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JFP 8/2: US Military Aid Supports Colombian Death Squads

Just Foreign Policy News
August 2, 2010

Fellowship of Reconciliation: U.S. military aid to Colombia is having a negative effect on the human rights of Colombians
Though the US "Leahy Law" prohibits aid to military units that have committed gross violations, the US continues to support such units in Colombia. Areas where Colombian army units received the largest increases in U.S. assistance reported increased extrajudicial killings on average. [See also Global Post report, #4 below.]
http://forusa.org/content/report-military-assistance-human-rights-colombia-us-accountability-global-implications

South of the Border, scheduled screenings:
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

August 8: Special giving opportunity
August 8 marks an important anniversary. It's the birthday of Just Foreign Policy's Policy Director Robert Naiman, who edits the Just Foreign Policy News. If you value the News, if you value the work of Just Foreign Policy, why not take this opportunity to make a donation to the work of Just Foreign Policy? Your financial support allows us to educate Americans about U.S. foreign policy and to create opportunities for Americans to advocate for U.S. policies that are more just.
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JFP 7/28: Dems Split on War Money; Wikileaks on civilian deaths

Just Foreign Policy News
July 28, 2010

Roll Call on the War Supplemental
308-114; among Democrats, 148-102. 141 votes were needed to block a 2/3 majority (the vote was held under "suspension" rules.)
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll474.xml

Steve Niva: Olympia Food Co-op Boycotts Israeli Goods
Steve Niva, who teaches Middle East studies at Evergreen, argues that critics of Olympia Food Co-op's decision to some boycott Israeli goods should explain what their alternative strategy is for ending the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinians.
http://counterpunch.org/niva07262010.html

South of the Border, scheduled screenings:
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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JFP 7/23: Teacherless War Supplemental Coming Back to the House

Just Foreign Policy News
July 23, 2010

KPFK Uprising: The U.S.-U.K. "Special Relationship" and Afghanistan
Just Foreign Policy talks with Sonali Kolhatkar and argues that the US-UK "special relationship," in which Britain is expected to collaborate with U.S. wars even when they are unpopular and illegal, is in the interest of the majority in neither country.
http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=14541

Urge Your Rep. to Vote No on the War Supplemental
The war supplemental for Afghanistan is expected to come back to the House next week - without any kind of timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and without money to save teachers' jobs attached. Urge your Representative to vote no on the war supplemental. FCNL has established a toll-free number: 1-888-493-5443. If you use this number, it will add to FCNL's count of how many people called Congress against the war supplemental, so your call will make two marks.

Don't Let Petraeus Sabotage Afghan Peace Talks
54% of Americans want the U.S. to establish a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, CBS News reports. But if General Petraeus has his way, the U.S. will dig in deeper. Petraeus wants the State Department to designate part of the Afghan Taliban as a "foreign terrorist organization," which, as the New York Times noted, would undermine Afghan government efforts to end the war through political reconciliation with the Taliban - efforts that the U.S. claims that it supports [see e.g. Guardian story, below]. Urge your representatives in Congress to oppose Petraeus' "backdoor escalation" to prolong the war.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/petraeus

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JFP 7/21: Congress doubts war strategy; White House backs talks with senior Taliban

Just Foreign Policy News
July 21, 2010

Don't Let Petraeus Sabotage Afghan Peace Talks
54% of Americans want the U.S. to establish a timetable for military withdrawal from Afghanistan, CBS News reports. But if General Petraeus has his way, the U.S. will dig in deeper. Petraeus wants the State Department to designate part of the Afghan Taliban as a "foreign terrorist organization," which, as the New York Times noted, would undermine Afghan government efforts to end the war through political reconciliation with the Taliban - efforts that the U.S. claims that it supports [see e.g. Guardian story, below]. Urge your representatives in Congress to oppose Petraeus' "backdoor escalation" to prolong the war.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/petraeus

South of the Border, scheduled screenings:
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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JFP 7/20 - Diplomat: Kandahar offensive "particularly foolish" since Taliban will get it anyway

Just Foreign Policy News
July 20, 2010

Groups urge State Dept. to denounce human rights violations in Honduras
In a letter to Secretary of State Clinton, 26 religious and human rights organizations urge the State Department to publicly denounce human rights violations in Honduras. The letter points to systematic violations of human rights directed against human rights defenders, activists and journalists in Honduras that have taken place since the inauguration of Lobo on January 27. The signers ask the Obama Administration to condition U.S. assistance on concrete actions that demonstrate a commitment by the Honduran government to uphold the rule of law and to support the establishment of an office of the UN Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras.
http://bit.ly/9jDbSX

Vote: Dumbest Mistake in a "South of the Border" Review!
A host of reviews of "South of the Border" get countries and presidents mixed up with each other, confuse democratic elections with coups d'etat, and other errors. What do you think is the dumbest mistake in a "Border" review so far? Vote in the poll.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/7/13/154938/096

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http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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JFP 7/19: Haass: Decentralize in Afghanistan; US activists launch campaign for Gaza boat

Just Foreign Policy News
July 19, 2010

Iara Lee: Slandering the Good Guys: Some Basic Facts About IHH
Filmmaker Iara Lee, who was part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, responds to attacks on the Turkish humanitarian NGO IHH.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/iara-lee/slandering-the-good-guys_b_649604.html

WaPo: "A hidden world, growing beyond control"

A Washington Post investigation looks at the explosion of the "national security state" since September 11, 2001. An accompanying map documents "secret facilities" around the country.
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/a-hidden-world-growing-beyond-control/

Vote: Dumbest Mistake in a "South of the Border" Review!
A host of reviews of "South of the Border" get countries and presidents mixed up with each other, confuse democratic elections with coups d'etat, and other errors. What do you think is the dumbest mistake in a "Border" review so far? Vote in the poll.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/7/13/154938/096

South of the Border, scheduled screenings:

http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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JFP 7/16: Mark Weisbrot on South of the Border; U.S. Wounded, Suicides Breaking Records

Just Foreign Policy News
July 16, 2010

FAIR/CounterSpin: Mark Weisbrot on South of the Border
Oliver Stone's film South of the Border looks at the leftward shift in Latin America. The film attempts to correct for what it argues is a skewed presentation in the U.S. media of these developments. So what kind of reaction has the film received so far? CounterSpin talks to Mark Weisbrot, president of Just Foreign Policy and a co-writer of the film.
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=4115

54% Want Afghan Exit, but Petraeus Could Nix Peace Talks with Terror Naming

54% of Americans want the U.S. to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, CBS reports. But if General Petraeus has his way, the State Department will designate part of the Afghan Taliban a terrorist organization. That would undermine peace moves, the New York Times reports - peace moves the Administration says it supports. Petraeus' move would undermine not only a timetable for withdrawal, but the "serious drawdown" in July 2011 that Vice President Biden told Newsweek we can "bet on" and Speaker Pelosi told the Huffington Post she expects.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/54-want-afghan-exit-but-p_b_647626.html

Vote: Dumbest Mistake in a "South of the Border" Review!
A host of reviews of "South of the Border" get countries and presidents mixed up with each other, confuse democratic elections with coups d'etat, and other errors. What do you think is the dumbest mistake in a "Border" review so far? Vote in the poll!

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JFP 7/15: 54% Want Afghan Exit, but Petraeus Could Nix Peace Talks with Terror Naming

Just Foreign Policy News
July 15, 2010

54% Want Afghan Exit, but Petraeus Could Nix Peace Talks with Terror Naming
The majority of Americans want the U.S. to establish a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, CBS News reports. But if General Petraeus has his way, the State Department will designate part of the Afghan Taliban as a terrorist organization. That would undermine peace moves in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports - peace moves that the Administration told Newsweek that it supports. Petraeus' move would undermine not only a timetable for withdrawal, but the "serious drawdown" in July 2011 that Vice President Biden told Newsweek we can "bet on" and Speaker Pelosi told the Huffington Post she expects.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/54-want-afghan-exit-but-p_b_647626.html

J Street Calls for Treasury Investigation Into Settlement Charities
J Street is calling on the U.S. Treasury Department to launch an investigation into whether American charities that fund Israeli settlement activity have broken the law. These tax-exempt organizations are working to undermine a two-state solution by deepening the occupation. Some even fund settlement outposts that the Israeli government considers illegal.
http://jstreet.org/campaigns/j-street-calls-treasury-investigation-into-settlement-charities

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JFP 7/14 - CBS News: Most Americans Want Timetable for Afghan Withdrawal

Just Foreign Policy News
July 14, 2010

Vote: Dumbest Mistake in a "South of the Border" Review!
The Oliver Stone documentary, "South of the Border" takes aim at the media for its misinformed and misleading coverage of Latin America. The film includes clips from CNN, network news programs, the New York Times, Fox News, and other media to demonstrate just how bad the coverage can be. But a host of reviews of "South of the Border" serve as additional examples, getting countries and presidents mixed up with each other, confusing democratic elections with coups d'etat, and other errors. What do you think is the dumbest mistake in a "Border" review so far? Vote in the poll!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/7/13/154938/096

New York Times Video: Growing Up in Gaza
http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/07/14/world/middleeast/1247468440263/growing-up-in-gaza.html


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Oliver Stone's documentary shows you the South America the New York Times doesn't want you to see.
http://southoftheborderdoc.com/in-theatres/

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JFP 7/13: Vote for Dumbest Mistake in a "South of the Border" Review!

Just Foreign Policy News
July 13, 2010

Vote for Dumbest Mistake in a "South of the Border" Review! 
The Oliver Stone documentary, "South of the Border" takes aim at the media for its misinformed and misleading coverage of Latin America. The film includes clips from CNN, network news programs, the New York Times, Fox News, and other media to demonstrate just how bad the coverage can be. But a host of reviews of "South of the Border" serve as additional examples, getting countries and presidents mixed up with each other, confusing democratic elections with coups d'etat, and other errors. What do you think is the dumbest mistake in a "Border" review so far? Vote in the poll!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/7/13/154938/096

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