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JFP 10/7: Afghans protest US occupation; Harvard study calls for UN troop exit from Haiti

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October 7, 2011

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We, the 99%, Demand the End of the Wars Now
The gap between the Pentagon's plans and the values and interests of the 99% is revealed by a CBS poll. 62% of Americans want US troops out of Afghanistan within two years. But the Pentagon wants to keep US troops in Afghanistan for another 13 years. [Includes video of anti-drone protest in DC this morning.]
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/07-11

Call Congress End the Wars and Cut the Military Budget
FCNL has established a toll-free number: 1-877-429-0678. Urge your Rep. and/or Senators to press the Supercommittee to end the wars and cut the military budget. In talking to your Rep., urge support for the Lee-Campbell bipartisan letter to the Super Committee on cutting military spending. You can report the results of your call here:
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Lee-Campbell Bipartisan Letter to Super Committee on Military Spending:

Urges the Super Committee to consider cuts to military spending; notes that a trillion dollars can be cut from projected spending without harming national security.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1031

Harvard Group Publishes White Paper Reviewing Human Rights Abuses by UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti; Calls for MINUSTAH withdrawal

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JFP 10/5: Call Congress Thur.; B. Frank calls troop extension "totally unacceptable"

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October 5, 2011

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Call Congress Thursday: End the Wars and Cut the Military Budget
FCNL has established a toll-free number: 1-877-429-0678. Urge your Rep. and/or Senators to press the Supercommittee to end the wars and cut the military budget. In talking to your Rep., urge support for the Lee-Campbell bipartisan letter to the Super Committee on cutting military spending.

Lee-Campbell Bipartisan Letter to Super Committee on Military Spending:

Urges the Super Committee to consider cuts to military spending; notes that a trillion dollars can be cut from projected spending without harming national security.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1031

Markey: Freeze the Nukes, Fund the Future
FCNL is working with Markey's office on a letter to the Super Committee urging a freeze in spending on military nukes.
http://fcnl.org/images/issues/nuclear/freeze_the_nukes_fund_the_future/

Assaf Oron: Israel Settlers Nearly Lynch-Mob Activists with Police Looking on
Israeli settlers carry out "pogrom" against Israeli peace activists and Palestinians while Israeli police do nothing.
http://theonlydemocracy.org/2011/10/israel-settlers-nearly-lynch-mob-activists-with-police-looking-on/

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JFP 10/4: Human Rights Watch says no progress on killings of trade unionists in Colombia

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October 4, 2011

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AFL-CIO: Stop the Colombia Trade Agreement
As Human Rights Watch reports (see #1 below), Colombian trade unionists continue to be killed with impunity. The AFL-CIO has provided a toll-free number to call your representatives in Congress to oppose Congressional passage of the agreement: 1-800-718-1008. Public Citizen's statement is here:
http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=3423

On October 6, Let's Make a National Clamor for Peace
On October 7, 2011, the United States will have been at war for ten years. Let's mark the occasion by making a national clamor for peace so loud that Congress, the president, and big media will have to pay attention. By making a national clamor for peace on October 6, we'll pre-empt the media narrative that Americans don't care about the wars.
http://www.truth-out.org/october-6-lets-make-national-clamor-peace/1317305972

Greg Grandin and Keane Bhatt: 10 Reasons Why the UN Occupation of Haiti Must End

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JFP 9/30: Congress Urged to Block Bahrain Arms Sale; Nigeria, Gabon Back Palestine

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September 30, 2011

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On October 6, Let's Make a National Clamor for Peace
On October 7, 2011, the United States will have been at war for ten years. Let's mark the occasion by making a national clamor for peace so loud that Congress, the president, and big media will have to pay attention. By making a national clamor for peace on October 6, we'll pre-empt the media narrative that Americans don't care about the wars.
http://www.truth-out.org/october-6-lets-make-national-clamor-peace/1317305972

Why Tax the Rich to Pay for More War?
If we're just going to use the money to kill, imprison, and otherwise oppress people in other countries who have done us no harm, it would be better for Warren Buffett to keep his money, even if he uses it to buy caviar.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/millionaire-tax_b_987263.html

Mark Weisbrot vs. IMF: Stimulus or Austerity?
In a debate with an IMF official, JFP President Mark Weisbrot presses the case for stimulus to boost employment and economic growth, not economic austerity policies.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/30/1021596/-Mark-Weisbrot-vs-IMF:-Stimulus-or-Austerity

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JFP 9/28: Afghan Peace Talks Fail Without US Withdrawal Timetable

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September 28, 2011

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On October 6, Let's Make a National Clamor for Peace
On October 7, 2011, the United States will have been at war for ten years. Let's mark the occasion by making a national clamor for peace so loud that Congress, the president, and big media will have to pay attention. By making a national clamor for peace on October 6, we'll pre-empt the media narrative that Americans don't care about the wars.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/on-october-6-lets-make-a-_b_983004.html

*Action: Cut the War Budget, Not Medicare Benefits
Last Monday, President Obama announced his latest proposal for reducing future government deficits. The President proposed to cut Medicare spending by $248 billion over ten years, but the President's proposal doesn't include one dollar of new cuts to the Pentagon's budget for war. Urge the President and your representatives in Congress to cut the war budget, not Medicare benefits.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/cutwarnotmedicare

Gareth Porter: How McChrystal and Petraeus Built an Indiscriminate "Killing Machine"

Gareth Porter destroys the claim that US night raids in Afghanistan are "precisely targeted" against "insurgents."

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JFP 9/26: Officials fess Afghan war futile; Ireland backs Palestine #UNbid

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September 26, 2011

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Ireland Backs Bid for Palestinian Statehood

Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore to the UN General Assembly: "The decision of President Abbas to seek Palestine's membership of the United Nations is entirely legitimate and understandable. Palestine has the same right to membership of the United Nations as Ireland or any other Member of this Organisation. Some would seek to argue that Palestine cannot be recognised as a State because its borders remain to be agreed. But if the borders of Palestine are still a matter for negotiation, then so, by definition, are those of Israel which is rightly a full member of the UN..."
"The day will come, not too far off, when the General Assembly will be asked to vote on a proposal to admit Palestine as a member of this Organisation or perhaps, as an interim step towards the achievement of that goal, to accord Palestine non-member observer state status. Provided that the resolution is drafted in terms that are reasonable and balanced, I expect Ireland to give its full support."
http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/13170528717198538.html

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JFP 9/23: Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine

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September 23, 2011

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Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine

Abbas' "no excuses" policy - firm opposition to violence to prevent the U.S. and Israel from having an excuse to block Palestinian national aspirations - is akin to Jackie Robinson's commitment not to be provoked by racist attacks when he integrated major league baseball. Mahmoud Abbas has held up the Jackie Robinson side of the bargain. The question now is whether the "international community" will hold up the Branch Rickey side of the bargain.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/palestine-statehood-bid_b_978116.html

Full transcript of Abbas speech at UN General Assembly

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/full-transcript-of-abbas-speech-at-un-general-assembly-1.386385

*Action: Cut the War Budget Before Cutting Medicare Benefits

On Monday, President Obama announced his latest proposal for reducing future government deficits. The President proposed to cut Medicare spending by $248 billion over ten years, but the President's proposal doesn't include one dollar of new cuts to the Pentagon's budget for war. Urge the President and your representatives in Congress to cut the war budget before any cuts to Medicare benefits.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/cutwarnotmedicare

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Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine

On Friday, Mahmoud Abbas - backed by more than 80% of Palestinian public opinion in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem - formally requested full United Nations membership for Palestine.

The logic of turning to the UN is straightforward: the U.S.-sponsored "peace process" - bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians under U.S. auspices - has failed, because a key premise of that process was that the U.S. government could bring the Israeli government to the table for a serious negotiation that would produce real Israeli compromise necessary for a solution. That premise has turned out to be spectacularly false.

The U.S. hasn't been able to bring the Israeli government to the table for a serious negotiation, not because it would be theoretically impossible to do so, but because "domestic political constraints" - the "Israel lobby" - have prevented the U.S. from exerting effective pressure on the Israeli government to move. Therefore, if the world wants to see resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict anytime soon, it has to wrest control of the issue from Washington. And that's why moving the arena to the United Nations makes perfect sense.

Former Israeli peace negotiator Daniel Levy summed it up in the New York Times: "The U.S. cannot lead on an issue that it is so boxed in on by its domestic politics," Levy said. "And therefore, with the region in such rapid upheaval and the two-state solution dying, as long as the U.S. is paralyzed, others are going to have to step up."

JFP 9/22: France Rebukes US on Palestine; US accused of kidnapping Afghan civilians

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September 22, 2011

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*Action: Cut the War Budget, Not Medicare Benefits

On Monday, President Obama announced his latest proposal for reducing future government deficits. The President proposed to cut Medicare spending by $248 billion over ten years, but the President's proposal doesn't include one dollar of new cuts to the Pentagon's budget for war. Urge the President and your representatives in Congress to cut the war budget, not Medicare benefits.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/cutwarnotmedicare

*Action: Don't Punish the Palestinians for Free Speech at the U.N.

As the expected U.N. vote on recognizing Palestine as a state nears, threats of retaliation against the Palestinians for taking their case to the United Nations have increased. Urge your representatives and the President to oppose efforts to punish the Palestinians for speaking their truth at the United Nations.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/nopunishment

RT interview: How to Save 400K Jobs By Ending the Wars

Just Foreign Policy explains to RT: if you move $200 billion dollars from the war budget by ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when we said we would, you save more than 400,000 jobs. On our homepage.
http://justforeignpolicy.org/

Cuts in Military Spending Are On the Table - If People Who Want Them Mobilize

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JFP 9/14: Carter backs UN Palestine bid, US isolated; Pentagon says closing bases "on the table"

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September 14, 2011

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*Action: Tell Congress: $200 Billion In "Real Savings" If We End the Wars "On Time"

Many Americans don't realize that the Super Committee can reach 1/6 of its debt reduction goal just by withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan when we said we were going to. Urge your representatives in Congress to make this part of any debt reduction deal.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/endwarsontime

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