jobs.

What does 530,000 jobs mean in the context of the U.S. economy? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently about 12.8 million unemployed out of a labor force of about 155 million, for a measured unemployment rate of 8.3%. If an additional 500,000 people were employed today, there would be 12.3 million unemployed and the unemployment rate would be 8%.

By comparison, in September 2011, economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics estimated that if two stimulus measures were allowed to expire the end of 2011 - the 2% employee payroll tax holiday and the emergency unemployment insurance program - that would cost 750,000 jobs in 2012. As you may recall, there was a huge fight about whether those two stimulus measures should be allowed to expire. The job loss from replacing military cuts with domestic cuts is roughly of the same order of magnitude. If it was worth fighting about saving those 750,000 jobs by extending the stimulus, then it's worth fighting about saving 530,000 jobs by not replacing military cuts with domestic cuts.

JFP 8/22: WikiLeaks: The Four Questions; Gold Star Mom: "Our forces shouldn't be there"

Just Foreign Policy News, August 22, 2012
WikiLeaks: The Four Questions; Gold Star Mom: "Our forces shouldn't be there"

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*Action: Urge the NYT to Investigate Four Questions on the WikiLeaks Case
Four questions are crucial to judging official claims that there is no connection between the British-Swedish legal pursuit of Julian Assange and the threat of U.S. prosecution of WikiLeaks: why won't Sweden question Assange in the U.K.? why won't Sweden say it won't extradite Assange to the U.S.? why won't the U.K. say it will oppose a U.S. extradition request? why won't the U.S. say it won't seek Assange's extradition from Sweden?
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/four-questions

WikiLeaks: Official Statement by Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy
On Sunday August 19th, Julian Assange addressed supporters and the media from a balcony at the embassy.
http://www.wikileaks.org/Official-Statement-by-Julian.html

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JFP 8/20: JFP issues $14,500 reward for WikiLeaks to publish TPP negotiating text

Just Foreign Policy News, August 20, 2012
JFP issues $14,500 reward for WikiLeaks to publish TPP negotiating text

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Press Release: Just Foreign Policy Issues $14,500 Reward for Wikileaks to Publish Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiating Text
As of noon Eastern Time on Monday, August 20, the reward stood at $14,543, based on 344 pledges, of which the median pledge was $25.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1285

*Action: Help #WikiLeaks Liberate the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Text

On September 6, negotiators will go to Leesburg, Virginia, for the latest round of secretive talks on the "Trans-Pacific Partnership" agreement. This proposed agreement threatens access to essential medicines in developing countries, threatens environmental regulations, and threatens internet freedom. Even Members of Congress and their staff have been blocked from seeing the draft text, while corporate representatives have been allowed to see it.

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JUST FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES $14,500 REWARD FOR WIKILEAKS TO PUBLISH TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEGOTIATING TEXT

Monday, August 20, 2012
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JUST FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES $14,500 REWARD
FOR WIKILEAKS TO PUBLISH TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEGOTIATING TEXT

As of Monday noon, "crowdsourced" reward stands at $14,543

Washington - The U.S. foreign policy reform organization Just Foreign Policy has issued a "crowdsourced" reward for WikiLeaks to publish the negotiating text of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. On Friday, August 17, Just Foreign Policy issued an appeal online for pledges to make donations to WikiLeaks if it publishes the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiating text. As of noon Eastern Time on Monday, August 20, the reward stands at $14,543, based on 344 pledges, of which the median pledge was $25.

The appeal - and the running tally of pledges collected so far - can be seen at

http://freetpp.org

On September 6, negotiators will go to Leesburg, Virginia, for the latest round of secretive talks on the "Trans-Pacific Partnership" agreement. This proposed agreement threatens access to essential medicines in developing countries, threatens environmental regulations, and threatens internet freedom. Even Members of Congress and their staffs have been blocked from seeing the draft text, while corporate representatives have been allowed to see it. [1]

"Americans have a right to know what's in this agreement before it is signed," said Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy. "After an agreement is signed we'll be told that it's too late to change it. It was precisely to publish leaked government documents of public interest that WikiLeaks was formed."

JFP 8/15: Norquist hits Romney on military $; TPP summit; Honduras DEA killings probed

Just Foreign Policy News, August 15, 2012
Norquist hits Romney on military $; TPP summit; Honduras DEA killings probed

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Coming to the TPP summit? You need to register!
If you think you might go to any of the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership summit (aka "intergalactic NAFTA") in Leesburg, Virginia, from September 6th to 15th, you should register as a "stakeholder." Unless you're registered as a stakeholder, you won't be able to do or say boo. The registration deadline is COB Wednesday.
Even if you're not sure you'll go, register anyway. It's free and takes about 17 seconds. It's like registering to vote. If you want to have a say, you have to tell someone in advance.
The registration form, and information on citizen participation events, can be found here (item #4 below):
http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/blog/2012/08/08/register-to-help-drag/

*Action: Arming human rights abusers in Bahrain? There oughta be a law!

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JFP 8/10: US: still don't think Iran's making a-bomb; Aussies doubt US fairness for Assange

Just Foreign Policy News, August 10, 2012
US: still don't think Iran's making a-bomb; Aussies doubt US fairness for Assange

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*Action: Arming human rights abusers in Bahrain? There oughta be a law!
Under current U.S. law as interpreted by the Obama Administration, the U.S. can arm a brutal dictatorship if it can be argued that the particular weapons won't be used for human rights abuses and the units being armed don't have a history of documented human rights abuse. Rep. Grijalva's bill would change that, and raise the bar for arming rights abusers. Urge your Rep. to support the Grijalva bill.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr5749

We're Still Arming the King of Syria? There Oughta Be a Law!
Making the case for the Grijava bill at the Huffington Post.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/bahrian-arms-sales_b_1765092.html

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