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JFP 12/22: For Christmas, a one-day halt to night raids

Just Foreign Policy News, December 22, 2011
For Christmas, a one-day halt to night raids

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**Action: For Christmas, Help Us Press for a Cease-Fire in Afghanistan
Don't you think it would be a good thing if President Obama would order U.S. forces in Afghanistan to cease offensive actions on Christmas? Wouldn't it be a step forward if, for one night, Afghan civilians knew that U.S. forces wouldn't break into their homes, endangering their lives? Wouldn't that be a great way for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan to celebrate Christmas-to take the day off from offensive military action?
Urge President Obama to declare a cease-fire in Afghanistan on Christmas.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/xmasceasefire

Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

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JFP 12/21: US Gen. says troops may stay past '14; what if Chinese troops had a base in Texas?

Just Foreign Policy News, December 21, 2011
US Gen. says troops may stay past '14; what if Chinese troops had a base in Texas?

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How would Americans feel if Chinese troops had a military base in Texas?
What if they were patrolling American streets? Making "mistakes" that killed American civilians? What if they were not subject to American law?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMHBEAeNa-c

Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan
Shouldn't Americans of every faith tradition band together to stop the war on Christmas? Let us call on President Obama to announce that on Dec. 24th and 25, the United States will observe an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan, and urge others to join the ceasefire, as a goodwill gesture to promote peace talks. According to recent press reports, a U.S.-initiated Christmas truce would complement peace efforts that the Obama Administration is already pursuing, while bringing a pause, at least, to universally detested US night raids.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/20-9

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JFP 12/20: Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

Just Foreign Policy News, December 20, 2011
Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan

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Stop the War on Christmas: Cease Fire in Afghanistan
Shouldn't Americans of every faith tradition band together to stop the war on Christmas? Let us call on President Obama to announce that on Dec. 24th and 25, the United States will observe an offensive ceasefire in Afghanistan, and urge others to join the ceasefire, as a goodwill gesture to promote peace talks. According to recent press reports, a U.S.-initiated Christmas truce would complement peace efforts that the Obama Administration is already pursuing, while bringing a pause, at least, to universally detested US night raids.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/stop-the-war-on-christmas_b_1160669.html

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JFP 12/19: Israel moots "terror" label for settlers; Obama moots "speculation tax"

Just Foreign Policy News, December 19, 2011
Israel moots "terror" label for settlers; Obama moots "speculation tax"

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Russia Today Video: 'Blue bra' girl brutally beaten by Egypt military
Your tax dollars at work: Egyptian soldiers competing with each other to beat people who are already lying motionless on the ground. Why are we paying $1.3 billion a year for this?
http://youtu.be/mnFVYewkWEY

'I feel wretched': Woman protester who was stripped and dragged through streets by Egyptian soldiers breaks her silence
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2076115/Egypt-protests-Woman-stripped-dragged-streets-soldiers-breaks-silence.html

Will the Media Let Ron Paul Question U.S. Foreign Policy?
Will the media let Ron Paul raise serious questions about U.S. foreign policy? Economist and media critic (and Just Foreign Policy board member) Dean Baker recently posed this question in a forum at Politico. It's a crucial test case not only of the prospects that the media will serve the interests of the 99% rather than the 1%, but of the prospects for a foreign military and economic policy that reflects the values and interests of the 99%, rather than those of the 1%.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/ron-paul-foreign-policy_b_1151442.html

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JFP 12/15: Falluja's anger endures; will media let Paul question foreign policy?

Just Foreign Policy News, December 15, 2011
Falluja's anger endures; will media let Paul question foreign policy? 

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Will the Media Let Ron Paul Question U.S. Foreign Policy?
Will the media let Ron Paul raise serious questions about U.S. foreign policy? Economist and media critic (and Just Foreign Policy board member) Dean Baker recently posed this question in a forum at Politico. It's a crucial test case not only of the prospects that the media will serve the interests of the 99% rather than the 1%, but of the prospects for a foreign military and economic policy that reflects the values and interests of the 99%, rather than those of the 1%.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/ron-paul-foreign-policy_b_1151442.html

Barney Frank: The Emperor has Too Many Clothes: Adjusting America's Military Spending to Reality
Compelling talk by Rep. Barney Frank on why projected military spending needs to be cut, including nuclear weapons, foreign bases, and the war in Afghanistan.
http://www.cfr.org/us-strategy-and-politics/emperor-has-too-many-clothes-adjusting-americas-military-spending-reality/p26505

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JFP 12/14: House Passes Iran Contact Ban; Gingrich Backs War for Regime Change

Just Foreign Policy News, December 14, 2011
House Passes Iran Contact Ban; Gingrich Backs War for Regime Change

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House Passes "Iran Cooties Reduction Act"
On Wednesday evening, the House passed HR 1905, the so-called "Iran Threat Reduction Act," which, among other things, would prohibit contact between U.S. and some Iranian officials. Eleven Members voted no: Amash, Blumenauer, Duncan (TN), Ellison, Kucinich, Barbara Lee, McDermott, Moran, Olver, Stark, Woolsey. The measure now goes to the Senate, where the bill may be stopped or some of its most extreme provisions may still be removed.
The debate on the bill happened Tuesday night. You can watch the debate here:
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/HouseSession5288
The debate begins at the 8:05 mark.
At the 8:15 mark, Rep. Kucinich introduced into the Congressional Record Washington Post Ombudsman Patrick Pexton's column noting that the IAEA did not say that Iran is building a nuclear bomb (during the debate, some Members claimed that it did.)
At the 8:37 mark, Rep. Blumenauer noted press reports that new sanctions on Europeans who buy oil from Iran could raise the price of gas in the U.S. by a dollar a gallon.
At 8:50:26, Rep. Berman claimed that "there is nothing in this bill that would prevent Americans from having contact with Iranians," an astonishing claim, given the plain English meaning of Section 601c, cited in the peace groups' letter to the House:

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JFP 12/13: Human rights groups slam Quartet on rising demolitions of Palestinian homes

Just Foreign Policy News, December 13, 2011
Human rights groups slam Quartet on rising demolitions of Palestinian homes

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*Action - Tell Congress: Don't Outlaw US Meetings with Iranian Officials
Section 601(c) of HR 1905 - the so-called "Iran Threat Reduction Act" - would prohibit meetings between U.S. officials and Iranian officials deemed a "threat." Ask your Representative to oppose Section 601(c) and HR 1905. The bill may be voted on Tuesday under "suspension," meaning it would need a supermajority to pass.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr1905
or call your Representative toll-free: 1-877-429-0678
[UPDATE: FCNL says, debate tonight, vote later this week, so please call or write!]

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JFP 12/9: Gingrich: Palestinians an "invented people"; Israel threatens Gaza water cutoff

Just Foreign Policy News, December 9, 2011
Gingrich: Palestinians an "invented people"; Israel threatens Gaza water cutoff
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*Action - Tell Congress: Don't Outlaw US Meetings with Iranian Officials
Section 601(c) of HR 1905 - the so-called "Iran Threat Reduction Act" - would prohibit meetings between U.S. officials and Iranian officials deemed a "threat." Ask your Representative to oppose Section 601(c) and HR 1905.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/hr1905

Could GOP Sanctions on Europe Tank the Economy and Elect Romney?
Why are Congressional Democrats - over the objections of the Obama Administration - helping Republicans press sanctions on Europeans who buy oil from Iran - sanctions that would increase unemployment in the U.S. during the 2012 campaign?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/gop-sanctions-europe-economy_b_1137095.html

WSJ Video: Human Rights Group Suing Over CIA Drone Program
Lawsuit could force the US to defend targeting low-level people.
http://online.wsj.com/video/human-rights-group-suing-over-cia-drone-program/897383FC-E9AF-4EB3-8E9D-E40CB01AD2C9.html

Howard Berman: grave concern over role of Honduran security forces in human rights abuses

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JFP 12/8: Kirk Sanctions Threaten Economy; Gingrich Pledges to Appoint Bolton

Just Foreign Policy News, December 8, 2011
Kirk Sanctions Threaten Economy; Gingrich Pledges to Appoint Bolton

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JFP 12/7: Conyers, Paul press for Merkley drawdown provision in NDAA

Just Foreign Policy News, December 7, 2011
Conyers, Paul press for Merkley drawdown provision in NDAA

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Conyers, Paul Press NDAA Conferees to Accept Accelerated Drawdown
Reps. John Conyers, Ron Paul, Jim McGovern, Walter Jones, and Barbara Lee sent a letter to the House-Senate NDAA conferees urging them to accept the Senate Merkley language pressing for an accelerated drawdown from Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1094

Barbara Lee Urges Obama to Expedite Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) were joined by 40 Members of the House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to speed up the return of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
http://lee.house.gov/press-releases/congresswoman-barbara-lee-urges-president-obama-to-expedite-troop-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/

* Update: Washington Post Fixes Headline That Claimed Iran Has a Nuclear Weapons Program
Nearly a thousand people responded to our alert asking people to contact the Washington Post Ombudsman to complain about a Washington Post headline that claimed as fact that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. You can see the original screen capture on our alert:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/wapofactcheck

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