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JFP 5/10: Kucinich, Conyers Press Admin on "Signature" Drone Strikes

Just Foreign Policy News, May 10, 2012
Kucinich, Conyers Press Admin on "Signature" Drone Strikes


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NDAA expected next week
The National Defense Authorization Act is expected to be considered in the House next week. Amendments are expected to expedite military withdrawal from Afghanistan, to curtail drone strikes, and to cut the military budget, among other issues.

Action: More than 1600 Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike. Where is the State Department?
Ten have been hospitalized; at least two have been characterized as "near death." The prisoners are protesting "administrative detention" - detention without charge - solitary confinement, and denial of family visits. Urge the State Department to speak up to save the lives of the hunger strikers and to protest the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial.
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1500 Prisoners on Hunger Strike for Basic Rights: Could Hillary Say Boo?

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1500 Prisoners on Hunger Strike for Basic Rights: Could Hillary Say Boo?

More than 1500 prisoners are currently observing an open-ended hunger strike in defense of basic human rights: the right not to be detained without charge, the right not to be subjected to sustained solitary confinement, the right to be visited by one's family. Two of the prisoners have been on hunger strike for more than 70 days and have been widely reported to be "near death."

Is it possible that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could say a few words about this situation?

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon finally said something under pressure. So did the European Union. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch have spoken up. There was a report in the New York Times; before that, there was a report in the Washington Post.

But so far, Secretary of State Clinton hasn't said boo. Is it impossible that she could say something?

What might happen if a bunch of Americans tried to put pressure on Hillary to speak up?

JFP 5/9: Palestinians demand UN action on prisoners; POW dad demands prisoner swap

Just Foreign Policy News, May 9, 2012
Palestinians demand UN action on prisoners; POW dad demands prisoner swap


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Action: More than 1600 Palestinian prisoners are on hunger strike. Where is the State Department?
Ten have been hospitalized; at least two have been characterized as "near death." The prisoners are protesting "administrative detention" - detention without charge - solitary confinement, and denial of family visits. Urge the State Department to speak up to save the lives of the hunger strikers and to protest the detention of Palestinians without charge or trial.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/pal-hunger-strike

Against War and Austerity, Hollande Is Right and Obama Should Agree
Newly elected French President François Hollande is coming to the White House next week to meet with President Obama ahead of the G8 and NATO summits. Press reports suggest that Obama will try to talk Hollande out of keeping his campaign promise to withdraw French troops from Afghanistan. Instead, Obama should agree with Hollande on a plan to expedite the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, as the majority of Americans - including the majority of Republicans - want.

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JFP 5/8: Against War and Austerity, Hollande Is Right and Obama Should Agree

Just Foreign Policy News, May 8, 2012
Against War and Austerity, Hollande Is Right and Obama Should Agree


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Against War and Austerity, Hollande Is Right and Obama Should Agree
Newly elected French President François Hollande is coming to the White House next week to meet with President Obama ahead of the G8 and NATO summits. Press reports suggest that Obama will try to talk Hollande out of keeping his campaign promise to withdraw French troops from Afghanistan. Instead, Obama should agree with Hollande on a plan to expedite the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, as the majority of Americans - including the majority of Republicans - want.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/obama-hollande_b_1500740.html

FCNL: House Letter to Obama: We Want Out of Afghanistan
Next week anti-war amendments are expected on the National Defense Authorization Act. Sixty-two Members have now signed the Lee-Jones letter calling on the President to expedite withdrawal. The letter closes on May 10; check if your Rep. has signed.

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JFP 5/7: GOP cuts food stamps to stop military cuts; court rejects hunger strikers' appeal

Just Foreign Policy News, May 7, 2012
GOP cuts food stamps to stop military cuts;
court rejects hunger strikers' appeal

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PressTV: 'US drone strikes grabbing more media attention'
Just Foreign Policy talks to PressTV about increasing awareness in the U.S. about civilian casualties from drone strikes and the fact that contrary to the claims of President Obama and counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, the U.S. is not just going after "people on a list."
http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/239926.html

John Brennan Should Tell the Whole Truth About the Drone Strikes
The fact that Brennan publicly addressed the drone strikes is a significant improvement, long overdue. But John Brennan didn't tell the whole truth about the drone strikes. He didn't admit that the U.S. has launched drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen against people who are not known to be on any list of "suspected terrorists," without knowing who would be killed.
http://truth-out.org/news/item/8919-white-house-counterterrorism-adviser-should-tell-the-whole-truth-about-drone-strikes

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JFP 5/4: Analysts say Khamenei giving full backing to talks

Just Foreign Policy News, May 4, 2012
Analysts say Khamenei giving full backing to talks


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John Brennan Should Tell the Whole Truth About the Drone Strikes
The fact that Brennan publicly addressed the drone strikes is a significant improvement, long overdue. But John Brennan didn't tell the whole truth about the drone strikes. He didn't admit that the U.S. has launched drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen against people who are not known to be on any list of "suspected terrorists," without knowing who would be killed.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/obama-drone-strikes_b_1476944.html

*Action: Urge John Brennan to Tell the Whole Truth about drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan
Urge John Brennan to tell the whole truth about drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan by signing our petition. We will hand-deliver the petition when Brennan speaks at the Fordham University commencement in New York City on May 19.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/brennan-petition

Ask State Department on Twitter to speak out for Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

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JFP 5/3: Methodists Back Ban on Settlement Products; Palestinians Shift to Hunger Strikes

Just Foreign Policy News, May 3, 2012
Methodists Back Ban on Settlement Products; Palestinians Shift to Hunger Strikes


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*Action: Urge John Brennan to Tell the Whole Truth about CIA drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan
On Monday, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan claimed the U.S. "conducts targeted strikes against specific al-Qaeda terrorists." What Brennan didn't say was that the CIA has launched drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen without knowing who would be killed, against people who are not on any list of "suspected terrorists," on the basis that according to U.S. intelligence, their behavior fits a profile of "suspected terrorist." U.S. officials have said that these "signature strikes" increase the risk of killing civilians, as well as the risk of killing people who have no dispute with the United States. Law professor Bruce Ackerman has argued that such strikes in Yemen are not legal under the 2001 AUMF, contrary to Brennan's claims.
Urge John Brennan to tell the whole truth about CIA drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan by signing our petition. We will hand-deliver the petition when Brennan speaks at the Fordham University commencement in New York City on May 19.

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JFP 5/2: Israeli security establishment blocking for Obama against Bibi on Iran diplomacy

Just Foreign Policy News, May 2, 2012
Israeli security establishment blocking for Obama against Bibi on Iran diplomacy


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*Action: Urge John Brennan to Tell the Whole Truth about CIA drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan
On Monday, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan claimed that "the United States government conducts targeted strikes against specific al-Qaeda terrorists." What Brennan didn't say was that the CIA has launched drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen without knowing who would be killed, against people who are not on any list of "suspected terrorists," on the basis that according to U.S. intelligence, their behavior fits a profile of "suspected terrorist." U.S. officials have said that these "signature strikes" increase the risk of killing civilians, as well as the risk of killing people who have no dispute with the United States. Law professor Bruce Ackerman has argued that such strikes in Yemen are not legal under the 2001 AUMF, contrary to Brennan's claims.
Urge John Brennan to tell the whole truth about CIA drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan by signing our petition. We will hand-deliver the petition when Brennan speaks at the Fordham University commencement in New York City on May 19.

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JFP 4/30: ObL anniversary riddle; drone summit highlights; Admin floats Iran deal

Just Foreign Policy News, April 30, 2012
ObL anniversary riddle; drone summit highlights; Admin floats Iran deal


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ObL anniversary riddle: what is 378?
That's the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in Afghanistan since the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, according to icasualties.org.

Could We Stop "Signature" Drone Strikes in Yemen and Pakistan?
"Signature strikes" - drone strikes that target people based on intelligence of "suspicious activity" without knowing who the people are - increase the risk of killing innocent civilians, as well as the risk of killing people who have no dispute with the United States.
http://truth-out.org/news/item/8771-could-we-stop-signature-drone-strikes-in-yemen-and-pakistan

*Take Action: Urge Obama and Congress to oppose "signature strikes" in Yemen and Pakistan
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/signature-strikes

Drone Summit: Killing and Spying by Remote Control - highlights
A final statement from the summit is here:

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JFP 4/27: Tutu backs Methodist divestment; Israelis arrested for marking Nakba

Just Foreign Policy News, April 27, 2012
Tutu backs Methodist divestment; Israelis arrested for marking Nakba

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Alert: Tell Obama No to "Signature" Drone Strikes in Yemen and Pakistan
"Signature" drone strikes allow the CIA to target people without knowing who will be killed, people who are not on any list of suspected terrorists, contrary to President Obama's claim in January that drone strike only target people on a list. Urge President Obama not to permit "signature" drone strikes in Yemen or Pakistan.
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South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu endorses Methodist divestment
"I therefore wholeheartedly support your action to disinvest from companies who benefit from the Occupation of Palestine. This is a moral position that I have no choice but to support, especially since I know of the effect that Boycotts, Disinvestment and Sanctions had on the apartheid regime in South Africa. May God bless your conference as you deliberate on this matter, and I pray that your decision will reflect the best values of the human family as we stand in solidarity with the oppressed."

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