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JFP 11/15: Palestinian "Freedom Riders" Arrested on Bus to Jerusalem

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November 15, 2011


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With 13,111 New Peace Voters, Ron Paul Can Win the Iowa Caucus
If 2008 turnout and a recent Des Moines Register poll give an accurate picture of what would happen if the Iowa Republican presidential caucus were held today, that would indicate that the addition of 13,111 new peace voters by January 3 could carry the Iowa caucus for Ron Paul. This outcome is plausible; the benefits to the majority of Americans would be significant; the costs would be small. [A more recent Bloomberg poll now suggests that the race is a four way dead heat, so the case that a peace vote could determine the outcome has become even stronger.]
http://www.truth-out.org/13111-new-peace-voters-ron-paul-can-win-iowa-caucus/1321373390

Friday, November 18 - Ralph Nader presents: Bruce Fein & Tony Shaffer debate David B. Rivkin & Lee Casey on Bush & Obama: War Crimes of Lawful Wars?
This DC event will be broadcast on C-span.
http://www.debatingtaboos.org/2011/11/bush-and-obama-war-crimes-or-lawful-wars/

Glenn Kessler: Fact checking the South Carolina debate
Kessler examines the claims of Republican candidates during their foreign policy debate.

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JFP 11/14: GOP pushes Iran war; Barney Frank mocks military spending job claims

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November 14, 2011

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With 13,111 New Peace Voters, Ron Paul Can Win the Iowa Caucus
If 2008 turnout and a recent Des Moines Register poll give an accurate picture of what would happen if the Iowa Republican presidential caucus were held today, that would indicate that the addition of 13,111 new peace voters by January 3 could carry the Iowa caucus for Ron Paul. This outcome is plausible; the benefits to the majority of Americans would be significant; the costs would be small.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/with-13111-new-peace-vote_b_1092802.html

Kit Kittredge: "Freedom Waves" - Another Challenge to the Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza and the US Congress

Kit Kittredge, US passenger on the recent Canadian boat to Gaza, on why she undertook the journey.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/14-6

New York Times dialogue: ideas for cutting military spending

Larry Korb and respondents put forward proposals for cutting military spending: cut troop levels, cancel weapons, close foreign bases.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/opinion/sunday/sunday-dialogue-ideas-for-cutting-military-spending.html

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JFP 10/25: pro-US Iraqis want US troops to leave; Unesco poised to admit Palestine

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October 25, 2011

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Video: US Marine talks New York police into retreating from protesters
Compelling video? Two million people think so.
http://youtu.be/WmEHcOc0Sys

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1) Iraqis have given the U.S. military an unequivocal message: Go home, the Los Angeles Times reports. Leading politicians from Sunni and Kurdish blocs who once welcomed the US presence now also agree that the U.S. must leave. The largely Sunni Iraqiya bloc headed by Iyad Allawi has gone on record against extending the stay of U.S. troops beyond the end of the year. Omar Jubbori, a member of the Iraqiya bloc, said Washington would be better off supporting Iraq through economic and "other channels, rather than a military presence, about which Iraqi public opinion is clear."

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JFP 10/21: Almost all uniformed US troops to leave Iraq, contractors remain; Sens. call for base closings

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October 21, 2011

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Woolsey and Payne Coddle Dictator in Bahrain
Lynn Woolsey and Donald Payne went to Bahrain and met with representatives of the country's largest opposition party. Their message? Don't expect anything from us, because we're friends with your oppressor.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/bahrain-us-relations_b_1021650.html

***Action: Press Congress to Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
Rep. McGovern and Sen. Wyden introduced a resolution of disapproval to block the proposed arms sale to Bahrain. Congressional support for this resolution would increase pressure on the Administration to speak up about human rights in Bahrain.
Ask your Rep. and Senators to add pressure on the Administration to change its policy on Bahrain by signing the McGovern-Wyden resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/bahrainarmsdeal

"Convenient" Base Is Unexamined Excuse for U.S. Silence on Bahrain Crackdown
The New York Times called the U.S. naval base in Bahrain a "convenience," but it's still being used as an excuse for U.S. silence on the crackdown in Bahrain.
http://www.truth-out.org/convenient-base-unexamined-excuse-us-silence-bahrain-crackdown/1318614630

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JFP 10/20: Woolsey and Payne Coddle Dictator in Bahrain

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October 20, 2011

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Woolsey and Payne Coddle Dictator in Bahrain
Lynn Woolsey and Donald Payne went to Bahrain and met with representatives of the country's largest opposition party. Their message? Don't expect anything from us, because we're friends with your oppressor.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/bahrain-us-relations_b_1021650.html

***Action: Press Congress to Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
Rep. McGovern and Sen. Wyden introduced a resolution of disapproval to block the proposed arms sale to Bahrain. Congressional support for this resolution would increase pressure on the Administration to speak up about human rights in Bahrain.
Ask your Rep. and Senators to add pressure on the Administration to change its policy on Bahrain by signing the McGovern-Wyden resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/bahrainarmsdeal

"Convenient" Base Is Unexamined Excuse for U.S. Silence on Bahrain Crackdown
The New York Times called the U.S. naval base in Bahrain a "convenience," but it's still being used as an excuse for U.S. silence on the crackdown in Bahrain.
http://www.truth-out.org/convenient-base-unexamined-excuse-us-silence-bahrain-crackdown/1318614630

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JFP 10/19: Bahrain arms sales delayed; Amnesty: US weapons used against Arab Spring

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October 19, 2011

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Adbusters calls for global "Robin Hood tax" march Oct 29
"On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, let's the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let's send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that's sloshing around the global casino each day – enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world."
http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/robinhood.html

Food, Farming and Foreign Policy: Interview with Rami Zurayk
Just Foreign Policy talks to Rami Zurayk, author of "Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring," about Palestine, Arabism, rural agricultural development in Lebanon, the "aberration" of U.S. foreign aid, community-supported agriculture, and the Arab Spring.
http://www.truth-out.org/WalkingLikeanEgyptianFoodFarmingandForeignPolicy/1318951270

***Action: Press Congress to Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
Rep. McGovern and Sen. Wyden introduced a resolution of disapproval to block the proposed arms sale to Bahrain. Congressional support for this resolution would increase pressure on the Administration to speak up about human rights in Bahrain.

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JFP 10/18: Interview with Rami Zurayk on Food, Farming, and the Arab Spring

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October 18, 2011

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Food, Farming and Foreign Policy: Interview with Rami Zurayk
Just Foreign Policy talks to Rami Zurayk, author of "Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring," about Palestine, Arabism, rural agricultural development in Lebanon, the "aberration" of U.S. foreign aid, community-supported agriculture, and the Arab Spring.
http://www.truth-out.org/WalkingLikeanEgyptianFoodFarmingandForeignPolicy/1318951270

Total US Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Under Obama Now 2x That Under Bush
Last weekend marked a new milestone for the war in Afghanistan: more than twice as many US soldiers have been killed under Obama than in the eight years of Bush. http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1043

***Action: Press Congress to Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
Rep. Jim McGovern and Sen. Ron Wyden have introduced a resolution of disapproval to block the proposed arms sale to Bahrain. Broad Congressional support for this resolution would increase pressure on the Administration to speak up about human rights in Bahrain.
Ask your Representative and Senators to add pressure on the Administration to change its policy on Bahrain by signing the McGovern-Wyden resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/bahrainarmsdeal

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JFP 10/17: Afghan troop deaths double under Obama; US gives up on keeping troops in Iraq

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October 17, 2011

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Total US Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Under Obama Now Double That Under Bush
This weekend marked a new milestone for the war in Afghanistan: the total number of US troops killed in the war has doubled since President Obama took office, according to icasualties.org and our US Troops in Afghanistan: Obama vs Bush web counter.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1043

***Action: Press Congress to Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
Rep. Jim McGovern and Sen. Ron Wyden have introduced a resolution of disapproval to block the proposed arms sale to Bahrain. Broad Congressional support for this resolution would increase pressure on the Administration to speak up about human rights in Bahrain.
Ask your Representative and Senators to add pressure on the Administration to change its policy on Bahrain by signing the McGovern-Wyden resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/bahrainarmsdeal

"Convenient" Base Is Unexamined Excuse for U.S. Silence on Bahrain Crackdown
The New York Times called the U.S. naval base in Bahrain a "convenience," but it's still being used as an excuse for U.S. silence on the crackdown in Bahrain.
http://www.truth-out.org/convenient-base-unexamined-excuse-us-silence-bahrain-crackdown/1318614630

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JFP: Progressive Caucus tells Supercmte: end wars, cut Pentagon, tax speculation

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October 14, 2011

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***Action: Press Congress to Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
Rep. Jim McGovern and Sen. Ron Wyden have introduced a resolution of disapproval to block the proposed arms sale to Bahrain. Broad Congressional support for this resolution would increase pressure on the Administration to speak up about human rights in Bahrain.
Ask your Representative and Senators to add pressure on the Administration to change its policy on Bahrain by signing the McGovern-Wyden resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/bahrainarmsdeal

"Convenient" Base Is Unexamined Excuse for U.S. Silence on Bahrain Crackdown
The New York Times called the U.S. naval base in Bahrain a "convenience," but it's still being used as an excuse for U.S. silence on the crackdown in Bahrain.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/convenient-base-is-unexam_b_1009992.html

Garamendi: where left-leaning budget hawks align w GOP & libertarian DoD cost-cutters
Rep. Garamendi's office created a document where you can see the overlap between "left" and "right" proposals to cut the military budget.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1040

Gareth Porter: FBI Account of "Terror Plot" Suggests Sting Operation

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JFP 10/13: Experts Doubt Iran Plot; Block Bahrain Arms Sale; Arrests at Armed Services

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October 13, 2011

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***Action: Press Congress to Oppose the Bahrain Arms Sale
While the U.S. has been vocal about human rights abuses in Syria, it's been quiet about the crackdown against the democracy movement in Bahrain, a U.S. ally. Victims of the crackdown have demanded the U.S. show consistency and speak forcefully about human rights abuses in Bahrain. But the Pentagon intends to sell $53 million worth of weapons to Bahrain, an action likely to be seen as a U.S. seal of approval on the anti-democracy crackdown.

Rep. Jim McGovern and Sen. Ron Wyden have introduced a resolution of disapproval to block the arms sale. Broad Congressional support for this resolution would increase pressure on the Administration to speak up about human rights in Bahrain.

Ask your Representative and Senators to add pressure on the Administration to change its policy on Bahrain by signing the McGovern-Wyden resolution.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/bahrainarmsdeal

Seven People Occupying DC Arrested Protesting Wars at House Armed Services Committee
Interrupt Def. Sec. Panetta with "Troops Home" Message

Dozens of people who are part of Occupy DC, camping out in Freedom Plaza and McPhearson Square, packed the line to get into the House Armed Services Committee where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was testifying.

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