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JFP 4/9: AFL, Amnesty, HRW press Obama for release of Bahrain hunger striker

Just Foreign Policy News, April 9, 2012
AFL, Amnesty, HRW press Obama for release of Bahrain hunger striker


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Want the U.S. to pursue real diplomacy? Ask your Rep to back the Barbara Lee bill
H.R.4173, the Prevent Iran from Acquiring Nuclear Weapons and Stop War Through Diplomacy Act, would lift the State Department's "no contact" policy with Iran. The bill has 21 co-sponsors. Ask your Representative to join them.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr4173

AFL-CIO, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch call on Obama to press for release of Bahrain hunger striker
"We write to urge you to publicly call on the Government of Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release from prison Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. Al-Khawaja is a Bahraini human rights defender and democracy activist who may soon die, as he has been on a hunger strike for more than two months."
http://pomed.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Al-Khawaja-Letter3.pdf

Rebecca Griffin: Give U.S.-Iran negotiations time to succeed

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JFP 4/6: SyHersh: US backing MEK terrorists in Iran; Bahrain hungerstriker near death

Just Foreign Policy News, April 6, 2012
SyHersh: US backing MEK terrorists in Iran; Bahrain hungerstriker near death


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Amnesty International: Bahrain: Release leading rights activist at risk of death from hungerstrike
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/bahrain-release-leading-rights-activist-risk-death-hungerstrike-2012-03-29

"Zionist BDS" -- Kosher for Passover
Peter Beinart's call for American Jews to support "Zionist BDS" calls the question: how can you say you support a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict if you oppose the pressure on the Israeli government's West Bank colonization project necessary to bring a two-state solution about?
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/8358-zionist-bds-kosher-for-passover

"No Contact" Is the Keystone XL of Iran Policy

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JFP 4/4: "No Contact" Is Keystone of Iran policy; Lieberman: Iran war would be "nightmare"

Just Foreign Policy News, April 4, 2012
"No Contact" Is Keystone of Iran policy; Lieberman: Iran war would be "nightmare"


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"No Contact" Is the Keystone XL of Iran Policy
Ending the "no contact" policy -- like the Keystone XL permit -- is totally under the control of the administration. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can reverse this anti-diplomacy policy right now. They don't need a hechsher from Joe Lieberman or Lindsay Graham.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/no-contact-is-the-keyston_b_1400916.html

The Pledge of Resistance Could Change the Game Against a War With Iran
If people were convinced that there were a 90% chance of war in the next three months, many people would be in the streets. By inaction on the threat of war with Iran, people are effectively saying: 'so we're on a slow path? Give me a call when we're on a fast path. I have other demands on my time.' The problem with this is that by the time we are on a fast path to war, our political leverage to stop the war will be very small - much smaller than it is today.

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JFP 4/2: NYT calls out UN on Haiti cholera; U.S. moves towards backing Syria rebels

Just Foreign Policy News, April 2, 2012
NYT calls out UN on Haiti cholera; U.S. moves towards backing Syria rebels


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Senator Rand Paul Calls the Question on War with Iran
Rand Paul blocked unanimous consent on new Iran sanctions, demanding consideration of his amendment affirming that nothing in the bill authorizes the use of military force in Iran or Syria.
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/8192-war-with-iran?-sen-rand-paul-calls-the-question

*Action: Urge your Senators to follow suit
Ask your Senators to support language affirming that there is no authorization for military force.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/rand-paul-war-powers

Gareth Porter: Israel Shields Public from Risks of War with Iran
The Israeli government is telling the Israeli public that Iran's ability to retaliate for an Israeli strike is "very limited." But a former head of Israel's missile defense takes a much more sober view of the possible effects of an Iranian counterstrike.
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107248

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Senator Rand Paul Calls the Question on War with Iran

Before we have a war with Iran, shouldn't the Senate and the House have at least one debate and vote on it? Isn't that what the Constitution demands? Isn't that what is demanded by the War Powers Resolution (which, despite its name, is binding law)?

If you agree to the principle that Congress should debate and vote on a war with Iran before any such war takes place (which also happens to be the Constitution and the law), when do you think a good time would be for the Senate and the House to start taking up the question? Should we wait until after there is further escalation? Should we wait until after some real or invented Persian Gulf of Tonkin incident, when Members of Congress can be steamrolled by cable news and right-wing talk radio? Or should we start having the debate now, when rational argument still has a chance, so that Members of Congress will be forced to choose sides between American generals, who oppose war with Iran, and the Israeli Prime Minister, who wants war with Iran?

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul thinks we should have the debate right now.

On Tuesday, Sen. Paul took to the Senate floor to oppose unanimous consent of a new Iran sanctions bill so he could introduce an amendment that would ensure that nothing in the act shall be construed as a declaration of war or an authorization of the use of force against Iran or Syria, and affirm that any use of military force must be authorized by Congress.

JFP 3/20: Summers World Bank bid in trouble; US officials warn Israeli attack would hurt US

Just Foreign Policy News, March 20, 2012
Summers World Bank bid in trouble; US officials warn Israeli attack would hurt US


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Larry Summers World Bank bid in trouble, Mexico insists on open process
US Treasury had let it be known that it was going to call the shots and Europe was going to go along. But when Timothy Geithner's candidate turned out to be Larry Summers, Europe refused to go along. Meanwhile, Mexico welcome's Jeff Sachs' candidacy and renews its call for an open, merit-based process.
http://www.truth-out.org/larry-summers-world-bank-bid-trouble-mexico-insists-open-process/1332175203

Public Citizen: Forget Larry
Public Citizen has launched a campaign against the possible nomination of Larry Summers to be President of the World Bank. Their website has sections called "Math is Hard" (referring to the scandal over Summers' comments on women's intellectual ability) and "Let Them Eat Waste" (referring to the scandal over Summers' "Africa is underpolluted" memo.)
http://forgetlarry.org/

Robert Weissman: The Summers of Our Discontent

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JFP 3/16: Karzai demands US pullback; Taliban break off peace talks; Diplomacy Needs a Win

Just Foreign Policy News, March 16, 2012
Karzai demands US pullback; Taliban break off peace talks; Diplomacy Needs a Win


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The Hill: Mr. President: Nominate Jeffrey Sachs
The Hill publishes Conyers' letter to President Obama, with 27 signatures. No response from the White House yet.
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/216343-rep-john-conyers-jr-d-mich

Action: Support Barbara Lee's bill to end the war in Afghanistan
Tell your Representative to help end the war in Afghanistan by co-sponsoring H. 780, which would limit funding for the Afghan war to funds necessary for a safe withdrawal.
Call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free 877-429-0678.
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http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

Nouriel Roubini: "I strongly support the candidacy of Jeffrey Sachs for the Presidency of the World Bank"

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JFP 3/14: Americans Oppose Israeli Strike; GOP dissent grows on Afghanistan

Just Foreign Policy News, March 14, 2012
Americans Oppose Israeli Strike; GOP dissent grows on Afghanistan


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Action: Support Barbara Lee's bill to end the war in Afghanistan
Tell your Representative to help end the war in Afghanistan by co-sponsoring H. 780, which would limit funding for the Afghan war to funds necessary for a safe withdrawal.
Call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free 877-429-0678.
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http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr780

Drone Summit in Washington, DC, April 28, 2012
Drone-strike victims, human rights advocates, robotics technology experts, journalists and activists gather for a summit on Saturday, April 28 to inform the public about the widespread and rapidly expanding deployment of both killer and surveillance drones. Cosponsored by CODEPINK, Reprieve, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
http://codepink.org/article.php?id=6065

Amnesty International Urges Sec. Clinton to Withhold Certification Required for Military Aid to Egypt

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JFP 3/13: Reps. urge State to end Honduras aid; Rendell probed on MEK pay

Just Foreign Policy News, March 13, 2012
Reps. urge State to end Honduras aid; Rendell probed on MEK pay


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Politico: Malou Innocent (CATO) and Robert Naiman (JFP): Afghanistan shooting shows U.S. should stop treading water
Recent events have highlighted the growing animosity between U.S. and Afghan forces - animosity likely to be fatal to current U.S. plans for a long-term U.S. presence. Accelerating the withdrawal of U.S. military forces would most likely save us from a costly strategic defeat in the future.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73892.html

Mark Weisbrot: Why Jeffrey Sachs would make a better World Bank president
Sachs understands how conditions imposed by the World Bank have harmed developing countries' economies. He'd reform that.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/mar/08/jeffrey-sachs-better-world-bank-president

Dean Baker: Larry Summers: The Wrong Person for World Bank President

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JFP 3/5: Obama rebuffs AIPAC on red line; US admits Afghan long-term agreement may fail

Just Foreign Policy News, March 5, 2012
Obama rebuffs AIPAC on red line; US admits Afghan long-term agreement may fail


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Have you called Congress yet against the Lieberman bill?
Earlier today, FCNL reported 1,316 calls so far to Senate & House offices urging them to oppose S Res 380 (Lieberman/Graham/Casey) & H Res 568 (Berman-Ros-Lehtinen companion bill) - which seek to pressure President Obama to lower the threshold for a military attack on Iran - using the toll free number that FCNL established: 1-855-686-6927. A particularly great day to call is Tuesday - that's the day that thousands of AIPAC activists will be on the Hill, lobbying Congress to lower the threshold for war. Watch your email for an alert Tuesday.

The Real News: Occupy AIPAC Opposes War and Sanctions Against Iran
The Real News story on Occupy AIPAC has footage from Saturday's Iran panel moderated by Just Foreign Policy, which starts at about the one minute mark. Sanam Anderlini from MIT, Jamal Abdi from NIAC, Kate Gould from FCNL, on what's wrong with sanctions and the danger that the Lieberman bill will push us further towards war.

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