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JFP 1/22: Afghan Insurgent Outlines Peace Plan

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January 22, 2010

Let Aid Go Through to Haiti
Haiti needs aid, but the aid doesn't do any good sitting in a warehouse. Urge your representatives in Congress to speak out to try to increase the flow of aid into Haiti.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/airdrop

Change.org: End the War in Afghanistan
The vote on funding for military escalation in Afghanistan will be the next major opportunity for Congress to change course. Now is the time to begin establishing "timetable for withdrawal" and "political negotiations" as demands on the supplemental. Help us move these ideas to the center of public discussion.
http://www.change.org/ideas/view/end_the_war_in_afghanistan_establish_a_timeline_for_withdrawal_and_begin_political_negotiations

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JFP 1/21: US prioritizing "security" over aid to Haiti

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January 21, 2010

Let Aid Go Through to Haiti
Aid groups have charged that the US military has blocked them from bringing desperately needed assistance into Haiti. Urge your representatives in Congress to speak out to try to increase the flow of aid into Haiti.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/airdrop

WHO: Gaza Health Fact Sheet
The WHO summarizes statistics on the shortages of medicines, and those who have died waiting for permission to cross the border for treatment, among other issues.
http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/47d4e277b48d9d3685256ddc00612265/80e8238d765e5fb7852576b1004ec498

UN: Haiti Earthquake - Humanitarian Operational Challenges
The UN publishes a map that illustrates the challenges of trying to get aid into Haiti.
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/fullmaps_am.nsf/luFullMap/F2C4DFF8A12A68DDC12576B0002570D2/$File/map.pdf?OpenElement

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JFP 1/20: Haitians dying from lack of care

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January 20, 2010

Let Aid Go Through to Haiti
Aid groups have charged that the US military has blocked them from bringing desperately needed assistance into Haiti. Urge your representatives in Congress to speak up.
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1) Aid workers said unknown numbers of people are dying every day in Haiti due to a lack of medicines and assistance, the Wall Street Journal reports.

2) NGOs and policy groups today called for the U.S. government to prioritize aid delivery over military deployment to Haiti, as airdrops of water supplies only just began to get underway, and as the U.S. military continued to prevent planes carrying aid supplies from landing in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, reports the Center for Economic and Policy Research. "Right now the U.S. is blocking aid. There should be better coordination so that all actors - other governments, agencies and NGO's - ready to deliver aid are able to do so," said Melinda Miles, founder and Director of Konbit pou Ayiti, an aid and assistance organization based in Haiti.

3) Defense Secretary Gates said Al-Qaeda could trigger a war between Pakistan and India, AFP reports. Although he praised India for exercising restraint after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Gates suggested India could not be expected to remain restrained if it was attacked again. "I think it's not unreasonable to assume India patience would be limited were there to be further attacks," he said.

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JFP 1/19: US Blocks Doctors from Aiding Haiti

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January 19, 2010

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JFP 1/15: US Grants Temporary Protected Status to Haitians

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January 15, 2010

Help Haiti? Let Haitians Stay and Cancel Haiti's Debt
The Obama Administration has granted Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the U.S. Now it should move to cancel Haiti's external debt.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/450

"Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson on Bill Moyers Journal Friday
"Friday, Janaury 15, 2010 at 9PM on PBS
(check local listings: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/about/airdates.html)

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1) The Obama administration says it will allow Haitians already in the U.S. illegally to remain because of this week's catastrophic earthquake, AP reports. Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano granted the temporary protected status on Friday.

2) Jubilee USA Network "reacted with dismay" to today that the IMF is planning to offer a $100 million loan to Haiti. "Loans for disaster relief are totally inappropriate," Jubilee said. Jubilee called on the administration to support grants rather than loans and cancel Haiti's remaining debt.

3) In an editorial today, the Washington Post upbraided the Obama Administration for failing to approve Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the US (which the Obama Administration has now done.) The Post also called for the Administration to press the IMF to cancel Haiti's external debt.

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JFP 1/14: Levin calls for air strikes on Yemen

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January 14, 2010

Tell Obama: Let Haitians Stay in the US
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama could ease Haiti's catastrophe: he could grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians in the U.S. The U.S. has "temporarily suspended deportations," the New York Times reports (see below) - all regular flights to Haiti are cancelled in any event - but so far the Obama Administration has refused to grant TPS to Haiti. Urge President Obama and your representatives in Congress to support TPS for Haiti, so Haitians can stay and work - and send back money to their relatives - rather than be forced to return to disaster and add to Haiti's burden.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/haiti-tps

"Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson on Bill Moyers Journal Friday
Friday, Janaury 15, 2010 at 9PM on PBS
(check local listings: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/about/airdates.html)
"America has committed billions to escalate military action in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but humanitarian and bestselling author Greg Mortenson argues that there's a better path to peace: building schools and nurturing local communities. Mortenson, who has worked for 17 years in the region, is the author of the world-wide bestseller, Three Cups of Tea and a new book, Stones into Schools. Both books tell the remarkable story of Mortensen's efforts to build dozens of schools in some of the most lawless and remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan."

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JFP 1/13: Stop Deportations to Haiti

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January 13, 2010

Updates on Haiti's Earthquake
The New York Times is aggregating accounts on the Lede blog.
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/gleaning-information-from-haiti-online/

FCNL: Stop Deportations to Haiti
Send a letter to President Obama and send copies to your representative urging the U.S. government to immediately act to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitian immigrants. It's exactly for this kind of humanitarian disaster that the TPS program exists.
http://action.fcnl.org/r/105603/37575/0

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1) President Obama plans to ask Congress for $33 billion in war funding for a major U.S. troop buildup in Afghanistan this year, Reuters reports. The money, mainly for the deployment of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and other war costs in the current 2010 fiscal year, would come on top of Obama's expected request to increase the Pentagon's overall budget in fiscal 2011 to a record $708 billion. Fiscal 2010 Defense Department funding, including war costs in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as military construction, already comes to $660 billion. The budget for fiscal 2011 is expected to be released by the White House on February 1.

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JFP 1/12: Can Cheryle Jackson End the War in Afghanistan?

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January 12, 2010

Can Cheryle Jackson End the War in Afghanistan?
Add Illinois to Pennsylvania as states where there is a contested Senate primary in which the war in Afghanistan has become an issue. The Chicago Tribune reports that the two leading contenders for the Democratic nomination for Barack Obama's former seat in the Senate have staked out opposed positions: Cheryle Jackson wants to end the war, while Alexi Giannoulias supports it.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/446

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1) At least eight Afghan civilians were killed and a dozen wounded Tuesday during a street protest after a raid on an Afghan home Sunday by US and Afghan forces, the New York Times reports. Some Afghans maintained that US forces were present and participated in firing on civilians, but the US and Afghan officials denied that US soldiers were present.

2) Gen. McChrystal says he is not discouraged by estimates that there are many more al Qaeda fighters in Yemen than there are in Afghanistan where he is overseeing a major surge in U.S. troops, ABC News reports. McChrystal was reacting to a question citing intelligence estimates that there are only 100 al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan while there are as many as 300 in Yemen. McChrystal cited as evidence of the surge's success the fact that elements of the insurgency were expressing interest in negotiating with the Afghan government [a fact that predated the surge - JFP.]

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JFP 1/11: Taliban Engage in "Vaccination Diplomacy"

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January 11, 2010

Linda Milazzo: Waxman Attacks Winograd on Israel
Seeking to help Rep. Jane Harman's re-election bid, Rep. Henry Waxman calls her challenger Marcy Winograd's support for Palestinian rights "repugnant in the extreme."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-milazzo/waxman-attacks-winograd-o_b_417941.html

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1) Mullah Omar's Afghan Taliban are cooperating with the Afghan government and UN agencies to eradicate polio in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Government vaccination workers in Taliban-controlled areas carry a letter from Mullah Omar urging people to cooperate. The letter was obtained by the Red Cross following a request from the UN; Taliban endorsment has enabled vaccinators to reach previously out of reach areas and remain in areas of heavy fighting. Convervative Muslim opposition to anti-polio campaings are a key reason the disease persists in India, Pakistan, and Nigeria, the Journal notes. Eliminating polio in the remaining four endemic countries - a top U.N. priority - would eventually render it unnecessary to vaccinate hundreds of millions of children elsewhere every year.

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JFP 1/8: Paraguay abolishes public health user fees

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January 8, 2010

Mondoweiss: Israeli television confrontation is 'metaphor of the moral crisis' in Israel
A video clip of a contfontation between an Israeli television interviewer and a Palestinian Member of the Israeli Knesset is making the rounds of the internet.
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/01/israeli-television-confrontation-is-a-metaphor-of-the-moral-crisis-in-which-zionism-is-found-today.html

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1) Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey says Americans should prepare to accept hundreds of U.S. casualties each month in Afghanistan, Army Times reports. McCaffrey predicts up to 500 casualties per month, as the winter thaw permits enemy and coalition forces to launch their respective offensives.

2) The wife of a Jordanian doctor who killed seven CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan says her husband was outraged over the treatment of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison and the U.S.-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, AP reports.

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