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JFP 11/30: Honduran Elections Marred by Police Violence, Censorship, Non-Recognition

Just Foreign Policy News
November 30, 2009


[The Just Foreign Policy News may be intermittent in the next week, as the editor is traveling. The regular schedule will resume on December 7.]

CEPR: Honduran Elections Marred by Police Violence, Censorship, International Non-Recognition, CEPR Co-Director Says

Elections Won't Resolve Political Crisis; Democracy Must Be Restored Before Free Elections Can Be Held
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/11/30-8

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1) President Obama plans to lay out a "time frame" for winding down US involvement in the war in Afghanistan when he announces his decision to send more forces, the New York Times reports. But officials said it would not be "as firm as the current schedule for withdrawing troops in Iraq."

2) Election observers said about 500 people marching peacefully in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula were repressed by tear gas and water cannons as a presidential election was held, Nica Times reports. Juan Barahona, who leads a resistance group critical of the de facto government and the elections, had told followers not to protest on the day of elections for fear of military repression but left it up to local chapters to decide.

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JFP 11/20: Sen. Specter: "We ought not to add troops to Afghanistan"

Just Foreign Policy News
November 20, 2009


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Monday: Call the White House Against Escalation in Afghanistan
There will be a national call-in day to the White House Monday against military esclalation in Afghanistan. The White House Comment Line is 202-456-1111.
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/11/20-8

Mark Weisbrot: Letter to the Wall Street Journal
Mark Weisbrot gives Jose de Cordoba of the Wall Street Journal a hand by sending him a "translation" of a recent article about Honduras.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/416

Will the National Democratic Institute Back the Coup in Honduras?
The US-funded National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute want to send observers to the Nov. 29 elections in Honduras - a step towards recognizing the elections of the coup regime, which would put the U.S. at odds with most of Latin America. Ask your Represenative to oppose funding for observers of the Nov. 29 election unless President Zelaya is reinstated.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/observers

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JFP 11/19: National Democratic Institute Supporting Coup in Honduras?

Just Foreign Policy News
November 19, 2009


Will the National Democratic Institute Back the Coup in Honduras?
Senator Lugar's office suggests that the US-funded National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute will be sending observers to the Nov. 29 elections in Honduras - a step towards recognizing the elections of the coup regime, which would put the U.S. at odds with most of Latin America. Ask your Represenative to oppose funding for observers of the Nov. 29 election unless President Zelaya is reinstated.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/observers

For background, see: Mark Weisbrot's commentary on the JFP blog:
Mark Weisbrot on Senator Lugar's Call to Recognize Honduran Election
http://bit.ly/honduras-weisbrot

Monday: Call the White House Against Escalation in Afghanistan
There will be a national call-in day to the White House Monday against military esclalation in Afghanistan.

Prepare for Local Reaction to the President's Escalation Speech
If President Obama announces he is sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, groups around the country will hold events to coincide with the President's speech.
Post a local event:
http://bit.ly/noescalation-event-post
Sample Press Release:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/409

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JFP 11/18: Students force re-opening of unionized Honduran factory

Just Foreign Policy News
November 18, 2009


Monday: Call the White House Against Escalation in Afghanistan
Just Foreign Policy, Peace Action, UFPJ and other groups are collaborating on a call-in day to the White House Monday against military esclalation in Afghanistan. There will be a toll-free number.

Prepare for Local Reaction to the President's Escalation Speech
If President Obama announces that he is sending tens of thousands of more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010, groups around the country will be holding vigils and protests to coincide with the President's speech, trying to get into the same news cycle as the President's announcement, saying that military escalation is not the answer. Will your town be ready? Just Foreign Policy has drafted a press release you can use.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/409

Cong. Progressive Caucus Requests Meeting with Obama on Afghanistan
Yesterday, the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter to President Obama, noting support in the CPC for a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, opposition to sending more troops, support for redirecting resources from the military to aid, and support for reconciliation in Afghanistan; and requesting a meeting with the President to discuss these concerns. The letter is posted here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/407

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JFP 11/17: Progressive Caucus Writes Obama on Afghanistan

Just Foreign Policy News
November 17, 2009


Cong. Progressive Caucus Requests Meeting with Obama on Afghanistan
Today the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter to President Obama, noting support in the CPC for a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, opposition to sending more troops, support for redirecting resources from the military to aid, and support for reconciliation in Afghanistan; and requesting a meeting with the President to discuss these concerns. The letter is posted here:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/407

Trumka: Free Elections Not Possible Now in Honduras

The continued repression of trade unionists by the regime set up in Honduras after a June 28 coup makes it impossible to hold free and fair elections, wrote AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a Nov. 13 letter to Secretary of State Clinton. Trumka called on the U.S. government to oppose national elections in Honduras unless President Zelaya is reinstated.
http://blog.aflcio.org/2009/11/16/trumka-free-elections-not-possible-now-in-honduras/

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1) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown suggested that a "countdown towards Britain's exit from the war in Afghanistan" could start in 2010, the Times of London reports.

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JFP 11/16 Trumka: Free Elections Not Possible Now in Honduras

Just Foreign Policy News
November 16, 2009


Trumka: Free Elections Not Possible Now in Honduras
The continued repression of trade unionists by the regime set up in Honduras after a June 28 coup makes it impossible to hold free and fair elections, wrote AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a Nov. 13 letter to Secretary of State Clinton. Trumka called on the U.S. government to oppose national elections in Honduras unless President Zelaya is reinstated.
http://blog.aflcio.org/2009/11/16/trumka-free-elections-not-possible-now-in-honduras/

California Dems Call for End to Afghan War

The California Democratic Party has passed a resolution calling for a timetable for military withdrawal.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/11/15/804622/-California-Dems-Call-for-End-to-Afghan-War

While Obama Deliberates, Illinois Grad Employees Strike for Education Security

While President Obama mulls flushing another $40 billion a year in our tax dollars down the toilet in Afghanistan, graduate employees at the University of Illinois are on strike to protect their ability to complete their education. If Obama said no to escalation, that would free up $1.7 billion for Illinois to spend on education.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/405

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JFP 11/13: Our Corrupt Occupation of Afghanistan

Just Foreign Policy News
November 13, 2009


Our Corrupt Occupation of Afghanistan
There is something very Captain Renault in the complaints of Western leaders about corruption in Afghanistan. We're shocked, shocked that the Afghans have sullied our morally immaculate occupation of their country with their corruption. Perhaps we should consider the possibility that our occupation of the country is not so morally immaculate - indeed, that the most corrupt racket going in Afghanistan today is the American occupation.
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/403

NoEscalation.org: Help Us Push and Track Congress on Afghanistan Escalation
No decision has been announced. Call Members of Congress, ask where they stand, and report the results.
http://NoEscalation.org

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1) Rep. Jan Schakowsky said during a visit to Honduras that "the (Honduran) congress needs to move forward quickly ... to reinstall Zelaya as president, and the democratic order needs to be restored," AP reports.

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JFP 11/12: A Hundred Cities Against Escalation As the President Announces It

Just Foreign Policy News
November 12, 2009


A Hundred Cities Against Escalation As the President Announces It
Recent press speculation suggests at least even odds that sometime in November, President Obama will give a speech announcing that he intends to send tens of thousands of more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010. If people in a hundred cities committed in advance to hold local demonstrations to get into the President's news cycle with the response that "escalation is not the answer" and publicized that commitment, would that affect the White House decision?
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/401

'Legitimacy' in Afghanistan?
For those who want to end the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, the question of legitimacy in Afghanistan that matters most is whether Afghans participating in and supporting insurgency can be persuaded that the Afghan government is legitimate. Political negotiations that result in an Afghan government more widely accepted by those now supporting insurgency is the development most likely to end the war and bring about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/6573

NoEscalation.org: Help Us Push and Track Congress on Afghanistan Escalation
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http://NoEscalation.org

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JFP 11/11: Omar's Taliban "Distanced" from Al Qaeda

Just Foreign Policy News
November 11, 2009


NoEscalation.org: Help Us Push and Track Congress on Afghanistan Escalation
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1) Although Obama has said the US must remain in Afghanistan because a Taliban victory would mean a proliferation of al-Qaeda fighters, Mohammad Omar's Taliban faction seems to have distanced itself from al-Qaeda in recent months, the Washington Post reports. The shift appears to reflect Omar's growing confidence that his group can operate on its own, without al-Qaeda as its patron. The messages from the leadership of Omar's Taliban faction since the spring amount to something of a "revolution," said a political analyst who was a Foreign Ministry official under the Taliban government. "Al-Qaeda's path is now different from the Taliban's path, and they are growing more separated."

2) President Obama and his war council plan are reviewing four options for Afghanistan that could increase the number of U.S. troops there by as many as 40,000 or fewer than 10,000, the Los Angeles Times reports. The White House insisted Tuesday that Obama has not decided how many additional troops to send.

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JFP 11/10: Inouye Balks at Fast Track Escalation Funding

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November 10, 2009


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1) Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye spoke against speculation that new funding for additional troops in Afghanistan could be quickly inserted into year-end spending bills pending in Congress, the Politico reports. Such a strategy would avoid a divisive fight in the spring over supplemental war spending. "I would be against doing it right now," Inouye said. "If we're going to do something this important, then it should be done according to regular procedure - unless we're going be a rubber stamp."

2) President Obama is nearing a decision to add tens of thousands more forces to Afghanistan, AP reports. National Security Adviser James Jones denied the press reports that a decision had been made.

3) What we confront in Afghanistan is not an insurgency but a civil war - one whose resolution can only be found in a new decentralized Afghan politics based on the realities of power there, and not through another decade of Western military intervention, argues former UN official Nader Mousavizadeh in Foreign Policy.

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