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JFP 2/22: Fight on Afghanistan Deployment Brings Down Dutch Government

Just Foreign Policy News
February 22, 2010


NYT "Mystery" Op-Ed calls for more deaths of innocents in Afghanistan
The New York Times op-ed page gave a platform to a "mystery op-ed" of dubious provenance that slammed the Obama Administration for having *too low a tolerance* for civilian deaths in Afghanistan.
http://www.truthout.org/nyt-mystery-op-ed-calls-more-afghan-civilian-deaths57091

Ask the New York Times Public Editor to investigate why this op-ed was published without informing readers who the author is - and what the author's connection might be to those who profit from US use of airstrikes, heedless of civilian casualties.
public@nytimes.com

Democracy Now: Peter Hallward on "Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment"
Author Peter Hallward argues that if President Aristide were allowed to return to Haiti, he could be a spokesperson for popular empowerment, and could contribute to the popular mobilization necessary to overcome the crisis; and that Aristide could return if people in the U.S. spoke up.
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/2/22/peter_hallward_on_damming_the_flood

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JFP 2/19: Haiti to Take Private Land to House Displaced

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February 19, 2010


NYT "Mystery" Op-Ed calls for more deaths of innocents in Afghanistan
The New York Times op-ed page has given a platform to a "mystery op-ed" of dubious provenance that slammed the Obama Administration for having *too low a tolerance* for civilian deaths in Afghanistan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/488

Ask the New York Times Public Editor to investigate why this op-ed was published without informing readers who the author is - and what the author's connection might be to those who profit from US use of airstrikes, heedless of civilian casualties.
public@nytimes.com

Peace Action: Call for vigils marking 1000th US death in Afghanistan
Soon, the number of American soldiers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan will likely reach 1,000. Peace Action is calling for vigils and other actions, and has a place where you can post your action.
http://peaceblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-time-to-mourn/

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JFP 2/18: NYT "Mystery" Op-ed Calls for more deaths of innocents in Afghanistan

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February 18, 2010


NYT "Mystery" Op-Ed calls for more deaths of innocents in Afghanistan
As Glenn Greenwald notes (see #1, below), the New York Times op-ed page has given a platform today to a "mystery op-ed" that - incredibly - slams the Obama Administration for having *too low a tolerance* for civilian deaths in Afghanistan. Urge the New York Times Public Editor to investigate why this op-ed was published without informing readers who the author is.
public@nytimes.com

End the War in Afghanistan
Our proposal at Change.org just needs about 300 votes to make it into the next round. Please vote if you haven't already and recruit others.
http://www.change.org/ideas/view/end_the_war_in_afghanistan_establish_a_timeline_for_withdrawal_and_begin_political_negotiations

Peace Action: Call for vigils marking 1000th US death in Afghanistan
Soon, the number of American soldiers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan will reach 1,000. Peace Action is calling for vigils and other actions, and has a place where you can post your action.
http://peaceblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-time-to-mourn/

We've Caught the Taliban Chief! Can We Go Home Now?
President Obama should use the Pakistani arrest of Mullah Baradar to pivot from military escalation to a negotiated political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan and brings the troops home.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/485

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JFP 2/17 - Porter: Goal of Marja operation is to prepare US opinion for Taliban deal

Just Foreign Policy News
February 17, 2010


We've Caught the Taliban Chief! Can We Go Home Now?
President Obama should use the arrest of Mullah Baradar to pivot from military escalation to a negotiated political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan and brings the troops home.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/485

Porter: Goal of Marjah Operation is to prepare US public opinion for a deal with the Taliban
The Real News inteviews journalist Gareth Porter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zh4brrjQIo

Banana Land and the Corporate Death Squad Scandals
Charlie Cray reviews the evidence that Chiquita and Dole paid terrorists to kill labor leaders in Colombia.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charlie-cray/banana-land-and-the-corpo_b_463295.html

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1) A U.S. intelligence official criticized the Pakistani arrest with U.S. assistance of Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Baradar, saying it would set back peace efforts, the New York Times reports. "I know that our people had been in touch with people around him and were negotiating with him," the official said. "So it doesn't make sense why we bite the hand that is feeding us," the official added. "And now the Taliban will have no reason to negotiate with us; they will not believe anything we will offer or say."

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JFP 2/16: At least 19 civilians killed in Marja offensive

Just Foreign Policy News
February 16, 2010


Team America Kills Kids in Marja
Five Afghan children were killed by a U.S. rocket in Marjah. "Civilian casualties are inevitable," said U.S. officials before launching their weekend military assault on Marja in southern Afghanistan, and in this case, they were telling the truth.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/483

Urge President Obama and Congress to comply with their obligation to protect civilians under the laws of war.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/marjah

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1) At least nineteen civilians have been killed so far in the US/NATO offensive in Marjah, Democracy Now reports. DN interviewed Wall Street Journal reporter Anand Gopal, who says the assault in Marjah is perceived as a "show of force" by coalition forces that will change little. Gopal says it's very difficult for reporters to get to Marjah; almost all the reporters who are there are embedded reporters, so they're only seeing one side of the story; and we won't know for some time if there are many more cases of civilian deaths.

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JFP 2/12: US Assault on Marjah Begins

Just Foreign Policy News
February 12, 2010


U.S. Begins Marjah Assault
The United States and NATO have launched a major assault in the Marjah district in southern Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians are in imminent peril. Urge President Obama and Congress act to protect civilians in Marjah, in compliance with the obligations of the United States under the laws of war.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/marjah

Jewish Voice for Peace: "The Only Democracy?"
Jewish Voice for Peace launches a new blog on the struggle for civil and human rights in Israel and Palestine.
http://theonlydemocracy.org/

Telegraph/Reuters: Palestinians dressed as Na'vi from Avatar protest Israel's wall
If "a picture is worth a thousand words," this one is worth 2000.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/7222508/Palestinians-dressed-as-the-Navi-from-the-film-Avatar-stage-a-protest-against-Israels-separation-barrier.html

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JFP 2/11: Afghan Civilians Imperiled by US/NATO Assault in Marjah

Just Foreign Policy News
February 11, 2010


Afghan Civilians Imperiled by US/NATO Assault in Marjah
The United States and NATO are poised to launch a major assault in the Marjah district in southern Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians are in imminent peril. Will President Obama and Congress act to protect civilians in Marjah, in compliance with the obligations of the United States under the laws of war?
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/480

Rethink Afghanistan: Civilian Casualties "Inevitable" in Largest Military Operation of the Afghanistan War

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QUhpHYyTBQ

CCR: Wiesenthal Center Desecrates Muslim Graves to Build "Museum of Tolerance"

The Center for Constitutional Rights files a petition on behalf of the Palestinian families of those buried at the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem, urging international bodies to demand that the government of Israel halt further construction of the "Museum of Tolerance" on the cemetery.
http://www.ccrjustice.org/ourcases/current-cases/mamilla

Beverly Bell: Fighting Like Hell
"Walking on Fire" author Beverly Bell on Haiti's struggle for freedom from foreign domination.
http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/fighting-hell

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JFP 2/10: Few civilians escape ahead of US/NATO offensive

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February 10, 2010


UK Stars Campaign for Financial Transactions Tax to Save Public Services, Help World's Poor
Plus the video is way funny.
http://robinhoodtax.org/

Respect Democracy in Japan
Voters in Japan have spoken. They don't want the US Futenma military base in Okinawa. Ask President Obama and Congress to respect the will of the majority in Japan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/okinawa

If Michael Moore Would Run for President
If Michael Moore would run for President in 2012, it could be a game-changer in American political life. It would likely shorten the war in Afghanistan by at least six months, and the U.S. and Afghan lives that would be saved would alone justify the effort.
http://www.truthout.org/if-michael-moore-were-run-president56805

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1) Few civilians have managed to escape the Afghan town of Marjah ahead of a planned US/NATO offensive, raising the risk of civilian casualties, McClatchy News reports. "If (NATO forces) don't avoid large scale civilian casualties, given the rhetoric about protecting the population, then no matter how many Taliban are routed, the Marjah mission should be considered a failure," said an analyst with the International Crisis Group.

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JFP 2/9; WaPo: Haiti Relief Effort Still Falling Short

Just Foreign Policy News
February 9, 2010


Respect Democracy in Japan
Voters in Japan have spoken. They don't want the US Futenma military base in Okinawa. Ask President Obama and Congress to respect the will of the majority in Japan.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/okinawa

If Michael Moore Would Run for President
If Michael Moore would run for President in 2012, it could be a game-changer in American political life. It would likely shorten the war in Afghanistan by at least six months, and the U.S. and Afghan lives that would be saved would alone justify the effort.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/02/09-3

Juan Cole: More Nuclear Scaremongering about Iran
In case you missed this link in yesterday's Just Foreign Policy News: Juan Cole demolishes the hype about Iran's nuclear program.
http://www.juancole.com/2010/02/more-nuclear-scaremongering-about-iran.html

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JFP 2/8; UK Defense Min.: Don't Wait For Victory To Start Talks With Taliban

Just Foreign Policy News
February 8, 2010


CEPR's Haiti Relief Watch Blog
http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/relief-and-reconstruction-watch/

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1) The British defense secretary, Bob Ainsworth, said NATO should not seek the Taliban's unconditional surrender and warned against "setting the bar too high" for peace talks, the Guardian reports. Ainsworth argued it was unrealistic to require insurgents to support western-style democracy before entering dialogue. "Afghanistan is a conservative Muslim country. It's never going to be Bavaria or Surrey," Ainsworth said. "Neither must we wait until there has been victory before we try to reconcile and bring in those elements from the insurgency who are prepared to come across." US envoy Holbrooke "distanced" the US from talks, the Guardian says. But Ainsworth disagreed, saying: "I don't believe that reintegration is something you do after victory. This is not total war. We're not looking for unconditional surrender in Afghanistan. We're looking for the stabilisation of a country and its participation in the world in a manner that doesn't threaten its neighbours and doesn't threaten us. "We mustn't raise that bar too high in terms of our preparedness to bring people in. Neither should we wait until there is real victory before we try to reconcile or reintegrate those elements in the insurgency who are prepared to come across."

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